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About 20 years ago I met Jerry Maren at a collector show and thereafter corresponded with him by phone and mail. I was able to acquire a few beautiful 8x10" photos he signed as "The Lollipop Boy" in that iconic scene handing the giant lollipop to Judy Garland in "The Wizard of OZ" in the most unforgettable Munchkin segment.. . Signed with a terrific Oz related sentiment (but NOT personalized to anyone) , "Jerry Maren Lollipop Kid". This great photo showcases his most famous role on the front. But, on the reverse are roles Jerry was also known for. See enlargeable images above and below
After The Wizard of Oz Jerry Maren continued acting and appeared in many movies and television shows. Some of these appearances were in the Our Gang comedy shorts, in the Marx Brothers' At The Circus (1939), and as an ape in Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973). He is also featured, along with fellow munchkin Billy Curtis, in American International Pictures' release Little Cigars (1973), about a gang of "midgets" on a crime spree.
In the 1950s Maren worked as a Little Oscar for the Oscar Mayer Company and as Buster Brown in television and radio commercials. Later he joined his friend Billy Barty in organizing Little People of America. Maren has also portrayed Mayor McCheese and The Hamburglar in commercials for McDonald's.
In the late 1970s he was the dapper little man on The Gong Show, heralding each show's big finish with an onslaught of confetti as Milton DeLugg's band played "Hoop Dee Doo".
Today Jerry Maren in 96 years old and is the ONLY living survivor from the OZ cast He no longer signs autographs.. . Here is a real Oz treasure to own and cherish for many years.
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