Clarence Swensen

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Clarence Swensen
August Clarence Swensen

(1917-12-29)December 29, 1917
DiedFebruary 25, 2009(2009-02-25) (aged 91)
Resting placeCook Walden Capital Parks Cemetery, Austin
Years active1927–2005
Spouse(s)Myrna Swensen
From left: Jerry Maren (Lollipop Guild), Karl Slover, Clarence Swensen and Margaret Pellegrini (1998)

August Clarence Swensen (December 29, 1917 – February 25, 2009) was an American actor and was one of the last surviving Munchkins from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.


Swensen was born in 1917 and grew up in Austin, Texas. He was not allowed to attend a public school until he was nine because of his size. At 4ft 6in, he played one of the 25 Munchkin soldiers in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.[1]

He also appeared in The Terror of Tiny Town as a preacher. Many of his Oz co-stars were cast members of this Western musical film. He wore a chimp suit for Tarzan Finds a Son! with Johnny Weissmuller.[2]

His wife Myrna was also up for a part in The Wizard of Oz, but illness forced her to miss the opportunity.[2]

After suffering a stroke in 2005, he was unable to walk and ended up in a wheelchair as a result. He suffered from poor health then after but still attended many events with the other surviving Munchkins, including the presentation of the Munchkins' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007.

Swensen died on February 25, 2009 at the age of 91.[3]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Obituary for Clarence Swensen Lasting Tribute Archived March 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b "Clarence Swensen remembered". March 13, 2009.
  3. ^ Banta, Bob (2009-02-26). "Former Munchkin dies at 91". Austin-American Statesman. Retrieved 2009-02-26.