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Clarence Swensen

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Birth nameAugust Clarence Swensen
Birth dateDecember 29, 1917
Date of deathFebruary 25, 2009(age 91)

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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 6ins, he played one of the 25 Munchkin soldiers in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz which starred Judy Garland.

He also appeared in Tarzan Finds a Son! alongside Johnny Weissmuller.

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. His death left Ruth Duccini, Jerry Maren, Margaret Pellegrini and Karl Slover as the only surviving Munchkins.

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