Munchkin Coroner Dies: Meinhardt Raabe

10 04 2010

Meinhardt Raabe (September 2, 1915 – April 9, 2010) was an American actor. One of the last surviving Munchkin-actors in The Wizard of Oz, he was also the last surviving cast member with any dialogue in the film. Raabe was born in Jefferson County, Wisconsin, resided at Penney Retirement Community, Penney Farms, Florida, where he died on April 9, 2010.[1]

Raabe graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1937.

He was the coroner in The Wizard of Oz in 1939, with his only lines being:

As coroner, I must aver
I thoroughly examined her
And she’s not only merely dead
She’s really, most sincerely dead!

These lines, like most of those delivered by the Munchkins, were dubbed over with the speeded-up voices of other performers. In addition to his role in the film, Raabe worked for many decades as a spokesman for Oscar Mayer, where he was known as “Little Oscar, World’s Smallest Chef”. He traveled in the first Wienermobile, produced in 1936.

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