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Last surviving ‘Wizard of Oz’ munchkin Jerry Maren dies
LOS ANGELES -- Jerry Maren, the last surviving munchkin from the classic 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" and the one who famously welcomed Dorothy to Munchkin Land, has died at age 99. Maren died May 24 at a San Diego nursing home, his niece, Stacy Michelle Barrington, said Wednesday. In an entertainment career that spanned more than 70 years, he portrayed The Hamburglar and Mayor McCheese in McDonald's commercials, appeared in scores of films and TV shows and made personal appearances as Little Oscar for Oscar Mayer hot dogs.