Harry Monty, one of the last surviving Munchkins from the classic 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz," has died. He was 95.
Monty, whose real name was Hymie Lichenstein, died Tuesday in Beverly Hills.
A physically capable stunt man, Monty was also one of the flying monkeys in the landmark "Oz," which starred Judy Garland. He considered his role as a Munchkin the most memorable of his half-century on stage and in front of the camera.
Born in Dallas to Polish immigrants, Monty grew to be one of the "Little People" and parlayed his short stature into a long career in show business. He began in vaudeville and appeared in motion pictures from the late 1930s to the late 1970s, often uncredited.
With or without billing on his films, Monty, according to Steven Cox in his book "The Munchkins of Oz," made "a great contribution to the motion picture industry."