Mini Tribute: Who is Meinhardt Raabe?

Munchkin Coroner, Meinhardt Raabe…

Meinhardt Raabe was born September 2, in 1915, and is best known as the coroner who certifies the Wicked Witch of the East’s death in The Wizard of Oz — which was, incidentally, his only feature film appearance.

Meinhardt Raabe Munchin Coroner with Judy Garland in The Wizard of OzMeinhardt Raabe as the Munchin Coroner with Judy Garland as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (1939, director Victor Fleming)

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


Meinhardt Raabe as Oscar Mayer spokesperson “Little Oscar, World's Smallest Chef"

Meinhardt Raabe as Oscar Mayer’s “Little Oscar”

Raabe also served as a pilot in the Civil Air Patrol during World War II, flying patrol missions and providing ground instruction — and was Oscar Mayer’s spokesperson, “Little Oscar, World’s Smallest Chef,” for 29 years, traveling in the “Wienermobile” and training other “Little Oscars” as Sales Reps. In 1970, he earned his Masters Degree in Business Administration from Drexel University.


Wisconsin Meat Industry Hall of Fame

Raabe was inducted into the Wisconsin Meat Industry Hall of Fame in 2011.


–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub


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