DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Johnny Eck (aged 79)
-American entertainer (Freaks)
John Eckhardt Jr, (August 27, 1911 – January 5, 1991) professionally billed as Johnny Eck was an American freak show performer in side shows and a film actor. Born without the lower half of his torso, Eck is best known today for his role in Tod Browning’s 1932 cult classic film Freaks and his appearances as a bird creature in several Tarzan films. He was often billed as “The Amazing Half-Boy”, “King of the Freaks” and “The Most Remarkable Man Alive”.
DEATH: On January 5, 1991, Eck suffered a heart attack in his sleep, dying at the age of 79 at the home where he was born. Robert followed him on February 25, 1995, aged 83. They are buried under one headstone in Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore.