Jerry Maren, the last surviving Oz munchkin, died during the last week of May, 2018 at a San Diego nursing care facility, according to multiple news sources. He was 98. Jerry Maren, the last surviving Oz munchkin, died during the last week of May, 2018 at a San Diego nursing care facility, according to multiple news sources. He was 98.Get weekly celebrity death news delivered to your inbox.Born on January 24, 1920 in Boston, Massachusetts, Maren aspired to acting from a young age. In 1938, he joined up with a group of other New York munchkin aspirants and rode a bus to Hollywood, where he achieved lifelong fame as the munchkin who hands Dorothy a welcome Lollipop from the Lollipop Guild.Maren was featured in the center of the trio of Lollipop Guild munchkins.After "The Wizard of Oz," many smaller movie roles followed, such as the Our Gang comedy \u201cTiny Troubles\u201d and the Marx Brothers film \u201cAt the Circus,\u201d but Maren focused mainly on television and commercial work, with appearances on \u201cThe Gong Show, " "The Odd Couple," "Beverly Hillbillies," and "Seinfeld." He was particularly famous for his advertising work, including roles as Buster Brown in the Buster Brown shoe ads, Little Oscar in the Oscar Meyer commercials, and McDonalds\u2019 Mayor McCheese.See Jerry Maren in our Wizard of Oz photo gallery.Maren was honored in September 2013 with in a hand and footprint ceremony outside Hollywood\u2019s famed Chinese Theatre.According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, after his wife\u2019s death in 2011, Maren stopped performance work. The couple had no children.We invite you to share condolences for Jerry Maren in our Guest Book.