Actor Meinhardt Raabe was born on September 2, 1915 in Watertown, Wisconsin. He was one of the last surviving Munchkin actors in The Wizard of Oz, and was also the last surviving cast member with any dialogue in the film. He portrayed the coroner of Munchkinland who certified the death of the Wicked Witch of the East. He died on April 9, 2010 in Penney Farms, Florida and is buried at the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery in Farmington, Wisconsin.
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On September 2, 1982, actor Jay Novello died. He was born on August 22, 1904 in Chicago, Illinois. He began his career as a radio actor, playing Jack Packard on the Hollywood version of I Love a Mystery for a brief period, circa 1944. In film, Novello alternated between pompous or fussy professionals and assorted ethnic roles, often as Italian or Hispanic characters. One of his earliest and more familiar film appearances is in the 1945 Laurel and Hardy comedy The Bullfighters. Though prolific in the movies, Novello was limited mostly to bits in minor films, one of his more noteworthy assignments being the officious Spanish consul in Frank Capra’s, Pocketful of Miracles. He also made numerous television appearances. He died on September 2, 1982 and is interred at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, California.