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Now In developement:

 The Johnny Eck documentary.

Looking to interview people who knew Johnny. Also interested in personal correspondences, photographs, screens, etc.

 

Johnny Eckhardt was born on August 27th 1911 at his parents home in Baltimore, Md. He was one of two twins. The other brother, Robert, was born a normal, healthy child. Johnny, though healthy, was born with no lower half. His body stopped just below the ribs. "Oh my lord, he's a broken doll." cried one of the midwives as Johnny came out.

However, in his 79 years on this earth Johnny Eck (his name was shortened by his first manager) accomplished more than most people with legs. He was a sideshow performer, artist, photographer, magician, Punch and Judy operator, expert model maker, race car driver, swimmer, gymnist, actor, train conductor, traveler and all around Renaissance man...

All that and he only reached a height of 18 inces tall!

He never let his lack of legs prevent him from attempting anything he dreamed up. Someone once asked him if he wished he had legs? "Why would I want those? Then I'd have pants to press." was his reply.

With that healthy attitude and the sunny disposition that everybody loved, it is no wonder why he led such a full and happy life.

 


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