Perhaps “Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man that he didn’t, didn’t already have,” but Jack Haley gave us a memorable performance as the Tin Woodman in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Stage, radio and film actor Jack Haley began in vaudeville as a song-and-dance comedian. He had supporting roles in such films as Poor Little Rich Girl with Shirley Temple and Higher and Higher with Frank Sinatra.
Haley wasn’t originally cast as the Tin Woodman. That role had gone to another song and dance comic, Buddy Ebsen. But on the set Ebsen suffered a near-fatal reaction from inhaling the aluminum dust makeup. Haley was brought in and the makeup was switched to a paste form. Haley did miss four days of filming because the makeup caused an eye infection.
Haley married Florence McFadden in 1921 and they remained married until his death.
Haley died from a heart attack on June 6, 1979. He was 80 years old.
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