1901 - 1971

Schlitze  American Performance Artist


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Schlitze passed away on 24th Sep 1971 aged 70.


Schlitze is a 70 year old American Performance Artist. Born Simon Metz on 10th September, 1901 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, he is famous for Freaks (1932); Famous `Pinhead`. His zodiac sign is Virgo.

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First Name Schlitze
Full Name at Birth Simon Metz
Alternative Name The Pinhead
Age 70 (age at death) years
Birthday 10th September, 1901
Birthplace The Bronx, New York City, New York
Died 24th September, 1971
Place of Death Los Angeles, California, USA
Cause of Death Pneumonia
Height 4' 2" (127 cm)
Distinctive Feature Pointed head
Zodiac Sign Virgo
Ethnicity White
Nationality American
Occupation Performance Artist
Claim to Fame Freaks (1932); Famous `Pinhead`

Schlitzie (alternatively spelled "Schlitze" or "Shlitze"; September 10, 1901 – September 24, 1971), possibly born Simon Metz, and legally Schlitze Surtees, was an American sideshow performer and occasional actor, best known for his role in the 1932 movie Freaks. His lifelong career on the outdoor entertainment circuit as a major sideshow attraction with Barnum & Bailey, among others, made him a popular cultural icon.

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