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Schlitze Surtees, often simply known as Schlitzie, born Simon Metz in 1901 in the Bronx, New York, and was a unique figure in the annals of American entertainment. Schlitzie is best remembered for his role in the groundbreaking 1932 film "Freaks," directed by Tod Browning. Despite being born with microcephaly, a condition characterized by a small skull and underdeveloped brain, Schlitzie became an iconic figure in sideshows and circuses of the early 20th century.

Schlitzie's early life is shrouded in mystery and uncertainty. Little is known about his family background or early upbringing. Some reports suggest that Schlitzie was of Jewish descent and may have been abandoned by their family due to his condition. However, these details remain speculative, as records from that era are often incomplete or unreliable.

Schlitzie's career in show business began at a young age, as he was often exploited by circus promoters who capitalized on his unique appearance. Despite the exploitation, Schlitzie found a sense of belonging within the carnival community, where he was accepted and celebrated for who he was. His charming personality and childlike innocence endeared him to audiences across the country.

It was Schlitzie's role in "Freaks" that brought him widespread recognition and immortalized his legacy. In the film, Schlitzie played himself, portraying a gentle and endearing character who befriends the other circus performers. "Freaks" was controversial for its portrayal of individuals with physical deformities, but it also provided a rare glimpse into the humanity and camaraderie of those marginalized by society.

After "Freaks," Schlitzie continued to perform in sideshows and circuses until his death in 1971. Despite facing numerous challenges and hardships throughout his life, Schlitzie remained a beloved figure within the entertainment industry, remembered for his resilience, warmth, and unwavering spirit. Today, Schlitzie's legacy lives on as a symbol of acceptance, and the enduring power of the human spirit


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