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John Aasen

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Biography

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Like Charles Chaplin's sidekick, Eric Campbell, Harold Lloyd needed his own giant when casting Why Worry? (1923) in 1922. Lloyd first had his eyes on George Auger (Cardiff Giant) who worked at Ringling Brothers sideshow as a giant. But Auger died before the film started and a search went out for a replacement. The producer Hal Roach heard of a shoemaker that was constructing a pair of shoes for a "Norwegian living in Minnesota", and his name was John Aasen. His mother was Kristi Danielsen (b. 1868) from Numedal in Norway. She emigrated to the US via Liverpool during spring of 1887. Read more...

Actor

Character: Giant

Freaks 1932

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