At the conclusion of 1939's "Wizard of Oz", the party of travelers finally gets an audience with the great and terrible Wizard of Oz, a huge, disembodied head given to imperious, bellowing pronouncements. Who played this strange character?

Wizard of Oz head

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    What makes you think its not Frank Morgan who is credited as Oz? The facial features are somewhat similar to the Oz who is "behind the curtain".
    – iandotkelly
    Dec 5, 2017 at 20:21
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    With a different disguise, The Gatekeeper is also played by Frank Morgan.
    – iandotkelly
    Dec 5, 2017 at 20:28
  • Really? That's Frank Morgan? Are you sure? Dec 5, 2017 at 20:32
  • Upon further review... There's no indication he played the disembodied head. youtube.com/watch?v=Si-elY_pvLY Dec 5, 2017 at 20:50
  • I always assumed it was animation rather than a physical actor.
    – sanpaco
    Dec 5, 2017 at 21:34

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If you believe the Wizard of Oz blog (about 2/3rds of the way down the page) it states that:

the face was that of an anonymous actor in heavy make-up, lip synching to Morgan’s dialogue.

I can find no other source of information online, and being that everyone involved with the production is long gone I don't think you're going to find much else that answers this question conclusively.

  • Hmmm, an anonymous actor. Dec 5, 2017 at 21:45
  • Unfortunately, credits weren't as detailed back then, and apparently no one ever laid claim to being "the giant green head". The movie is 78 years old now, and anyone who acted in it is either gone or has a sketchy memory at best. Dec 5, 2017 at 21:51
  • "being that everyone involved with the production is long gone" -- Gerard Marenghi, who was a member of the Lollipop Guild, is still with us at 97, but I doubt he knows. Dec 5, 2017 at 22:13

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