Johnny Aasen

Child Actress Virginia Weidler,  and Two Little People

 

John Aasen became a well-known celebrity in the 1920’s and 30’s as a showman. He began his showmanship career traveling with carnivals and sideshows as “The Norwegian Giant.” He made several movies in Hollywood and became known as the “Harold Lloyd Giant.” As a sought-after attraction, he became a world traveler making several voyages to Europe, the Orient and Australia. News articles recorded him as tall as 8 feet - 9 inches. It is still debated as to how tall he was. It seems most reports would exaggerate his height probably by including his high-heel boots and hat in the measurement. However, at around 8 feet, he was a formidable man.


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