Harry Monty


Harry Monty, 95, one of the original Munchkins from the 1939 movie classic "The Wizard of Oz" who later made frequent appearances on such television series as "Bonanza," "Lost in Space" and "Bewitched," died Dec. 28 in Los Angeles. The cause of death was not reported.

The diminutive actor and stuntman portrayed one of the "Little People" who helped Dorothy, played by Judy Garland, follow the yellow brick road. He also played an evil, winged monkey in the movie.

Mr. Monty started his career in vaudeville and appeared in motion pictures from the 1930s to the 1970s. His movie career included uncredited roles in "Planet of the Apes" with Charlton Heston and "Hello, Dolly!" with Barbra Streisand.

Dick Peabody


Dick Peabody, 74, the 6-foot-6 actor who portrayed the gentle giant farm boy, Littlejohn, on the 1960s TV series "Combat!" died of prostate cancer Dec. 27 in Camino, Calif.

The series, which also starred Vic Morrow, illustrated the ravages of the European invasion during World War II. It ran on ABC from 1962 to 1967 and has remained popular in syndication and on video.

Mr. Peabody, whose more than 120 TV show credits included "Gunsmoke," also appeared in six motion pictures, including "Support Your Local Sheriff," starring James Garner.

James B. Wilson

Advertising Executive

James B. Wilson, a prominent Midwestern advertising executive and father of former California governor and U.S. senator Pete Wilson (R), died Dec. 29 in Montgomery, Ohio. The cause of death was not reported.

He held management positions with Scripps-Howard newspapers in Chicago and Philadelphia, the St. Louis Star-Times, the Washington Times-Herald and the Dallas Journal before joining D'Arcy Advertising in St. Louis in 1940.

He rose to head D'Arcy Advertising's Chicago office, where his clients included Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch, McDonnell Aircraft and Standard Oil of Indiana. After retiring to Florida in 1960, he became president of the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce and served on the Delray Beach City Council.