Ray Bolger, as the Scarecrow, The Wizard of Oz 1939.
In the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, the Scarecrow was played by Ray Bolger in what is arguably the actor’s most famous role. He was originally cast as the Tin Woodsman, but Bolger had always wanted to play the Scarecrow, he was so upset about it since he wanted to switch roles with Buddy Ebsen, who was originally going to play the Scarecrow. Ebsen didn’t mind the swap, so Bolger and Ebsen swapped roles. While Ray was pleased with his role as the Scarecrow, the aluminum dust from Ebsen’s Tin Man make-up nearly choked him to death (causing Ebsen to have to give up that role). Ebsen was replaced by Jack Haley for his role of the Tin Man. Bolger’s costume consisted of a straw-stuffed … Continue Reading (11 minute read)