After a gasoline explosion, aspiring actor Sam Alexander lost most of the skin off the bottom half of his face. He turned it into a career, touring as “The Man with Two Faces.”
With a condition called phocomelia, Stanley Berent was a true star. With a sterling personality, Berent’s shows consisted of him performing everyday tasks with his stunted arms.
Robert Eck was your regular, normal guy. His twin brother John was a regular, normal half of a guy. The brothers performed as a pair for a magician near the start of John Eck’s career, making the old sawing a volunteer in half illusion more realistic than you could imagine.
Robert Huddleston suffered from congenital genu recurvatum, and due to his “back knee deformity,” he couldn’t stand upright. He was able to get around quite well on all fours though, working as a logger. When work dried up after WWII, he turned to freak shows to make a living, and did so quite successfully.