Richard Brasno

born: 07 January 1925
South River, New Jersey,
United States of America
died: 28 March 1974
Lakeland, Polk County, Florida,
United States of America
(motorcycle accident, age 49)

American child actor, the brother of George Brasno and Olive Brasno. Richard, George, and Olive Brasno were "midget" siblings. Of the 8 children born to George Sr. and Anna Brasno, 3 were midgets and the others were "normal" size. Their sister, Elizabeth (Betty), was 5'11" and performed as a trapeze artist for Ringling Bros.Circus for 15 years. As part of the Buster Shaver Act, the "little people" toured Europe and the US as a successful vaudeville act. Their Father died in 1944 in an accident when he fell down the cellar stairs to go down and fetch coal for the landlady. Their mother died in Las Vegas in 1965 where she and 2 of the boys had been since 1960 operating a bar they owned.
He died when his motorcycle was "rammed" by an automobile while stopped for a traffic light.
Real name: Richard Robert Brasno
Height: 3'4" (age 18)
Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography.


Shrimps For A Day
Mr. Crutch as a child

Acknowledgements & sources: (1943 June WWII Draft Card: age 18: ht.: birth place) (1974 March obit: killed in car/cycle accident (book)
Jim Jarvis (research and information)

This page was last updated on: 04 APril 2020