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February 28, 2015

RIP – Ben Woolf

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Written by: Devlin Woods
Ben Woolf

Benjamin Eric Woolf
September 15th, 1980 ~ February 23rd, 2015

It was with great sadness that we at Macabre Movie Mavericks learned of the passing of Ben Woolf, one of the cast members of American Horror Story.

Ben Woolf, 34, died on February 23rd from a stroke, after suffering head injuries when he was hit by a car the week before. His family was by his side when he passed.

Woolf played two characters in American Horror Story– Infantata in Murder House and Meep in Freak Show. Woolf himself was born with pituitary dwarfism and stood 4’4” tall, which made him an especially perfect fit for Freak Show, a season that put the spotlight on the hardships and triumphs of those living with physical and developmental disabilities.

In spite of his few appearances in Freak Show, Woolf as Meep was immensely endearing and memorable. From the first scene, when he’s introduced as an over-excitable “freak” with a special talent for biting chicken’s heads off, to his unjust imprisonment and tragic demise at the hands of other inmates, Meep’s story was such an integral part of the show. To hear that fiction has crossed paths with reality in the untimely death of Ben Woolf is indeed very sobering.

When not acting, Ben Woolf worked as a preschool teacher. His outstanding service impacted many, and his spirit of giving has continued on even after his death. Ben Woolf saved three lives through his organ donations.  

We at Macabre Movie Mavericks would like to share our condolences with Ben Woolf’s students, colleagues, friends, and family for the loss of such an irreplaceable talent.

About the Author

Devlin Woods
Devlin Woods
Devlin Woods was born and raised in one of the darkest and coldest regions of the world. Maybe that's why she's fascinated by all things bleak and desolate, like the frozen wasteland where Frankenstein battled his monster- or the empty souls of serial killers.

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