Jack Earle The Texas Giant (1906-1952)
Born in Denver, Colorado just after the turn of the 20th century, Jacob Ehrlich later changed his name to Jack Earle. Like most giants, Jack was not a gigantic baby. As he began to grow it became clear that he was an exceptional individual. By the time he was 10 years old , Jack was over six feet tall and as an adult he was over eight and a half feet tall.
Before entering the life of a circus sideshow performer, Jack was a movie actor. He was in nearly 50 silent movies made in the 1920s; including “Hansel and Gretel” and Jack and the Beanstalk”. However, Jack left the movie industry after he was nearly killed falling from a movie set.
Jack attended the Ringling Brothers circus in El Paso with some friends and was discovered by Clyde Ingalls, the Ringling Brothers sideshow manager. Ingalls hired Jack who worked for this circus for about 14 years. After his retirement, Jack worked as a traveling salesman and wrote a book of poems before his death in 1952.