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The Little Rascals

"Our Gang"

 

 

In the 50's we all had our favorite of the rascals.

We thought they were unique to our generation but

in fact, we were watching re-runs which  originally

 aired 1922 to 1944.  We had our own "gang."

Many a dog had shoe polish around one eye

painted by a Little Rascal fan.   So ... What

Happened to the child stars of the Little Rascals?

 

 

"Alfalfa"

                                                              

Carl Switzer was shot to death at age 31
According to OUR GANG - LIFE AND TIMES OF

THE LITTLE RASCALS by MALTIN AND BANN,

Switzer was wounded in Jan 1958 when someone

shot him as he was getting into a car.   Then the

next year, a fatal shot was delivered in a struggle over

$50 with an ex-partner in a big game hunting business.
 

 

"Chubby"

300-pound Norman Chaney died at age 18. His

death followed surgery for a glandular condition.

 

 

"Buckwheat"

William Thomas died at age 49 of a heart attack.

He died in Los Angeles in 1980 after a successful

life as a film lab technician in Hollywood.

 

 

"Cookie"

Darla Hood -- The Our Gang leading lady

contracted hepatitis and died at age 47.

She died on June 13, 1979.
 

 

 

"Breezy Brisbane"

Kendall McComas, committed suicide atage 64. 

According to published reports, he gave up show

business to be an electrical engineer at the

U.S. Naval Weapons Center in China Lake,

California.  He committed suicide two weeks

before his retirement in 1981.
 

 

"Froggy"

William Robert Laughline was killed in a motor

scooter accident atage 16.
Laughline was killed in a motor scooter accident near

Huntington Beach, CA in the early 1950’s
 

 

"Mickey"

Richard Daniels, Jr.,  died of liver disease at 55.

He died alone in a hotel of cirrhosis of the liver

on August 20, 1970.

 

 

"Stymie"

Mathew Bear led a life of crime and drugs.

He died of pneumonia at age 56.

After leaving the Our Gang series as a child,

Stymie reportedly acted through high school.
He became addicted to drugs, especially heroin

and spent much of his young adult years in and

out of jail.In the 1980's got clean of drugs and both

went back into acting and traveling doing drug

abuse lectures.   He died of Pneumonia
 

"Scotty"

 Scotty Beckett died at age 38

following a brutal beating-
According to Maltin and Bann's book,

"The last 10 years of his life were filled with

unpleasant stories of divorce, violence, drugs and

arrests."He checked into a Hollywood nursing home

on May 8, 1968, needing medical attention after

suffering a serious beating. He died two days later.

Although pills and a note were found, no conclusion

 was made by the coroner as to the exact cause

of death.   According to the Internet Movie

Database, he died of an overdose of barbiturates

"Wheezer"

Robert Hutchins was killed in an airplane accident at

age 19.    According to findagrave.com, he was

 killed during the last thirty minutes of his basic

training at the Merced Army Air Corps

field in California when his plane crashed

on landing.

 

 

"Pete the Pup"

Rumor says he was poisoned by an unknown assailant.
There were actually several different dogs used

through the years as Pete the Pup, the canine star

of films. There are several reports that the original

Pete the Pup was poisoned by someone who gave

him meat laced with glass. There is also an urban

legend that Pete the Pup was buried with Alfalfa

but we've found no evidence of that and Pete the

Pup died long before Alfalfa.
Alfalfa loved hunting and apparently there is a dog

on his tombstone that reflects that so that may

have been a part of what prompted the urban

legend about Pete the Pup.

 

 

"Spanky"

Internet rumor has Robert Blake playing Spanky

in the Our Gang series. This is not true.
Spanky was played by George McFarland who

went on to become a Forth Worth, Texas businessman

before his death of a heart attack in 1993.

Robert Blake did appear in some of the later

Little Rascals episodes and played Mickey
 

 

"Butch"

Thomas Bond played "Butch"
is not mentioned in the eRumor, but just for

the record, he died on 9/24/05 in Los Angeles of

complications from heart disease, according

to an Associated Press article on 9/25/05.

He was 79.
 

 

"Bonedust"

Robert H. Young "Bonedust" (9/15/17 - 9/10/51)

Died in a hotel fire, which started when

he fell asleep smoking in bed,   

According to crime writer David Lohr.

 

 

“Bouncy”, "Deadpan" or "Slim"

Harold Switzer - (1/16/25 - 4/14/67)

As was the case with his brother,

Harold was also killed following a dispute

with another man.

 

 

"Waldo"

Darwood Kaye - (9/08/29 - 5/15/2002)
Killed by a hit and run driver while

walking on the sidewalk.

 

 

"Jay R"

Jay R. Smith - (8/29/15 - 10/05/2002)
Stabbed to death and left in the desert by

a homeless man he had befriended.

 

 

More "Our Gang" Pictures

 

OUR GANG ~ Hal Roach’s PATHE Silents

November 5, 1922

 

   

ERNIE “SUNSHINE SAMMY” MORRISON      JACKIE “ROSIE” CONDON             PEGGY CARTWRIGHT                JACK ”TUFFY” DAVIS

   

1922-ALLEN “FARINA” HOSKINS             MARY KORNMAN                    MICKEY DANIELS             1923- JOE “SQUEAKY” COBB

   

JOHNNY DOWNS               JANNIE “MANGO” HOSKINS              “PAL” THE DOG              1924- JAY R. “SPECKS” SMITH

   

EUGENE “PINEAPPLE” JACKSON          MILDRED KORNMAN              1926- SCOOTER LOWRY             1927- JEAN DARLING

   

HARRY SPEAR                BOBBY “WHEEZER” HUTCHINS        1928- MARY ANN JACKSON

   

1929- “PETE” THE PUP                                           NORMAN “CHUBBY” CHANEY               JACKIE COOPER

   

HAROLD “BOUNCY” WERTZ     1930- JUNE“MISS CRABTREE”MARLOW     MATTHEW “STYMIE” BEARD        DOROTHY “ECHO” DE BORBA

   

EDITH FELLOWS             1931- SHIRLEY JEAN RICKERT         SHERWOOD “SPUD” BAILEY           JERRY “PERCY” TUCKER

   

1932- KENDALL “BREEZY” McCOMAS    GEORGE “SPANKY” McFARLAND          TOMMY “BUTCH” BOND               WALLY ALBRIGHT

   

DICKIE MOORE                BOBBY “COTTON” BEARD                 JACQUIE LYN             1933- JOHN “UH-HUH” COLLUM

   

1934- SCOTTY BECKETT             JACKIE LYNN TAYLOR            BILLY “BUCKWHEAT” THOMAS            MARIANNE EDWARDS

   

WILLIE MAE TAYLOR                   BILLY LEE                      GEORGE BRASNO                   OLIVE BRASNO

   

SID “WOIM” KIBRICK                  JOY WURGAFT             1935- CARL “ALFALFA” SWITZER        HAROLD “SLIM” SWITZER

   

GORDON EUGENE “PORKY” LEE      1936- DARLA “COOKIE” HOOD             BABY PATSY MAY           ROSINA “MISS JONES” LAWRENCE

   

1937- DARWOOD “WALDO” KAYE                                       ERNIE “STINKY” WECKBAUGH          1939- MICKEY GUBITOSI

   

SHIRLEY “MUGGSY” COATES       1940- JUANITA “SALLY” QIIGLEY        BILLY “FROGGY” LAUGHLIN              JANET BURSTON

 

The Last “LITTLE RASCALS”

Short #221 ~ April 15, 1944

The Characters Are In The Order Of Their Appearance In The

OUR GANG / LITTLE RASCALS Series

 

 More ...

 

Allen Clayton Hoskins as Farina

(appeared from 1922-1933) – b. 08/09/1920; d. 07/26/1980 

 

Alvin Buckelew as Spike

(appeared from 1934-1937) - b. 01/01/1900;     

     

Andy Samuel as Andy

(appeared from 1923-1925) – b. 04/10/1909; d. 03/5/1992

 

Baby Patsy May (appeared in 1936)

 

Billy Lee

(appeared in 1934) – b. 03/12/1929; d. 11/17/1989

 

Bobby Beard as Cotton

(appeared from 1932-1934) – b. 08/2/1930; d. 10/16/1999

 

Carlena Beard as Cotton, Buckwheat & Marmalade

(appeared from 1931 to 1934) – b. 03/19/1930; d. 02/23/72

 

Carl Switzer as Alfalfa

(appeared from 1935-1940) – b. 08/07/1927; d. 01/21/1959

 

Clifton Young as Bonedust

(appeared from 1925-1931) – 09/15/1917; d. 09/10/1951;

aka Bobby Young & Robert H. Clifton Young

 

Darla Jean Hood as Cookie then Darla

(appeared from 1935 to 1941) – b. 11/08/1931; d. 06/13/1979 

 

Darwood K. Smith as Waldo

(appeared from 1937-1940) – b. 09/08/1929; d. 05/15/2002 

 

Dickie Moore as Dickie

(appeared from 1932-1933) – b. 09/12/1925

 

Donald Haines as Toughie also as Specks

(appeared from 1930-1933) – b. 1918; d. 1941 (MIA)

 

Donald Proffitt as Donald

(appeared from 1934 to 1937)   

 

Donny Smith as Beezer

(appeared in 1929)

 

Dorothy DeBorba as Echo & Dorothy

(appeared from 1930-1933) – b. 03/28/1925 

 

Ernie Morrison as Ernie or Sunshine Sammy

among many others (appeared from 1922-1924)

– b. 12/20/1912; d. 07/24/1989

 

Ernie Weckbaugh as Stinky

(appeared in 1937) - b. 07/ ? /1931

(http://www.casagraphics.com/ rascals.html)

 

Eugene Jackson as Gene or Pineapple

(appeared in 1924-25) - b. 12/25/1916; d. 10/26/2001

 

Gordon Eugene Lee as Porky

(appeared from 1935-1939)

– famous words: “O-Tay” – b. 10/25/1933  

 

Gary Jasgar as Junior (appeared 1937-1939)

 

George Brasno – the midget

(appeared from 1934-1936) – b. 12/23/1911; d. 08/15/1982

 

George Emmett McFarland as Spanky

(appeared from 1932-1942) – b. 10/02/1928; d. 06/30/1993 

 

Harold Wertz as Bouncy

(appeared in 1932) - b. 08/3/1927; d. 11/21/1999

 

Harold Switzer as Slim

(appeared from 1935-1940) – b. 01/16/1025; d. 04/14/1967

 

Harry Spear as Harry

(appeared from 1927-1929) – b. 12/16/1921; d. 02/11/1969

 

Jack Davis as Jack or Tuffy

(appeared from 1922-1924) – b. 04/5/1914; d. 11/3/1992

 

Jackie Condon as Jackie or Rosie

(appeared from 1922-1928) – b. 03/25/1918; d. 10/13/1977

 

Jackie Cooper as Jack or Jackie

(appeared from 1929-1937) – b. 09/15/1922

 

Jacqueline Hope Taylor as Jane or Jackie –

(appeared in 1934) aka Jackie Lynn Taylor -

(Amer. actor – b. 09/3/1928(?); d. 03/21/2002

    aka Rev. Dr. Hope Taylor Fries, D.D. ; – b. 1926)

 

Jacquie Lyn as Jacquie

(appeared in 1932) - b. 1936 in England as Jacquelyn Dufton

 

Janet Burston as Janet

(appeared from 1940-1944) – b. 01/11/1935; d. 03/3/1998

 

Jannie Hoskins as Mango (Buckwheat’s little sister) –

(appeared from 1923-1935) – b. 03/19/1923; d. 01/11/1996

 

Jay R. Smith as Jay. R. or Specks

(appeared from 1925-1929) – b. 08/29/1915; d. 10/05/2002

 

Jean Darling as Jean

(appeared from 1927 to 1929) – b. 08/23/1922;

 

Jerry Tucker as Percy

(appeared from 1931-1938) – b. 11/01/1925;

 

Joe Cobb as Joe or Squeaky

(appeared from 1923-1929 & 1937*) – b. 11/07/1916; d. 05/21/2002

 

John Collum as Uh-Huh

(appeared from 1932-1938) – b. 06/29/1926; d. 08/28/1962

 

Johnny Downs as Johnny

(appeared from 1923-1927) – b. 10/10/1913; d. 06/06/1994

 

Joy Wurgaft

(appeared from 1934 & 1935) – b. 09/19/1927 (aka Joy Lane, see http://members.aol.com/Joanrobertson23/joylane.html)

 

Juanita Quigley as Sally

(appeared from 1940 to 1942) – b. 06/24/1931; aka Baby Jane

 

June Marlow as Miss Crabtree (real name was Gisela Goetten) –

 (appeared in 6 episodes from 1930-1932) –

b. 11/06/1903; d. 03/10/1984 

 

Kendall McComas as Breezy Brisbane

(appeared in 1932) – b. 10/29/1916; d. 10/15/1981 

 

Kitty Kelly as Spanky’s Mom

(appeared in Beginner’s Luck – 1935) –

b. 04/27/1902; d. 06/29/1968

 

Leonard Kibrick 

(appeared from 1934-1936) – b. 09/06/1924; d. 01/04/1993

 

Leonard Landy as Leonard & Percy

(appeared from 1938 to 1941)

 

Marianne Edwards

appeared from 1934-1936) – b. 1930

 

Marvin Trin as Bubbles

(appeared from 1934 to 1937) – b. 12/28/1929; d. 10/19/86  

 

Mary Ann Jackson as Mary Ann

(appeared from 1928-1931) – b. 01/14/1923; d. 12/17/2003 

 

Mary Kornman as Mary

(appeared from 1922-1926, also 1933+) & 1937*) –

 b. 12/27/1915; d. 06/01/1973

 

Matthew Beard as Stymie

(appeared from 1930 to 1935 & 1937*) –

b. 01/01/1925; d. 01/08/1981 

 

Michael Gubitosi as Mickey

(appeared from 1939-1944) – b. 09/18/1933

(aka Robert Blake, Baretta, Little Beaver in TV “Red Ryder”

 

Mickey Daniels as Mickey

(appeared from 1922-1926, 1933+ & 1937*) –

b. 10/11/1914; d. 08/20/1970 

 

Mildred Kornman as Mildred

(appeared from 1926-1935) – b. 07/10/1925

 

Norman Chaney as Chubby

(appeared from 1929-1931) – b. 01/18/1914; d. 05/30/1936 

 

Olive Brasno – the midget

(appeared from 1934-1936) – b. 10/07/1917; d. 01/25/1998

 

Peggy Cartwright as Peggy

(appeared in 1922) – b. 11/14/12; d. 06/13/2001

 

Pal the wonder dog & Pete the Pup as Pete

 (appeared from 1922-1930) –

see http://www.angelfire.com/stars3/petey/meet.html for the story

 

Von the dog

(appeared from 1936-1937)

 

Robert F. “Bobby” Hutchins as Wheezer

(appeared from 1927-1933) – b. 03/29/1925; d. 03/17/1945 

 

Robert Winkler (born Winckler)

(appeared from 1936 to 1938) – b. 02/12/1927; d. 12/28/1989

 

Rosina Lawrence as Miss Jones, Miss Lawrence

(appeared from 1936-1937) – b. 12/30/1912; d. 06/23/1997

 

Scooter Lowry as Scooter

(appeared from 1926-1927)

 

Scotty Beckett as Scotty

(appeared from 1934-1936 & 1939) –

b. 10/04/1929; d. 05/10/1968   

 

Sherwood Bailey as Sherwood or Spud

(appeared from 1931-1932) b. 08/06/1923; d. 08/06/1987

 

Shirley Jean Rickert as Shirley

(appeared in 1931) – b. 03/25/1926 (aka Gilda) 

 

Shirley Coates as Henrietta or Muggsy

(appeared from 1937-1940)

 

Sidney Kibrick as Woim

(appeared from 1935-1939) – b. 07/02/1928

 

Tommy Bond as Tommy

(appeared from 1932-1934 & as Butch from 1937-1940) –

b. 09/16/1926 (aka Jimmy Olsen –TV “Superman”)  

 

Wally Albright as Wally

(appeared in 1934) – b. 09/03/1925; d. 08/07/1999

 

William “Billie” Thomas as Buckwheat

(appeared from 1934-1944) – b. 03/12/1931; d. 10/10/1980 

 

William R. “Billy” Laughlin as Froggy

(appeared from 1940-1944) – b. 07/05/1932; d. 08/31/1948

 

Willie Mae Taylor as Buckwheat

(appeared in 1934) – b. 1915; d. 04/26/2002

 

 

(+) 1933 Fish Hooky       (*) 1937 Reunion In Rhythm        

Sources: http://www.imbd.com

(They have Jacquie Lyn & Jackie Lynn Taylor wrong)