Many people wonder what became of these
wonderful child stars as their lives progressed. It's hard to believe
that many of them are gone now, but they will long be loved and
remembered as friends of ours. I'm only giving BRIEF information on some
of the Our Gang starst.
Switzer) - (8/7/27 - 1/21/59) Always the clown on the set,
Switzer continued to act up after he left the Gang. He had
run-ins with the law and in 1959 was shot to death over money
allegedly owed to him by his business partner. He was 31. He did
have a few small roles in some memorable films. Among them:
"It's a Wonderful Life" and John Wayne's "The High and Mighty."
Switzer also had a recurring part in Roy Rogers' TV show.
||Brisbane (Kendal McComas) -
(10/29/16 - 10/15/81) - Known as Breezy Brisbane. He became an
electrical engineer at the U.S. Naval Weapons Center in China
Lake, California. Like many child actors he was small for his
age and never grew taller that five feet. In 1981, two weeks
before his 65th birthday and apparent forced retirement he
||Bouncy (Harold Wertz) -
(8/3/21 - 11/21/99) - Appeared as a secondary character in Hook
& Ladder, Choo-Choo! and The Pooch.
||Buckwheat (William Thomas) -
(3/12/31 - 10/10/80) - Thomas had a long run in the series. He
had a few roles in movies outside the Rascals but dropped out of
acting in 1945 and went to public school. Afterward, he led a
stable, successful life as a film lab technician in Hollywood.
He died of a heart attack in 1980 at age 49.
||Butch (Tommy Bond) - (9/16/26
- ) -
||Chubby (Norman Chaney) -
(1/18/18 -5/30/36) As he grew into his teens, his weight
expanded to over 300 pounds. In 1935, he had an operation for a
glandular ailment, and his weight dropped to 136 pounds. Sadly,
he never recovered and passed away at the age of 18.
||Darla Hood - (11/8/31 -
6/13/79) - The Rascals' leading lady was a valuable
behind-the-scenes entertainer after her screen success as a
child. She sang background music for many 1940s films and was a
regular on Merv Griffin's radio show. She even lent her vocal
talents to such well-known ad campaigns as the Campbell Soup
Kids and the Chicken-of-the-Sea mermaid jingle. Quote from an
interview with Tommy Bond:
Bond: "Actually, in 1979 she
convinced the Sons of the Desert to take in the Little Rascals.
She was gonna be at our big convention in 1980. And poor thing,
she got sick, had some kind of a minor operation they were gonna
do on her in the hospital, and in the hospital she contracted
hepatitis and died. So she never realized her dream, but we did.
She set it all up for us to be hooked up with the Sons of the
Desert." She was 47.
||Dickie Moore - (9/12/25 - )
||Dorothy DeBorba - (3/28/25) -
||Farina (Allen Hoskins) -
(8/9/20 - 7/26/80) Director Bob McGowan's personal favorite, and
said to be one of the nicest people to know. Died of cancer.
|Froggy (William Robert
Laughlin) - (7/5/32 - 8/31/48) Died in a motor scooter accident
at the age of 16 in California.
||Harry Spear - (12/16/21 - ) -
||Hal Roach - (1/14/1892 -
11/2/1992) - The genius who ran the studio and gave us Harold
Lloyd, Laurel & Hardy, Charlie Chase, Our Gang and many others.
He lived to be over 100 years old! Died of pneumonia.
|Jackie Condon - (3/25/18 -
10/13/77) Died of cancer.
||Jackie Cooper (9/15/21 - ) -
One of the major child stars of the 1930's, he acted in many
films. His last roles were as Perry White in the Superman films
of the late 1970's-1980's.
||Jean Darling - (8/23/22 - )
After leaving Our Gang the beautiful blue eyed curly haired
blonde of the silent era was very busy as she headlined a
vaudeville act as a single performer. Jean traveled the U.S.
doing as many as eight shows a day plus doing corresponding
school work, signing autographs, and made many personal
appearances visiting children's hospitals and orphanages,
department stores, etc. Sick or healthy, nothing stopped Jean
from performing. She had over 50 short stories published in
magazines like Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock. Jean also
played Carrie Pipperidge in the original Broadway Company of
Carousel for 850 consecutive performances. Jean currently lives
in Ireland where she is well known for her portrayal as Aunt
Poppy, a popular children's television and radio show. And for
those of you who have read Jean's biography in the Our
Gang/Little Rascals book by Leonard Maltin & Richard Bann, Jean
was NOT a mermaid in The Bride of Frankenstein!
||Jay R. Smith - (8/29/15 -
10/5/2002) - After serving in WWII, he bought a paint store.
Retired to Hawaii, then moved to Las Vegas. He was stabbed to
death and left in the desert by a homeless man he had
||Jerry Tucker - (11/1/25 - ) -
Currently lives in New Jersey.
||Joe Cobb - (11/7/17 -
5/21/2002) Died of natural causes.
||Johnny Downs - (10/10/13 -
6/6/94) Died of cancer.
|Leonard Kibrick - (9/6/24 -
1/4/93) Died of Cancer
||Mary Ann Jackson - (1/14/23 -
) Mary Ann Jackson began her short but indelible career at the
age of five in the short film, "Crazy House". Sporting a
distinct Dutch-cut hairdo and freckles, she was cast in the "Our
Gang" series in 1928 and made 32 comedy shorts with the group
until 1931. Unimpressed with acting and the industry, she left
the field and eventually married. She lives in San Fernando
Valley, CA where she and her second husband settled and has no
regrets for leaving the business. She does have fond regard for
her days at the Hal Roach Studios and is impressed with her
large fan following.
||Mary Kornman - (12/27/15 -
6/1/73) Died of Cancer.
||Mickey Daniels - (10/11/14 -
8/20/70) Died of cirrhosis of the liver. Records of his death
did not surface until being researched 21 years after his body
was found in a hotel. He died alone.
|Mickey (Mickey Gubitossi/Robert
Blake) - (9/18/33 - ) - Became a powerful adult performer of
leading and character roles. Starred in the series Baretta in
the 1970's. Consumed with anger over his treatment by his family
and the studio as a child, he denigrated his early work,
suffered bouts of difficulty with drugs, and became known as a
difficult, perfectionistic person to work with. He quit his
successful TV series "Hell Town" (1985) when his personal demons
became overwhelming. After a self-imposed exile of nearly eight
years, during which he struggled to right his life, he
successfully returned to films and television work, appearing
renewed and more confident in himself and his work. Currently in
prison in Los Angeles, under suspision for murdering his wife
Bonnie Lee Bakley after having dinnner at Vitello's in Studio
City. Currently Lives in
Nutley, New Jersey, United States
||Miss Crabtree - (Gisela
Goetten/June Marlowe) (11/6/03 - 3/10/84) Actress in silent
films, she wore a blonde wig for her her role as Miss Crabtree.
Died of Parkinson's Disease.
||Pete the Pup - The first Pete
was poisoned by an unknown assailant. His last film was A Tough
Winter. One of his offsprint carried on beginning with the next
film, Pups Is Pups. Currently lives in Dog Heaven.
||Porky (Gordon Lee) -
(10/25/33) - died October 21, 2005
||Scotty Beckett - (10/4/29 -
5/10/68) - Scotty went on to star in other films after leaving
Our Gang. As an adult 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 his death. He was just 38 years old.
||Shirley Jean Rickert -
(3/25/26 - ) Became a beautiful stripper named Glenda and her
||Spanky (George McFarland) -
(10/2/28 - 6/30/93) Having tried unsuccessfully to land acting
jobs in Hollywood after his starring role in the Rascals,
McFarland moved back to Texas, joined the Air Force and
eventually found a career as a TV salesman/executive. He made an
appearance on Cheers shortly before he died at age 64 of a heart
||Stymie (Matthew Beard) -
(1/1/25 - 1/8/81) - Stymie had a troubled adult life with crime
and drugs. In later life he finally cleaned up his act, and made
appearances on Sanford & Son. Both he and his father, Matthew
Sr., a minister in Los Angeles, were born on New Year's Day.
Stymie's trademark bowler was actually one of comedian Stan
Laurel's hats which accounts for it's oversize. In 1981 he
suffered a stroke, contracted pneumonia, and died at USC Medical
Center. His last words were: "Fun, fun, fun...Had a lot of fun."
||Waldo (Darwood Kaye) - (9/8/29
- 5/15/2002) - Became a pastor. Was killed by a hit and run
driver, who came up on the sidewalk as Darwood was taking a
||Wally Albright (9/3/25 -
||Wheezer (Robert Hutchins) -
(3/29/25 - 3/17/45) - Died in a military airplane accident at
the age of 19.
Much of this content was
created by Patrick Picking
Modified By Keith Hawkins 2006 -
July 10th 2023