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Our Gang - Spanky McFarland George (Spanky) McFarland had the most prolific career of any member of the Our Gang troupe. He appeared in 95 Our Gang shorts from 1932 through 1942. Even by Our Gang standards, McFarland began at a young age. His cuteness as a baby got Spanky's picture widely circulated on bread billboards in his hometown of Dallas. When Hal Roach began a new talent search, Spanky's aunt submitted his photos. This got him a screen test that was hugely positive--thus Spanky became an Our Gang regular at the age of three. The origin of Spanky's nickname is unclear; McFarland believed a Los Angeles showbiz columnist came up with it. Spanky's early Our Gang roles were as a tagalong little kid. His abilities to steal scenes and deliver funny lines got him more prominent roles. By 1936, at the age of eight, he was clearly the star of the series and the Gang's leader. He was always the 'idea man' of the Gang, devising schemes and plots. After Hal Roach sold the rights to Our Gang to MGM in 1938, MGM intended to begin anew with an entirely fresh cast of child actors. However, MGM rehired Spanky when a suitable replacement could not be found. Along with Spanky's 95 appearances in Our Gang films, he was also the lead in General Spanky (1936)--the only feature-length Our Gang film ever made. He later served in the Air Force. Spanky was working menial jobs in the 1950s when the Little Rascals reruns began to air on television. He began hosting a local program of them. Spanky's renaissance fame got him a job at Philco-Ford where he eventually became the head of national sales. In his later years Spanky hosted charity golf events. He made a cameo appearance on the sitcom Cheers in 1993. Spanky died of a heart attack not long afterwards. He was 64 years old.
Tags: Our  Gang    Spanky  McFarland 
Added: 26th November 2009
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Harry Spear - The Lost Rascal Harry Spear was one of the leading men in the Our Gang/Little Rascals comedies in the late silent period of 1927 to 1929. Before joining the popular Our Gang series, Spear appeared in several Buck Jones westerns. Spear's first appearance in an Our Gang comedy was in Chicken Feed when he was five. He became a popular member of the gang, notable for often donning an oversized bowler hat. At the dawn of the sound era, newcomer Jackie Cooper took over the role as the leader/tough guy in the gang, replacing Spear. Spear's final Our Gang film was Bouncing Babies. After departing the series, Spear briefly entered vaudeville, entertaining audiences with a dancing and monologue routine. By the mid-1940s, though, he had left the entertainment industry and had severed all ties with his former Our Gang alumni. Spear's whereabouts after the 1940s remained a mystery for over half a century. However, several diligent Our Gang fans tracked Spear down in 1995. Residing in San Diego, California at the time, Spear (who went by his legal name of Harry Bonner) continually denied being the 'Harry Spear' of Our Gang fame for unknown reasons, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. From military service records, it was found that Harry Spear served as a Chief Petty Officer in the US Navy during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Spear died of kidney cancer on September 22, 2006 in San Diego at age 85.
Tags: Harry  lost  Spear  Our  Gang  Little  Rascals 
Added: 30th October 2010
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Pete The Pup One of the most recognizable movie or TV pets was Pete The Pup--the dog from the Our Gang/Little Rascals series. Pete's father, Pal The Wonder Dog, was the original Our Gang dog. Pal had a nearly natural complete ring around its left eye. Makeup artist Max Factor simply completed the circle. Pal unfortunately died of accidental poisoning in 1930. Pete, one of Pal's offspring, assumed the role of the Our Gang dog--complete with a fake ring around its eye. Although more than one dog was used until the series ended in 1944, Pete The Pup had the longest career. Pete died at the ripe old age of 16 in 1946.
Tags: dog  Pete  The  Pup  Our  Gang 
Added: 10th September 2011
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Spanky McFarland on Cheers Former child star George (Spanky) McFarland of the Our Gang/Little Rascals troupe made this amusing cameo appearance on Cheers in May of 1993. Sadly, McFarland died suddenly of cardiac arrest a few weeks later on June 30. He was 64.
Tags: Spanky  McFarland  Cheers  Our  Gang  Little  Rascals 
Added: 16th October 2012
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Spanky McFarland on Pat Sajak Show From Pat Sajak's short-lived talk show, a 1989 interview with Spanky McFarland of the Our Gang troupe.
Tags: Our  Gang  Little  Rascals  Spanky  McFarland  Pat  Sajak  interview 
Added: 4th September 2018
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