On this day in 1993, actor Spanky McFarland died of a heart attack in Grapevine, Texas at the age of 64. Born George Robert Phillips McFarland on 2 October 1928 in Dallas, Texas. Of course best known for his role as Spanky in the Our Gang series of short-subject comedies which were in production from 1922 to 1944. In the mid-1950s, the shorts with sound were syndicated for television under the title The Little Rascals. In addition to McFarland, other memorable actors/characters included; Carl Switzer as Alfalfa, Darla Hood as Darla, Matthew Beard as Stymie, John Collum as Uh-Huh, Billie Thomas as Buckwheat, Eugene Lee as Porky, Billy Laughlin as Froggy. The series remains in syndication. Who has not seen and who does not love, Our Gang? The Final Footprint – McFarland was cremated.
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