Day in History 30 June – Spanky McFarland

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 GangThe Final Footprint – McFarland was cremated.

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