Spanky McFarland

Spanky McFarland


Spanky McFarland
Film: North side of the 7000 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Born George Robert Phillps McFarland on Oct. 2, 1928 in Dallas, Texas
Died June 30, 1993 in Baylor Grapevine Hospital, Texas

George Robert Phillps McFarland, better known as "Spanky," was the plump Little Rascal in the baggy pants and two-toned beanie who appeared in 95 "Our Gang" comedies over 11 years.

"Spanky" made his first short, "Free Eats," in 1931 when he was 3 and his last, "Unexpected Riches," in 1942.

McFarland also appeared in feature films, including "Day of Reckoning" in 1933, "Kentucky Kernels" in 1935 and "Trail of the Lonesome Pine" with Henry Fonda and Fred MacMurray in 1936. His last role was in "Johnny Doughboy" in 1943.

After moving home to Texas, McFarland served briefly in the Air Force, worked at a soft-drink plant and a hamburger stand, made Popsicles, sold wine and cars and appliances, started a barbecue restaurant, and in 1958 briefly was host of a television show running "Our Gang" films in Tulsa, Okla. But his only television job was to be with Philco-Ford in commercials, which he began in 1966.

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