Morrison, Ernest 'Sunshine Sammy' b. December 20, 1912 d. July 24, 1989 Actor. He made his film debut in 1917, while still an infant. Two years later, comedy producer Hal Roach cast Morrison in "Buttinsky" roles in the films of Harold Lloyd and Snub Pollard. Morrison appeared in 28 Gang shorts from 1922 to 1924, usually identified under his established soubriquet of 'Sunshine Sammy,' but sometimes playing a character named 'Booker T.' In the early 1970s, He accepted a few choice roles in such TV series as "Good Times" and "The Jeffersons." After a few more film...[Read More] (Bio by: MC) Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Capistrano Gardens, Memorial Panel 49, Sec 14, Row 3. Near center of panel.
Smith, Jay R. b. August 29, 1915 d. October 5, 2002 Former Child Actor. A native of Los Angeles, California, at the age of ten, he was cast by the Hal Roach Studios as the replacement for Mickey Daniels, the freckle-faced kid of the Our Gang series of shorts. He first appeared in the "Boys Will Be Joys," short, returning for sixteen more before concluding with "Noisy Noises" in 1929. During World War II, he served in the US Army, after which he worked as a paint retailer, and was a semi-regular at the Hollywood Collectors Show in North Hollywood...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Cause of death: Murdered Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Switzer, Carl 'Alfalfa' b. August 7, 1927 d. January 21, 1959 Actor. He is best remembered for his role of ‘Alfalfa' in the "Our Gang" series of comedies. His trademark off-key singing and straightened stuck-up hair endeared him to a generation of viewers. Born in Paris, Illinois, he was selected to play the role of ‘Alfalfa' in the "Our Gang" comedies, which began in 1935 with "Beginner's Luck" and ended in 1940 with "The Big Premier." Off-screen, he had the image of a problem child, playing pranks on his fellow child actors, and much was made in the...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Cause of death: Homicide (self-defense) Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Garden of Memory (formerly Section 6), grave 6, lot 26 GPS coordinates: 34.0891724, -118.3195419 (hddd.dddd)
Thomas, William 'Buckwheat' b. March 12, 1931 d. October 10, 1980 One of the most popular of "The Little Rascals". Thomas played Buckwheat in 93 "Our Gang" films, beginning in 1934. Conceived as a replacement for Matthew "Stymie" Beard, Buckwheat was originally an androgynous character with a tangle of braids, but with time he assumed his true gender and standard costume of floppy hat, striped shirt, and tattered pants precariously held up by one suspender. His garbled English---punctuated by his signature exclamation, "Otay!"---belied a craftiness that put...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Cause of death: Heart attack Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Acacia Slope Plot, Lot 773, Grave D. In Northeast corner of plot, next to roadway and directly across from Fairhaven Plot GPS coordinates: 33.9640007, -118.3370972 (hddd.dddd)