Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer


Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer

Original Name Carl Dean Switzer
Paris, Edgar County, Illinois, USA
Death 21 Jan 1959 (aged 31)
Mission Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Garden of Memory (formerly Section 6), Grave 6, Lot 26
Memorial ID 1011 View Source
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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 press of his having fights with the other child actors. During World War II, he continued to make movies, including "Henry and Dizzy" (1942), "There's One Born Every Minute" (1942), "Rosie the Riveter" (1944), and "The Great Mike" (1944). After World War II, he played in "The Gas House Kids" (1946), and other Gas House Kids sequel movies. He played the young man that opens the floor, uncovering the pool, at the dance in "It's a Wonderful Life". In the 1950s, he had numerous brushes with the law, and two marriages that broke up, followed by appearances in a series of forgettable movies and bit parts, often unaccredited. He had some success as a hunting guide and as a professional dog breeder (the dog on his grave marker refers to this profession), and some of the larger Hollywood stars were his clientele, including Jimmy Stewart and Roy Rogers. In 1959, he died at age 31 from a gunshot wound by an acquaintance during an argument over $50 owed to him. A judge later ruled his death as "justifiable homicide."

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