Allen “Farina” Hoskins

Allen “Farina” Hoskins

Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 26 Jul 1980 (aged 59)
Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Burial Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Plot Serenity A, Base 19, Row 3
Memorial ID 8483 · View Source
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Actor. Born Allen Clayton Hoskins, he was the character of Farina in the Our Gang short films from 1922 to 1931. Farina was intended to be the typical pickaninny in the tradition of the character Topsy from Uncle Tom's Cabin. Later on, as his character became one of the better known ones, Allen developed the character in his own special style apart from the stereotype he was original cast as. He got the name "Farina" from a type of cereal. While acting in Our Gang, Farina became one of its most popular characters and later on (in his last contract with the Hal Roach Studios) he was making $250 a week, more than any other child star at that time. Farina's left the series in 1931 at the age of eleven, being replaced by Matthew "Stymie" Beard. Afterwards, Allen got some small roles in feature films. He and his sister Jannie Hoskins (also acted in Our Gang), had a vaudeville act. Allen was in the armed forces in World War II and afterwards he drifted away from performing. Eventually he made a successful career at Los Angeles area medical centers helping disabled young people with drug problems and mental illnesses. Allen "Farina" Hoskins died of cancer on July 26, 1980.

Bio by: Jan Turner


"Farina" of Our Gang

Husband, Father, Grandfather
Sgt. Army W. W. II
Friend to the disabled



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