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Matthew 'Stymie' Beard (1925–1981)

Matthew 'Stymie' Beard was born on January 1, 1925 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Matthew Beard Jr. He was an actor, known for Jezebel (1938), School's Out (1930) and The Kid from Borneo (1933). He died on January 8, 1981 in Los Angeles. See full bio »

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 1981 East of Eden (TV Mini-Series)
Cotton Eye
- Part Three (1981) ... Cotton Eye (as Stymie Beard)
- Part Two (1981) ... Cotton Eye (as Stymie Beard)
- Part One (1981) ... Cotton Eye (as Stymie Beard, credit only)
 1980 Pray TV
Willie Washington, Usher
 1979 The Little Rascals' Christmas Special (TV Movie)
Butcher (voice, as Stymie Beard)
 1979 Diff'rent Strokes (TV Series)
The Man
- The Adoption: Part 1 (1979) ... The Man (as Stymie Beard)
 1979 The Jeffersons (TV Series)
Small Businessman #1
- A Short Story (1979) ... Small Businessman #1 (as Stymie Beard)
 1979 Backstairs at the White House (TV Mini-Series)
Luke Henry
- Episode #1.3 (1979) ... Luke Henry (as Stymie Beard)
 1978 The Buddy Holly Story
Luther (as Stymie Beard)
 1974-1977 Good Times (TV Series)
Monty / Mr. Edwards
- The Evans Get Involved: Part 2 (1977) ... Mr. Edwards (as Stymie Beard)
- The Big Move: Part 2 (1976) ... Monty (as Stymie Beard)
- J.J. Becomes a Man: Part 1 (1974) ... Monty (as Stymie Beard)
- Getting Up the Rent (1974) ... Monty (as Stymie Beard)
- Too Old Blues (1974) ... Monty (as Stymie Beard)
 1976 Disco 9000
Harold Jackson
 1976 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series)
Duke
- The Las Vegas Strangler (1976) ... Duke (as Stymie Beard)
 1976 Emergency! (TV Series)
Bar Owner
- The Nuisance (1976) ... Bar Owner
 1975 Maude (TV Series)
Stymie
- Consenting Adults (1975) ... Stymie
 1975 Huckleberry Finn (TV Movie)
Jeremiah
 1973-1974 Sanford and Son (TV Series)
Otis Littlejohn / Otis
- A Little Extra Security (1974) ... Otis
- Fred Sanford, Legal Eagle (1974) ... Otis Littlejohn
- A House Is Not a Pool Room (1973) ... Otis Littlejohn
 1974 Truck Turner
Jail Guard (as Stymie Beard)
 1974 The First Woman President (TV Movie)
 1974 It's Good to Be Alive (TV Movie)
Stymie (as Stymie Beard)
 1974 Hawkins (TV Series)
Gus
 1953 The Vanquished
Dr. Colfax's Stableboy (uncredited)
 1947 The Burning Cross
Shoe Shine Boy (uncredited)
 1947 Dead Reckoning
Bellboy (uncredited)
 1945 Fallen Angel
Shoeshine Boy (uncredited)
 1944 The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Pancho (uncredited)
 1943 Stormy Weather
Stagehand (uncredited)
 1941 Belle Starr
Young Jake (uncredited)
 1940 Broken Strings
Dickey Morley (as Stymie Beard)
 1940 The Return of Frank James
Mose (as Stymie Beard)
 1939 Swanee River
Negro Boy (uncredited)
 1939 Way Down South
Gumbo (as Stymie Beard)
 1939 Outside These Walls
Penny (uncredited)
 1939 The Great Man Votes
Davy's Friend (uncredited)
 1938 Kentucky
Black Child (uncredited)
 1938 Two-Gun Man from Harlem
Jimmy Thompson (as Stymie Beard)
 1938 The Beloved Brat
Pinkie White (as Stymie Beard)
 1938 Jezebel
Ti Bat (as Stymie Beard)
 1937 Slave Ship
Black Boy on Pier (uncredited)
 1937 A Day at Santa Anita (Short)
Eclipse (uncredited)
 1937 Penrod and Sam
Buzz (uncredited)
 1937 Reunion in Rhythm (Short)
Stymie (as Our Gang)
 1936 Rainbow on the River
Lilybell Jones (uncredited)
 1936 Camp Meetin' (Short)
Church Boy
 1936 Grand Jury
Marshmallow (uncredited)
 1936 The Prisoner of Shark Island
Boy Seeking Dr. Mudd (uncredited)
 1935 Captain Blood
Governor's Attendant (uncredited)
 1935 The Littlest Rebel
Black Boy (uncredited)
 1935 Teacher's Beau (Short)
Stymie (as Our Gang)
 1935 Beginner's Luck (Short)
Stymie (as Our Gang)
 1935 Anniversary Trouble (Short)
Stymie (as Our Gang)
 1934 Shrimps for a Day (Short)
Stymie (as Our Gang)
 1934 Kid Millions
Little Boy in Ice Cream Number (uncredited)
 1934 Mama's Little Pirate (Short)
Stymie (as Our Gang)
 1934 Washee Ironee (Short)
Stymie (as Our Gang)
 1934 Mike Fright (Short)
Stymie (as Our Gang)
 1934 Honky Donkey (Short)
Stymie (as Our Gang)
 1934 The First Round-Up (Short)
Stymie (as Our Gang)
 1934 For Pete's Sake! (Short)
Stymie (as Our Gang)
 1934 Four Parts (Short)
Boy Looking for Lost Penny (uncredited)
 1934 Hi'-Neighbor! (Short)
Stymie (as Our Gang)
 1934 The Cracked Ice Man (Short)
Boy who says, 'Three's a crowd' (uncredited)
 1933 Wild Poses (Short)
Stymie (as Our Gang)
 1933 Bedtime Worries (Short)
Stymie (as Our Gang)
 1933 Mush and Milk (Short)
Stymie (as Our Gang)
 1933 The Kid from Borneo (Short)
Stymie (as Our Gang)
 1933 Forgotten Babies (Short)
Stymie (as Our Gang)
 1933 Fish Hooky (Short)
Stymie (as Our Gang)
 1932 A Lad an' a Lamp (Short)
Stymie (as Our Gang)
 1932 Birthday Blues (Short)
Stymie (as Our Gang)
 1932 Free Wheeling (Short)
Stymie
 1932 Hook and Ladder (Short)
Stymie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
 1932 The Pooch (Short)
Stymie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
 1932 Choo-Choo! (Short)
Stymie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
 1932 Spanky (Short)
Stymie / Uncle Tom / Topsy (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
 1932 Free Eats (Short)
Stymie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
 1932 Readin' and Writin' (Short)
Stymie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
 1931 Dogs Is Dogs (Short)
Stymie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
 1931 Shiver My Timbers (Short)
Stymie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
 1931 Big Ears (Short)
Stymie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
 1931 Fly My Kite (Short)
Stymie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
 1931 Bargain Day (Short)
Stymie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
 1931 The Stolen Jools (Short)
Stymie (as Stymie)
 1931 Little Daddy (Short)
Stymie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
 1931 Love Business (Short)
Stymie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
 1931 Helping Grandma (Short)
Stymie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
 1930 School's Out (Short)
Hercules (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
 1930 Teacher's Pet (Short)
Hercules (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
 1930 Mamba
Child (uncredited)
 1929 Hallelujah
Child (uncredited)
 1929 Show Boat
Child (uncredited)
 1929 Hearts in Dixie
Child (uncredited)
 1927 Uncle Tom's Cabin
Child (uncredited)
 1927 My Best Girl
Child (uncredited)
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Alternate Names:

Stymie Beard | Our Gang | Hal Roach's Rascals | Stymie
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Personal Quote:

On his "Our Gang" characterization: "We knew even then [the 1930s] that 'Stymie' was an insult to our race, but it was the Depression and I had seven sisters and six brothers at home."

Trivia:

Got his familiar nickname because frequent "Our Gang" director Robert F. McGowan claimed that Beard always "stymied" [unintentionally frustrated] him on every take. See more »

Trademark:

Derby hat

Nickname:

Junior

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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