Stymie Beard | Our Gang | Stymie
Did You Know?
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."
After his heroin addiction, he struggled to get back into acting, having a few minor roles. He finally scored when he ran into Eric Monte (of Good Times fame) and was offered to play Monty, a friend of James. It was the first steady acting job that Stymie had since his "Our Gang" days.