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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 1 January 1925Los Angeles, California, USA
Date of Death 8 January 1981Los Angeles, California, USA  (pneumonia)
Birth NameMatthew Beard Jr.
Nickname Junior

Mini Bio (1)

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.

Trade Mark (1)

Derby hat

Trivia (9)

Allowed by his parents to name the new additions to their family, he named one of his brothers after boyhood friend Dickie Moore.
Became a heroin addict in his early adult life. In the 1960s, he got himself clean, turned his life around, and got back into show business.
Was buried with the trademark bowler that he always wore next to him.
Mother is Johnnie Mae Beard
Original name for Stymie in the Gang: Hercules
Both he and his father, Matthew Sr., a minister in Los Angeles, were born on New Year's Day.
Got his familiar nickname because frequent "Our Gang" director Robert F. McGowan claimed that Beard always "stymied" [unintentionally frustrated] him on every take.
His trademark bowler was actually a gift from comedian Stan Laurel, which accounts for its oversize.

Personal Quotes (1)

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."

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