Edit
George 'Spanky' McFarland Poster

Biography

Jump to: Overview (3) | Mini Bio (1) | Spouse (1) | Trade Mark (1) | Trivia (13) | Personal Quotes (1)

Overview (3)

Date of Birth 2 October 1928Dallas, Texas, USA
Date of Death 30 June 1993Grapevine, Texas, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameGeorge Robert Phillips McFarland

Mini Bio (1)

George 'Spanky' McFarland was born on October 2, 1928 in Dallas, Texas, USA as George Robert Phillips McFarland. He was an actor, known for General Spanky (1936), Our Gang Follies of 1938 (1937) and Beginner's Luck (1935). He was married to Doris. He died on June 30, 1993 in Grapevine, Texas.

Spouse (1)

Doris (? - 30 June 1993) (his death) (3 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Catchphrases: "Okey-dokey!" and its variant, "Okey-doke!". He said "Okey-dokey", much more often than "Okey-doke".

Trivia (13)

Child actor, the chubby, not fat boy of the "Our Gang" short film comedies.
Spanky's famous double and triple-takes were taught to him by Stan Laurel, while a lot of his mannerisms (rolling of eyes, hands on hips, and his trademark exasperated expression) were inspired by Oliver Hardy. He, Laurel and Hardy were working together, but in different shorts, that were produced and directed by Hal Roach.
Spanky's real-life nickname as a child, was "Sonny".
He has two sons: George Gregory McFarland and Verne Emmett McFarland. He has one daughter, Betsy McFarland.
From 1955 to 1960, he created and hosted his own daily kids TV wraparound show, "The Spanky Show," which aired on KOTV (The Tulsa, Oklahoma affilliate of The CBS TV Network). Set against the backdrop of a makeshift kids' clubhouse, Spanky entertained and informed his studio audiences and the viewers at home with games, stories, craftmaking, hobbies, comedy skits, informational segments, and interviews with guest performers, personalities, and the kids in the studio audience in between the re-runs of "The Little Rascals" film comedies.
Was an executive with Philco (later Philco Ford) for many years.
Was an ardent golfer who, in his later years, could be frequently seen on the pro-am circuit.
Was the only Our Ganger to ever receive on-screen and poster billing. He received on-screen billing in Choo-Choo! (1932) and The Pooch (1932), and most Our Gang posters during the mid-1930s were billed: "Our Gang, featuring 'Spanky' McFarland, in..."
So far he is one of the only two members of "Our Gang" and or "The Little Rascals" to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, (co-star Jackie Cooper being the other one among the two). His star is located in front of the Labrea Plaza strip mall, at 7095 Hollywood Blvd on the North side of Hollywood Blvd, between the two closest cross streets of N. Labrea Ave and El Cerrito Place and his star is near the stars belonging to actor, 'Efrem Zimbalist Jr' and composer, Irving Berlin.
Although his name has sometimes been misspelled in older credits as "McFarlane", George is not related to the creator of the TV show "Family Guy", who uses that particular spelling of his last name.
Got his big break through a one minute 'Wonder Bread' commercial, after which his aunt sent him for a screen test with Hal Roach.
After leaving the acting profession, he worked for a wine company, an appliance manufacturer and a boot company.
Michael Jackson was a huge fan of the Our Gang series, and visited the elderly McFarland at his Dallas-area home. As they looked over George's photo albums, a picture of Spanky sitting on the front steps of his home caught Michael's eye. Unbeknownst to any of them before that day, both the McFarlands and the Jacksons had lived in that home, several decades apart.

Personal Quotes (1)

[on his years with the Little Rascals] "I wouldn't take a million dollars for the experience...and I wouldn't take a penny to do it again. As a kid I had everything I wanted, we had a good life but when it was over....it was over."

See also

Other Works | Publicity Listings | Official Sites | Contact Info

Contribute to This Page