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Jack Hanlon dies in Las Vegas: 'Our Gang' actor was 96

17 December 2012 7:42 AM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Film actor Jack Hanlon died on Dec. 13 in Las Vegas, Nev., his family has revealed. The "Our Gang" actor was 96.

Hanlon was a child star who acted in films in the late '20s and early '30s. He's best known for his work in the "Our Gang/Little Rascals" films "The Glorious Fourth" and "Olympic Gangs," but he also appeared in "talkies" before retiring from acting at age 16. Among his most famous movies are "The Shakedown," "The General" and "Big Money."

"He was absolutely the sweetest, most charming man," Hanlon's niece, Wendy Putnam Park, told The Associated Press. "He loved talking about being in the movies if you brought the subject up. He loved sharing stories about being in them."

After his time in Hollywood, Hanlon went on to become an Army paratrooper and a mover for Allied Van Lines. Prior to his death, he had lived in Las Vegas for 18 years. »

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'Our Gang' Actor Dies At 96

17 December 2012 5:30 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Reno, Nev. -- Jack Hanlon, who had roles in the 1926 silent classic "The General" and in two 1927 "Our Gang" comedies, died Thursday in Las Vegas, family members said Sunday. He was 96.

The precocious, freckle-faced Hanlon was a natural as a child actor from 1926 to 1933, said his niece, Wendy Putnam Park of Las Vegas.

"He was absolutely the sweetest, most charming man," Park told The Associated Press. "He loved talking about being in the movies if you brought the subject up. He loved sharing stories about being in them."

After a small role with Buster Keaton in "The General," he played mischievous kids in two of Hal Roach's "Our Gang/Little Rascals" films: "The Glorious Fourth" and "Olympic Games."

Hanlon also played an orphan in the 1929 drama "The Shakedown," and got an on-screen kiss from Greta Garbo in the 1930 film "Romance."

He appeared in eight more "talkies," including "Big Money" with Clark Gable, »

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