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Overview (3)

Born in Los Angeles, California, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameWilliam Thomas Jr.

Mini Bio (1)

Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas was born on March 12, 1931 in Los Angeles, California, USA as William Thomas Jr. He was an actor, known for General Spanky (1936), Ye Olde Minstrels (1941) and Night 'n' Gales (1937). He died on October 10, 1980 in Los Angeles.

Spouse (1)

? (? - ?) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Floppy hat, striped shirt, and tattered pants precariously held up by one suspender.

Trivia (10)

Interred at Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California, USA.
In 1990 the ABC program 20/20 (1978) was hoaxed into believing that Billy "Buckwheat" Thomas was alive and working as a grocery bagger in Tempe, Arizona. (Thomas actually died in 1980.) A segment broadcast October 5 with narrator Hugh Downs featured an impostor.
Has one son, Billy Jr.
Later worked as a film lab technician at Technicolor in Hollywood for over 20 years.
When introduced at a Little Rascals reunion in 1980, he received a spontaneous standing ovation. He was moved to tears. (He died 3 months later of a heart attack.)
Had a speech impediment as a child.
Started as a member of 'The Little Rascals' as a replacement for Matthew "Stymie" Beard.
In 1935, his 'Buckwheat' character was at first androgynous, wearing pigtails. It only evolved into being called 'he' a year later.
Served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Things didn't go well for the other Our Gang members. Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer was shot dead age 31, Darla Hood contracted hepatitis in hospital and died aged 47, Robert 'Bobby' Blake was tried and acquitted of his wife's murder, Tommy Bond and his wife were severely injured in a car crash in 1996 and Pete the Dog was fatally poisoned.

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