selon les conventions filmographiques. The Switzers took a trip to California in 1934 to visit with family members. In the 1954 musical film White Christmas, his photo was used to depict "Freckle-Faced Haynes, the Dog-Faced Boy", an army buddy of lead characters Wallace and Davis (played by Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) who was also the brother of the female leads the Haynes Sisters (played by Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen). While the boys got along, their fathers argued constantly over their sons' screen time and salaries. I was starting a tour of theme parks and county fairs in the Midwest. Coincidentally, Switzer appeared as a slave (uncredited) in the last film for which DeMille was credited as a director, The Ten Commandments. Once inside, he and Stiltz began to argue. Corrigan said Switzer entered the house followed by Jack Piott and said he was going to beat up Stiltz, and Stiltz confronted Switzer with a .38-caliber revolver in his hand. He was an actor, known for The Defiant Ones (1958), Our Gang Follies of 1938 (1937) and I Love You Again (1940). "42 Years Ago: A friend recalls the death of Our Gang's Alfalfa". The next year, he had a supporting role in Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch. He was married to Dian Collingwood. By this time Switzer was downplaying his earlier Our Gang work. Their son, Justin Lance Collingwood Switzer[5] (now Eldridge),[6] was born that year. Carl had married this girl whose father owned a pretty good size farm near Wichita. Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer was born on August 7, 1927 in Paris, Illinois, USA as Carl Dean Switzer. Switzer's last starring roles were in a brief series of imitation Bowery Boys movies. Carl Dean Switzer, the actor who as a child played Alfalfa in the Our Gang comedy film series, dies at age 31 in a fight, allegedly about money, in a Mission Hills, California, home. WABASH VALLEY P R O F I L E SA series of tributes to hometown heroes who have made a difference.Carl "Alfalfa" Switzerarl Dean Switzer the CtRsubjects,"between was one of1940.most popular c"Littlea ascals appearing as Alfalfa in 65 Our Gang inem shor 1935 and The second oldest son of Fred and Gladys (Shanks) Switzer, Carl was born on East Union St. in Paris, Ill., on Aug. 7, 1927. He and his brother Harold became famous in their hometown for their musical talent and performances. Switzer's final film role was in the 1958 drama The Defiant Ones. Later that December, Switzer was arrested in Sequoia National Forest for cutting down 15 pine trees and sentenced to one year's probation. However, Switzer was known for being abrasive and difficult on the set. Shortly before 7 p.m. that evening, January 21, 1959, Switzer and Piott went to Rita Corrigan's home in Mission Hills, where Stiltz was staying, to collect the $50 ($400 today) they felt Stiltz owed Switzer. "Well, we shot Tommy, enough of this," he said he recalled Switzer saying, just before Switzer and Piott started to leave the house. A few days later, a man found the dog and brought it to the Studio City bar where Switzer then worked. "He didn't have to kill him," Corrigan said decades later.[12]. A sister Janice was born in 1923 and a brother Harold was born in 1925. As an adult, he appeared mainly in bit parts and B-movies. He later became a dog breeder and hunting guide. He said Piott broke a glass-domed clock over Stiltz's head, causing Stiltz's eye to swell shut. By the end of the year, Alfalfa was one of the main characters, while Harold had been relegated to the background. Character: Alfalfa Switzer Birthday: August 7, 1927 Place of Birth: Paris, Illinois Date of Death: January 21, 1959 Place of Death: Mission Hills, California First Short: Beginner's Luck Last Short: Kiddie Kure Number of Shorts: 61 History: Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer was lucky to be one of the most famous Little Rascals in the Our Gang series. [3], In 1987, former Our Gang co-star George "Spanky" McFarland recalled a meeting with Switzer when they spoke about the farm:[3]. It had been found by crime scene investigators under his body. "Switzer Name History, Name Meaning and Family Crest", "Pretty Prairie's 'Rascal':Carl Switzer, best known as Alfalfa on and off the "Little Rascals" set, had Kansas connection", "The Life and Death of Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer,", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Carl_%22Alfalfa%22_Switzer&oldid=976446539, Short description is different from Wikidata, Turner Classic Movies person ID same as Wikidata, Wikipedia articles with SNAC-ID identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Episode: "George Gets Call from Unknown Victor", This page was last edited on 3 September 2020, at 00:00.