Then and Now: What Happened to the Cast of ‘The Little Rascals?’


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The Little Rascals television show, which debuted in 1955, introduced a band of ragtag children to the world. They were born from the 1927-1938 Our Gang shorts from MGM, which had no sound. When comedy producer Hal Roach got the rights to them, he re-bundled 79 of the 80 shorts and filmed them with audio to make The Little Rascals TV series. It is still running today.

Each character had their own distinct personality and image that earned them their nicknames. Who doesn’t remember the shock of freckles on Alfalfa’s nose and the lock of hair that stood up on his head? He often crooned “Oh My Darling, Clementine,” off-key, to his sweetheart, Darla. Rounding out the popular Our Gang favorites were Spanky, Buckwheat, Stymie, and of course Petey, the dog. Get ready to dive into TV history with the original Little Rascals then and now. But wait, there’s more!

Their legend continued on the big screen in the 1994 Universal release The Little Rascals. It was a feature film loosely based on interpretations of classic Our Gang shorts. Directed by Penelope Spheeris, the cameos were the stars of the film, led by the Olsen twins, Whoopi Goldberg, Mel Brooks, Reba McEntire, Daryl Hannah, Raven-Symoné, and — wait for it — Donald Trump .

If you’ve ever wondered what happened personally and professionally to the actors from The Little Rascals — both the TV series and the film — the wait is over. Here are The Little Rascals then and now. Which one was your favorite?