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 1922-1938 Our Gang shorts from MGM. Producer/creator Hal Roach re-bundled 79 of the shorts to make The Little Rascals TV series, which is still broadcast 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? Rounding out the popular Our Gang favorites were Spanky, Buckwheat, Stymie, and of course Petey, the dog. Get ready to dive into TV history and take a then-and-now look at the original Little Rascals. But that’s not all.

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 celebrity cameos — led by the Olsen twins, Whoopi Goldberg, Mel Brooks, Reba McEntire, Daryl Hannah, Raven-Symoné, and Donald Trump — really stole the show.

If you’ve ever wondered what happened personally and professionally to the actors from The Little Rascals — from both the TV series and the film — the wait is over. Here are The Little Rascals then and now. Which one was your favorite? Be sure to let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to SHARE this cast recap with other loyal fans!

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