DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Scotty Beckett (aged 38)
Scott Hastings “Scotty” Beckett (October 4, 1929 – May 10, 1968) was an American actor. He began his career as a child actor in the Our Gang shorts and later costarred on Rocky Jones, Space Ranger.
Beckett appeared as a regular in the Our Gang short subjects series from 1934 to 1935. In it, he played George “Spanky” McFarland’s best friend and partner in mischief. His trademark look was a crooked baseball cap and an oversized sweater exposing one shoulder. His role was taken over by Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer in 1935, and he left the series for features after that year. In 1939, he returned briefly as Alfalfa’s cousin, Wilbur, in Cousin Wilbur and Dog Daze
DEATH: On May 8, 1968, Beckett checked into a Los Angeles nursing home to seek medical attention after suffering a serious beating (the circumstances surrounding it were never made clear). He was found dead in his room on May 10. He was 38 years old. A note and pills were found, but the Los Angeles County coroner stated that an exact cause of death was unknown despite the fact that an autopsy had been performed. While no official cause of death has been listed, various media reports state that he either overdosed on barbiturates or alcohol.
Beckett is buried at San Fernando Mission Cemeteryin Mission Hills, Los Angeles.