Born on this day in 1927, in Paris, Illinois, actor Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer. Switzer is remembered as one of the most famous members of Our Gang, appearing in dozens of shorts for Hal Roach Studios in the 1930’s. After leaving Our Gang, Switzer found himself typecast, and most of his later rolls would be minor, and often, uncredited.
Happy birthday to both Hal Roach and William Bendix!
Born on this day in 1892 in Elmira, New York, movie mogul, Hal Roach. Roach’s own Hal Roach Studios spawned the careers of The Little Rascals (Our Gang) and Laurel & Hardy, among others.
Born on this day in 1906 in Manhattan, New York, actor William Bendix. Although Bendix starred in The Life Of Riley radio and TV shows, he was one of the golden era’s busiest character actors. He appeared alongside Alan Ladd, Abbott & Costello, Veronica Lake, Groucho Marx, and Bing Crosby.
On this day in 1890, in Ulverston, Lancashire, comedian and writer Stan Laurel was born. One half of the Laurel and Hardy comedy team, his contribution to film history is immeasurable.
Happy birthday to Charlie Chaplin, born on this day in 1889.