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Mission Hills, California
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Massive Internal Bleeding by Gun shot wound
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Carl Dean "Alfalfa" Switzer (August 7, 1927 – January 21, 1959) was an American child actor, professional dog breeder and hunting guide, most notable for appearing in the Our Gang short subjects series as Alfalfa, one of the series` most popular and best-remembered characters. Switzer was born in Paris, Illinois, the second son, fourth and last child of Gladys C. Shanks (née Doerr) and G. Frederick Switzer. He was named Carl after the Switzer family and Dean after many relatives in his grandmother`s family. He and his older brother, Harold Switzer, became famous around their hometown for their musical talent and performances; both sang and played a number of instruments.
The Switzers took a trip to California in 1934 to visit with family members. While sightseeing they eventually wound up at Hal Roach Studios. Following a public tour of the facility, 8-year-old Harold and 6-year-old Carl entered into the Hal Roach Studio`s open-to-the-public cafeteria, the Our Gang Café, and began an impromptu performance. Producer Hal Roach was present at the commissary that day and was impressed by the performance. He signed both Switzers to appear in Our Gang. Harold was given two nicknames, "Slim" and "Deadpan," and Carl was dubbed "Alfalfa." The Switzer brothers first appeared in the 1935 Our Gang short, Beginner`s Luck. By the end of the year, Alfalfa was one of the main characters in the series, while Harold had more or less been relegated to the role of a background player. The tenure of both Switzers in Our Gang ended in 1940, when Carl was twelve. Carl continued to appear in movies in various supporting roles, including I Love You Again, Going My Way, Courage of Lassie, and It`s a Wonderful Life and starred in the John Wayne film Island in the Sky where he coined the phrase "Whatever`s customary," about the only line he spoke throughout the film, but one he repeated several times in it.
In the early 1950s, Switzer moved to Kansas. He lived and worked on a farm at Pretty Prairie, west of Wichita. There he met and married Diane Collingwood, the heiress of grain elevator empire Collingwood Grain. The marriage only lasted four months, but did result in the birth of a son whose name was a well-kept secret. In 2002, it was revealed that his son`s name is Lance.
He Died by gunshot wound by an acquaintance in an argument over $50 which Switzer felt the acquaintance owed him. The acquaintance pleaded self-defense, and the judge ruled the death "justifiable homicide." Carl Switzer is interred at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California. His death went virtually unnoticed in the media, as Switzer died on the same day as Cecil B. DeMille. Switzer received only minor footnotes in most newspapers, while DeMille`s obituary dominated the columns.
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Carl Dean Switzer (August 7, 1927 – January 21, 1959) was an American actor, professional dog breeder and hunting guide.
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Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer passed away on 21st Jan 1959 aged 31.
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer was in a relationship with Dian Collingwood (1952 - 1956).
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer had a son named Lance.
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer is a 31 year old American Actor. Born Carl Dean Switzer on 7th August, 1927 in Paris, Illinois, he is famous for `Alfalfa` in a career that spans 1935–1958. His zodiac sign is Leo.
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer was in an on-screen matchup with Darla Hood in Our Gang (1922).
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer is a member of the following lists:
Murdered male actors,
People from Paris, Illinois and
Male actors from Illinois.
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Posted by papa 1 day ago
all i can say very beautiful and talented [ajs on iwatch]
Posted by elvisdreamer 1 day ago
gorgeous as ever,looked beautiful in the colorful leggings, love your longe...
Posted by Nicoel Carino 2 days ago
he is so nice. i love there narnia movies very much
Posted by claudette 2 days ago
Megyn would you please stop dressing like your going out to dinner and dres...