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Place of Death
Los Angeles, California
Cause of Death
Overdose of Barbiturates
Claim to Fame
Our Gang Comedies
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Scott Hastings "Scotty" Beckett (October 4, 1929 – May 10, 1968) was an American child actor. He starred in the Our Gang and Rocky Jones, Space Ranger series. Born in Oakland, California, Beckett got his start in show business at age 3 when a casting director heard him singing by chance. Beckett was in a hospital visiting his father who was recovering from an illness, and was entertaining him by singing songs. A studio casting director who happened to be nearby noticed the child, and told his parents he had movie potential. Beckett auditioned, and landed a part in Gallant Lady (1933). The same year, his father died. Beckett appeared as a regular in the Our Gang short subjects series from 1934-1935. In the gang, Beckett played George "Spanky" McFarland`s best friend and partner in mischief. His trademark look was a crooked black baseball cap and an oversized black sweater, exposing one shoulder. His role was taken over by Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer in 1935, and Beckett left the series for features after that year. Beckett became a prolific child and young adult actor from the late 1930s to the early 1950s. In 1939, he returned to Our Gang briefly as Alfalfa`s cousin Wilbur in Cousin Wilbur and Dog Daze. He appeared as one of the unborn children in Shirley Temple`s The Blue Bird (1940). He also played Al Jolson as a teenager in The Jolson Story (1946), with his singing voice being provided by fellow child actor Rudy Wissler. His performance as Jolson was described as "touching, enchanting, and to all indications, accurate".
Beckett went on to play the copilot "Winky" on the 1954 TV space opera Rocky Jones, Space Ranger. Winky was to be his last major role. He made only a few subsequent TV and film appearances, some uncredited bit parts, before leaving show business forever. Over a period of time, Beckett had been arrested for "drunk driving, assault, drug possession, disturbing the peace, passing a bad check and carrying a concealed weapon". He was 38 when he died in 1968, due to a suspected overdose of barbiturates or alcohol.
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Scott Hastings "Scotty" Beckett (October 4, 1929 â€“ May 10, 1968) was an American actor. Beckett began his career as a child actor in the Our Gang shorts and later co-starred on Rocky Jones, Space Ranger.
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