Leonard Landy, ‘Our Gang’ Actor, Dies at 84

Our Gang
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Leonard Landy, best known for his work as one of the Little Rascals on “Our Gang,” died Wednesday. He was 84.

Often recognized for his freckled face and big ears, Landy appeared in 21 “Our Gang” comedy shorts, debuting in “Feed ‘Em and Weep” in 1938 and culminating with “Fightin’ Fools” in 1941.

“Our Gang,” a series of comedy short films about a group of poor neighborhood children and their adventures, began in 1922 as a series of silent shorts and they were created with sound in 1929. Landy was known for watching the action with an occasional one liner.

In the 1950s, the comedy series were syndicated for television and re-titled “The Little Rascals.” Hal Roach produced both productions.

In total, “Our Gang” featured over 41 child actors. Actors from the series who are still living include Lassie Lou Ahern, Robert Blake, Margaret Kerry, Sidney Kibrick and Mildred Kornman.

In 1980, Landy acted in an “Our Gang” reunion sponsored by The Sons of the Desert. He made numerous appearances with the Los Angeles based chapter of the Sons. His last appearance was a mini-reunion with eight other “Our Gang” members in 2014.

He is survived by his wife and two children.

(Pictured: Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer, Leonard Landy, George “Spanky” McFarland, William “Buckwheat” Thomas and Robert “Mickey” Blake)

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  1. Linda Bednarski says:

    Loved this tv series..So sorry for the familys’ loss. RIP LEONARD. ❤😢
    He is the 2nd boy from the left. The first boy was Alfalfa.

  2. Cindi Martin says:

    It’s Mickey, not Mikey.

  3. I think he is the 1st boy on our left. Big ears, freckles and the cow lick is what I remember him by. Very funny actor. RIP good man.

  4. Richard W. Bann says:

    It’s “Mickey,” not “Mikey.” And his name wasn’t Blake at that time, it was Gubitosi.

  5. Me neither. Who was he? Second from the left next to Alfalfa in the picture?

  6. L.D. Meyer says:

    To me its not clear which character Leonard Landy played,…….anybody ?

    • Cathleen says:

      I believe one of the characters he played might have been called Uh-huh, because that was a phrase he used a lot.

      • Cathleen says:

        let me correct that. He wasn’t Uh-huh. His characters were named either Percy deacon or Leonard.

  7. GCNJ says:

    “Landy also appeared in the 1950s version of the comedy series”
    WHAT? There was no such thing! The theatrical shorts (which ended in 1944) were repackaged for television, renamed “Little Rascals” from “Our Gang.”

  8. GCNJ says:

    “When it was converted to sound in 1929, Landy was known for watching the action with an occasional one liner.”
    Huh? He was born in 1933.

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