John H. Davis, who played a tough kid in the “Our Gang” films of the 1920s before pursuing a medical career, died Nov. 3 of respiratory failure at St. John’s Hospital & Health Center, where he had been on the staff. He was 78.
Davis, a Los Angeles native, played Jackie Davis in 19 of the “Our Gang” kid comedies. The series of films were the brainchild of producer Hal Roach, who died last week at age 100.
Davis was groomed for the movies by comedian Harold Lloyd, who married Davis’ sister, Mildred, and sent the boy to military school.
Davis never returned to acting. He attended UC Berkeley and in 1942 graduated from USC School of Medicine.
After World War II service in the Navy, he began private practice, eventually specializing in cardiology.
At his death, Davis was a retired associate professor at the UCLA School of Medicine.
He is survived by his wife, Josephine, a daughter and three sons, two stepdaughters, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday in Santa Monica.