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‘Our Gang’s’ McFarland dies

GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — George (Spanky) McFarland, the chubby child star of “Our Gang” and “Little Rascals” fame, died Wednesday at age 64.

McFarland died less than an hour after arriving at the emergency department of Baylor Grapevine Hospital, said spokesman Steve Tatum.

The cause of death wasn’t immediately known.

McFarland’s acting career began in 1931 at age 3 when he modeled baby clothes in his hometown of Dallas. He later made a Wonder Bread ad that was noticed by director Hal Roach, the creative force behind “Our Gang.”

In addition to “Our Gang,” McFarland made 14 features, including “Trail of the Lonesome Pine” and “Woman in the Window.”

After retiring from the movie industry at 16, McFarland went into sales. He also owned a restaurant in Oklahoma City.

Survivors include his wife, Doris, and three children. Funeral arrangements were pending.

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