Billie Thomas became “Buckwheat” in the episode called, Mama’s Little Pirate. But he continued to play the role as a girl. Since the character, “Buckwheat” was originally a girl, Hal Roach and the studio must have wanted to keep it that way — even though the new actor for Buckwheat was the boy, Billie Thomas. William “Billie” Thomas, Jr. (March 12, – October 10, ) was an American child actor best remembered for portraying the character of Buckwheat in the Our Gang (Little Rascals) short films from until the series’ end in He was a native of Los Angeles, California. Although the character he played was often Continue reading "Biography".
Thomas received a spontaneous standing ovation by fans, and cried in response. On October 10, , he suffered a heart attack and died. He was 49 years old. Thomas was survived by his son William Thomas Jr. In , the younger Thomas created the Buckwheat Memorial Scholarship for students of California State Northridge University. Aug 04, · Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer, Billie “Buckwheat” Thomas, Darla Hood, and George “Spanky” McFarland (Photo: bisexs.xyz) The Little Rascals black & white comedy series, which began airing on television for the young baby boomer audience in , was comprised of approximately 80 “talkie” episodes from the big-screen short film series.
That’s great! I wish I could find more photos of him as an adult. Bill Tracy August 10th, This is a wonderful endearing story, especially because he was with us for such a short period. William “Buckwheat” Thomas will always be remembered among the best of “Our Gang.”. American child actor Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas in a promotional portrait for the Hal Roach 'Our Gang' comedy film series, circa, American child actors George 'Spanky' McFarland, Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer, Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas and Eugene Gordon Lee, in a promotional still.