Matthew 'Stymie' Beard
born: 01 January 1925
Los Angeles, California,
United States of America
died: 08 January 1981
Los Angeles, California,
United States of America
(pneumonia, age 56)
Black child actor who was one of the most popular members of Hal Roach's "Our Gang" films in the early-mid 1930s. In later life he became addicted to heroin, but managed to get clean and turn his life around. In the OUR GANG shorts, he always wore a bowler hat, a reference to Stan Laurel. This hat was buried with him when he died in 1981.
He was the brother of Bobbie 'Cotton' Beard, Rene Beard, Carlena Beard and Betty Jane Beard. His mother was Johnnie Mae Beard.
Got his familiar nickname because frequent "Our Gang" director Robert F. McGowan claimed that Beard always "stymied" [unintentionally frustrated] him on every take.
Real name: Matthew Beard, Jr. Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography;
plus "The Stolen Jools".

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1930
Teacher's Pet
Hercules
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/

1930
Schools Out
Hercules
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/

1931
Helping Grandma
Stymie
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/

1931
Love Business
Stymie
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/

1931
Little Daddy
Stymie

1931
Bargain Day
Stymie
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/

1931
Fly My Kite
Stymie
 

1931
Big Ears
Stymie

1931
Shiver My Timbers
Stymie

1931
Dogs Is Dogs
Stymie
 

1932
Readin' And Writin'
Stymie
 

1932
Free Eats
Stymie
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/

1932
Spanky
Stymie / Uncle Tom / Topsy
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/

1932
Choo-Choo!
Stymie

1932
The Pooch
Stymie
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/

1932
Hook And Ladder
Stymie
 

1932
Free Wheeling
Stymie

1932
Birthday Blues
Stymie

1932
A Lad An' A Lamp
Stymie
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/

1933
Fish Hooky
Stymie
 

1933
Forgotten Babies
Stymie

1933
The Kid From Borneo
Stymie

1933
Mush And Milk
Stymie

1933
Bedtime Worries
Stymie

1933
Wild Poses
Stymie

1934
The Cracked Ice Man
Boy in classroom
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/

1934
Hi'-Neighbor!
Stymie

1934
Four Parts
Boy looking for lost penny
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/

1934
For Pete's Sake
Stymie
 

1934
The First Round-Up
Stymie
 

1934
Honky-Donkey
Stymie
 

1934
Mike Fright
Stymie
 

1934
Washee Ironee
Stymie
 

1934
Mama's Little Pirate
Stymie
 

1934
Shrimps For A Day
Stymie
 

1935
Anniversary Trouble
Stymie
 

1935
Beginner's Luck
Stymie
 

1935
Teacher's Beau
Stymie
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/

1937
Reunion In Rhythm
Stymie
 
NON-HAL ROACH FILMS

1931
The Stolen Jools
Stymie

This page was last updated on: 18 September 2018