George 'Spanky' McFarland
 
born: 02 October 1928
Dallas, Texas,
United States of America
died: 30 June 1993
Grapevine, Texas,
United States of America
(heart attack, age 64)
Very popular child actor who was for many years one of the central characters in 55 of Hal Roach's "Our Gang" shorts. Roach signed Spanky to a five year contract on November 4, 1931, with his first year's salary calling for $75 and then $100 a week. His first appearance in a Hal Roach film was in the 2-reel Our Gang short "Free Eats" (1932), at the age of 3 years old. His final film for Hal Roach was in "Came The Brawn" (1938). Spanky also went on to appear in 40 of the 52 Our Gang shorts for MGM between 1938-1942, bowing out with "Unexpected Riches" at the age of 14 years old. In total, Spanky appeared in no less than 95 Our Gang films over an eleven year period, making him one of the top 3 most prolific child stars of the series.
He is only one of two Our Gang child actors to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (the other is Jackie Cooper).

Depending on who you talk to, people who knew him personally will tell you how lovely he was in person; others paint a picture of a bitter, unlikeable old man.
Real name: George Robert Phillips McFarland Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography;
plus post-Roach "Our Gang" films.

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1932
Free Eats
Spanky

1932
Spanky
Spanky
 

1932
Choo-Choo!
Spanky

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

1932
Hook And Ladder
Spanky
 

1932
Free Wheeling
Spanky
 

1932
Birthday Blues
Spanky
 

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

1933
Fish Hooky
Spanky
 

1933
Forgotten Babies
Spanky

1933
The Kid From Borneo
Spanky

1933
One Track Minds
Spanky
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/

1933
Mush And Milk
Spanky

1933
Bedtime Worries
Spanky

1933
Wild Poses
Spanky

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

1934
Hi-Neighbor!
Spanky
 

1934
For Pete's Sake
Spanky
 

1934
Mrs. Barnacle Bill
Kid with catapult

1934
The First Round-Up
Spanky
 

1934
Benny, From Panama
Boy in sailor suit
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/

1934
Honky-Donkey
Spanky
 

1934
Mike Fright
Spanky
 

1934
Washee Ironee
Spanky
 

1934
Mama's Little Pirate
Spanky
 

1934
Shrimps For A Day
Spanky

1935
Anniversary Trouble
Spanky
 

1935
Beginners Luck
Spanky
 

1935
Teachers Beau
Spanky
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/

1935
Sprucin' Up
Spanky
 

1935
Little Papa
Spanky
 

1935
Our Gang Follies Of 1936
Spanky
 

1936
The Pinch Singer
Spanky
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/

1936
Divot Diggers
Spanky
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/

1936
The Lucky Corner
Spanky

1936
Second Childhood
Spanky
 

1936
Arbor Day
Spanky
 

1936
Bored Of Education
Spanky
 

1936
Two Too Young
Spanky

1936
Pay As You Exit
Spanky
 

1936
Spooky Hooky
Spanky
 

1936
General Spanky
Spanky
 

1937
Reunion In Rhythm
Spanky
 

1937
Glove Taps
Spanky
 

1937
Hearts Are Thumps
Spanky

1937
Rushin' Ballet
Spanky

1937
Three Smart Boys
Spanky

1937
Roamin' Holiday
Spanky
 

1937
Night 'N' Gales
Spanky

1937
Fishy Tales
Spanky

1937
Framing Youth
Spanky

1937
The Pigskin Palooka
Spanky

1937
Mail And Female
Spanky

1937
Our Gang Follies Of 1938
Spanky
 

1938
Canned Fishing
Spanky

1938
Bear Facts
Spanky

1938
Three Men In A Tub
Spanky
 

1938
Came The Brawn
Spanky
 
NON-HAL ROACH FILMS

1938
Aladdin's Lantern
Spanky
 

1938
Men In Fright
Spanky

1938
Football Romeo
Spanky
 

1938
Practical Jokers
Spanky
 

1939
Alfalfa's Aunt
Spanky
 

1939
Tiny Troubles
Spanky
 

1939
Duel Personalities
Spanky
 

1939
Clown Princes
Spanky
 

1939
Cousin Wilbur
Spanky
 

1939
Joy Scouts
Spanky
 

1939
Dog Daze
Spanky
 

1939
Auto Antics
Spanky
 

1939
Captain Spanky's Show Boat
Spanky
 

1939
Dad For A Day
Spanky
 

1939
Time Out For Lessons
Spanky
 

1940
Alfalfa's Double
Spanky
 

1940
The Big Premiere
Spanky
 

1940
All About Hash
Spanky
 

1940
The New Pupil
Spanky
 

1940
Bubbling Troubles
Spanky
 

1940
Good Bad Boys
Spanky
 

1940
Waldo's Last Stand
Spanky
 

1940
Goin' Fishin'
Spanky
 

1940
Kiddie Cure
Spanky
 

1941
Baby Blues
Spanky
 

1941
Fightin' Fools
Spanky
 

1941
Ye Olde Minstrels
Spanky
 

1941
1-2-3-Go!
Spanky
 

1941
Robot Wrecks
Spanky
 

1941
Helping Hands
Spanky
 

1941
Come Back, Miss Pipps
Spanky
 

1941
Wedding Worries
Spanky
 

1942
Melodies Old And New
Spanky
 

1942
Going To Press
Spanky
 

1942
Don't Lie
Spanky
 

1942
Surprised Parties
Spanky
 

1942
Doin' Their Bit
Spanky
 

1942
Rover's Big Chance
Spanky
 

1942
Mighty Lak A Goat
Spanky
 

1942
Unexpected Riches
Spanky

Acknowledgements:
Jordan Young (autograph)

This page was last updated on: 17 June 2017