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Enjoyed hunting, but mostly stayed out in the woods by himself enjoying nature.

In Later Years, Carl lived at 5415 Sepulveda Boulevard in Van Nuys, California. Although sadly, now, the original property is long gone replaced by a Two Story Stucco Apartment Building.

In addition to acting, he worked as a bartender, dog trainer and fishing and hunting guide.

His marriage lasted four months and produced a son. His family has always kept his son`s name secret.

He had three older siblings, Harold Switzer, Janice "Genness" Genevieve and an older brother who died during childhood.

Despite his trademark off-key singing, in real life he was a very skilled singer.

In White Christmas (1954), the photo that Vera-Ellen shows to Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye of her brother Bennie is actually a photo of Switzer.

Died the same day as Cecil B. DeMille.

His father and brother were buried next to him.

He and his brother Harold Switzer decided to audition for Our Gang, but could not gain access into the studio. They went to the Our Gang Cafe and began singing and were quickly signed into "Beginner`s Luck".

Got into an argument with the director and urinated on the studio light and shut down production till the smoke and smell of it cleared.

Distant cousin of David Switzer.

His best friend in the "Our Gang" cast was Tommy Bond, who played his on-screen nemesis Butch.

His father was often engaged in power struggles with `George `Spanky` McFarland``s father (over billing, screen time, star status, etc.). The boys, however, managed to get along fine with one another.

Switzer did have notable success as an adult as a highly regarded hunting guide, whose regular clientele included Roy Rogers and James Stewart.

Although one of the most popular members of "Our Gang," Switzer`s later life became an almost textbook example of the former child star whose life takes a turn for the worse. Numerous brushes with the law, a broken marriage, and grade-Z film work (when he could get it) all led up to his sudden, violent death in January 1959 at the age of only 31. A similar fate befell his brother, actor Harold Switzer, who, nine years later, killed his girlfriend and (a few hours after that) himself.

Many sources have stated that the image of a dog displayed on his tombstone refers to the hound from the Little Rascals series. This is not, in fact, correct; rather, the image references work as a professional breeder.

Buried at Hollywood Memorial Park (now Hollywood Forever), 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, California.

Died by gunshot wound by an acquaintance in an argument over $50 which Switzer felt the acquaintance owed him. The acquaintance pleaded self-defense, and the judge ruled the death "justifiable homicide." [Source: "The Hollywood Death Book," James Robert Parish, 1992.]

Shot to death in an argument in Mission Hills, California.

Was Alfalfa in the "Our Gang" comedies.

The Switzer family holds an annual reunion in a local park in Paris. Believed that the surviving relatives would welcome an opportunity to share reliable information on him.

He supplemented his income in the fifties by tending bar, serving as a mountain guide in the High Sierras, and training hunting dogs.

He was befriended by Roy Rogers and Dale Evans; the couple was so fond of Alfalfa that they agreed to stand as godparents to Alfalfa`s only child, a son, born during a brief marriage in the mid-fifties.

He appeared in over fifty non-Rascals film and TV roles, playing in scenes with such screen legends as Jimmy Stewart, Henry Fonda, Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Bing Crosby, Robert Mitchum, Jane Darwell, and Loretta Young. One of his grownup roles was a 100-year-old Indian; he also had a walk-on appearance in "The Ten Commandments".

•He was known as a talented but temperamental performer who got along with very few of his fellow Little Rascals cast; George "Spanky" McFarland was, in fact, one of the only other Rascals cast members with whom he was friends off-camera (although their parents feuded chronically over screen time and billing.)

He grew up in a rented farmhouse in Paris, Illinois, in an environment so rural that he almost never wore shoes prior to relocating to Hollywood in 1934.


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