Matthew 'Stymie' Beard

Highest Rated: 100% The Buddy Holly Story (1978)
Lowest Rated: 67% Dead Reckoning (1947)
Birthday: Jan 1, 1925
Birthplace: Not Available
The son of a Los Angeles minister, three-year-old Matthew Beard won out of 350 kids to replace Allen "Farina" Hoskins as the resident black child in Hal Roach's Our Gang comedies. Nicknamed Hercules in his first two-reeler, Teacher's Pet (1930), Beard was thereafter known as Stymie because of his innocent offscreen habit of confounding his elders. Wearing an oversized derby hat (borrowed from Roach comedian Stan Laurel), the clever, resourceful, eternally grinning Stymie quickly became one of the most popular Our Gang kids. After appearing in 36 Our Gang shorts, Beard began freelancing in 1935, playing small roles in big films like Captain Blood (1935), Jezebel (1938), The Great Man Votes (1939), and Stormy Weather (1943). Alas, after dropping out of high school in 1945, he fell into a bad crowd, spending the next two decades in and out of jails for committing crimes to feed his drug habit. Miraculously, Beard completely turned his life around in the mid-'60s when he entered the drug rehab organization Synanon. Looking remarkably like the eternally optimistic Stymie of old, Matthew Beard made a successful show business comeback in the 1970s, appearing in such films as The Buddy Holly Story (1978) and such weekly TV series as Good Times and The Jeffersons.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Little Rascals Actor 2011
100% The Buddy Holly Story Luther 1978
No Score Yet Huckleberry Finn Jeremiah 1975
No Score Yet Truck Turner Jail Guard 1974
67% Dead Reckoning Bellboy 1947
80% Fallen Angel Shoe Shine Boy 1945
No Score Yet Show Business Harold 1944
No Score Yet Belle Starr Young Jaks 1941
83% The Return of Frank James Mose the Bellboy 1940
No Score Yet Broken Strings Actor 1940
No Score Yet Way Down South Gumbo 1939
No Score Yet Kentucky Boy 1938
No Score Yet Two-Gun Man from Harlem Jimmy Thompson 1938
No Score Yet The Beloved Brat Pinkie 1938
94% Jezebel Ti Bat 1938
No Score Yet Rainbow on the River Lilybell 1936
No Score Yet Teacher's Beau Stymie 1935
No Score Yet Shrimps For A Day Actor 1934
No Score Yet Kid Millions Stymie 1934
No Score Yet The Little Rascals Stymie 1930

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Sanford and Son
1972-1977
Cleon
  • 1974

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