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Matthew 'Stymie' Beard

Highest Rated:   100% The Buddy Holly Story (1978)
Lowest Rated:   67% Dead Reckoning (1947)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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

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