William Thomas

Birth: March 12, 1931
Los Angeles, CA
Death: October 10, 1980
Los Angeles, CA
Cause: Heart Attack
Cemetery: Inglewood Park
Burial Location: Acacia Slope Plot, Lot 773, Grave D
Directions: In Northeast corner of plot, next to roadway and directly across from Fairhaven Plot
Biography: One of the most famous of the "Our Gang" characters, William Thomas' career would end as quickly as it began. After the Our Gang shorts, William struggled to find work along with his cast mates. He later worked as a film lab technician at Technicolor in Hollywood for over 20 years. When introduced at a Little Rascals reunion in 1980, he received a spontaneous standing ovation. He was moved to tears. (He died 3 months later of a heart attack.) An interesting side story to this life, In 1990 the ABC program "20/20" (1978) was hoaxed into believing that Billy "Buckwheat" Thomas was alive and working as a grocery bagger in Tempe, Arizona. (Thomas actually died in 1980.) A segment broadcast October 5 with narrator Hugh Downs featured an impostor.
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