William "Billie" Thomas, Jr., child actor. He is best remembered for portraying the character of "Buckwheat"  ("O-tay!") in the Our Gang (aka Little Rascals) short films from 1934-1944. Although the character he played was often the subject of controversy in later years for containing elements of the "pickaninny" stereotype, he always defended his work, pointing out that Buckwheat and the rest of the black kids were treated as equals to the white kids in the series. R.I.P.

William "Billie" Thomas, Jr., child actor. He is best remembered for portraying the character of "Buckwheat" ("O-tay!") in the Our Gang (aka Little Rascals) short films from 1934-1944. Although the character he played was often the subject of controversy in later years for containing elements of the "pickaninny" stereotype, he always defended his work, pointing out that Buckwheat and the rest of the black kids were treated as equals to the white kids in the series. R.I.P.

William (Billie) Thomas (3/12/1930 - 10/10/1980) played Buckwheat in the Our Gang (Little Rascals) comedy shorts from 1934 to 1944, and was the only cast member to appear in all 52 of the films produced by MGM after the studio obtained rights from Hal Roach in 1938. Thomas served in the Korean War and returned to a career in Hollywood working behind the scenes as a technical editor. #TodayInBlackHistory

William (Billie) Thomas (3/12/1930 - 10/10/1980) played Buckwheat in the Our Gang (Little Rascals) comedy shorts from 1934 to 1944, and was the only cast member to appear in all 52 of the films produced by MGM after the studio obtained rights from Hal Roach in 1938. Thomas served in the Korean War and returned to a career in Hollywood working behind the scenes as a technical editor. #TodayInBlackHistory

TIL Billie Thomas who played Buckwheat in the 1930s Little Rascals went on to the Army and was award the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He never acted again.

TIL Billie Thomas who played Buckwheat in the 1930s Little Rascals went on to the Army and was award the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He never acted again.

William "Billie" Thomas (1931-1980). Child actor best remembered for playing Buckwheat in the "Our Gang" films from 1934 until 1944. The only cast member to be in all 52 "Our Gang" shorts. His role was the subject of controversy in later years, but he always defended his work, pointing out that the black kids were treated as equals to the white kids. As an adult, he was a successful film lab technician with Technicolor Corp. He took his experience in film to learn the trade of film editing.

William "Billie" Thomas (1931-1980). Child actor best remembered for playing Buckwheat in the "Our Gang" films from 1934 until 1944. The only cast member to be in all 52 "Our Gang" shorts. His role was the subject of controversy in later years, but he always defended his work, pointing out that the black kids were treated as equals to the white kids. As an adult, he was a successful film lab technician with Technicolor Corp. He took his experience in film to learn the trade of film editing.

William "Billie" Thomas, Jr. (1931 – 1980) was a child actor remembered for portraying the character Buckwheat in the Our Gang Comedies.

William "Billie" Thomas, Jr. (1931 – 1980) was a child actor remembered for portraying the character Buckwheat in the Our Gang Comedies.

Billie “Buckwheat” Thomas (1931-1980) African American child actor that played the character of Buckwheat in the Our Gang (Little Rascals) short films from 1934 until the series’ end in 1944. Although the character he played was often the subject of controversy in later years for containing elements of the “pickaninny” stereotype, Thomas always defended his work in the series, pointing out that Buckwheat and the rest of the black Our Gang kids were treated as equals to the white kids in the…

Billie “Buckwheat” Thomas (1931-1980) African American child actor that played the character of Buckwheat in the Our Gang (Little Rascals) short films from 1934 until the series’ end in 1944. Although the character he played was often the subject of controversy in later years for containing elements of the “pickaninny” stereotype, Thomas always defended his work in the series, pointing out that Buckwheat and the rest of the black Our Gang kids were treated as equals to the white kids in the…

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