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Carl Switzer was an American actor, professional dog breeder, and hunting guide

InformationDetail
BirthdayAugust 7, 1927
Died onJanuary 21, 1959
NationalityAmerican
FamousFilm & Theater Personalities, Actors
City/StateIllinois
SpousesDian Collingwood (m. 1954–1957)
Known asCarl Dean Switzer
Childrens Lance Switzer
Cause of deathAssassination
Birth PlaceParis, Illinois, United States
GenderMale
FatherGeorge Frederick Switzer
MotherGladys C. Shanks
Sun SignLeo
Born inParis, Illinois, United States
Famous asActor
Died at Age31

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Who is Carl Switzer?

Carl Switzer, born as Carl Dean Switzer, was an American actor, professional dog breeder, and hunting guide. He started his acting career as a child artist, appearing as Alfalfa in the Our Gang short subjects. As a youngster he played supporting roles in numerous movies, including ‘Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch’, 'Going My Way', 'The Great Mike', 'The Human Comedy', 'It's a Wonderful Life', 'On Our Merry Way', ' White Christmas' and 'The Defiant Ones'. He also worked on television, appearing in six episodes of ‘The Roy Rogers Show’ as well as guest-starring on 'The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show', 'Lux Video Theatre' and 'Science Fiction Theatre'. The American actor had many unaccredited roles in his acting career as well. These include roles in the movies ‘A Letter to Three Wives’, ‘House by the River’, ‘Here Comes the Groom’, ‘Not as a Stranger’, ‘Francis in the Navy’, ‘Dig That Uranium’, ‘The Ten Commandments’ and ‘Between Heaven and Hell’. Coming to his personal life, Carl Switzer was a divorcee and had one child. In January 1959, he died after he was shot by an acquaintance over a dispute about money. He was just 31 at the time of his tragic death.

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Childhood & Early Life

Carl Switzer was born as Carl Dean Switzer on August 7, 1927 in Paris, Illinois, USA, to George Frederick Switzer and Gladys C. Shanks. He had three siblings: sister Janice, brother Harold, and another brother who died young.

At a tender age, Switzer started performing along with his brother Harold. Their musical talent and performances made them popular in their hometown.

Career

In 1934, Carl Switzer, along his brother Harold, visited the Our Gang Café operated by the Hal Roach Studio and started an impromptu performance. The producer of the studio was impressed after seeing their performance and signed them to appear in Our Gang productions. The brothers first appeared in its short ‘Beginner's Luck’.

Soon after this, the brothers were cast in some of the gang’s short films, including ‘Teacher's Beau’, ‘Sprucin' Up’ and ‘Our Gang Follies of 1936’ in 1935. Then in 1936, Carl appeared as Alfalfa in Our Gang shorts ‘The Lucky Corner’, ‘Arbor Day’ and ‘Spooky Hooky’.

In 1937, he acted in a handful of short films such as ‘Reunion in Rhythm’, ‘Rushin' Ballet’, ‘Mail and Female’ and ‘Our Gang Follies of 1938’. In 1940, Carl Switzer's tenure on Our Gang ended, at the age of 12. He then went on to co-star in the comedy ‘Reg'lar Fellers’.

After this, he had supporting roles in the movies ‘Johnny Doughboy’, ‘Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch’, ‘Henry and Dizzy’, ‘There's One Born Every Minute’ and ‘The War against Mrs. Hadley’.

The actor then had uncredited roles in the 1943 films ‘The Human Comedy’ and ‘Dixie’. Later on, he got featured in the flicks ‘Rosie the Riveter’, ‘Going My Way’, ‘The Great Mike’ and ‘Together Again’.

Switzer played the role of Freddie Othello in the Christmas film ‘It's a Wonderful Life’ in 1946. The same year, he acted in the movies ‘Gas House Kids´ and ‘Courage of Lassie’. The following year, he starred as Alfalfa in the comedy films ‘Gas House Kids Go West’ and ‘Gas House Kids in Hollywood’ respectively.

He then was cast in the comedy flick ‘On Our Merry Way’ as well as the drama flick ‘State of the Union’ in the year 1948. The same year, he played Frankie Snead on the radio series ‘Big Town Scandal’. During 1949 and 1950, the American artiste had uncredited roles in the movies ‘A Letter to Three Wives’ and ‘House by the River’.

In 1952, Switzer switched to television and joined the cast of ‘The Roy Rogers Show’. He performed various roles in the show until 1955. During this time, he also had roles in a few films, such as ‘I Dream of Jeanie’, ‘Island in the Sky’, ‘The High and the Mighty’, ‘Track of the Cat’, ‘Not as a Stranger’ and ‘Francis in the Navy’.

After this, he appeared in an episode each of ‘The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show’, ‘Lux Video Theatre’ and ‘Science Fiction Theatre.’

In 1956, he had an uncredited role in the flick ‘Dig That Uranium’. The same year, Switzer worked in the biblical epic film titled ‘The Ten Commandments’ as well as in the war film titled ‘Between Heaven and Hell’. Two years later, he became a part of the crime flick ‘The Defiant Ones’.

Major Works

In 1938, Carl Switzer appeared as Alfalfa in several Our Gang’s short films, including ‘Canned Fishing’, ‘Came the Brawn’, ‘Hide and Shriek’ and ‘Football Romeo’. During 1939 and 1940, he reprised his role as Alfalfa in the Gang’s shorts ‘Duel Personalities’, ‘Clown Princes’, ‘Time Out for Lessons’, ‘Alfalfa's Double’, ‘Good Bad Boys’ and ‘Goin' Fishin'’.

Personal Life

In 1954, Carl Switzer went on a blind date with Diantha Collingwood, heiress of the grain elevator empire Collingwood Grain. The couple got along well and married later on.

In 1956, their son Justin Lance Collingwood Switzer was born. Switzer and Collingwood divorced a year later.

Death

Carl Switzer decided to train a hunting dog for an individual named Moses Samuel Stiltz. That dog got lost and Switzer offered an award of $35 for its return. The dog was then found by a man who returned it to Switzer who paid him the reward and also bought him $15 worth of drinks.

On January 21, 1959, Switzer told Stiltz that he should pay him the reward money. Stiltz decided not to give the money and the two men started fighting. The fight became deadly and Stiltz shot Switzer in the groin. Switzer suffered severe internal bleeding and was pronounced dead on arrival when taken to the hospital. He was interred at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery located in Hollywood, California.

Trivia

Carl Switzer was a distant cousin of actor David Switzer.

He and filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille died on the same day. Coincidentally, one of Switzer’s final acting roles was in the movie ‘The Ten Commandments’, the last flick which DeMille directed.

In the 1954 movie ‘White Christmas’, the photograph that Vera-Ellen shows Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby of her brother Bennie is actually a photo of Switzer.

Switzer’s brother and father were buried next to him.

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Carl Switzer biography timelines

  • // 7th Aug 1927
    Carl Switzer was born as Carl Dean Switzer on August 7, 1927 in Paris, Illinois, USA, to George Frederick Switzer and Gladys C. Shanks. He had three siblings: sister Janice, brother Harold, and another brother who died young.
  • // 1934
    In 1934, Carl Switzer, along his brother Harold, visited the Our Gang Café operated by the Hal Roach Studio and started an impromptu performance. The producer of the studio was impressed after seeing their performance and signed them to appear in Our Gang productions. The brothers first appeared in its short ‘Beginner's Luck’.
  • // 1938
    In 1938, Carl Switzer appeared as Alfalfa in several Our Gang’s short films, including ‘Canned Fishing’, ‘Came the Brawn’, ‘Hide and Shriek’ and ‘Football Romeo’. During 1939 and 1940, he reprised his role as Alfalfa in the Gang’s shorts ‘Duel Personalities’, ‘Clown Princes’, ‘Time Out for Lessons’, ‘Alfalfa's Double’, ‘Good Bad Boys’ and ‘Goin' Fishin'’.
  • // 1943
    The actor then had uncredited roles in the 1943 films ‘The Human Comedy’ and ‘Dixie’. Later on, he got featured in the flicks ‘Rosie the Riveter’, ‘Going My Way’, ‘The Great Mike’ and ‘Together Again’.
  • // 1946
    Switzer played the role of Freddie Othello in the Christmas film ‘It's a Wonderful Life’ in 1946. The same year, he acted in the movies ‘Gas House Kids´ and ‘Courage of Lassie’. The following year, he starred as Alfalfa in the comedy films ‘Gas House Kids Go West’ and ‘Gas House Kids in Hollywood’ respectively.
  • // 1948
    He then was cast in the comedy flick ‘On Our Merry Way’ as well as the drama flick ‘State of the Union’ in the year 1948. The same year, he played Frankie Snead on the radio series ‘Big Town Scandal’. During 1949 and 1950, the American artiste had uncredited roles in the movies ‘A Letter to Three Wives’ and ‘House by the River’.
  • // 1952 To 1955
    In 1952, Switzer switched to television and joined the cast of ‘The Roy Rogers Show’. He performed various roles in the show until 1955. During this time, he also had roles in a few films, such as ‘I Dream of Jeanie’, ‘Island in the Sky’, ‘The High and the Mighty’, ‘Track of the Cat’, ‘Not as a Stranger’ and ‘Francis in the Navy’.
  • // 1954
    In 1954, Carl Switzer went on a blind date with Diantha Collingwood, heiress of the grain elevator empire Collingwood Grain. The couple got along well and married later on.
  • // 1954
    In the 1954 movie ‘White Christmas’, the photograph that Vera-Ellen shows Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby of her brother Bennie is actually a photo of Switzer.
  • // 1956
    In 1956, he had an uncredited role in the flick ‘Dig That Uranium’. The same year, Switzer worked in the biblical epic film titled ‘The Ten Commandments’ as well as in the war film titled ‘Between Heaven and Hell’. Two years later, he became a part of the crime flick ‘The Defiant Ones’.
  • // 1956
    In 1956, their son Justin Lance Collingwood Switzer was born. Switzer and Collingwood divorced a year later.
  • // 21st Jan 1959
    On January 21, 1959, Switzer told Stiltz that he should pay him the reward money. Stiltz decided not to give the money and the two men started fighting. The fight became deadly and Stiltz shot Switzer in the groin. Switzer suffered severe internal bleeding and was pronounced dead on arrival when taken to the hospital. He was interred at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery located in Hollywood, California.

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Carl Switzer's FAQ

  • What is Carl Switzer birthday?

    Carl Switzer was born at 1927-08-07

  • When was Carl Switzer died?

    Carl Switzer was died at 1959-01-21

  • Which age was Carl Switzer died?

    Carl Switzer was died at age 31

  • Where is Carl Switzer's birth place?

    Carl Switzer was born in Paris, Illinois, United States

  • What is Carl Switzer nationalities?

    Carl Switzer's nationalities is American

  • Who is Carl Switzer spouses?

    Carl Switzer's spouses is Dian Collingwood (m. 1954–1957)

  • Who is Carl Switzer childrens?

    Carl Switzer's childrens is Lance Switzer

  • What is Carl Switzer's cause of dead?

    Carl Switzer dead because of Assassination

  • Who is Carl Switzer's father?

    Carl Switzer's father is George Frederick Switzer

  • Who is Carl Switzer's mother?

    Carl Switzer's mother is Gladys C. Shanks

  • What is Carl Switzer's sun sign?

    Carl Switzer is Leo

  • How famous is Carl Switzer?

    Carl Switzer is famouse as Actor