This item is an 8" X 10",black and white photo of Little Rascals star-Buckwheat. This photo features Buckwheat in an original scene from one of his 1930's Little Rascals/Our Gang movies. The photo has been mounted on a 12" X 15" piece of heavy sepia cardboard.Billie Thomas (originally William Thomas, Jr.) (March 12, 1931 – October 10, 1980) was an American child actor best remembered for portraying the character of Buckwheat in the Our Gang (Little Rascals) short films from 1934 until the series' end in 1944. He was a native of Los Angeles, California.
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 with the white kids in the series. The 1980s Little Rascals animated series adapted from the Our Gang comedies addressed the problem by changing Buckwheat into a clever inventor who is always building ingenious machines for the gang.
After Our Gang was discontinued in 1944, Thomas played some small parts in other films, but soon left show business altogether. As an adult, he worked as a film lab technician with the Technicolor corporation.Thomas died of a heart attack on October 10 1980, in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 49. The photo has been autographed on the front by Buckwheat in black fountain pen...................