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Leonard Landy Dies: 'Our Gang' Little Rascal Was 84

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Leonard Landy, the former "Our Gang" and "Little Rascals" child star, died Wednesday at 84, according to Variety.

The freckled-face Landy acted in 21 of the original "Our Gang" comedy shorts, in 1938 through 1941.

"Our Gang" started as a series of film comedy shorts that followed a group of poor neighborhood children, which was shown in movie theaters beginning in 1922. Sound was added to the movie shorts in 1929.

Landy, who stood out because of his big ears and occasional one-liners, premiered in the episode "Feed 'Em and Weep" in 1938.

The "Our Gang" series was repackaged for syndicated television in the 1950s and retitled "The Little Rascals," which is how many remember the child stars from that series today, per Variety. Some 41 children participated in the series and about five are still living today.

Landy participated in an "Our Gang" reunion in 1980, which was sponsored by The Sons of the Desert, a fan club that celebrates the careers of the slapstick comedy duo of Laurel and Hardy, whose careers ran from the 1ate 1920s through the mid-1940s.

Landy continued to make appearances related to the "Our Gang" series sponsored by the Sons of the Desert Los Angeles chapter until 2014 with a few of the other surviving members of the show.

Arguably the most famous of the "Our Gang" former stars is Robert Blake, 83, who went on star in the 1970s television detective series "Baretta," said the New York Post. Blake was acquitted of murder in 2005 for the California murder of his second wife in May 2001, the Post wrote.

Variety said other former "Our Gang" members still living include Lassie Lou Ahern, Margaret Kerry, Sidney Kibrick and Mildred Kornman.

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