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Also Known As: Carl Dean Switzer, Alfalfa Switzer, Carl Switzer, Carl Dean Switzer, Alfalfa Switzer, Alfalfa, "Alfalfa" Switzer Died: January 21, 1959
Born: August 7, 1927 Cause of Death: gunshot wounds
Birth Place: Paris, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, hunting/fishing guide, bartender

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Beloved child actor, Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer started his career at the tender age of nine. Early on in his acting career, Switzer landed roles in various films, including "General Spanky" (1936), "Wild and Woolly" (1937) and the William Powell comedy "I Love You Again" (1940). He also appeared in "Reg'lar Fellers" (1941), the musical "Johnny Doughboy" (1942) with Jane Withers and the drama "The War Against Mrs. Hadley" (1942) with Edward Arnold. His film career continued throughout the forties in productions like "The Great Mike" (1944), the Elizabeth Taylor adventure "Courage of Lassie" (1946) and "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946). He also appeared in "Gas House Kids Go West" (1947). Film continued to be his passion as he played roles in "Two Dollar Bettor" (1951) with John Litel, the Spencer Tracy sports comedy "Pat and Mike" (1952) and the action film "Island in the Sky" (1953) with John Wayne. He also appeared in "The High and the Mighty" (1954) and the Robert Mitchum drama "Track of the Cat" (1954). Switzer last acted in the drama "The Defiant Ones" (1958) with Tony Curtis. Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer passed away in January 1959 at the age of 32.

Beloved child actor, Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer started his career at the tender age of nine. Early on in his acting career, Switzer landed roles in various films, including "General Spanky" (1936), "Wild and Woolly" (1937) and the William Powell comedy "I Love You Again" (1940). He also appeared in "Reg'lar Fellers" (1941), the musical "Johnny Doughboy" (1942) with Jane Withers and the drama "The War Against Mrs. Hadley" (1942) with Edward Arnold. His film career continued throughout the forties in productions like "The Great Mike" (1944), the Elizabeth Taylor adventure "Courage of Lassie" (1946) and "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946). He also appeared in "Gas House Kids Go West" (1947). Film continued to be his passion as he played roles in "Two Dollar Bettor" (1951) with John Litel, the Spencer Tracy sports comedy "Pat and Mike" (1952) and the action film "Island in the Sky" (1953) with John Wayne. He also appeared in "The High and the Mighty" (1954) and the Robert Mitchum drama "Track of the Cat" (1954). Switzer last acted in the drama "The Defiant Ones" (1958) with Tony Curtis. Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer passed away in January 1959 at the age of 32.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 The Defiant Ones (1958) Angus
2.
 Motorcycle Gang (1957) Speed
3.
 Between Heaven and Hell (1956) Savage
4.
 The Ten Commandments (1956) Slave
5.
 Dig That Uranium (1956) Shifty Robertson
6.
 Francis in the Navy (1955) Timekeeper
7.
 Not As a Stranger (1955) Patient
8.
 Track of the Cat (1954) Joe Sam
9.
 The High and the Mighty (1954) Ensign Keim
10.
 This Is My Love (1954) Customer
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Holz ( 2008-06-17 )

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Reportedly once urinated on a studio light when he didn't get his way on the set. Production had to be discontinued for the day.

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