Carl Dean Switzer (August 7, 1927 – January 21, 1959) was an American actor, professional dog breeder, and hunting guide.
Switzer began his career as a child actor in the mid-1930s appearing in the Our Gang short subjects series as Alfalfa, one of the series' most popular and best-remembered characters. After leaving the series in 1940, Switzer struggled to find substantial roles due to typecasting. As an adult, he appeared mainly in bit parts and B-movies. He later became a dog breeder and hunting guide.
Switzer married in 1954 and had one son before divorcing in 1956. In January 1959, he was fatally shot by an acquaintance over a dispute about money.
"United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XSYW-VPK : accessed 24 March 2018), Carl D Sweitzer in household of Fred Sweitzer, Paris, Edgar, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 16, sheet 6A, line 11, family 151, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 513; FHL microfilm 2,340,248.
"United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K9CB-TYR : accessed 24 March 2018), Carl Switzer in household of Fred Switzer, Councilmanic District 11, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Township, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 60-924, sheet 13B, line 58, family 346, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 412.