Carl Switzer
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Carl Dean Switzer (1927 - 1959)

Carl Dean "Alfalfa" Switzer
Born in Paris, Paris Township, Edgar County, Illinois, USAmap
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Husband of — married 1954 (to 1956) [location unknown]
Father of [private son (1950s - unknown)]
Died in Mission Hills, Los Angeles, California, USAmap
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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 ( : 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 ( : 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.

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