William “Buckwheat” Thomas

William “Buckwheat” Thomas

Actor

Best Remembered for Portraying Buckwheat in the Our Gang Films. Client Since 1993.

William “Billie” Thomas, Jr. 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 to the white kids in the series.