Ask AP: Carl Switzer

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on February 1, 2009

Did “Alfalfa” Switzer ever appear in any John Wayne movies? A Red Lobster dinner is riding on the answer.

—Domonic Florino, Boone, Iowa

Switzer, most famous for his childhood role as Alfalfa in the Our Gang comedies, appeared with Wayne in Island in the Sky in 1953. He also played the obnoxious “Freddie” at the high school dance in It’s a Wonderful Life, and Switzer’s photo is used in White Christmas to depict an Army buddy of characters played by Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby. He died in 1959 at the age of 31, shot to death in an argument over a dog.