Birth Date: September 4, 1929
Birth Place: Oakland, California, USA
Also Credited as: Scott Beckett
Date of Death: May 10, 1968 / Age: 38
Location of Death: Los Angeles, California, USA
Cause of Death: overdose of barbiturates
Biography: Scotty Beckett (Scott Hastings Beckett) (October 4, 1929 - May 10, 1968) was an American child actor. Born in Oakland, California, he first appeared in films as a regular in the Our Gang short subjects series from 1934 to 1936. In the gang, Beckett played George "Spanky" McFarland's best friend and partner in mischief; his role was taken over by Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer in 1935 and Beckett left the series for features after that year.
Beckett became a prolific child and adult actor from the late 1930s to the early 1950s. His most notable role was playing Al Jolson as a teenager in The Jolson Story (1948).
Beckett's later years were plagued by a number of problems: marriages, divorces, alcoholism, and drug abuse. He died of a barbiturate overdose on May 10, 1968.