Sherwood Bailey

Sherwood Bailey (August 6, 1923 – August 6, 1987) was an American child actor and civil engineer. His parents were nonprofessionals. He is most notable for appearing as Spud, the red-headed, freckle-faced bad boy and enemy of the gang in the Our Gang short subjects series from 1931 to 1932. Spud was characterized as the mama's-boy type who got away with everything and who also liked the girls a lot.

Sherwood Bailey
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Sherwood Bailey, 1939
Born(1923-08-06)August 6, 1923
DiedAugust 6, 1987(1987-08-06) (aged 64)
Other namesSpud
OccupationChild actor, civil engineer
Years active1931–1940

Bailey's most notable appearance was that of the spoiled, bratty stepbrother of Wheezer and Dorothy in 1931's Dogs Is Dogs. In that short, he is nearly convinced by Stymie that ham and eggs can talk and is later pushed down a well by his own dog, Nero. Bailey left the Our Gang series in 1932 at the age of nine.

Bailey quietly left the film industry in 1940. Before retiring from his professional acting career at age 17, Bailey appeared in a few movies, including The Big Stampede (1932) with John Wayne, Too Many Parents (1936), and Young Tom Edison (1940) with Mickey Rooney.

He graduated from Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, then studied engineering at UCLA but did not graduate. He later earned his state civil engineering license and worked as a civil engineer in Huntington Beach.


He died of cancer on his 64th birthday.[1]


  1. ^ Maltin, Leonard and Bann, Richard W. (1977, rev. 1992). The Little Rascals: The Life and Times of Our Gang, p. 279. New York: Crown Publishing/Three Rivers Press. ISBN 0-517-58325-9

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