William "Billie" Thomas, Jr. (March 12, 1931 – October 10, 1980) 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.
William "Billie" Thomas, child actor who is best remembered for portraying the character "Buckwheat" ("O-tay") in the Our Gang short films from 1934 until the series end in 1944. After returning to civilian life, Thomas faced a dilemma shared by many of his co-stars from Our Gang. Though offered many film and stage roles, he had no desire to return to Hollywood as an actor (3/12/1931)-(10/10/1980)