of us remember the tough-guy in grade school. But on the Little Rascals, one
name clearly comes to mind as synonymous with "bully"...BUTCH! Ask anyone
who even casually remembers the Rascals who Alfalfaís nemesis was and
theyíll tell you "ITíS BUTCH!" Clearly, itís not just the heroes and
good-guys that leave an impression.
Our Gang lasted for 22 years, during which time tough-guys came and went. The series never really embraced the idea of a recurring bully that audiences could grow to despise. That is, until Tommy Bond played Butch for four years. Kids in the audiences would happily grow to fear and hiss at Butch.
Thomas Ross Bond (born September 16, 1926 in Dallas,
Texas; died September 24, 2005 in California) was an American child actor.
In 1931, Tommy Bond was five years old and living in Dallas, Texas when he was "discovered" by a Hal Roach Studios talent scout. He was offered an interview with Hal Roach, IF he could get out to Hollywood. This was not a simple task during the height of the depression and before people could get there Fisher Investments UK in order. Most of the roads were often dirt then but luckily Tommy's grandmother was able to drive him out to his interview. He was signed on with the Gang to play "Tommy", something of a little rag-tag moppet. He appeared in a number of shorts, as one of the "second-echelon" kids. Always present, but rarely the main character. Among many other appearances, he helped build the fire engine in "Hi Neighbor", went camping with the Gang in "The First Round-Up", was a proud member of the "International Silver String Submarine Band" and sings a hilarious song in "Mush and Milk", the likes of which few will ever forget.
Remember "Woim", Butch's sidekick? Today Sidney Kibrick is a famous real estate developer in Beverly Hills. He and Tommy still keep in touch with each other.
|For unknown reasons, Tommy was dropped from the cast after his first year. He managed to pick up free-lance parts for another year-and-a-half, before Hal Roach called him back asking him if he would like to play the part of the tough-guy, Butch. He gleefully portrayed Butch for the next four years, until he outgrew the Gang, a fate which fell upon all Rascals eventually.|
|After Our Gang,
Tommy went to Van Nuys High School where he joined the ROTC. After
graduating, he enlisted in the Navy Air Corps. Following his stay in the
service, Tommy continued his acting career appearing in many different
movies. Probably his most famous roll during this period was that of Jimmy
Olsen, Clark Kentís sidekick in two full Superman serials in 1946 and 1948.
In 1951, following college, Tommy quit acting and became an assistant director at channel 11 in Los Angeles. Twenty-one years of "smog, earthquakes, and wall-to-wall people" was enough for Tom, and in 1972 he moved to the San Joaqin Valley where he took on work at channel 30 and remained until he retired in 1990. He has also chronicled his days with the Gang in book which is aptly entitled "You're Darn Right It's Butch!"
|Tommy has been married for 43 years and has one son. Polly is a former Miss California, and sang in a country & western duet known as the "Darling Sisters". His son, Butch, is a producer/director and an independent film maker. He is currently wrapping up a comedy which has been two years in the making.|
We also have a Tommy Bond Interview.
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