If you are a product of the 1990s or early 2000s, there’s a good chance the film The Little Rascals was a big part of your childhood experience. The film was adapted from Our Gang, a series of comedic short films originally created in the 1920s and centered on the adventures of a poor group of neighborhood kids. The 1994 feature film adaption is a classic childhood story which found success quickly with its themes of adventure and friendship.
Made of an adorable cast of mostly four and five-year-old children, the film follows the members of the He-Man Women Haters Club as try to navigate the conflict of Alfalfa, one of their own, falling in love with a girl who is an enemy species. These joke-slinging toddlers have to solve their problems by any means necessary, including via a go-cart race.
Because the film holds a special place in many now-adults’ hearts, it shouldn’t be a surprise that audiences have always been curious about what the Rascals look like now and where they ended up.
From U.S. presidents to singers to accountants, this cast has clearly gone through a few changes since their time on set. Because of public interest, most of the Rascals reunited in 2014 for a special reunion in honor of the film’s 20th anniversary. The reunion included a photo shoot in which the adults tried on versions of their classic costumes and recreated the adorable posters from the film.
If you’re curious about where the Rascals ended up, here’s a look at What The Cast Of The Little Rascals Looks Like Now.
15. Blake McIver Ewing – Waldo
Growing up, there’s a good chance you hated Blake McIver Ewing’s Waldo, the rich kid in town trying to steal Darla away from Alfalfa with a Nat King Cole dance number. Although his onscreen character was frustrating to watch, Ewing has created a long-running career as an actor and singer-songwriter in Los Angeles.
Before playing Waldo in The Little Rascals, Ewing had parts in big shows like The Nanny, Home Improvement, and a recurring role as Derek on Full House. After the success of Rascals, Ewing was cast in projects like Tarzan, the Timon & Pumbaa series, and The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea. He also played Eugene Horowitz in both the TV show and movie Hey Arnold!
In addition to his acting career and impeccable bone structure, Ewing has cultivated a music career and released an album in 2014, which he raised money for by go-go dancing. He also co-wrote and performed a song for the end credits of the film End of the Spear called “Along the River”.
14. Travis Tedford – Spanky
Travis Tedford played Spanky, who you might fondly remember as the president of the “He-Man Women Haters Club” in a world before meninist trolls even existed. In 1994, Tedford also became the first “spokes-kid” for Welch’s jams, jellies, and spreads, before going on to work as a child actor in a few other films, including A Bug’s Life and Freaky Friday.
In 1999, he won a Young Artist Award for his role in Slappy and the Stinkers, which focuses on a group of children who decide to help free a sea lion from an aquarium.
Tedford stopped acting in 2002 and moved to Texas, where he got an associate’s degree from Trinity Valley Community College. In 2007 TMZ found out that Tedford was working the overnight shift at Wal-Mart, creating a story about the event. Most recently, Tedford was reportedly working as an inbound marketing specialist for a credit union.
13. Brittany Ashton Holmes – Darla
Brittany Ashton Holmes quickly became known for her Rascals role as Darla, the girl next door casually stealing the hearts of the neighborhood boys. Rascals was the child actress’ debut film, and she continued to star in films and TV series for the next couple years before she stopped acting in 1996.
Some of these parts included a guest starring role on Red Shoe Diaries, a steamy Showtime series, and another small part on the Ellen sitcom in 1995. Holmes was also in two low-budget horror TV movies, the similarly titled Inhumanoid and Humanoids from the Deep.
After her acting career ended, Holmes pursued a degree in political science. According to her old MySpace page, she has no intentions of trying to revive a career in entertainment, saying, “I was [an] actress when I was little and did this movie called The Little Rascals. It’s, like, really embarrassing to watch and I don’t want to act anymore.”
12. Jordan Warkol – Froggy
Remembered well as the kid with the croaky voice, Jordan Warkol played the part of Froggy in The Little Rascals. When the film was cast, Warkol was a pretty established child actor with a good deal of film credits.
Warkol did commercials for huge companies like McDonald’s, Domino’s Pizza, and Flintstone Vitamins. In 2006, Warkol quit acting, but not before he had completed small parts in shows like Baywatch, 7th Heaven, and The X-Files. He also had a recurring role on Hey Arnold! as Chocolate Boy.
Warkol got a bachelor’s degree in business marketing from California State University, Northridge, and now lives in Los Angeles. He currently works as the director of business development for Toon Goggles, a company which provides fun and educational cartoons, games, and shows for young kids.
11. Ross Bagley – Buckwheat
Ross Bagley made his debut as Nicky Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in 1994, before going on to play the role of Buckwheat in The Little Rascals. After the film’s success, Bagley had a short but successful career as a child actor, and ended up working with Will Smith again in the massive film Independence Day as his stepson Dylan.
After the ’90s, Bagley retired from acting only to return briefly in 2015 as a character in Gnome Alone, a low-budget campy, horror film which is about an bloodthirsty gnome that goes around slinging one-liners and stabbing civilians.
Bagley also earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University Northridge and now works as a real estate agent in the Los Angeles Area for Keller-Williams Realty, Inc. According to his Twitter bio, he’s a die hard Lakers fan.
10. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen – Twins #1 and #2
Although Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen played TV twins for the majority of their childhood careers, many people forget that these two also appeared in The Little Rascals. After being cast together as Michelle Tanner on Full House, the Olsens appeared in TV movies Double, Double Toil and Trouble and To Grandmother’s House We Go before getting cast in The Little Rascals.
After a long career of movies and TV series that were created to allow the pair of twins to have different adventures and storylines, the Olsens pretty much retired as a duo in the early 2000s, although Mary Kate continued to find a few roles as Tara Lindman on Weeds and Kendra in the film Beastly.
After their careers in entertainment, the Olsen twins have become savvy businesswomen, creating luxury fashion brands The Row, Elizabeth and James, as well as the less expensive fashion lines Olsenboye and StyleMint.
9. Courland Mead – Uh-Huh
Before Courland Mead got the part as Uh-Huh in The Little Rascals, he had already been in show business since the age of 3. Mead first broke into the big leagues with a recurring role on the well-known soap opera The Young and the Restless.
After the success of The Little Rascals, he went on to have a successful career as a child actor throughout the ’90s. Mead played several recurring parts on TV shows, such as NYPD Blue, Promised Land, and Kirk, Kirk Cameron’s spin-off show. In the early 2000s, Mead nabbed the title role of Lloyd Nebulon in Disney’s show Lloyd in Space, and voiced Gus Griswald in Recess.
After 2004, Mead retired from his child acting career, only briefly returning to film to play a part in the 2010 film Mean Parents Suck. Mead now lives in San Diego, where he works as a tradeshow and event coordinator.
8. Bug Hall – Alfalfa
Playing the lovable Alfalfa was Bug Hall’s debut into acting, which earned him a shared Young Artist Award for Best Performance by a Youth Ensemble in a Motion Picture. Hall is one of the few rascals who continued to pursue acting for years after the ’90s, with credits as recent as 2017.
After The Little Rascals, Hall has played many supporting roles in major films and television series, including Hercules, Honey We Shrunk Ourselves and American Pie Presents: The Book of Love in 2009.
In more recent years, Hall was cast as a recurring character in Revolution and guest starred in shows like Castle, Major Crimes, CSI, and 90210. He even acted in wacky scifi film Arachnoquake, which is, you guessed it, about giant fire-breathing spiders attacking New York after an earthquake.
7. Juliette Brewer – Mary Ann
Juliette Brewer was born in Los Angeles in 1986, and thus The Little Rascals was her first feature film, as well as her first major acting credit. Playing the part of Mary Ann in the film, one of the girls posing an imminent threat to the He-Man Woman Haters Club, Brewer shared the win for Young Artist Award for Best Performance by a Youth Ensemble in a Motion Picture with her fellow castmates.
After the success in The Little Rascals, Brewer only went on to be a part of two films before retiring from her acting career in 1997. In 1995, she voiced the part of Rosy in Balto, an animated film about a half-wolf in Alaska starring Kevin Bacon.
6. Sam Saletta – Butch
Before The Little Rascals, Sam Saletta started out in show business, doing TV commercials and voiceovers, with his debut in an episode of ABC Afterschool Specials in 1993. After playing the main bully, Butch, in Rascals, Saletta maintained a busy acting career with parts in films and TV series throughout the ’90s and 2000s.
Some of his biggest credits include recurring roles on Recess, Beverly Hills 90210, King of the Hill, and Rocket Power. Saletta also played the role of George Camden on 7th Heaven for six episodes.
Saletta continues to work in Los Angeles as an entertainer, although his primary focus now is his singing and songwriting. Saletta studied jazz vocals at the USC Thornton School of Music and was a top-40 finalist on American Idol, but backed out when he read the contract.
Saletta’s most recent acting credit was voice acting in Call of Duty: Black Ops in 2010. He has since released an EP of his music.
5. Blake Jeremy Collins – Woim
You probably remember Blake Jeremy Collins fondly as Woim, Butch’s right-hand man in his bullying endeavors. After Collins’ film debut in The Little Rascals, the child actor continued to nab small parts in TV and movies throughout most of the ’90s before retiring from entertainment.
Some of these roles included small parts on the short-lived TV show Minor Adjustments and Rob Schneider’s Men Behaving Badly. In 1997 he played an unnamed role in The Fanatics, a comedy about the owner of a professional football team in Quimby Falls’ relocated the team.
Collins’ final role was in Richy Rich’s Christmas Wish, which is about a rich kid who wishes he’d never been born and is transported into a parallel world via mad science.
Not much is known about Collins’ life and career post-Rascals, but Life and Style Magazine stated that he was reportedly living in Los Angeles and working as an assistant camera operator on the FX show Sons of Anarchy.
4. Heather Karasek – Jane
Before Heather Karasek was cast in The Little Rascals as Jane, another member of the Rascals girl squad, she was starring in a variety of commercials for companies like Hallmark, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Citibank.
Although Karasek did not choose to continue her acting career after Rascals, she did build a successful career in entertainment in the set costuming and wardrobe departments. Some of her notable credits include working as a costumer and costume supervisor for the comedy series Sketchy and doing wardrobe for the series 37 Problems.
Karasek has also dabbled in acting throughout the years, occasionally playing small parts in the series and films that she has done costuming for. She has acted Sketchy, the mini-series Life Stinks, and Super Shark, a campy sci-fi film about a giant shark that can fly and walk on land.
3. Zachary Mabry – Porky
Born in 1990, Zachary Marby was among the youngest actors of the Rascals cast when he played Porky, Spanky’s younger brother and easily one of the most adorable and memorable members of the He-Man Women Haters Club.
Mabry was one of the only actors in the film to have Rascals be his sole credit, quitting his acting career after the film was released. Mabry went to the University of Oklahoma and now lives in Dallas, Texas, where he works as a senior accountant for American Airlines.
Mabry describes himself as a “prolific Tweeter,” specializing in witty quips about fast food and income taxes, creating accurate posts such as “Sad to think that, because of TSA, The Parent Trap could never happen in 2017…”
2. Kevin Jamal Woods – Stymie
Although the part of Stymie in The Little Rascals wasn’t his first role, the success of the film allowed Kevin Jamal Woods to go on to have a successful run as a child actor throughout the ’90s. After playing Stymie in the film, Woods voiced the puppy in Babe and appeared in several TV series, including Blossom as Frank, Walker, Texas Ranger, and Sons of Thunder. After 2000, Woods retired his child acting career.
According to Life and Style Magazine, Woods is now living in Dallas, Texas, where he is pursuing comedy and music. He has a Youtube channel where he occasionally posts videos about his life and travels, and created a podcast with his cousin in 2015 called “Living Room Nerds,” where the two talked about all things geeky for half-hour episodes.
1. Donald Trump – Waldo’s Father
In case you forgot, yes, it is indeed true that the 45th president of the United States had a bit part in The Little Rascals as the wealthy father of Waldo. That’s right, Home Alone 2 was not the only film that Donald Trump has made a cameo in. Before he was making controversial statements and selling MAGA hats on the campaign trail, Donald Trump was accumulating 24 acting credits during his career in reality entertainment.
Trump has had small parts in films like Eddie, Zoolander, and Horrorween, and has also appeared in shows like Sex and the City, The Nanny, and Spin City.
In The Little Rascals, Waldo calls Trump on a humongous cellular phone during the film’s race scene, telling his father that he will be proud of him when he comes in first place. Trump responds by saying that Waldo is the best son money could buy, which seems oddly fitting.
Does the cast of The Little Rascals look shockingly different to you now? Let us know in the comment section.
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