Switzer is best known for his role of Alfalfa, a boy with unrepeatable freckles on his face and a cowlick on the top of his head. A series of short comedian films Our Gang told the story of ragtag kids and their adventures. Black and white children featured in the show, which was an absolute novelty of those times

On the 21st of January, 1959, Switzer was fatally shot by Moses "Bud" Stiltz during the dispute about a money debt. Switzer died at the age of 31.

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