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Also Known As: Scott Hastings Beckett, Scott Beckett, Scotty Becket Died: May 10, 1968
Born: October 4, 1929 Cause of Death: presumed suicide
Birth Place: Oakland, California, USA Profession: actor

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Tony Becker is a character actor who had a busy early career in his pre-teen and teen years and has managed to remain active well into adulthood, if mainly on well under-the-radar productions. The son of an acting couple -- his father Kenneth appeared in four Elvis Presley films -- Becker's first recurring part was a lead on the short-lived television comedy "The Texas Wheelers," in 1974 and 1975, co-starring Gary Busey and Mark Hamill.. At age 14, he starred as the title character in the family movie "Cody," and at 17, he began an eight episode stint as Drew Cutler on the family series "The Waltons," reprising his role in the TV movie "A Wedding on Walton's Mountain." At age 20, Becker initiated both the adult as well as the military-heavy portion of his career, beginning with a supporting role as a private on the single-season drama "For Love and Honor," starring Cliff Potts and Yaphet Kotto. In 1987, he was cast as Corporal Danny Percell, one of the stars of the Vietnam-era CBS drama "Tour of Duty," which had a moderately successful three-season run, more than a decade before HBO found more critical success with war-based series like "Band of Brothers." Becker's acting load in the '90s was fairly...

Tony Becker is a character actor who had a busy early career in his pre-teen and teen years and has managed to remain active well into adulthood, if mainly on well under-the-radar productions. The son of an acting couple -- his father Kenneth appeared in four Elvis Presley films -- Becker's first recurring part was a lead on the short-lived television comedy "The Texas Wheelers," in 1974 and 1975, co-starring Gary Busey and Mark Hamill.. At age 14, he starred as the title character in the family movie "Cody," and at 17, he began an eight episode stint as Drew Cutler on the family series "The Waltons," reprising his role in the TV movie "A Wedding on Walton's Mountain." At age 20, Becker initiated both the adult as well as the military-heavy portion of his career, beginning with a supporting role as a private on the single-season drama "For Love and Honor," starring Cliff Potts and Yaphet Kotto. In 1987, he was cast as Corporal Danny Percell, one of the stars of the Vietnam-era CBS drama "Tour of Duty," which had a moderately successful three-season run, more than a decade before HBO found more critical success with war-based series like "Band of Brothers." Becker's acting load in the '90s was fairly light, save three "Waltons" reunion movies and a few other TV guest appearances. His 2000s, were busier with a notable role as a lieutenant in the 2000 Dolph Lundgren-starring action flick, "Agent Red."

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Public Pigeon No. 1 (1957) Photographer
2.
 The Oklahoman (1957) Young man
3.
 Monkey on My Back (1957) Orderly on ship
4.
 Three for Jamie Dawn (1956) Gordon Peters
5.
 Hot News (1953) Bill Burton
6.
 Corky of Gasoline Alley (1951) Corky Wallet
7.
 Life of St. Paul (1951)
8.
 Gasoline Alley (1951) Corky Wallet
9.
 Nancy Goes to Rio (1950) Scotty Sheldan
10.
 The Happy Years (1950) Tennessee Shad
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brother:
James P Beckett. Born in 1919.

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Source: Wikipedia The Internet Encyclopedia

Scott Hastings Beckett (October 4, 1929 – May 10, 1968), better known as Scotty Beckett was an American child actor. He is best remembered for his parts in the Our Gang and Rocky Jones, Space Ranger series. Born in Oakland, California, Beckett got his start in show business at age 3 when a casting director heard him singing by chance. Beckett was in a hospital visiting his father who was recovering from an illness, and was entertaining him by singing songs. A studio casting director who happened to be nearby noticed the child, and told his proud parents he had movie potential. Scotty auditioned, and landed a part in Gallant Lady (1933). the same year, his father passed away Beckett appeared as a regular in the Our Gang short subjects series from 1934 to 1935. In the gang, Beckett played George "Spanky" McFarland's best friend and partner in mischief. His trademark look was a crooked black baseball cap and an oversized black sweater, exposing one shoulder. His role was taken over by Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer in 1935, and Beckett left the series for features after that year. He became a prolific and well-regarded child and young adult actor from the late 1930s to the early 1950s, sharing the screen with some of the biggest stars of the day. In 1939, he returned to Our Gang as Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer's nerdy cousin Wilbur for two episodes. His most notable feature role was playing Al Jolson as a teenager in The Jolson Story (1946), with Jolson's voice being provided by fellow child actor, Rudy Wissler. Beckett is also fondly remembered by baby boomers as copilot "Winky" on the 1954 TV space opera Rocky Jones, Space Ranger. Winky was to be one of his last roles; the character was dropped when Beckett was jailed on weapons charges. He made only a few subsequent TV and film appearances, some as uncredited bit parts, before leaving show business forever. Beckett's later years were plagued by a series of profound problems and self-destructive behavior: bad checks, failed marriages, violence, alcoholism, drug abuse, crippling auto accidents and suicide attempts. He drifted from job to dead-end job and had frequent run-ins with the police, one of which involved an extended shoot-out. On May 8, 1968, Beckett checked into a Hollywood nursing home for injuries caused by a beating (possibly related to a drug deal that went bad). He was found dead in his room two days later. Sleeping pills and a note were found near his body, but an autopsy ruled the cause of death "inconclusive". He was 38.

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