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.
Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas (The Little Rascals). While Bill Cosby is notorious for being a serial rapist, he is less known for this considerable crime: he bought the rights to all the Our Gang comedies and then locked them all away, because he thinks they are racist. Yet they broke the color barrier, portrayed very friendly games and friendships between the races, and even had the kids tell off a rich white woman who didn't want Buckwheat in her house--so far ahead of its time.