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Who was Gordon Lee? Well, he’s dead.

Gordon Lee has died.

He was the fat kid in the original “Little Rascals” series. He played Porky in the 1930’s version of the show. Not only that, but he was a racial pioneer.

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Lee recalled a warm friendship with his black costar when they were kids and praised their interracial relationship on screen, saying, “Buckwheat played an absolute equal part in the Gang.”
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If it wasn’t for a freak genetic disorder that banished him to obscurity, he likely would have parlayed his talents in the area of race relations to a position in the civil rights movement.

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Lee told friends his career ended when a growth spurt made him thinner. “They wanted Porky to be a chunky fellow, so they looked for someone else,” McClain said.

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Have no fear though, for a short half-century later, he was back on top. Not as actor, mind you, but instead as a powerful broker in the lucrative Hollywood Memorabilia industry.

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In recent years, Lee sold autographed photos of himself as Porky, Tolzmann and McClain said

“Before that he felt like he was forgotten,” McClain said. “It really made him feel good about himself.”
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Not quite as good, however, as the feeling that came from being the inspiration behind one of the most infamous and popular ad-campaigns of all time.



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  • http://gratefuldread.net Natalie Davis

    It’s a shame they didn’t have that Meatnormous sandwich back in his teen years; that might have saved his acting career.

    More seriously, though, may he rest in peace.

  • http://www.zerohq.com bro

    hahaha

  • http://journals.aol.com/vicl04/THESAVAGEQUIETSEPTEMBERSUN/ Victor Lana

    I didn’t know Gordon Lee was the inspiration for the Burger King. I do know that King is quite weird-looking, and it’s too bad he didn’t fall off that log in the commercial.

    RIP, Mr. Lee.

  • http://www.ryanclarkholiday.com ryan

    why would you want him to fall off that log?

  • http://somethingaboutchelsea.blogspot.com Chelsea Snyder

    By far the creepiest BK commercial is the one advertising their new coffee. Apparently, the King is on a caffeine buzz. Waking up next to the King? I can deal with. Finding him in the middle of a forest? Okay. But this? Donwright scary, should not be broadcast around small children…

  • Baronius

    Wow, these comments are a relief. I thought I was the only one who was totally creeped out by that Burger King.

  • http://gratefuldread.net Natalie Davis

    Mr. Baronius, this may be the one thing on which we agree. The King is too creepy for words. Gives me chills, and not the good kind.

  • Bennett

    I dunno, the NFL commercials are a riot.

  • phil

    creepy is a good word here

  • http://www.ryanclarkholiday.com ryan

    i like the one where he slaps the construction worker on the back and the due almost falls to his death

  • http://journals.aol.com/vicl04/THESAVAGEQUIETSEPTEMBERSUN/ Victor Lana

    Ryan,

    I want him to fall off that log so he croaks. There has not been a creepier spokesperson than Wendy’s Clara (Where’s the Beef) Peller. It’s time for the King to be dead and no long live any other king after.

    Maybe they could get a harmless clown or a Colonel in a white suit or a little dog with big ears. That King is definitely too strange.

  • http://www.zerohq.com Rich Powers

    The BK King is the best mascot ever! I even made a tribute page to The King

  • http://gratefuldread.net Natalie Davis

    Hey, how about those Spongemonkeys dumped by Quiznos? I loved them.

  • http://www.ryanclarkholiday.com ryan

    That’s quite the site Rich Powers. Quite the site.

    RyanClarkHoliday.com

  • jacob

    yeah. i was at a halloween party this weekend and i looked over to see the burger king man mingling with some people. imagine how freaked out i was.. cuz it always looks like he’s staring at you.

  • http://www.ryanclarkholiday.com ryan

    haha. genius.

  • steve
  • http://www.ryanclarkholiday.com ryan

    i’m pretty sure mine is the best

  • http://15minutelunch.blogspot.com Johnny Virgil

    Yeah, yours is pretty sweet. That new one where he’s reaching in the window like King Kong gives me the creeps too. For a split second in there, it looks like he’s flipping you off.

  • http://www.ryanclarkholiday.com/blog.html Ryan

    hahah

  • http://b.k.B.K. larry

    i watched the Burger King

    i watched the Burger King
    commericial closely
    his majesty is definitly
    creepy looking in the
    window. eeeww larry