He gained popularity seeing that Alfalfa on the initial Our Gang children comedy ensemble and played assignments in short movies before group disbanded in 1940. However, because of typecasting, he hardly ever could find every other significant assignments. He and his old brother increased to prominence within their hometown because of their musical shows. He performed the function of Angus within the 1958 film The Defiant Types. He wedded Diantha Collingwood in 1954 and acquired a son called Justin Lance Collingwood Switzer before divorcing in 1957. He made an appearance within the 1953 aviation film Isle in the Sky with John Wayne.