Name: Waldo (Kaye) (in The Little Rascals, his full name is Waldo Aloysius Johnston III )
Played By: Darwood Kaye
Relatives: father (name unrevealed), Frank (uncle)
First Short: Glove Taps
Last Short: Waldo's Last Stand
Bio: Waldo is the Anti-Rascal. He's one of them, but he comes from wealthy parents with enough money to buy him a small motorboat in Three Men In A Tub, but he's not an obnoxious rich kid like Jerry Tucker. He's actually a very well-behaved and studious student who enjoys reading poetry to Darla, but he is not very street smart. If he comes off as obnoxious at all, it is not because of arrogance but because he is often coldly rational and oblivious to the resourcefulness of the gang. When his craft gets a hole in it during a race with Spanky and Alfalfa's amateurist creation at Toluca Lake, he refers to the owner's manual to solve the problem unaware that Darla is getting rescued by Alfalfa as he studies the book.
Waldo is a student at Adams Street Grammar School. Darla often uses him without his knowledge to make Alfalfa jealous, and he in turn tries to make her into a lady by reading to her from his favorite poets. In Party Fever, he asks her to the Strawberry Festival and later gets to be junior mayor with little effort through his Uncle Frank, the mayor. In The Big Premiere, Waldo uses a home movie camera to make a movie called "The Mysteerus Mystery," but Alfalfa's song doesn't make the cut. Not because Waldo edited him out, but because he ran out of film.
Still, there is never any hard feelings between Waldo and the gang. When Waldo puts up a lemonade stand and gets no customers, the gang puts together an act to attract them. Just why Waldo tries selling lemonade is unrevealed; possibly he gets too proud to ask his parents for extra money or he just wants to become self-reliant. The plan doesn't work because all the kids who would buy lemonade end up in the show!
- Waldo was voiced by B.J. Ward in Hanna and Barbera's short-lived Little Rascals animated TV series of the 1980's.
- Waldo was re-interpreted by Blake McIver Ewing in The Little Rascals.
- Grant Palmer II played Waldo in the film The Little Rascals Save the Day.
- In Dell's Little Rascals comic book series of the late 50's and early 60's, there was a supporting character featured called Waldo Worthington. Waldo was the Rascals' rich friend, who preferred to be a regular kid. This Waldo appears to have been designed after Wally Albright, rather than Darwood Kaye.