Beckett, Scott “Scotty” Hastings

Scott Hastings Beckett (“Scotty”)

Born: October 4, 1929 Oakland, CA
Died: May 10, 1968 Hollywood, CA

From the age of four, Scotty Beckett acted in movies including the Our Gang series. He continued acting on screen, radio and stage into adulthood.

Scotty was Treasurer of his 1943 Freshman Class, and he was Janus of the Carpe Diem (the Latin Club in 1943).

From the January 24, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal  “Grades [School]” insert:
Scotty Beckett is the News Editor for this issue of “Grades.”

From the September 27, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
Scottie Beckett is the co-Circulating Manager for this issue of Mar-Ken Journal – “Grades” [school] insert.

Class Organization: The Junior High room, this year, has been organized according to the United States government. The election was held by ballot. The results are as follows:
Executive Department: Vice-President, Scottie Becket.

Scotty Beckett was at the Catalina Boys Camp this summer.

From the October 11, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
“You and I, From Primary to Junior High” – – Scotty Beckett: On October 4th the Junior High sprung a surprise party with the help of his mother. There were twenty of us, fifteen from the Junior High and five others. We all chipped in and bought him a four-racket badminton set. It was a complete surprise. After our supper of turkey, ice cream, and cake we went to the Ritz Theater and saw “The Sea Hawk” and “Rhythm on the River.”

Scottie Beckett is Circulating Manager of this issue [and the October 25 & Nov. 8 issues] of the school newspaper.

From the November 20, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
Scotty Beckett wrote the “Thanksgiving Vacation” column for the school newspaper.

From the 1940 Mar-Ken Primary & Junior High Yearbook:

Scotty is mentioned in this 1940 Yearbook. He served as News Editor of the Mar-Ken Journal, and was on the staff of the Annual doing pictures. He co-authored articles about the school’s Rhythm Band, and on Communication for the Yearbook. There is a reference in the Last Will & Testament in the Yearbook that Scotty doesn’t have a temper.

From the January 10, 1941 Mar-Ken Journal:

Scotty Beckett is the News Editor for this issue of the Mar-Ken Journal.

YOU AND I: Scotty Beckett was heard on the Smarty Party, KNX, Sunday.

From the 1941 Mar-Ken Primary & Junior High Yearbook:
Scotty was Vice-President of his class.

From the 1942 Mar-Ken Primary & Junior High School Yearbook:
The Yearbook mentions Scotty’s “Eruption Ability” and leaving it to another student.

Eighth Grade Class Ambitions: “Scotty would be a great actor.”

Famous Sayin’:  Scotty …(Actions speak louder than words and he does both) “Ack.”

Class Predictions: Scotty definitely will take an executive’s position.

From the September 28, 1942 Mar-Ken Journal:
It was noted that Scotty Beckett was President of the Badminton Club last year.

From the October 13, 1942 Mar-Ken Journal:
Scotty Beckett was elected Freshman Class Treasurer.

From the 1943 Mar-Ken School Yearbook, as a Freshman:
Freshman Predictions: SCOTTY BECKETT will probably be an air cadet producing his latest show, “This is the Air – Corps”! (Take it or leave it.)

From the Crossword Puzzle: The official “Gold digger” of the class. He is known as an established actor. He is also an ardent sport fan.

From the 1944 Mar-Ken Yearbook, Transvia, “Sophomore Biographies”:
SCOTTY BECKETT made the short trip from Oakland to Los Angeles by way of Mt. Shasta. When he finally arrived, however, the motion picture industry and Mar-Ken claimed him.

Links to other resources about Scott Hastings Beckett:

MSN Entertainment Biography:

Biographical aritcle (“Alas, Poor Winky: A Beckett Tragedy”):

Photo Gallery (archived):