The man who played Spanky in the "Our Gang" comedies said Saturday a man who appeared on ABC's "20-20" claiming to have played Buckwheat is an impostor because the actor who filled the role died in 1980.

The "20-20" program featured a report on a man identified as Bill English of Tempe, Ariz., who claimed to have played the role of Buckwheat, one of the characters in the "Our Gang" movie comedies of the 1930s and 1940s.The Buckwheat character actually was played by William Thomas, who died of natural causes Oct. 10, 1980, at the age of 49.

Maurie Perl, the program's media representative, said the show was looking into the matter.