Charles Douglas (Doug) Greer was born in Ottawa, Canada, and moved to Glendale, California in 1924. He began working in the film industry at age seven after winning a freckles contest. It was his many freckles that earned him the name, “Turkey Egg” given to him by Robert McGowan, director of the “Our Gang” comedies, also known as, “The Little Rascals,” in which Doug was a regular. His freckles reminded the director of the speckles that cover turkey eggs. Doug spent twelve years of his childhood working in the movies alongside actors such as Mickey Rooney, John Wayne and Jackie Cooper. He was a member of the Screen Actors Guild and acquired around 60 screen credits.
In 1943, during World War II, he was one of the first members of the 10th Mountain Division Ski Troops at Camp Hale, Colorado. After finishing training, he was transferred to inactive duty to work at Lockheed for a specific job just before his outfit was to head overseas to the Italian Alps. He later discovered that every officer in his company had been either killed or wounded in the first three days of battle. He was honorably discharged on March 31, 1946.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Greer; companion of 20 years, Beverly Paine; daughter, Diane Welton; and his grandson, Wesley McCall. He is survived by his granddaughter, Christen Miller; grandson, Scott McCall; granddaughter, Misty Moran; and great-grandchildren, Sierra and Zachary.
A memorial service for Doug will take place on Saturday, February 20th, at 2:00pm at GateWay Bible Church in Scotts Valley.