Jackie Coogan

Born Oct 26, 1914

John Leslie Coogan, known professionally as Jackie Coogan, was an American actor who began his movie career as a child actor in silent films. Many years later, he became known as Uncle Fester on 1960s sitcom The Addams Family. In the interim, he sued his mother and stepfather over his squandered film earnings and provoked California to enact the first known legal protection for the earnings of child performers, billed as the Coogan Act.… Read More

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1914 Birth He was born as John Leslie Coogan in 1914 in Los Angeles, California, to John Henry Coogan, Jr. and Lillian Rita (Dolliver) Coogan.
1917 2 Years Old He began performing as an infant in both vaudeville and film, with an uncredited role in the 1917 film Skinner's Baby. … Read More


1932 17 Years Old Coogan was tutored until the age of ten, when he entered Urban Military Academy and other prep schools. He attended several colleges, as well as the University of Southern California. In 1932, he dropped out of Santa Clara University because of poor grades.
1933 18 Years Old In November 1933, Brooke Hart, a close friend of Coogan from Santa Clara University, was kidnapped from his family-owned department store in San Jose and brought to the San Francisco area San Mateo–Hayward Bridge. … Read More


In 1935, 20-year-old Coogan was the only survivor of a car crash in eastern San Diego County that killed his father; his best friend, 19-year-old actor Junior Durkin; their ranch foreman Charles Jones, and film producer Robert J. Horner. … Read More
1936 21 Years Old Bernstein had been a financial advisor for the family and married Coogan's mother in late 1936. … Read More
1938 23 Years Old Coogan appeared with then-wife Betty Grable in College Swing, a 1938 musical comedy starring George Burns, Gracie Allen, Martha Raye and Bob Hope.
1940 25 Years Old In 1940, Coogan played the role of "a playboy Broadway producer" in the Society Girl program on CBS radio.
1941 26 Years Old 1 More Event
Coogan enlisted in the U.S. Army in March 1941. … Read More
1942 27 Years Old They had one son, John Anthony Coogan (writer/producer of 3D digital and film), born March 4, 1942, in Los Angeles; they divorced on June 29, 1943.
1944 29 Years Old He flew British troops, the Chindits, under General Orde Wingate on March 5, 1944, landing them at night in a small jungle clearing behind Japanese lines in the Burma Campaign.


1946 31 Years Old Coogan married his third wife, Ann McCormack, on December 26, 1946, a daughter, Joann Dolliver Coogan, was born April 2, 1948, in Los Angeles. They divorced on September 20, 1951. … Read More
1952 37 Years Old After the war, Coogan returned to acting, taking mostly character roles and appearing on television. From 1952 to 1953, he played Stoney Crockett on the syndicated series Cowboy G-Men. … Read More


1960 45 Years Old 1 More Event
He appeared too, as Corbett, in two episodes of NBC's The Outlaws with Barton MacLane, which aired from 1960–1962.
1961 46 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1961, he guest-starred in an episode of The Americans, an NBC series about family divisions stemming from the Civil War.
1962 47 Years Old He had a regular role in a 1962–63 NBC series, McKeever and the Colonel. … Read More
1963 48 Years Old He appeared four times on the Perry Mason series, including the role of political activist Gus Sawyer in the 1963 episode, "The Case of the Witless Witness", and TV prop man Pete Desmond in the final episode, "The Case of the Final Fadeout", in 1966. … Read More


1965 50 Years Old He appeared as a police officer in the Elvis Presley comedy Girl Happy in 1965.
1970 55 Years Old Leslie Coogan has a son, actor Keith Coogan, who was born Keith Eric Mitchell on January 13, 1970, being 3 years younger than his uncle Christopher.


1975 60 Years Old He began acting in 1975, and changed his name in 1986, two years after his grandfather's death. … Read More
1982 67 Years Old Footage of Jackie with his grandson, Keith (uncredited on can be seen in the 1982 documentary Hollywood's Children.
1984 69 Years Old 1 More Event
After suffering from heart and kidney ailments, Coogan succumbed to heart failure on March 1, 1984, at age 69 in Santa Monica, California. … Read More
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