Jackie Coogan
American actor
Jackie Coogan
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.
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Keith Coogan of "The Fox and the Hound" recalls his days at Disney Studios - Jim Hill Media.com (blog)
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Maybe it was because of the lessons that he learned from his famous grandfather, Jackie Coogan. What with having made his screen debut in Charlie Chaplin's first feature-length film, "The Kid," Jackie was basically Hollywood's first child star
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Silent star Lon Chaney films speak volumes; TCM Summer Under The Stars August 15 - Examiner.com
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1922's Oliver Twist is next at 9am/8c, with Chaney in the role of Fagan, the gruesome leader of a band of ne'er-do-well street urchins, among them, Jackie Coogan stars as young Oliver. At 11am/10c, Chaney stars 1922's He Who Gets Slapped from 1924
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Lon Chaney Movie Schedule: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, TELL IT TO THE MARINES ... - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Cast: Jackie Coogan, Lon Chaney, Gladys Brockwell. BW-74 mins. 11:00 AM HE WHO GETS SLAPPED (1924) In this silent film, a scientist flees his tragic past to become a circus clown. Dir: Victor Seastrom. Cast: Lon Chaney, Norma Shearer, John Gilbert
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Filmoteca de verano - La Verdad (Albacete)
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De entre la escogida gama me quedo con 'El Chico', de Charlie Chaplín que rivaliza con el pequeño Jackie Coogan y la deliciosa Edna Purviance en secuencias graciosísimas, tiernas y conmovedoras. La película, que fue el primer largometraje,
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Laurence Fishburne, el jefe de Superman - 100 Blogs (blog)
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La última novedad es que Fishburne será Perry White, el editor jefe del periódico donde trabaja Clark Kent y que fue interpretado en películas anteriores de este superhéroe por Jackie Coogan (en las cuatro primeras cintas de la saga) y por Frank
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Reverchon Park in Dallas named in honor of botanist who was born in France - Houston Chronicle
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Her most memorable television role was that of the weirdly beautiful Morticia in the 1960s comedy series "The Addams Family," based on characters by cartoonist Charles Addams and costarring John Astin and Jackie Coogan. Miss Jones also made numerous
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Et Cetera Listings - Press Herald
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7 pm "The Kid" (1921), Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Coogan's silent film with original score performed live, Strand Theatre, Rockland. $30 to $40; $8 for students. baychamberconcerts.org. 8 pm Art Videos at the Gallery: "Kurt Schwitters" (1963),
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Music and Film and Brahms - knox.VillageSoup.com
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Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Coogan star in "The Kid" — yes, this is the child actor who grew up to play Uncle Fester. Bay Chamber Concerts will present its annual Music and Film presentation Wednesday, July 20 at 8 pm at the Strand Theatre,
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Playing backup to Charlie Chaplin - Boston Globe
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Below: Chaplin and costar Jackie Coogan in “The Kid.'' (Marco Zanoni/File 2006) By Jeremy D. Goodwin Marc Ribot doesn't want to be noticed. The creatively omnivorous, experimental guitar master has been known to stomp on a balloon onstage when the
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Clemente viaggia in Delta - Lettera43
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«Sta per Jackie Coogan», rispose Mimun a Stefano Lorenzetto in un'intervista. «Mio padre, patito di Charlot, volle darmi questo secondo nome per ricordare l'attore protagonista del Monello. Spero di non morire alcolizzato come Coogan
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Child star Edith Fellows dies at 88 - Variety
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She appeared in some of Roach's "Our Gang" pics in the early 1930s, including 1933's "Mush and Milk," but also appeared in popular feature films including 1931's "Huckleberry Finn," staring Junior Durkin and Jackie Coogan; the 1934 version of "Jane
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El talento no tiene edad - El País.com (España)
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No hubiéramos sabido de la existencia de Jackie Coogan en El chico, aquel precioso golfillo que gemía desconsolado cuando la policía pretendía separarlo de Charlot, del hombre que le había adoptado. También nos hubieran privado de la gracia y el
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Menores de 16 ya no recibirán el Goya - La Primera Plana
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Prueba de ello fue lo que sucedió con Jackie Coogan y su participación en 'El chico', de Charlie Chaplin. El niño sufrió mucho cuando sus administradores legales, su padrastro y su madre, hicieron todo lo posible por vivir de los ingresos que el
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TNR Film Classic: Greta Garbo (1932) - The Plank on TNR.com (blog)
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I remember once, coming back from Italy, half an hour after Gibraltar, and just as we were passing the coast of Spain, with a vista magnificent and ever changing, how most of the passenger list had hastened below decks to see Jackie Coogan
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Glimpses of the Past - Green Bay Press Gazette
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Jackie Coogan was starring in "Peck's Bad Boy" at Strand Theater. » Deaths — Edward Linnane, Wayside; Mrs. Esther Christopherson; Robert, 6-year-old son of Mrs. Lawrence Vandenberg; Johanna, 5-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Kempen
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Around Town: Screenings and events for Father's Day weekend - Los Angeles Times
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In Chaplin's first feature-length directorial effort, the Tramp adopts an abandoned toddler (Jackie Coogan) he discovers in an alley and raises him to become his sidekick in schemes and cons. www.cinefamily.org The Aero Theatre in Santa Monica is
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jackie Coogan
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1984
    Age 69
    After suffering from heart and kidney ailments, Coogan succumbed to heart failure on March 1, 1984, at age 69 in Santa Monica, California.
    More Details Hide Details He had been undergoing kidney dialysis when his blood pressure dropped. Coogan was taken to Santa Monica Hospital, where he had a heart attack and expired. By his request, Coogan's funeral was open to the public and he was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City. His star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located on the 1700 block of Vine Street, just south of Hollywood Boulevard.
  • 1982
    Age 67
    Footage of Jackie with his grandson, Keith (uncredited on imdb.com) can be seen in the 1982 documentary Hollywood's Children.
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  • 1975
    Age 60
    He began acting in 1975, and changed his name in 1986, two years after his grandfather's death.
    More Details Hide Details His roles include the oldest son in Adventures in Babysitting.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1970
    Age 55
    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.
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  • 1965
    Age 50
    He appeared as a police officer in the Elvis Presley comedy Girl Happy in 1965.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1963
    Age 48
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was a guest several times on The Red Skelton Show, appeared twice on the The Brady Bunch ("The Fender Benders" and "Double Parked"), I Dream of Jeannie (as Jeannie's uncle, Suleiman – Maharaja of Basenji), Family Affair, Here's Lucy and The Brian Keith Show, and continued to guest-star on television (including multiple appearances on The Partridge Family, The Wild Wild West, and Hawaii Five-O) until his retirement in the middle 1970s.
  • 1962
    Age 47
    He had a regular role in a 1962–63 NBC series, McKeever and the Colonel.
    More Details Hide Details He finally found his most famous television role as Uncle Fester in ABC's The Addams Family (1964–1966).
  • 1961
    Age 46
    He also appeared in episode 37, titled "Barney on the Rebound", of The Andy Griffith Show, which aired October 31, 1961.
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    In 1961, he guest-starred in an episode of The Americans, an NBC series about family divisions stemming from the Civil War.
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  • 1960
    Age 45
    In the 1960–1961 season, he guest-starred in the episode "The Damaged Dolls" of the syndicated crime drama The Brothers Brannagan.
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    He appeared too, as Corbett, in two episodes of NBC's The Outlaws with Barton MacLane, which aired from 1960–1962.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1952
    Age 37
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He guest-starred on NBC's The Martha Raye Show.
  • 1946
    Age 31
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Dorothea Odetta Hanson, also known as Dorothea Lamphere, best known as Dodie, was a dancer and became Coogan's fourth wife in April 1952 and they were together over thirty years, until his death. They had two children together, a daughter, Leslie Diane Coogan, born November 24, 1953, in Los Angeles, and a son, Christopher Fenton Coogan, born July 9, 1967, in Riverside County, who died in a motorcycle accident in Palm Springs on June 29, 1990.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1944
    Age 29
    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.
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  • 1942
    Age 27
    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.
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  • 1941
    Age 26
    Eighteen months later on August 10, 1941, he married Flower Parry.
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    Coogan enlisted in the U.S. Army in March 1941.
    More Details Hide Details After the attack on Pearl Harbor that December, he requested a transfer to Army Air Forces as a glider pilot because of his civilian flying experience. After graduating from glider school, he was made a flight officer, and he volunteered for hazardous duty with the 1st Air Commando Group. In December 1943, the unit was sent to India.
  • 1940
    Age 25
    In 1940, Coogan played the role of "a playboy Broadway producer" in the Society Girl program on CBS radio.
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  • 1938
    Age 23
    Coogan appeared with then-wife Betty Grable in College Swing, a 1938 musical comedy starring George Burns, Gracie Allen, Martha Raye and Bob Hope.
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  • 1936
    Age 21
    Bernstein had been a financial advisor for the family and married Coogan's mother in late 1936.
    More Details Hide Details Coogan championed the cause of the Armenians, Greeks, and others made refugees and destitute by the Armenian Genocide, working with Near East relief. He toured across the United States and Europe in 1924 on a "Children's Crusade" as part of his fundraising drive, which provided more than $1 million in clothing, food, and other contributions (worth more than $13 million in 2012 dollars). He was honored by officials in the United States, Greece, and Rome, where he had an audience with Pope Pius XI. A Roman Catholic, Coogan was a member of the Good Shepherd Parish and the Catholic Motion Picture Guild in Beverly Hills.
  • 1935
    Age 20
    Coogan was married four times, and had four children. His first three marriages to actresses were short lived. He and Betty Grable were engaged in 1935 and married on November 20, 1937, and they divorced less than two years later on October 11, 1939.
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    When Coogan turned 21 in October 1935, his fortune was believed to be well intact.
    More Details Hide Details His assets had been conservatively managed by his late father, who died in the car accident less than six months earlier.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The party was returning from a day of dove hunting over the border in Mexico in early May. With his father at the wheel, the car was forced off the mountain highway near Pine Valley by an oncoming vehicle and rolled down an embankment. As a child star, Coogan earned an estimated $3 to $4 million, but the entire amount was spent by his mother and stepfather, Arthur Bernstein, on fur coats, diamonds and other jewelry, and expensive cars. Coogan's mother and stepfather claimed Jackie enjoyed himself and simply thought he was playing before the camera. She insisted, "No promises were ever made to give Jackie anything," and claimed he "was a bad boy." Coogan sued them in 1938, but after his legal expenses, he received just $126,000 of the $250,000 remaining of his earnings. When he fell on hard times and asked Charlie Chaplin for assistance, Chaplin handed him $1,000 without hesitating.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1933
    Age 18
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After several demands for a $40,000 ransom, police arrested Thomas Thurmond and John Holmes in San Jose. Thurmond admitted that Hart had been murdered the night he was kidnapped. Both killers were transferred to a prison in downtown San Jose. A mob broke into the jail, and Thurmond and Holmes were hanged in a nearby park. Coogan was reported to be present and had held the lynching rope.
  • 1932
    Age 17
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1917
    Age 2
    He began performing as an infant in both vaudeville and film, with an uncredited role in the 1917 film Skinner's Baby.
    More Details Hide Details Charlie Chaplin discovered him in the Orpheum Theatre, a vaudeville house in Los Angeles, on the stage doing the shimmy, a dance popular at the time. Coogan's father was also an actor. Jackie Coogan was a natural mimic and delighted Chaplin with his abilities. Chaplin cast him in a small role in A Day's Pleasure (1919). He was Chaplin's irascible companion in The Kid (1921) and the following year played the title role in Oliver Twist, directed by Frank Lloyd. Coogan was one of the first stars to be heavily merchandised. Peanut butter, stationery, whistles, dolls, records, and figurines were among the Coogan-themed merchandise on sale.
  • 1914
    Born
    He was born as John Leslie Coogan in 1914 in Los Angeles, California, to John Henry Coogan, Jr. and Lillian Rita (Dolliver) Coogan.
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