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Jackie Coogan

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Child superstar who later on played the function of Uncle Fester in the Addams Family members and whose economic earnings as a kid inspired The Coogan Work, a children’s economic protection rules. He began executing as a child in film and vaudeville before getting uncovered by Charlie Chaplin. He proceeded to go from dance in Chaplin movies to starring being a macabre uncle. He wedded first wife, Betty Grable in 1937, as well as the few divorced 2 yrs afterwards. He starred within the Addams Family members with John Astin.

Quick Facts


Full Name Jackie Coogan
Date Of Birth October 26, 1914
Died March 1, 1984, Santa Monica, California, United States
Place Of Birth Los Angeles, CA
Profession TV Actor
Education Santa Clara University
Nationality American
Spouse Dorothea Lamphere, Ann McCormack, Flower Parry, Betty Grable
Children Christopher Fenton Coogan, Leslie Diane Coogan, John Anthony Coogan, Joann Dolliver Coogan
Parents Jack Coogan Sr., Lillian Coogan
Siblings Robert Coogan
Awards Air Medal
Movies The Kid, Halloween with the New Addams Family, Oliver Twist, A Day's Pleasure, The Shakiest Gun in the West, The Rag Man, Cahill U.S. Marshal, Mesa of Lost Women, High School Confidential, Tom Sawyer, Girl Happy, The Space Children, Sex Kittens Go to College, The Joker Is Wild, No Place to Land, Old Clothes, Little Robinson Crusoe, Huckleberry Finn, Lonelyhearts, My Boy, Circus Days, A Fine Madness, Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype, The Escape Artist, The Prey, The Buster Keaton Story, Outlaw Women, The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery, When the Girls Take Over, Human Experiments, The Phantom of Hollywood, The Bugle Call, Eighteen and Anxious, Sky Patrol, Home on the Range, Daddy, Rogue's Gallery, Marlowe, Sherlock Holmes in New York, Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood, Free and Easy, Night of the Quarter Moon, Peck's Bad Boy, Million Dollar Legs, A Boy of Flanders, Character Studies, Long Live the King, Buttons, Skipalong Rosenbloom, French Leave, The Essential Charlie Chaplin: Vol. 11
TV Shows Unknown Chaplin, The Addams Family, McKeever and the Colonel, Cowboy G-Men
Star Sign Scorpio

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#Fact
1He starred in "Forever Ernest," a 1930s radio show, but it was canceled.
2Coogan enlisted in the Army in March 1941. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he requested a transfer to the US Army Air Force as a glider pilot because of his civilian flying experience. After graduating from glider school, he was made a flight officer and volunteered for hazardous duty with the 1st Air Commando Group. In December 1943 the unit was sent to India, where he flew British troops and landed them at night 100 miles behind enemy lines in Burma on March 5, 1944,.
3Olympic medalist Duke Kahanamoku was his swimming instructor.
4Estimates vary but during his eight-year run of success, Coogan earned somewhere between $4 million-$8 million.
5His 1920s contract with MGM earned him $500,000 plus 60% of the gross titles of such films as Tom Sawyer (1917) and Little Robinson Crusoe (1924).
6His parents, Lillian and John Coogan were seasoned career vaudevillians who first presented Jackie to stage audiences at 16 months.
7During the mid-'30s he led a 17-piece orchestra on a tour of one-night stands. He claimed to have earned $12,000 a week.
8Coogan worked to raise $1,000,000 for Armenians and Greeks displaced during World War I, working with Near East Relief. He toured across the US and Europe in 1924 on a "Children's Crusade" as part of a fund-raising drive, which ended up providing more than $1,000,000 in clothing, food, and other contributions (worth more than $13 million adjusted for 2012 dollars). Coogan was honored by officials in the US, Greece, and Rome, where he met with Pope Pius XI.
9Producer Sol Lesser admitted that the original master of Coogan's 1922 Oliver Twist (1922) was burned for its silver nitrate content--which was worth $80.
10Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1654 Vine St.
11College friend of kidnapping/murder victim Brooke Hart. It was reported that Coogan participated in the notorious lynching of Hart's killers.
12Uncle of Jonathan Coogan.
13Ex-stepfather of Don Stroud.
14Interviewed in "Talking to the Piano Player: Silent Film Stars, Writers and Directors Remember" by Stuart Oderman (BearManor Media).
15In The Addams Family (1992), a hardware shop was named "Coogan's" in his honor.
16Was engaged to starlet Toby Wing during much of 1935. The two broke up when Coogan went into a depression complicated by alcohol abuse after discovering his mother and stepfather squandered his childhood fortune.
17Biography in "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives., Volume One, 1981-1985," pp. 174-176. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
18During his service in the US Army, in March 1944, he served in the China-Burma-India Theater as the pilot of a CG-4A Waco (a wood-and-canvas transport glider).
19He was engaged to stunning actress Toby Wing in 1935. When approached for autographs while dating her he would often write inscriptions backward to impress her, more or less confusing the autograph seeker. They eventually broke up over differences in their temperaments, just adding to 1935 being probably the single worst year of his life given his father's death and mother's refusal to pay out his childhood earnings.
20Biography in "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pp. 116. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387.
21His contract with Metro earned him $1 million per year. After money problems with his parents, he helped to organize and get passed in law the Coogan Bill, which protected child actors from such abuse in the future.
22When he was cast as Uncle Fester on The Addams Family (1964), Coogan was 50 years old and nearly broke. After the series ended in 1966, he never lacked work again, with numerous television and film appearances.
23Always considered his proudest moment his 1972 reunion with Charles Chaplin. After two decades of exile from the United States, Chaplin returned in March of that year to receive the Handel Medallion in New York City and a special lifetime achievement Oscar in Hollywood. Coogan was one of several people on hand to greet Chaplin when he arrived at Los Angeles International Airport. After greeting the other members of the party with perfunctory handshakes, Chaplin, immediately recognized Coogan (whom he hadn't seen in decades), warmly embraced him, saying, "You know, I think I would rather see you than anybody else." Chaplin later told Coogan's wife, "You must never forget that your husband is a genius.".
24Although he eventually reconciled with his mother and stepfather after the lawsuit over his earnings, things were never the same, and his advice to future child stars was "stay away from mothers."
25In 1935, at age 21, he had the traumatic experience of losing his father, Jack Coogan Sr., and his best friend, actor Junior Durkin, when both were killed in an auto accident in the California mountains. Durkin died almost instantly at the scene, and Coogan Sr., who had been driving, a few hours later at a local hospital. Jackie, though badly injured, was the sole survivor of the accident. He would later call it the single saddest day of his life.
26Grandfather of actor Keith Coogan.
27Older brother of Robert Coogan.
28Son of Jack Coogan Sr. and Lillian Coogan, vaudeville performers who put him on stage as part of their act when he was just 16 months old.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
College Swing1938Jackie
Love in September1936ShortJackie
Home on the Range1935Jack Hatfield
Huckleberry Finn1931Tom Sawyer
Tom Sawyer1930Tom Sawyer
Free and Easy1930Jackie Coogan - at Premiere (uncredited)
Buttons1927Buttons
The Bugle Call1927Billy Randolph
Johnny Get Your Hair Cut1927Johnny O'Day
Old Clothes1925Timothy Kelly
The Rag Man1925Tim Kelly
Little Robinson Crusoe1924Mickey Hogan
A Boy of Flanders1924Nello
Long Live the King1923Crown Prince Ferdinand William Otto
Circus Days1923Toby Tyler
Daddy1923Jackie Savelli / Jackie Holden
Oliver Twist1922/IOliver Twist
Trouble1922Danny, the Kid
Nice and Friendly1922ShortBoy
My Boy1921The Boy
Peck's Bad Boy1921Henry Peck AKA 'Peck's Bad Boy'
The Kid1921The Child (as Jack Coogan)
A Day's Pleasure1919ShortSmallest Boy (uncredited)
Skinner's Baby1917The Baby (uncredited)
The Prey1984Lester Tile
The Escape Artist1982Magic Shop Owner
Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype1980Sgt. Fleacollar
The Kids Who Knew Too Much1980TV MovieMr. Klein
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1980TV SeriesMr. Klein
Human Experiments1979Sheriff Tibbs
Flying High1978TV SeriesSecond man
Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels1977TV SeriesAdditional Voices
Halloween with the New Addams Family1977TV MovieUncle Fester
Lanigan's Rabbi1977TV SeriesR.B. Haig
Sherlock Holmes in New York1976TV MovieHaymarket Hotel Proprietor
Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood1976Stagehand 1
Movin' On1976TV SeriesSam Prichard
McCoy1975TV SeriesSkippy
Police Story1975TV SeriesDelaney
Lucy Gets Lucky1975TV MovieGus Mitchell
The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery1975Detective Chief Anderson
The Specialists1975TV MovieRoger
Gunsmoke1974TV SeriesStoudenaire
Dirty Sally1974TV SeriesSheriff
McMillan & Wife1971-1974TV SeriesHoward Sparks / Lowball
The Phantom of Hollywood1974TV MovieJonathan
Ironside1971-1974TV SeriesSam McGoff / Buster Logan
The Partridge Family1970-1973TV SeriesGrandpa Walter Renfrew / Max Pepper
The Addams Family1973TV SeriesUncle Fester
Here's Lucy1973TV SeriesKermit Bosworth
Cahill U.S. Marshal1973Charlie
Barnaby Jones1973TV SeriesPhil Rooney
The Brian Keith Show1973TV SeriesMr. Plimpton
Jigsaw1973TV SeriesHarry
Hawaii Five-O1969-1973TV SeriesFrank / Jerry Howe / Horace Sibley
Marcus Welby, M.D.1973TV SeriesVince Darrell
Alias Smith and Jones1971-1972TV SeriesPassenger Agent / Harvey Clifford / Crawford
Love, American Style1970-1972TV SeriesSam Andrews (segment "Love and the Tycoon") / Uncle Harold (segment "Love and Happy Days") / Motel Owner (segment "Love and the First-Nighters")
Emergency!1972TV SeriesJunkyard Owner
Cool Million1972TV SeriesMerrill Cossack
The New Scooby-Doo Movies1972TV SeriesUncle Fester
The Brady Bunch1971-1972TV SeriesHarry Duggan / Man
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law1972TV SeriesZigler
Adam-121972TV SeriesHarry Rustin
The Jimmy Stewart Show1971TV SeriesOfficer Gadboy
The New Andy Griffith Show1971TV Series
The Name of the Game1970TV SeriesConnie Hart / Harry Winslow
Julia1970TV SeriesThe Mailman
Barefoot in the Park1970TV Series
Matt Lincoln1970TV SeriesTait
The Red Skelton Hour1957-1970TV SeriesMuggsy / Pierre - the Kidnapper / Police Officer Hennessey / ...
I Dream of Jeannie1969TV SeriesSuleiman
Marlowe1969Grant W. Hicks
The Wild Wild West1967-1969TV SeriesMayor Cecil Pudney / Sheriff Koster
Rogue's Gallery1968Funeral Director
The Outsider1968TV SeriesRusty
The Shakiest Gun in the West1968Matthew Basch
The Lucy Show1963-1968TV SeriesMr. Burton / Lt. Ruggles
Family Affair1967TV SeriesTim Callahan
Clown Alley1966TV MovieClown
The Virginian1966TV SeriesBodey
Vacation Playhouse1966TV SeriesFinnegan
A Fine Madness1966Mr. Fitzgerald
Perry Mason1961-1966TV SeriesPete Desmond / Ron Litten / Gus Sawyer / ...
The Addams Family1964-1966TV SeriesUncle Fester
Girl Happy1965Sgt. Benson
John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!1965Father Ryan
Burke's Law1964TV SeriesBert Crowley
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1964TV SeriesCustomer
McKeever & the Colonel1962-1963TV SeriesSgt. Barnes
The Dick Powell Theatre1963TV SeriesShopkeeper
The Joey Bishop Show1962TV SeriesArnold
When the Girls Take Over1962Captain Toussaint
Follow the Sun1962TV SeriesLew Dobber
Outlaws1960-1962TV SeriesEd Durant / Corbett
The Andy Griffith Show1961TV SeriesGeorge Stevens
Holiday Lodge1961TV SeriesHarvey Silk
The Americans1961TV SeriesRowe
The Best of the Post1961TV SeriesSid
Shirley Temple's Storybook1960-1961TV SeriesSam Brady / Marshal Rogers
The Brothers Brannagan1960TV SeriesWally Blue
Klondike1960TV SeriesFirst Mate
Lock Up1960TV SeriesPinky Winthrop
The Tab Hunter Show1960TV Series
Sex Kittens Go to College1960Wildcat MacPherson
Mr. Lucky1960TV SeriesJoe Azevedo
The Ann Sothern Show1960TV SeriesBarney Dunaway
General Electric Theater1959-1960TV SeriesMarshal Stubb Snider
The Loretta Young Show1959TV SeriesSnuff Carter / Woody Woods
Hawaiian Eye1959TV SeriesMack Stanley
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1959TV SeriesGeorge Bay
The Lineup1959TV Series
The Big Operator1959Ed Brannell
The Beat Generation1959Jake Baron
Peter Gunn1959TV SeriesEric Woolrich
Night of the Quarter Moon1959Desk Sergeant Bragan
No Place to Land1958Swede
The Space Children1958Hank Johnson
High School Confidential!1958Mr. 'Mr. A' August
Matinee Theatre1956-1958TV SeriesBrother-in-Law
Studio One in Hollywood1958TV SeriesJeffers
Lonelyhearts1958Ned Gates
Telephone Time1957TV Series
Playhouse 901956-1957TV SeriesBender / Coach Sanderford / Hanus Wicks / ...
Eighteen and Anxious1957Harold 'Eager' Beaver
Climax!1955-1957TV SeriesFerguson
The Joker Is Wild1957Swifty Morgan
The People's Choice1957TV SeriesSalesman
The Buster Keaton Story1957Elmer Case
The O. Henry Playhouse1957TV Series
The Proud Ones1956Man on Make (uncredited)
Damon Runyon Theater1955TV SeriesO'Keefe
So This Is Hollywood1955TV Series
Escape from Terror1955Agent Petrov
The Actress1953Inopportune (uncredited)
Mesa of Lost Women1953Dr. Aranya
Cowboy G-Men1952-1953TV SeriesStoney Crockett
Racket Squad1952TV SeriesPennington
Outlaw Women1952Piute Bill
Skipalong Rosenbloom1951Buck Lovelace
The Benny Rubin Show1949TV Series
French Leave1948Pappy Reagan
Kilroy Was Here1947Pappy Collins
Queen of Broadway1942
Sky Patrol1939Carter Meade
Million Dollar Legs1939Russ Simpson

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cowboy G-Men1953TV Series performer - 1 episode
College Swing1938performer: "College Swing", "What A Rumba Does To Romance"

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sex Kittens Go to College1960dialogue director - uncredited
The Beat Generation1959dialogue director

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Escape from Terror1955

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Unknown Chaplin1983TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Hollywood1980TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Hollywood Greats1979TV Series documentaryHimself
When the West Was Fun: A Western Reunion1979TV Movie documentaryHimself
This Is Your Life1972TV SeriesHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1971TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Silent Treatment1968DocumentaryHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1967TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Talent Scouts1966TV SeriesHimself
That Regis Philbin Show1965TV SeriesHimself
The Jack Paar Program1964TV SeriesHimself
Stump the Stars1951-1963TV SeriesHimself - Guest Panelist / Himself - Regular Panelist / Himself
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1960TV SeriesHimself
The Red Skelton Hour1956TV SeriesHimself
The Martha Raye Show1955TV SeriesHimself
The Frank Sinatra Show1952TV SeriesHimself
Varieties on Parade1951Himself
You Asked for It1951TV SeriesHimself
Cavalcade of Stars1949TV SeriesHimself
Texaco Star Theatre1949TV SeriesHimself - Actor
Screen Snapshots Series 27, No. 1: Hollywood Cowboys1947Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 41938Documentary shortHimself
Sunkist Stars at Palm Springs1936ShortHimself
Screen Snapshots Series 15, No. 111936Documentary shortHimself
Estrellados1930Himself (Guest Appearance at Premiere)
Players at Play1929Documentary shortHimself
Character Studies1927ShortHimself (uncredited)
Hello, 'Frisco1924ShortHimself - Jackie Coogan
Screen Snapshots, Series 4, No. 51923Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots, Series 3, No. 251923Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots, Series 3, No. 191923Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots, Series 3, No. 151922Documentary shortHimself
Seeing Stars1922Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots, Series 1, No. 251921Documentary shortHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryUncle Fester Frump
Un jour, une histoire2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Edición Especial Coleccionista2012TV SeriesToby Tyler
Vincere2009The Kid in 'The Kid' (uncredited)
The Forgotten Films of Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle2005Video documentary
8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood1995TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Red Skelton: Bloopers, Blunders and Ad-Libs1994VideoMuggsy
Chaplin1992The Kid (uncredited)
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter1982TV Movie documentaryActor - 'The Kid' (uncredited)
Hollywood's Children1982TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Wild Wild West1969TV SeriesMayor Cecil Pudney
Hollywood: The Golden Years1961TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Legend of Rudolph Valentino1961Video documentaryHimself
Land of Liberty1939

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 1654 Vine Street.

TitleSalary
Peck's Bad Boy (1921)$2,000 a week
The Kid (1921)$75 per week

#Quote
1[Asked about what gratified him most after a long life] he thing I am proudest of is that I've never been beaten at Scrabble."
2I drank milk from my own ranch. I had a 65' by 80' room filled with toy trains and my own golf course and football field in my backyard. Other boys went to see Babe Ruth. Babe Ruth came to see me.
3Hollywood is a lovely place to get knifed in. Today's stars are deadheads compared to the Doug Fairbanks, Errol Flynns, and Clark Gables of my day. Whatever happened to the strong leading man with no hang-ups? And today's child stars? I don't see the ability of any of these kids to carry a picture by themselves... I think their ability lasts as long as a commercial; on, off, hey, wasn't he cute?


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