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Frank Coghlan Jr.

  • Highest Rated: 100% Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
  • Lowest Rated: 83% The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)
  • Birthday: Mar 15, 1916
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Born in Connecticut and raised in Los Angeles, Frank Coghlan Jr. began appearing in films at age 3; his meager income helped to pay his father's way through chiropractic college. Though his mother was reluctant to allow her son to appear before the cameras, young Frank took to performing with ease, playing bits in 2-reel comedies. Placed under contract to Cecil B. DeMille, who considered the boy "the perfect example of a homeless waif," Frank became a popular juvenile performer. Billed as Junior Coghlan, he appeared prominently in such major silent films as The Yankee Clipper (1926), Let 'Er Go Gallegher (1927) and Slide, Kelly, Slide (1927). During the early talkie era, Coghlan was co-starred with fellow child actor Leon Janney in Penrod and Sam (1930) and played James Cagney as a boy in Public Enemy (1931). As a free-lancer, Coghlan appeared in several serials, including 1941's The Adventures of Captain Marvel, in which he was top-billed as the Captain's youthful alter ego Billy Batson. He also showed up in many bit roles, usually playing a Western Union messenger boy. With the onslaught of World War II, Coghlan began his 23-year Navy career as an aviator. He rose to the rank of Commander, and from 1952 through 1954 was in charge of the movie section of the Pentagon's Office of Information, acting as liaison and technical advisor for such films as The Caine Mutiny (1954) and Bridges of Toko-Ri (1955). He was later in charge of the navy's Hollywood office, coordinating official naval cooperation for films like In Harm's Way (1964) and TV series like Hennessey. After retiring from the Navy, Coghlan worked in public relations for the Los Angeles Zoo and the Port of Los Angeles. He also resumed his acting career, spending seven years as commercial spokesman for Curtis Mathes. As of 1995, Frank Coghlan Jr. was still very active on the nostalgia-convention circuit, and still as unfailingly courteous and likeable as ever.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet One More Tomorrow Telegraph Boy 1946
No Score Yet This Is the Army Actor 1943
No Score Yet Youth on Parade Student 1943
No Score Yet Andy Hardy's Double Life Red 1942
No Score Yet Rings on Her Fingers Page Boy 1942
No Score Yet The Courtship of Andy Hardy Red 1942
83% The Man Who Came to Dinner Telegram Boy 1942
No Score Yet Footlight Serenade Usher 1942
No Score Yet To the Shores of Tripoli Bellboy 1942
No Score Yet Out of the Fog Newspaper Vendor 1941
No Score Yet The Adventures of Captain Marvel Billy Batson 1941
No Score Yet Murder over New York Gilroy 1940
No Score Yet Star Dust Telegraph Boy 1940
No Score Yet The Fighting 69th Jimmy 1940
88% Knute Rockne---All American Messenger 1940
90% Gone With the Wind Exhausted Boy Collapsing Soldier 1939
No Score Yet Day-Time Wife Office Boy 1939
No Score Yet Meet Dr. Christian Bud 1939
No Score Yet Dust Be My Destiny Newsboy on Street 1939
No Score Yet Second Fiddle Call Boy 1939
No Score Yet Lucky Night Boy in Paint Store 1939
No Score Yet Boys' Reformatory Eddie 1939
No Score Yet East Side of Heaven Messenger Boy 1939
100% Angels with Dirty Faces Boys in Poolroom 1938
No Score Yet Saturday's Heroes Student 1937
No Score Yet Blazing Barriers Tommy McGrath 1937
No Score Yet Red Lights Ahead Willie Wallace 1936
No Score Yet Charlie Chan at the Race Track Eddie Brill 1936
No Score Yet The Little Red Schoolhouse Frank 'Frankie' Burke 1936
No Score Yet Stranded Page 1935
No Score Yet Kentucky Blue Streak Johnny Bradley 1935
No Score Yet In the Money Actor 1934
No Score Yet Drum Taps Eric Cartwright 1933
No Score Yet Merrily Yours Actor 1933
No Score Yet The Last of the Mohicans Actor 1932
100% The Public Enemy Tom As A Boy 1931
No Score Yet It Pays to Advertise Office Boy 1931
No Score Yet The Girl Said No Eddie Ward 1930
No Score Yet Square Shoulders Tad 1929
No Score Yet Let 'Er Go, Gallegher Gailegher 1928
No Score Yet Marked Money Boy 1928
No Score Yet The Yankee Clipper Mickey 1927

TV

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Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
1962-1971
Helmsman
  • 1965

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