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Frank Coghlan Jr.

Highest Rated:   100% Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
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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 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
80% The Man Who Came to Dinner
  • Telegram Boy
1942
No Score Yet To the Shores of Tripoli
  • Bellboy
1942
No Score Yet Footlight Serenade
  • Usher
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
83% Knute Rockne---All American
  • Messenger
1940
94% Gone With the Wind
  • Exhausted Boy
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 Marked Money
  • Boy
1928
No Score Yet Let 'Er Go, Gallegher
  • Gailegher
1928
No Score Yet The Yankee Clipper
  • Mickey
1927

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