Jackie Coogan

Jackie Coogan

Highest Rated: 100% The Kid (1921)

Lowest Rated: 14% Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1975)

Birthday: Oct 26, 1914

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Child star who charmed audiences in Charlie Chaplin's 1921 classic "The Kid." By the mid-1930s, his career had slowed considerably and in 1938 he attempted to win back his $4 million childhood earnings from his mother and stepfather. By the time the case was settled the amount had dropped to approximately $250,000, of which Coogan received only a portion. The case resulted in the Coogan Act, or Child Actors Bill, set up to protect the assets of child stars. Coogan became, in many ways, the patron saint -- of sorts -- of child actors because of the law, although the legislation only covers actors working in California and, in reality, applies to income from TV series and motion pictures and not TV commercials. After WWII, most of his work came from TV where he gained success as Uncle Fester on "The Addams Family," which ran on ABC from 1964-66. Coogan began his career at 18 months, in "Skinner's Baby" (1917). He played the title role in a silent version of "Oliver Twist" in 1922. He switched studios from First National to Metro for a contract which guaranteed him $1 over two years, although his personal allowance remained at $6.25 per week. By 1927, Coogan's popularity had begun to wane, and his bob hair was cut in a much-publicized ceremony, which was filmed for theatrical release. MGM decided to capitalize on the event by producing the film, "Johnny Get Your Hair Cut." But, his career was still dwindling. He made a comeback in the title role of "Tom Sawyer" (1930), also his first talkie, and repeated that role in "Huckleberry Finn" (1931), but Jackie Cooper was now the kid star of the MGM lot and in America's heart. It was in 1935 when returning from a fishing trip that the car, driven by Coogan's father, went off the road, killing all (including child actor Junior Curkin) except Coogan, who had been in the rumple seat. Coogan was off the screen until 1938, trying to make another come-back in young adult roles in "College Swing." By this time he had married Starlet Betty Grable, but with his earnings lost by his mother and stepfather and few film roles available, the stress over financial matters contributed to the couple divorcing in 1939. Coogan did not appear in a film from 1939 until after World War II service. His first film after the war was "Kilroy was Here" (1947), which also starred, perhaps ironically, Jackie Cooper, also struggling after child stardom. But feature film roles were few and far between, and by the late 40s, Coogan was mostly working on TV. He was a regular on Benny Rubin's 1949 NBC series, and a panelist on Mike Storey's "Pantomime Quiz" from 1950-55. He was a third banana -- aide the colonel on his sitcom debut, "McKeever and the Colonel" (NBC, 1962-63). He was the first choice of the executive producer to play Uncle Fester on "The Addams Family" for ABC in 1964, but not of the network. Maurice Gosfield played the role in the original pilot, but died soon after production and Coogan stepped into the role which would give him lasting visibility as an adult. After the series' demise, Coogan did the voice of Fester for the 1973-74 animated version of "The Addams Family," and appeared often in episodic dramas. He made his TV movie debut with "Cool Million" (NBC, 1972). His last TV appearance was in an episode of "Sweepstake$" on NBC in 1979. It is said he appeared in 1400 TV shows and episodes combined. Coogan's grandson, Keith Coogan, born in 1970, appeared in "Tin Soldiers," "Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead" and numerous other films in the 80s and 90s. Keith was born Keith Mitchell, but took the last name "Coogan" as his professional name after his grandfather's 1984 death as an homage.

Highest rated movies

The Kid
Huckleberry Finn
The Escape Artist
Lonelyhearts
High School Confidential!
Marlowe
Peck's Bad Boy
Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
80% 64% The Escape Artist Magic Shop Owner (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 20% Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype Sgt. Fleacollar (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 20% The Prey Lester Tile (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 22% Human Experiments Unknown (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Halloween With the Addams Family Uncle Fester (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 58% Sherlock Holmes in New York Haymarket Hotel Proprietor (Character) - 1976
14% 60% Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood Stagehand 1 (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Specialists Roger (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Phantom of Hollywood Jonathan (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mask of Marcella Merrill Cossack (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cool Million Merrill Cossack (Character) - 1972
63% 52% Marlowe Grant W. Hicks (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 70% The Shakiest Gun in the West Matthew Basch (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 67% Girl Happy Sgt. Benson (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet When the Girls Take Over Captain Toussaint (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 0% The Beat Generation Jake Baron (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Night of the Quarter Moon Desk Sergeant Bragan (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 14% The Space Children Hank Johnson (Character) - 1958
70% 47% High School Confidential! Mr. 'Mr. A' August (Character) - 1958
71% 52% Lonelyhearts Ned Gates (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Buster Keaton Story Elmer Case (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet No Greater Sin Harold "Eager" Beaver (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 82% The Joker Is Wild Swifty Morgan (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Escape From Terror Agent Petrov (Character),
Director
- 1955
No Score Yet 17% The Mesa of Lost Women Doctor Aranya (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Attack of the Spider Women Doctor Aranya (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lost Women Doctor Aranya (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Outlaw Women Piute Bill (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Skipalong Rosenbloom Buck Lovelace (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Square Shooter Buck Lovelace (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet French Leave Pappy Reagan (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kilroy Was Here Pappy Collins (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sky Patrol Carter Meade (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Million Dollar Legs Russ Simpson (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Home on the Range Jack Hatfield (Character) - 1935
83% No Score Yet Huckleberry Finn Tom Sawyer (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 18% Free and Easy Self - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tom Sawyer Tom Sawyer (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bugle Call Billy Randolph (Character) - 1927
No Score Yet No Score Yet Buttons Buttons (Character) - 1927
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rag Man Tim Kelly (Character) - 1925
No Score Yet No Score Yet Circus Days Unknown (Character) - 1923
No Score Yet No Score Yet Long Live the King Crown Prince Ferdinand William Otto (Character) - 1923
No Score Yet No Score Yet Daddy Unknown (Character) - 1923
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nice and Friendly Boy (Character) - 1922
No Score Yet 64% Oliver Twist Oliver Twist (Character) - 1922
100% 95% The Kid The Kid (Character) - 1921
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Boy Jackie Blair (Character) - 1921
20% No Score Yet Peck's Bad Boy Peck's Bad Boy (Character) - 1921

TV

Credit
87% 97% Mystery Science Theater 3000 Unknown (Character) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Disney's Wonderful World Mr. Klein (Character) 1980
No Score Yet 100% Gunsmoke Stoudenaire (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Addams Family Uncle Fester (Voice) 1973
No Score Yet 50% The Partridge Family Grandpa Walter Renfrew (Guest Star) 1970 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Here's Lucy Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alias Smith and Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1971-1972
78% 0% The Brady Bunch Unknown (Guest Star) 1971-1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Interns Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet 100% I Dream of Jeannie Suleiman (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wild, Wild West Unknown (Guest Star) 1967 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lucy Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1963 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Red Skelton Show Unknown (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
1956 1960 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Affair Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Vacation Playhouse Finnegan (Character) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Pete Desmond (Guest Star) 1961 1963-1964 1966
100% 98% The Addams Family Uncle Fester Frump (Character) 1964-1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Joey Bishop Show Dave Arnold (Character) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Father of the Bride Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet 90% The Andy Griffith Show George Stevens (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Lucky Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet 98% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1957