Jackie Coogan

Jackie Coogan

  • Born on
    • October 26th, 1914
  • Died on
    • March 1st, 1984
​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. John Leslie Coogan (October 26, 1914 – March 1, 1984), 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. Coogan enlisted in the U.S. Army in March 1941. 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. Graduating the Advanced Glider School with the Glider Pilot aeronautical rating and the rank of Flight Officer, he volunteered for hazardous duty with the 1st Air Commando Group. In December 1943, the unit was sent to India. He flew British troops, the Chindits, under General Orde Wingate on March 5, 1944, landing them at night in a small jungle clearing 100 miles (160 km) behind Japanese lines in the Burma Campaign. 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. He guest-starred on NBC's The Martha Raye Show. He appeared, too, as Corbett in two episodes of NBC's The Outlaws with Barton MacLane, which aired from 1960–1962. In the 1960–1961 season, he guest-starred in the episode "The Damaged Dolls" of the syndicated crime drama The Brothers Brannagan. In 1961, he guest-starred in an episode of The Americans, an NBC series about family divisions stemming from the Civil War. He also appeared in episode 37, titled "Barney on the Rebound", of The Andy Griffith Show, which aired October 31, 1961. He had a regular role in a 1962–63 NBC series, McKeever and the Colonel. He finally found his most famous television role as Uncle Fester in ABC's The Addams Family (1964–1966). He appeared as a police officer in the Elvis Presley comedy Girl Happy in 1965. 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. He was a guest several times on The Red Skelton Show, appeared twice on 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, Hawaii Five-O, and McMillan and Wife) until his retirement in the mid 1970s. Description above from the Wikipedia article Jackie Coogan, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Acting (28 Credits)

1983The Prey as Lester Tile
1982The Escape Artist as Magic Shop Owner
1980Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype as Sgt. Fleacollar
1979Human Experiments as Sheriff Tibbs
1977Halloween with the New Addams Family as Uncle Fester
1976Sherlock Holmes in New York as Haymarket Hotel Proprietor
1976Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood as Stagehand 1
1973Cahill U.S. Marshal as Charlie Smith
1973The Addams Family (1973) as Uncle Fester (voice)
1969Marlowe as Grant W. Hicks
1968The Shakiest Gun in the West as Matthew Basch
1966A Fine Madness as Mr. Fitzgerald
1965Girl Happy as Sgt. Benson
1965John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! as Father Ryan
1964The Addams Family (1964) as Uncle Fester
1960Sex Kittens Go to College as Wildcat MacPherson
1958The Space Children as Hank Johnson
1958Lonelyhearts as Ned Gates
1958High School Confidential! as Mr 'A' August
1957The Joker Is Wild as Swifty Morgan
1956The Proud Ones
1953Mesa of Lost Women as Dr Aranya
1930Free and Easy as Jackie Coogan - at Premiere (uncredited)
1922Oliver Twist as Oliver Twist
1922Nice and Friendly as Boy
1921The Kid as The Kid
1919A Day's Pleasure as Smallest Boy (uncredited)

Himself (2 Credits)

2020Showbiz Kids as Himself (Archival Footage)
1983Unknown Chaplin as Himself

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