Person Details

Birthday: 1914-10-26 09:28:49

Death: 1984-03-01 09:28:49

Aliases: John Leslie Coogan , John L. Coogan , Jack Coogan

Gender: Male

Place of birth: Los Angeles, California, USA

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Movie Involvements: 41

TV Involvements: 17


Most Famous Work

Biography

​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.

Most Famous Work

Perry Mason
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8

Perry Mason

(1957) Pete Desmond
The Virginian
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7

The Virginian

(1962) Bodey
Gunsmoke
Average
7

Gunsmoke

(1955) Marshal Stoudenaire
Barnaby Jones
Average
8

Barnaby Jones

(1973) Phil Rooney
Showbiz Kids
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7

Showbiz Kids

(2020) Self (archive footage)
Cahill U.S. Marshal
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6

Cahill U.S. Marshal

(1973) Charlie Smith
The Prey
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5

The Prey

(1983) Lester Tile
The Proud Ones
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6

The Proud Ones

(1956) Man on Make (uncredited)

Acting

Year Character Movie/Tv
2020 Self (archive footage)
2015 (archive footage)
2003 The Child (Archive footage)
2000 Himself (archive footage)
1983 Lester Tile
Self
1982 Magic Shop Owner
Self
1980 Sgt. Fleacollar
Mr. Klein
N/A
1979 Sheriff Tibbs
1978 N/A
1977 Uncle Fester
1976 Haymarket Hotel Proprietor
Stagehand 1
1975 Detective Chief Anderson
Gus Mitchell
Roger
1974 N/A
Jonathan
1973 Uncle Fester (voice)
Charlie Smith
N/A
Phil Rooney
1972 N/A
Uncle Fester (voice)
N/A
1971 N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
1969 Motel Owner
N/A
Grant W. Hicks
1968 N/A
Frank
Horace Sibley
Jerry Howe
N/A
Matthew Basch
Funeral Director
1967 N/A
1966 Clown
N/A
Mr. Fitzgerald
1965 Suleiman
N/A
Sgt. Benson
Father Ryan
1964 Uncle Fester
1963 N/A
Bert Crowley
Finnegan
1962 N/A
Sgt. Barnes
Bodey
Captain Toussaint
1961 Shopkeeper
Self (archive footage)
1960 N/A
N/A
Wildcat MacPherson
1959 N/A
N/A
N/A
Ed Brannell
Jake Baron
Desk Sergeant Bragan
Ned Gates
1958 Swede
N/A
Hank Johnson
Mr. A
Marshal Rogers
1957 Harold 'Eager' Beaver
Swifty Morgan
Pete Desmond
Ron Litten
Gus Sawyer
Elwood P. 'Gunner' Grimes
Elmer Case
1956 The Cook
Man on Make (uncredited)
1955 N/A
George Bay
Marshal Stoudenaire
Agent Petrov
1953 Inopportune (uncredited)
Snuff Carter
Woody Woods
Dr Aranya
Marshal Stubb Snider
1952 N/A
Piute Bill
1951 Himself
Buck Lovelace
1948 Jeffers
Pappy Reagan
1947 Pappy Collins
1942 Self (archive footage)
1939 Carter Meade
Russ Simpson
1938 Jackie
1936 Himself
Jackie
1935 Jack Hatfield
1931 Tom Sawyer
1930 Tom Sawyer
Jackie Coogan - at Premiere (uncredited)
1928 Himself
1927 Buttons
Himself (uncredited)
Billy Randolph
Johnny O'Day
1925 Timothy Kelly
Tim Kelly
1924 Jackie Coogan
Mickey Hogan
Nello
Himself
1923 Crown Prince Ferdinand William Otto
Toby Tyler
Jackie Savelli / Jackie Holden
1922 Oliver Twist
Himself
Danny, the Kid
Boy
1921 Jackie Blair
Henry Peck
The Kid
1919 Smallest Boy (uncredited)
1917 The Baby (uncredited)
Year Character Movie/Tv

Directing

Year Role Movie/Tv
1955 Director
Year Role Movie/Tv

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