Jackie Coogan

Jackie Coogan

Known for: Acting
Biography: 1914-10-26
Deathday: 1984-03-01 (69 years old)

Biography

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.


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Filmography

all 136

Movies 85

TV Shows 51

self 19

Voice 1

Director 1

Self (archive footage)
Showbiz Kids

Showbiz Kids (2020)

Movie
6
Dr. Aranya (archive footage)
The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made

The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made (2004)

Movie
Motel Owner / Uncle Harold
Love, American Style

Love, American Style (1969)

TV
Grant W. Hicks
Marlowe

Marlowe (1969)

Movie
Kermit Bosworth
Here's Lucy

Here's Lucy (1968)

TV
8
Jerry Howe / Horace Sibley / Frank
Hawaii Five-O

Hawaii Five-O (1968)

TV
5.45
Buster Logan
Ironside

Ironside (1967)

TV
6
Lieutenant Ruggles
The Lucy Show

The Lucy Show (1962)

TV
Baldy Mike Hannigan (uncredited)
77 Sunset Strip

77 Sunset Strip (1958)

TV
Gus Sawyer / Pete Desmond / Ron Litten / Elwood P. 'Gunner' Grimes
Perry Mason

Perry Mason (1957)

TV
4.33
Man on Make (uncredited)
The Proud Ones

The Proud Ones (1956)

Movie
Marshal Stoudenaire
Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke (1955)

TV
6
Inopportune (uncredited)
The Actress

The Actress (1953)

Movie
Woody Woods / Snuff Carter
Letter to Loretta

Letter to Loretta (1953)

TV
Stoney Crockett
Cowboy G-Men

Cowboy G-Men (1952)

TV
Self (Guest Appearance at Premiere)
Estrellados

Estrellados (1930)

Movie
Jackie Coogan - at Premiere (uncredited)
Free and Easy

Free and Easy (1930)

Movie
Crown Prince Ferdinand William Otto
Long Live the King

Long Live the King (1923)

Movie
Jackie Savelli
Daddy

Daddy (1923)

Movie
Danny, the Kid
Trouble

Trouble (1922)

Movie
Henry Peck AKA 'Peck's Bad Boy'
Peck's Bad Boy

Peck's Bad Boy (1921)

Movie

Ratings

Average 5.58
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Information

Known For
Acting

Gender
Male

Birthday
1914-10-26

Deathday
1984-03-01 (69 years old)

Birth Place
Los Angeles, California, USA

Relationships
Betty Grable (1937-01-01 - 1939-01-01)

Citizenships
United States of America

Also Known As
John Leslie Coogan, John L. Coogan, Jack Coogan

Awards
star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal

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