Jackie Coogan (1914-1984)
Died March 1, 1984 of a heart attack. He was 79.
With the release of Charlie Chaplin's The Kid in 1921, at age 7, became Hollywood's first child star of the screen era.
With the onset of puberty in 1927, at age 13, became Hollywood's first former child star of the screen era.
The No. 1 box-office star of 1923, earning as much as $22,000 a week.
At age 24, filed a lawsuit on April 4, 1938, against mother Lillian and stepfather Arthur L. Bernstein, also his manager, accusing the pair of cheating him out of $4 million in earnings.
Per an August 16, 1939, settlement, was awarded half of what was left of his estate -- $126,000.
The namesake of California's so-called Coogan Law (enacted 1939), aimed at protecting the earnings of child actors.
Glider instructor during World War II.
Frequent TV guest star. Played Uncle Fester on The Addams Family (1964-66).
Married to screen siren Betty Grable, 1937-1939.
Grandfather of Keith Coogan.
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