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Jackie Coogan (1914-1984)

Then:
The Kid.

Now:
Died March 1, 1984 of a heart attack. He was 79.

FYI:

  • 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.

    Links:

  • Classic Movie Kids: Jackie Coogan
  • A Minor Consideration
  • IMDb.com credits


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