Jackie Coogan

Jackie Coogan
Los Angeles Times


Jackie Coogan
Film: East side of the 1600 block of Vine Street
Born Jack Leslie Coogan on Oct. 26, 1914 in Los Angeles, CA
Died March 1, 1984 of heart attack in Santa Monica, CA

Jackie Coogan rocketed to child stardom trailing after Charlie Chaplin in "The Kid" and was later known to a new generation as the comically ghoulish Uncle Fester on television's "Addams Family."

Although his best earning years were in childhood (when his salary topped a then-fabulous $22,000 a week), Coogan's greatest impact on the motion picture industry may have come in 1938, when a lawsuit seeking to recover his squandered fortune from his mother and stepfather led to passage of a law popularly known as the "Coogan Act."

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