Jackie Coogan

American actor (1914–1984); earned renewed fame in middle age portraying the character Uncle Fester in the 1960s television series The Addams Family

John Leslie "Jackie" Coogan (October 26, 1914 – March 1, 1984) was an American movie, television, child, stage, radio, voice, silent movie actor, and comedian. He was known for his roles as The Kid in Charlie Chaplin's The Kid and as Uncle Fester in The Addams Family. A law is named after him in the state of California, "The Coogan Act".

Early life


Coogan was born on October 26, 1914 in Los Angeles, California.[1] He studied at the University of Southern California and at the Santa Clara University before he dropped out.

Personal life


He was married to Betty Grable from 1937 until they divorced in 1939. He was later married to Flower Parry from 1941 until they divorced in 1943. Then he was married to Ann McCormack from 1946 until they divorced in 1951. Finally he was married to Dorothea Lampere from 1952 until his death in 1984.



Coogan has one son with Grable, one daughter with McCormack, and has a son and daughter with Lampere. His grandson is actor Keith Coogan, by his daughter Leslie.

Coogan died on March 1, 1984 in Santa Monica, California from cardiac arrest, aged 69.[2] Coogan was later buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.


  1. "Coogan Research Group". Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  2. Obituary Variety, March 7, 1984.

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