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John Leslie Coogan

(1914-10-26)October 26, 1914
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died March 1, 1984(1984-03-01) (aged 69)
Resting place Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City
Nationality American
Occupation Actor, comedian
Years active 1917–1984
Betty Grable
(m. 1937; div. 1939)

Flower Parry
(m. 1941; div. 1943)

Ann McCormack
(m. 1946; div. 1951)

Dorothea Lamphere (m. 1952)
Children 4
Relatives Robert Coogan (brother)
Keith Coogan (grandson)
Military career
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg United States Army Air Forces
Years of service 1941–1945
Rank US-O2 insignia.svg  Lieutenant
Unit 1st Air Commando Group
Battles/wars World War II:
Burma Campaign
Awards Air Medal ribbon.svg Air Medal

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".

Jackie Coogan as Uncle Fester (The Addams Family, 1966)
Coogan as Uncle Fester in The Addams Family, 1966

Early life

Coogan was born on October 26, 1914 in Los Angeles, California. 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. Coogan was later buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.

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