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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Throwback Thursday and Jack Coogan

Throwback Thursday and Jack Coogan

Born on January 21, 1887 in Syracuse, New York, John Henry Coogan is probably best known for being the father of famous child actor, Jackie Coogan. Some of you may know Jackie Coogan not as the child actor but for his role as Uncle Fester on The Adams Family TV show.

Known as “Big Jack” or “Jack Sr.”,  John Henry Coogan began his career in vaudeville and went on to act in such early films as Trouble (1922), Daddy (1923), The Rag Man (1925) and Backstage (see the Link of the Day below). In 1922 he was the production manager and casting director  for Jackie Coogan Productions.

He died on May 4, 1935, when his car left the road at high speed and plunged into a creek. The accident also killed passengers Robert J. Horner, Junior Durkin and Charles Jones, but his son Jackie survived the crash. Jack Coogan is buried in Calvary Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Ballet Secret #312:
"Jack Coogan was the father of famous child actor, Jackie Coogan.”

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Quote of the Day:
“Don't blow off another's candle for it won't make yours shine brighter.”
― Jaachynma N.E. Agu, The Prince and the Pauper

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