John Leslie (Jackie) Coogan was born October 26, 1914 – died March 1, 1984.  Coogan was an American actor who began his movie career as a child actor in silent film . He began his acting career as an infant in both vaudeville and film, with an uncredited role in the 1917 film Skinner’s Baby. Charlie Chaplin discovered him in a vaudeville house, doing the “shimmy,” a popular dance at the time, on the stage. His father, Jack Coogan, Sr. was also an actor. The boy was a natural mimic, and delighted Chaplin with his abilities in this area. As a child actor, he is best remembered for his role as Charlie Chaplin’s irascible sidekick in the film classic The Kid (1921) and for the title role in Oliver Twist by Frank Lloyd the following year. His scene in The Kid where he is taken away from the tramp character played by Chaplin and thrown into the back of a truck by the social service agents is one of the most famous scenes in cinema. He was also the first star to get heavily merchandised, with peanut butter, stationery, whistles, dolls, records, and figurines just being a sample of the Coogan merchandise. He also travelled internationally to huge crowds. Many of his early films are lost or just unavailable, but Turner Classic Movies recently presented The Rag Man with a new score. Coogan was famous for his pageboy haircut and his The Kid outfit of oversized overalls and cap, which was widely imitated, including by the young Scotty Beckett in the Our Gang films. Jackie Coogan’s most famous adult role was Uncle Fester in The Adam’s Family.


Original Jackie Coogan’s Autograph Signed on Card Stock. Dated on back October 20, 1928. Regular Price – $ 149.99 / Sale Price – $ 74.99.

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