Fast Facts

  • Earned his first film role, in Skinner's Baby, at the age of 18 months.  
  • Rose to fame at the age of 4, when Charlie Chaplin cast him in his film The Kid (1919).
  • Sued his mother after she squandered the majority of his child-star earnings. He only recovered a small portion of the money.
  • Is the namesake of the Coogan Law, which protects the rights of child actors by requiring that a portion of their earnings go into a blocked trust account.


  • Arthur Bernstein — Stepfather
  • Jack Coogan Sr. — Father
  • John Anthony Coogan — Son
  • Dorothea Lamphere — Wife
  • Betty Grable — Ex-wife
  • Ann McCormack — Ex-wife
  • Joann Dolliver Coogan — Daughter
  • Leslie — Daughter
  • Lillian Coogan Bernstein — Mother
  • Christopher Coogan — Son
  • Flower Parry — Ex-wife


  • Attended Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA; attended University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA


  • Birth Name: John Leslie Coogan
  • Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA
  • Died: March 1, 1984
  • Profession: Actor

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