Saturday, March 1, 2014

"Uncle Fester" Actor Jackie Coogan 1984 Holy Cross Cemetery

John Leslie "Jackie" Coogan, Jr. (October 26, 1914 – March 1, 1984) was an American actor who began his movie career as a child actor in silent films. He appeared opposite Charlie Chaplin in "The Kid" (1921). Many years later, he became known as Uncle Fester on 1960s sitcom "The Addams Family." In the interim, he sued his mother and stepfather over his squandered film earnings and provoked California to enact the first known legal protection for the earnings of child performers.


On March 1, 1984, Coogan died of cardiac arrest at the age of 69 at Santa Monica Medical Center in Santa Monica, California. He was buried in Culver City's Holy Cross Cemetery.


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