Born in Los
on October 26, 1914
Jackie Coogan was born to vaudeville parents and was appearing on stage before he was four years old. Charlie Chaplin spotted him one night and chose him for the role of The Kid. Jackie was an immediate favorite of moviegoers and went on to become one of the most popular child stars of all time. As an adult, he was best known for his role as Uncle Feser in The Adams Family. He also appeared in the science fiction cult favorite The Space Children, which featured several popular child stars of the late 1950's.
On Saturday night, May 4, 1935, there was a car accident near San Diego which claimed the lives of four of the five people riding in the vehicle. Jackie Coogan was injured, but lived. Coogan's father, John H. Coogan, was the driver and died at the scene. The others who were killed were 19 year old Trent 'Junior' Durkin (Jackie's costar in Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn), Charles Jones (the manager of the Coogan Ranch), and Robert J. Horner.
The photo on the Left shows Jackie Coogan with his mother and his younger brother, Robert Coogan. Robert was a child star too, but he did not achieves Jackie's level of succes.