Jackie Coogan

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Birth Name: Jackie Coogan
Born: 10/26/1914
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA
Death Place: Santa Monica, California, USA
Died: 03/01/1984

Child star who charmed audiences in Charlie Chaplin's 1921 classic "The Kid". By the mid-1930s, his career had slowed considerably and in 1938 he attempted to win back his $4 million childhood earnings from his mother and stepfather. By the time the case was settled the amount had dropped to approximately $250,000, of which Coogan received only a portion. The case resulted in the Coogan Act, or Child Actors Bill, set up to protect the assets of child stars. Coogan became, in many ways, the patron saint -- of sorts -- of child actors because of the law, although the legislation only covers actors working in California and, in reality, applies to income from TV series and motion pictures and n... Continue Bio >>

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