Why doesn't someone make a film about Jackie Coogan? (I even know who should be cast in the role!)
Jackie Coogan was born on Oct. 26, 1914. He starred with the genius film maker Charlie Chaplin in "The Kid" in 1921 and is one of the very first child film stars. His mother and step-father squandered his movie earnings which brought about legal protection for children in the industry, the California Child Actors Bill, well known as the Coogan Act. (He lost almost all of what he had earned, an estimated $3 to $4 million!)
Most of my generation would remember him from various TV shows but especially from "The Addams Family" for his portrayal of "Uncle Fester".
In 1924, he worked with the charity "Near East Relief " on a fundraising drive which brought in over $4million. When he was only 20 years old, he survived a car accident that took the life of his father and three others, including his best friend. Jackie Coogan served in World War II as a glider pilot taking British troops behind enemy lines in Burma.
Jackie Coogan was married four times and had four children. One of his grandsons, Keith Coogan, is in one of my favorite films, "Adventures In Babysitting"! And THAT is who I think should be cast in my imaginary film about Jackie Coogan, his own grandson, Keith Coogan! Keith was born Keith Mitchell in 1970 but changed his name to Keith Coogan in 1986, two years after the death of his grandfather. He married on Oct. 26, 2013 on what would have been his grandfather's 99th birthday. There...you see, who else should be in that role?Keith Coogan was a teenager in the film "Adventures In Babysitting" and I thought he did an excellent job. All of the actors were good and the MUSIC!