Registered: May 2009
Location: Belgium (French is my mother language).
John Leslie (Jackie) Coogan (1914-1984)As a child actor,he is best remembered for his role as Charlie Chaplin's irascible sidekick in the film classic The Kid (1921).As a child star, Coogan earned as much as $4 million, but the money was taken by his mother and stepfather, Arthur Bernstein, for extravagances such as fur coats, diamonds, and cars.He sued them in 1935,but after legal expenses, he only received $126,000.When Coogan fell on hard times, Chaplin gave him some financial support. Story of “The Kid”: As she leaves the charity hospital and passes a church wedding, Edna deposits her new baby with a pleading note in a limousine and goes off to commit suicide. The limo is stolen by thieves who dump the baby by a garbage can. Charlie the Tramp finds the baby and makes a home for him. Five years later Edna has become an opera star but does charity work for slum youngsters in hope of finding her boy. A doctor called by Edna discovers the note with the truth about the Kid,etc.