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Frank Coghlan, Jr.

Frank Coghlan Jr
Coghlan in 1927
Personal information
Birth dateMarch 15, 1916
Place of birthNew Haven, Connecticut
Date of deathSeptember 7, 2009(age 93)
Death placeSaugus, California

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Frank Coghlan, Jr. (March 15, 1916 September 7, 2009) also known as "Junior Coghlan", was an American actor and naval aviator. He appeared in approximately 129 films and television programs between 1920 and 1974. During the 1920s and 1930s, he became a popular child and juvenile actor, appearing in films with Pola Negri, Jack Dempsey, William Haines, Shirley Temple, Mickey Rooney and Bette Davis. He appeared in early "Our Gang" comedies, but he is best known for the role of Billy Batson in the 1941 motion picture serial, Adventures of Captain Marvel. Coghlan later served 23 years as an aviator and officer in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1965. After retiring from the Navy, he returned to acting and appeared in television, films and commercials. He published an autobiography in 1992 and died in 2009 at age 93.

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