FRANK COGHLAN JR. - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: WILLIAM "BILLY" BENEDICT - HFSID 323730
Sale Price $180.00
FRANK COGHLAN, JR. and WILLIAM "BILLY" BENEDICT
The two film actors sign this 4x6 candid photograph, shown together at an event
Inscribed photograph signed: "Sincere/Best Wishes/Willy/Benedict", "Best Wishes/to Clint/Frank/"Junior"/Coghlan", color 4x6. FRANK COGHLAN, JR. (1916-2009) started appearing in films at the tender age of 3 to help pay his father's tuition for chiropractic college. His first appearances were bit roles in two-reel comedies until he caught the eye of Cecil B. DeMille, who called Coghlan "the perfect example of a homeless waif". (I'm sure his father would have been proud to hear that) Anyway, he began appearing as Junior Coghlan in major silents like The Yankee Clipper (1926), Let 'Er Go Gallegher (1927) and Slide, Kelly, Slide (1927) and as the juvenile versions of Leon Janney in Penrod and Sam (1930) and James Cagney in Public Enemy (1931). Fans of Republic serials may also recognize him as Captain Marvel's alter-ego in The Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941). In all, Coghlan had almost 130 film and TV appearances between 1920 and 1974, as well as a 23-year career as an aviator in the United States Navy. Oklahoma born actor WILLIAM "BILLY" BENEDICT (1917-1999) was "Skinny" in the East Side Kids (1930s) films and "Whitey" in the Bowery Boys (1940s & 1950s) series . Other early films were Way Down East (1935) with Henry Fonda, and My Little Chickadee (1940) the W.C. Fields-Mae West hit. With more than 100 film credits before 1950, Benedict transitioned to television as a bit player, amassing more than 100 credits there. A few of his TV credits are: Dick Tracy (1951), Tales of Wells Fargo (1958), Maverick (1958-1959), Lassie (1960-1962), Petticoat Junction (1963), Gunsmoke & Hondo (1967), Mannix (1970-1973), Little House on the Prairie (1981) and Bonanza (1988). Fine condition.
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