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Richard Coogan, star of the Dumont Television Network show Captain
Video and His Video Rangers
, died on Wednesday, March 12, in Los
Angeles, aged 99.
Coogan was appearing on Broadway with Mae West in Diamond Lil
when he took the role of Captain Video on June 27, 1949.
"Captain Video and His Video Rangers started off from scratch, no
advance notice or publicity. It caught on so rapidly that we caught up
with Milton Berle’s rating, and he was Mr. Television!" Coogan exclaimed
in a 2003 interview with the Archive of American Television.
"The fathers in my neighborhood used to take their children to a nearby
bar and grill to see Captain Video, whenever they had time. The owner
would stop serving any drinks during that half hour. And what happened
then? A lot of families got television sets, just so Father wouldn't
miss the Captain's latest adventure in Electronicland."
Dissatisfied with the $50/week production budget allotted to Captain
Video, and unable to balance the daily demands of the program with his
theatre gigs, Coogan quit and was replaced by Al Hodge. Coogan then
moved to the soap opera Love of Life, portraying Paul Raven.
Born in Short Hills, New Jersey, Coogan worked in radio for some time
before his debut on the then-young medium of television. He appeared in
the films Girl on the Run, Nine Hours to Kill, The Revolt of Mamie
Stover, and others before returning to television in a starring role as
Marshal Matthew Wayne on The Californians. He appeared in mostly
western TV series and some guest roles before retiring from the medium
In 2010, at age 96, Coogan was teaching kids golf and running a monthly tournament that raised funds for a children’s center.
Survivors include his son Richard Jr., daughter-in-law Debbie,
granddaughter Melissa, grandson Christopher, great-grandchildren Keira
and Dylan, and "soul mate" Leona.
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