Jackie Searl

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Jackie Searl (July 7, 1921 – 29 April 1991), born John E. Searl, was an American child actor who began performing on a local Los Angeles radio at the age of three. His first movie role was in Daughters of Desire (1929) followed by Tom Sawyer (1930) with Jackie Coogan and Mitzi Green, and Huckleberry Finn in 1931.


Searl was especially known for playing bratty kids,[1] and often had only small roles, such as "Robin Figg" in 1934's Strictly Dynamite. Notable films in which he appeared include Skippy, High Gear, Peck's Bad Boy, Great Expectations, and Little Lord Fauntleroy. In the 1940s, he had some supporting character roles before disappearing for nearly a decade. In the early 1960s, Searl enjoyed a flurry of activity as a supporting villain on television.[1]



  1. ^ a b "Successful Life For Jackie Searl". The Leader-Post. November 29, 1960. Retrieved August 16, 2011. 


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