Nick Cogley

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Nick Cogley
Born May 4, 1869
New York, New York, USA
Died May 20, 1936(1936-05-20) (aged 67)
Santa Monica, California, USA
Years active 1909–1934

Nick Cogley (May 4, 1869 – May 20, 1936) was an American actor, director and writer of the silent era. He appeared in over 170 films between 1909 and 1934. He was born in New York, New York and died in Santa Monica, California, following surgery.

Consistent with the practice at the time, Cogley appeared in blackface in some of his roles. For example, in the Civil War film The Coward (1915) he played "A Negro Servant," and in Toby's Bow (1919) he portrayed the black servant "Uncle Toby" that gives the film its name. The use of blackface was not unusual in American silent films, and did not disappear until the 1930s when public sensibilities regarding race began to change and blackface became increasingly associated with racism and bigotry.[1]

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  1. ^ John Kenrick, Blackface and Old Wounds. Accessed online 2 Nov. 2013.

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