David Stollery said, "Moochie - an adorable, talkative kid who was always getting into jams - was not far removed from the real-life Corcoran. The other films in this category were "The Shaggy Dog" (1959), "Swiss Family Robinson" (1960), "Bon Voyage" (1962) , and "Savage Sam" (1963). He was an associate producer on "Treasure of Matecumbe" (1976), on the sequel "Return from Witch Mountain" (1978) and on "The North Avenue Irregulars" (1979). Kevin Corcoran was honored as a Disney Legend on October 9, 2006. Corcoran is survived by his wife, Laura (nee Soltwedel), whom he married in 1972, by three sisters, Che, Noreen and Kerry, and by a brother, Hugh. Kevin Corcoran's father, William "Bill" Corcoran, Sr. (1905-1958), was a studio-police security officer and then became the MGM Studio's Director of Maintenance at the Louis B. Mayer Culver City MGM Film Studios. "Heck, they've practically raised me". After making her last film in 1955, she made a token comeback as a young adult in an episode of the long-running television sit-com My Three Sons (starring Fred MacMurray) in the early 1960s before finally leaving acting altogether. "I'll always be 'Mooch' to the guys around here," he said in a Disney studio interview. His ashes were sprinkled into the Pacific Ocean. Hugh married Mary PACE (born HUNT) . ". He was married to Laura Soltwedel. Over the course of his tenure on the Angela Lansbury CBS Sunday prime-time series and Movie of The Week - "Murder She Wrote" (1992-2000) - Kevin was credited as first-assistant director, assistant producer, and director. If you've binged every available episode of the hit Disney Plus series, then we've got three picks to keep you entertained. You've got to learn how to outfigger him.". I'm done!' Tommy and I had been battling off-screen about something, so instead of the prop rubber rocks, I started throwing real ones". He also served as first-assistant director on several non-Disney television network series, including "Bay Watch," "Scarecrow and Mrs. King," "Quantum Leap," "Profiler" and "Karen Sisco"; and produced a number of projects. Then it hit me. Among the other recipients at the 2006 ceremony were the two lead actors in Corcoran's "Spin and Marty" serials, Tim Considine and David Stollery, and Corcoran's frequent co-star, Tommy Kirk, himself a veteran of the "Mickey Mouse Club" serials. He was also in several non-Disney productions, including guest spots on TV series such as "Wagon Train," "The Littlest Hobo" and "My Three Sons" with one of his favorite actors, Fred MacMurray. [1], Learn how and when to remove this template message, "Noreen Corcoran, the Adopted Niece on TV's 'Bachelor Father,' Dies at 72", "All-Star Cast Featured In Center Theater Film", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Donna_Corcoran&oldid=948147024, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 30 March 2020, at 11:45. Donna Corcoran played 'Moochie's sister Marian' in "Moochie of the Little League" (1960). The Best TV Shows About Being in Your 30s. People Projects Discussions Surnames Corcoran's acting career with Disney began at the age of six when he appeared on television in a "Mickey Mouse Club" serial short called "Adventures in Dairyland" (1956). Corcoran married Luis Felipe Guerrero Newman, a rancher, in 1961; they had two daughters and later divorced. Set in Texas in 1869, the film, discreetly directed by the Disney stalwart Robert Stevenson, tells of how Arliss (Corcoran) and his older brother Travis (Tommy Kirk) adopt a large yellow dog of indeterminate pedigree - "the best doggone dog in the west" as the title song declaims. "I'm glad my life didn't have to be a spectacle." "While my father was working at MGM, he heard that children were needed to play some extra roles," Corcoran recalled. Donna Corcoran (born September 29, 1942) is an American former child actress who appeared in several Hollywood films of the early 1950s. Publicity Listings Another brother, Brian Corcoran, also worked in television as a youth. Oscar Maximillian Jackman (adopted) Ava Eliot Jackman (adopted) “Don’t repeat … Corcoran was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, to William Henry Corcoran, Sr. (1905–1958) and the former Kathleen H. McKenney (1917–1972). Other Disney movies in which Corcoran had leading roles were "Pollyanna" (1960), where, as Jimmy Bean, a mischievous orphan boy, he counterbalances the sweetness and light spread by the 12-year-old heroine (Hayley Mills), and "Toby Tyler" (1960), in which he played the title role, another orphan, this time running away from his foster parents to join a circus, where he makes friends with an endangered chimpanzee. His credits from this era include "Superdad" (1973), "The Island at the Top of the World" (1974) and "Pete's Dragon" (1977). "Because he was so genuine, not a goody-goody type of a model child. He was an assistant director and actor, known for Old Yeller (1957), Swiss Family Robinson (1960) and Toby Tyler or Ten Weeks with a Circus (1960). He had a touch of mischief and curiosity, and you couldn't help but like him." Kevin had already been in the business for a long time, having, from the age of four, had brief roles in several feature films even before he signed with Walt Disney. Donna, Noreen, and Kevin all appeared in the 1955 feature film "Violent Saturday." Hugh had 5 siblings: Bridget CORCORAN (born PACE), Michael PACE and 3 other siblings. Hugh had 8 siblings: Agnes Winifred Corcoran, Katherine Jane and 6 other siblings. In 1957 Corcoran was given a leading role in Old Yeller, one of the best and most poignant boy-and-his-dog movies, still remembered as being a defining childhood experience for many baby boomers. [1] Several of her siblings were also child stars, including younger sister Noreen Corcoran,[2] who played Kelly Gregg on John Forsythe's Bachelor Father (CBS, NBC, and ABC). "Don't you ever run out of questions?" My folks were very down to earth," Kevin Corcoran said in 2000. I said, 'Well, what is this character about?' I said, 'Thanks a lot, but no more auditions. Kevin Corcoran was the sibling whose work is best remembered. He died on October 6, 2015 in Burbank, California. She married mining engineer Jerry Keene in 1981, and they remained wed until his death in 2017. Mary was born in February 1850, in Pa. However, after "A Tiger Walks" (1964), another animal movie aimed at children - a tiger is threatened with death after escaping from a circus, Corcoran, at the grand old age of 15, quit acting. And they fumbled around because they didn't know. Kevin Corcoran was born on June 10, 1949 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Kevin Anthony Corcoran. He co-produced "Herbie Goes Bananas" (1980), and was the producer of the comedy television series "Zorro and Son" (1983). "He was the quintessential bratty kid brother or mischievous moppet," the critic Donald Liebenson wrote about Kevin Corcoran in The Los Angeles Times in 2000. "; Dorothy McGuire played their mother in "Old Yeller" and "Swiss Family Robinson". But television viewers took the pint-sized Corcoran to heart. Corcoran's later contributions to Disney included commentaries and interviews on such Disney DVD releases as "The Shaggy Dog" and "Pollyanna". My family was in the picture business." Official Sites. "I enjoy entertaining people and doing good work," Corcoran told the San Francisco Chronicle. Corcoran's real sisters, Noreen and Donna, played the other children. "He was 'Moochie', a perfect fit for the character." Diagnosed with colorectal cancer at the age of 60, Kevin died of the illness on a Tuesday, October 6, 2015, at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, aged 66. He was just this little rambunctious bundle of energy," Stollery said in an interview with the L.A. Times. In Savage Sam (1963), a disappointing sequel to Old Yeller, Kirk and Corcoran reprised their roles, this time bickering over the defunct canine hero's son. She is an actor, known for Disneyland (1954) was born into a show business family. "Usually they would give you pages from the script, let you know what the character is like," Kevin said. In an interview for the DVD release of "The Shaggy Dog", he credits his studio teachers with having prepared him well for his college studies. "Moochie" - a nick-name supposedly bestowed by Walt Disney himself, became Kevin Corcoran's on set moniker - as well as the "Mickey Mouse Club" character's name, during much of Kevin's performing career. She is an actor, known for Disneyland (1954) was born into a show business family. But Corcoran admitted that he didn't always have to fake being mischievous. Corcoran's mother, the former Kathleen McKenney (1917-1972), was a native of Quincy, Massachusetts, while husband William Corcoran and his family were native of Milford, Massachusetts. Soon the five Corcoran children were established as child actors. Kirk asks Corcoran in "Old Yeller". Young Kevin was fortunate to come along during a successful period of Disney's live-action movies. At age 7, he started appearing as 'Moochie' in 1956 on "Adventures in Dairyland," a serial short that took place on a dude ranch with fellow child actor David Stollery who played 'Marty.' The character was so popular that Corcoran, as 'Moochie Morgan,' was featured in Disney film serials including "Moochie of Pop Warner Football" (1959) and "Moochie of the Little League" (1960), with character actor Russ Conway playing his father. I know more about making movies than the guy making this picture. "I decided to retire when I realized that I knew more about making movies than the older bunch of guys making them". Noreen Corcoran (1962) as part of a "typical" American family on a tour of Europe. In 1947, the Corcoran family moved from Massachusetts to Santa Monica, where the father became the maintenance chief at MGM Studios . Appropriately, he also worked on "The New Mickey Mouse Club" (1977). In the comedy-fantasy "The Shaggy Dog" (1959), Corcoran, though younger, is wiser than Kirk who, because of an ancient curse, is turned into a large sheep dog at inopportune moments. Stollery said that even at a young age, Corcoran was a professional who knew his lines and took direction. These included "The Glenn Miller Story" (1954) as the band leader's son; as the childhood incarnation of the lead character Paul van Riebeck (Tyrone Power) in "Untamed" (1955), and as one of Quaker farmer Ernest Borgnine's children in "Violent Saturday" (1955). I left that meeting and called my agent. Kevin Corcoran began acting soon after he could walk, usually playing an irrepressible, high-pitched youngster in television shows like "The Ford Television Theater" in the early 1950s. Was honored as a Disney Legend on October 9, 2006. Continuing his fictional 'Moochie' roles, Corcoran played Montgomery "Moochie" Daniels in the 1959 Disney film "The Shaggy Dog" (1959) . Younger brother Kelly Corcoran (1958-2002) portrayed 8-year-old 'Kip Pride' in the NBC western series "The Road West" (1966-1967), starring Barry Sullivan.