• Keith Coogan is an American actor best known for playing Brad in the 1987 adventure comedy film “Adventures in Babysitting”
• He changed his name from Keith Eric Mitchell in 1986 and was raised in Palm Springs by his father and housewife mother
• His grandfather, John Leslie 'Jackie' Coogan, was a famous American actor and comedian
• Keith has been credited with appearing in around 80 movies and TV series, and has been nominated for seven Young Artist Awards, winning one
• As of January 2021, his net worth is estimated at over $1 million and he is married to Kristen 'Pinky' Shean
Who is Keith Coogan?
Born as Keith Eric Mitchell in Palm Springs, California USA, on 13 January 1970 – his zodiac sign is Capricorn and he holds American nationality. He changed his name to Keith Coogan in 1986, and is an actor who might still be known best for having portrayed Brad, one of the lead characters in the 1987 adventure comedy film “Adventures in Babysitting”, written by David Simkins, directed by Chris Columbus, and which also starred Elisabeth Shue and Maia Brewton. The film follows a babysitter who finds herself stranded in the middle of a big city with the children she’s supposed to be taking care of. It won two awards and was nominated for four others.
Early life, family and education
Keith was raised in Palm Springs by his father Leslie Diane Coogan Mitchell who was a realtor, and his mother who was a housewife. Keith’s deceased grandfather John Leslie ‘Jackie’ Coogan was a famous American actor and comedian.
Keith’s parents helped him launch his acting career when he was only two years old, and he went on to appear in several episodes of numerous TV series such as the western historical drama “Little House on the Prairie”, the sitcom “Laverne & Shirley”, and the crime drama “CHiPS”. He was five when he started appearing in TV commercials, and by the time he turned 20, Keith had starred in various movies, including the romantic comedy “Cousins”, the family drama “Cheetah and Friends” both in 1989, and the black comedy “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead” in 1991.
Keith attended a local high school at which he played football and basketball, but upon matriculating in 1988, he chose to focus on his acting career rather than to enroll at a college.
Roles in movies
Keith has been credited with appearing in around 80 movies and TV series, the majority of these roles before turning 20.
In 1992, he played Ted Dickson in the horror mystery “Forever”, which received mixed reviews and a couple of his following roles were in the 1994 war comedy “In the Army Now”, the 1995 action film “The Power Within”, and the 1996 action sports comedy “Downhill Willie”. In 1998, Keith was cast to play Loudmouth Guy in the romantic comedy “Just a Little Harmless Sex”, written by Marti Noxon and Roger E. Mills, directed by Rick Rosenthal and which starred Alison Eastwood, Rachel Hunter and Lauren Hutton.
It follows a monogamous man who is being offered oral sex after helping a woman whose car broke down by the road. In 1999, he appeared in the comedy drama “Dreamers”, written and directed by Ann Lu and which won two awards, and a couple of his following roles were in the 2001 comedy drama “… Or Forever Hold Your Peace”, the 2011 short comedy drama “Delia” (after a 10-year break from acting), and the 2013 romantic fantasy drama “Waking”.
In 2015, Keith was invited to play Fred in the thriller drama “Cats Dancing on Jupiter”, and a few of his most recent appearances in movies have been in the 2017 drama “Limelight”, the 2018 biographical drama “A Tale of Two Coreys”, and the 2019 adventure comedy “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot”.
He has recently been cast to appear in the upcoming short film “Arthur Prescott Promo”.
Roles in TV series
In 1992, Keith appeared in a single episode of the comedy “Sibs”, and then in single episodes of numerous TV series, such as the comedy fantasy “Tales from the Crypt”, the crime mystery drama “Diagnosis Murder”, and the crime comedy “Joan of Arcadia”.
He played a supporting character in the 2009 comedy “Crafty”, but which failed to attract a lot of attention, and his next notable performance in a TV series came just recently in 2020, when he was invited to portray Robert, one of the lead characters in the comedy “Aunt Cissy”.
One of Keith’s most recent roles in TV series has been in six 2020 episodes of the comedy “The Quarantine Bunch”, in which he’s starring alongside Melissa Disney and Dean McDermott, as they try to support and entertain people via Zoom during the COVID-19 quarantine.
Awards and nominations
Keith has been nominated for seven Young Artist Awards winning one – in 1983, he won an award for Best Young Actor, Guest in a Series for “Knight Rider”, and was in 1984 nominated for a Best Young Actor in a Comedy Series Award for “Gun Shy”. The same year saw him nominated for a Best Young Actor in a Movie Made for Television Award for “CBS Library”, and in 1988, Keith was nominated for a Best Young Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy Award for “Adventures in Babysitting”.
In 1990, he was nominated for a Best Young Actor Starring in a Motion Picture Award for “Cheetah”, while his final two nominations were in 1992 for his performances in “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead” and “Toy Soldiers”.
Love life and wife
Keith is quite secretive when it comes to his love life, but it’s believed that he dated many girls after becoming famous, mainly thanks to his acting career.
Aged 43 on 26 October 2013, Keith exchanged vows with the non-celebrity Kristen ‘Pinky’ Shean in front of their wide circle of friends and family. Keith who chose the date for the wedding, because his grandfather would have turned 99 on that very day.
Kristen is trying her best to stay away from the media’s attention, but it’s known that she’s working at Disney as a production assistant, and is a writer for the websites www.MikeTheFanBoy.com and www.PinkyLoveJoy.com.
Neither Keith nor Kristen have talked about any other people they might have been with, so as of January 2021, Keith is married to Kristen ‘Pinky’ Shean – they don’t have any children.
Hobbies and other interests
Keith’s main hobby is travelling, and his acting career has taken him all around the world, visiting nearly every US state, many European countries such as France, Italy and England, and various Asian countries including Taiwan and China.
Keith was once physically very active as he often worked out at the gym and was also following a strict diet as this was important for his acting career, however, he no longer works out, but occasionally plays tennis and golf with his friends.
Keith is interested in comedy – at some point of his life tried to become a stand-up comedian, but soon learned it wasn’t meant to be. He occasionally goes to stand-up comedy clubs with his wife.
Keith has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Jim Carrey, Chris Rock and Tina Fey, while a couple of his favorite movies are “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective – When Nature Calls”, “Grown Ups” and “Date Night”.
Age, height and net worth
Keith’s age is 50. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 5ft 4ins (1.63m) and he weighs around 135lbs (61kgs).
As of January 2021, his net worth has been estimated at over $1 million.