The first man to play Captain Video — the Guardian of the Safety of the World! — in the early days of television died today in Los Angeles. Richard Coogan was 99. He starred on the first two seasons of Captain Video And His Video Rangers, the popular low-budget space opera that premiered in 1949 on the DuMont Network. The future-set series aired for a half-hour Monday through Friday, also on Saturdays in 1950, with a reported prop budget of 25 bucks a week. The jut-jawed Coogan played a scientific genius who invented radical weapons and led a vast network of defenders of good. The program was a favorite of The Honeymooners‘ Ralph Cramden and Ed Norton, who were card-carrying members of the Captain Video Space Rangers fan club. After leaving Captain Video, the New Jersey native starred on the CBS soap Love Of Life and toplined late-’50s Gold Rush drama The Californians. He also appeared in 1950s features including Girl On The Run and Three Hours To Kill and went on to guest on TV series including Gunsmoke, Bonanza, 77 Sunset Strip, Maverick, Perry Mason and Laramie. He began his acting career on Broadway, appearing in about a half-dozen productions from 1945-55.
R.I.P. Richard Coogan, Early TV’s Original Captain Video
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