Kevin “Moochie” Corcoran: Disney Rascal

Today, a tip of the Mouse Ears (or coonskin cap, if that is your preference) former child star Kevin “Moochie” Corcoran (1949-2015).

Corcoran was particularly associated with the film and television projects of Walt Disney. He was a very distinctive, tow-headed, droll, and adorable little rascal. His characters were often good-hearted if a little trouble prone, and (if I may) usually not whiz kids. He first played a character named “Moochie” in the 1956 Disney series Adventure in Dairyland; the gimmick was resurrected at least a half dozen times thereafter. He looks like a Moochie! For Disney he subsequently appeared in The Adventures of Spin and Marty (1956-57), Old Yeller (1957), the uncompleted but partially televised Rainbow Road to Oz (1957), The Shaggy Dog (1959) with Fred MacMurray, Toby Tyler, or 10 Weeks with the Circus (1960), Swiss Family Robinson (1960), Daniel Boone (1960), Pollyanna (1960), the 1961 version of Babes in Toyland, Johnny Shiloh (1963), the Old Yeller sequel Savage Sam (1963), and a cameo in The Boatniks (1970), among other things.

An L.A. local, Corcoran had been acting at least since the age of four, when he was in The Glenn Miller Story (1954). He was one of the “No Neck Monsters” in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), and was also in such films as Untamed (1956) and Written on the Wind (1957).

The message in this headline notwithstanding, following his college years Corcoran chose to work behind the camera in a variety of positions such as assistant producer, production manager, first assistant director and second unit director, often for Disney. Projects on which he had such credits included Superdad (1973), Pete’s Dragon (1978), Return from Witch Mountain (1978), Hot Lead and Cold Feet (1978), The North Avenue Irregulars (1979) Herbie Goes Bananas (1982) and the Herbie the Love Bug tv show (1982), and such other tv shows as Murder She Wrote, Scarecrow and Mrs King, Simon & Simon, Baywatch, Providence, and Sons of Anarchy.

Corcoran died of cancer in 2015, predeceasing guys who had often played his old brothers and pals in movies like Tommy Kirk and Tim Considine.

I would also like to point out that the star of Toby Tyler, or 10 Weeks with the Circus shares a birthday with both Clyde Beatty, Carl Hagenbeck and The Great Farini. This is a very fortuitous day for circus folk apparently.