Jackie Searl

John E. Searl (July 7 1921 April 29 1991) was an American actor.

Jackie Searl
Born(1921-07-07)July 7, 1921
DiedApril 29, 1991(1991-04-29) (aged 69)
Other namesJackie Searle
Years active1929-1969

Early years

His name is sometimes seen as Jackie Searle,[1] and by 1960, he was billed as Jack Searl.[2] As a child actor, he began performing on a local Los Angeles radio station at the age of three.

Military service

Searl served four years in the U.S. Army, primarily as a radio instructor, during World War II.[2]


Searl was especially known for playing bratty kids,[3] and often had only small roles, such as "Robin Figg" in 1934's Strictly Dynamite.

His first movie role was in Daughters of Desire (1929),[1] followed by Tom Sawyer (1930) with Jackie Coogan and Mitzi Green, and Huckleberry Finn in 1931.

Notable films in which he appeared include Skippy, High Gear, Peck's Bad Boy, Great Expectations, and Little Lord Fauntleroy. In the 1940s, he had some supporting character roles before disappearing for nearly a decade. In the early 1960s, Searl enjoyed a flurry of activity as a supporting villain on television.[3] For example, he appeared in the Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Traveling Treasure," first aired on CBS on Nov. 4, 1961. In 1962 he appeared (credited as Jack Searl) as Slick - Henchman on the TV western Lawman in the episode titled "The Tarnished Badge."

Partial filmography


  1. Kear, Lynn; Rossman, John (2008). The Complete Kay Francis Career Record: All Film, Stage, Radio and Television Appearances. McFarland. p. 258. ISBN 9780786431984. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  2. Thomas, Bob (November 28, 1960). "Kid Actor Makes Good". The Decatur Daily Review. Illinois, Decatur. Associated Press. p. 13. Retrieved July 13, 2017 via Newspapers.com.
  3. "Successful Life For Jackie Searl". The Leader-Post. November 29, 1960. Retrieved August 16, 2011.


  • Holmstrom, John. The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995, Norwich, Michael Russell, 1996, pp. 98–99.
  • Dye, David. Child and Youth Actors: Filmography of Their Entire Careers, 1914-1985. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 1988, pp. 210-211.
  • Best, Marc. Those Endearing Young Charms: Child Performers of the Screen. South Brunswick and New York: Barnes & Co., 1971, pp. 230–234.
  • Willson, Dixie. Little Hollywood Stars. Akron, OH, e New York: Saalfield Pub. Co., 1935.

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