Nick Cogley

Nickolas P. J. Cogley (May 4, 1869 May 20, 1936) was an American actor, director and writer of the silent films. He appeared in more than 170 films between 1909 and 1934.

Nick Cogley
Cogley in Honest Hutch, 1920
Nickolas P. J. Cogley

May 4, 1869
DiedMay 20, 1936(1936-05-20) (aged 67)
Years active1909–1934


Cogley was born in New York, New York. He attended St. Francis Xavier College in New York.[1]

Consistent with the practice at the time, Cogley appeared in blackface in some of his roles. For example, in the Civil War film The Coward (1915) he played "A Negro Servant," and in Toby's Bow (1919) he portrayed the black servant "Uncle Toby" that gives the film its name. The use of blackface was not unusual in American silent films, and did not disappear until the 1930s when public sensibilities regarding race began to change and blackface became increasingly associated with racism and bigotry.[2]

On stage, Cogley acted at New York's Lyceum Theatre for 25 years.[1] He died in Santa Monica, California, following surgery.

Partial filmography


  1. Katchmer, George A. (2009). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. p. 67. ISBN 9781476609058. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  2. John Kenrick, Blackface and Old Wounds. Accessed online November 2, 2013.
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