Kevin Corcoran

Jul 12, 1964 – Oct 3, 2015 (Age 66)


July 12, 1964
October 3, 2015


Kevin Corcoran, the actor who played the youngest son in the 1957 Disney classic Old Yeller, has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 66.

Corcoran, who worked on many Disney movies and TV shows behind and in front of the camera, died Tuesday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank after a five-year battle with colorectal cancer, his wife, Laura, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Corcoran is best remembered for his role as Arliss Coates, the youngest son of Jim (Fess Parker) and Katie (Dorothy McGuire) and the brother of Travis (Tommy Kirk), in the post-Civil War tear-jerker Old Yeller, which centerd around the family’s heroic dog.

He and Kirk returned for the 1963 sequel Savage Sam, a tale about another courageous dog — Old Yeller’s son.

Corcoran was a native of Santa Monica, California. He was one of eight children, all of whom acted in the 1950s and '60s. One of his sisters, Noreen Corcoran, played the niece of John Forsythe’s character on the 1950s CBS-NBC series Bachelor Father.

Kevin made his movie debut in Anthony Mann’s The Glenn Miller Story (1954), then played Moochie, an irrepressible sort who hates being treated like a little kid, on a pair of Spin and Marty TV series and on Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color.

He later shifted his focus behind the scenes and became a producer.

Corcoran was a co-producer on nine episodes of The Shield and on 14 installments of another FX drama, Sons of Anarchy.

Corcoran was "a delightful person and producer, including on The Shield," that series’ creator, Shawn Ryan, said on Twitter.

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I loved your acting with such spunk. Just found out you passed away. Pray for your family. Thankyou for giving us such joy. R.I.P.

Loved him in old yeller reminded me of me when I was a boy

Kevin is so very much missed. He touched all of us through his work. We were of an age and I have special memories as a kid enjoying his Disney movies. I own them all and continue to enjoy them. Kevins incomparable legacy lives on always. He lives on in our hearts.

I grew up watching Kevin in Moochie on the Disney channel in the 80's. I decided to google him today and I was sad to hear he passed on so young. RIP Mooch.

He was so great in Swiss Family Robinson, Old Yeller and Pollyanna. I will miss you alway's

Although I never knew you or met you, except through your movies, my heart ached when I just now, a year later, heard of your passing. The memories of my own childhood enjoying your films will remain with me forever. Rest and peace.

June 10 - Happy Birthday to my childhood buddy and next door neighbor. You always rubbed it in when your birthday arrived, making you one month older than me. Love to you and your family. Gloria Lingle Hao-Schneider.

June 10 - Happy Birthday ole buddy, childhood friend and next door neighbor. You always rubbed it in when your birthday arrived, making you one month older than me. Love to you and your family, Gloria Lingle Hao-Schneider.