Former child actor Kevin Corcoran, known for his appearances in many Disney movies and TV shows, died on Tuesday, October 6th. He was 66 years old.
Corcoran had been suffering from cancer for several years. He passed away at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank -- right across the street from the Walt Disney Studios.
The Corcoran family, like the Watsons and Severns before them, were a large family of child actors; Kevin had seven siblings who were also in the business. The Corcoran children included the gifted Donna, who was so good in films such as SCANDAL AT SCOURIE (1953), and Noreen, who appeared in I LOVE MELVIN (1953) and the TV series BACHELOR FATHER.
Kevin started out at Disney playing "Moochie" in ADVENTURES IN DAIRYLAND and two seasons of the SPIN AND MARTY serial on THE MICKEY MOUSE CLUB. He would later appear in episodes of WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY.
He appeared in the Disney feature films OLD YELLER (1957), THE SHAGGY DOG (1959), TOBY TYLER (1960), POLLYANNA (1960), SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON (1960), BABES IN TOYLAND (1961), BON VOYAGE! (1962), SAVAGE SAM (1963), and A TIGER WALKS (1964). He's seen above left in OLD YELLER and at the right with Ann Jillian in BABES IN TOYLAND.
He went on to get a college degree and work behind the scenes as an assistant director.
Corcoran was named a Disney Legend in 2006.
I had the great pleasure of seeing Kevin Corcoran at the El Capitan Theatre just 10 months ago, when he was interviewed by the Walt Disney Archive's Becky Cline before a screening of SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON (1960). I'm so glad I went! He was very appreciative of the wonderful experiences he'd had thanks to Disney and was an engaging speaker. My account of the evening may be found here.
The Los Angeles Times published a good obituary today.
Thanks for many happy Disney memories, Kevin. My sincere condolences to the Corcoran family.
January 2016 Update: More sad news for the Corcoran family, the passing of Kevin's sister Noreen.