16 January 2006 | nneprevilo
Why is this wonderful character actor never mentioned in the character actor books? I remember seeing a revival of old movie serials in which Mr. Coffin starred as "Rocket Man." Since, I have seen him pop up in countless films including "My Dream Is Yours," in which he has a brief scene with Doris Day and Eve Arden as the head waiter at the Cocoanut Grove. He was also in a scene in Joan Crawford's "The Damned Don't Cry." I have seen him countless times and didn't know his name. I kept getting him confused with Robert Gallagher, another actor who played in "The Thrill of It All." Finally, after doing some research and realizing that I have both films in my collection (mentioned above) I dug them out and played them just to see if this was the same actor who played "Rocket Man." It was. I always thought he was a fine actor and I always took notice whenever he appeared on the screen.
I couldn't find any pictures of him online, probably because so many of his film roles were uncredited. There were so many character and bit players in films, it's probably impossible to keep up with them. But Coffin had a long, long career before the movie and TV cameras, there should be lots of pictures of him.
It would be nice if someone had a studio shot of him to include with his write up here at IMDb. It would solve a "mystery" that I'm sure many people have about this interesting-looking actor.