Jackie Cooper

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Jackie Cooper
  • Birth Name: John Cooper, Jr.
  • Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 09/15/1922
  • Date of Death: 05/03/2011
  • Profession: Actor; director; producer
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Jackie Cooper Fast Facts:
  • Was abandoned by his father at age 2. His mother relied on the young boy's acting salary to provide for the family.
  • At age 9, became the first child actor ever to be nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his performance in Skippy (1931).
  • Managed to have a second career as a director and producer after serving with the Navy during World War II.
  • Played the crusty newspaper editor Perry White in all four of the Superman films with Christopher Reeve. 
  • Released his autobiography, Please Don't Shoot My Dog, in 1981. The title was inspired by a threat from the Skippy director, who happened to be his uncle, that he would shoot the boy's dog if he couldn't cry during his scenes in the film.
  • Jackie Cooper Relationships:
  • Barbara Kraus - Wife (deceased)
  • Cristina - Daughter
  • Julie Leonard - Aunt
  • Mabel Leonard Bigelow - Mother
  • June Horne - Ex-wife
  • John "Jack" Cooper III - Son
  • Julie - Daughter
  • Hildy Parks - Ex-wife
  • Russell - Son
  • Norman Taurog - Uncle
  • John Cooper - Father
  • Jackie Cooper Awards:
  • 1931 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1979 Emmy: Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series - Winner
  • 1974 Emmy: Best Directing in Comedy - Winner
  • 1962 Emmy: Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Series - Nominee
  • 1961 Emmy: Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Series (Lead) - Nominee
  • College:
  • Attended University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

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