Job Actor
Years active 1929-1990
Known for Child actor, Our Gang
Top Roles Skippy, Jim Hawkins, Swipes McGurk, Joseph 'Stubby' O'Shaughnessy, Perry White
Top GenresComedy, Drama, Family, Short Films, Romance, Action
Top TopicsBook-Based, Sequels, Pre-Code Cinema
Top Collaborators (Producer), , (Director),
Shares birthday with Fay Wray, Penny Singleton, Robert Kane  see more..

Jackie Cooper Overview:

Legendary actor, Jackie Cooper, was born John Cooper Jr. on Sep 15, 1922 in Los Angeles, CA. Cooper died at the age of 88 on May 3, 2011 in Santa Monica, CA and was laid to rest in n/a Cemetery.


Jackie Cooper started out as a child star in silent shorts in 1929, transitioning nicely into ‘sound' films, and later into adulthood roles and television producing/directing. At age 9 he was nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award for his starring role in the film Skippy (1931), making him the first child actor ever to receive an Oscar nomination, as well as the youngest person to be nominated until Justin Henry was nominated at age 8 for Best Supporting Actor in Kramer vs. Kramer. As a child star, Cooper is probably best known as the character Jackie from the Our Gang shorts and episodes, as well as Wallace Beery's son Dink in the classic sports tearjerker, The Champ (1931).


By the early 1950's, Cooper was gravitating towards television acting, appearing on various TV episodes, and in 1955 he starred as 'Sock' Miller in the television series The People's Choice (1955-1958) and later as Lt. Charles Hennesey USN in the series Hennesey (1959-1962). In the late 1950s Cooper also stepped behind the camera, working as a television director and producer for almost 30 years with credits totaling over 50 television shows, including episodes for The Mary Tyler Moore Show, MASH, The Rockford Files, Quincy and The White Shadow.


In 1978, at the age of 56, his film career was most famously revived when he played Daily Planet editor Perry White in Superman I starring Christopher Reeve, followed by Superman II, III and IV in 1980, 1983 and 1987 respectively.

(Source: article by Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub).



Although Cooper was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1930/31Best ActorSkippy (1931)Skippy SkinnerNominated

He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Jackie Cooper's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #19 on Dec 12, 1931.

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Mini Tribute:

By Annmarie Gatti on Sep 15, 2013 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Born September 15, 1922 Child Star ! started out as a child star in silent shorts back in 1929, transitioning nicely into ‘sound’ films, and later into ‘adult’ roles and TV producing/directing. , young and ‘older’ Cooper w... Read full article

Mini Tribute Child Actor:

By Annmarie Gatti on Sep 15, 2012 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Born September 15, 1922, Child Actor ! was the First Child Actor ever to receive an Oscar Nomination (Best Actor Nominee for Skippy in 1931). He remained the youngest Oscar Nominee (at age 9) in any category until Justin Henry’s Nomination at age 8 for Best Supportin... Read full article

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Jackie Cooper Quotes:

Jackie: [about Miss Crabtree] She smells like a bunch of flowers, all roses and stuff.
Stymie: Like a funeral?
Jackie: No, perfume!

[Dink compares the swanky home to his own]
Dink Purcell: The Champ and I ain't fixed up swell as this, but our joint's more lively.

Swipes McGurk: Ya know, Chuck, you're a great guy and ya knows I'm your pal, but sometimes ya sound like you're full of hop.

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Being interred with full honors in Arlington National Cemetery on November 22, 2011.

Father, with June Horne, of son John "Jack" Anthony Cooper (Jackie Cooper Jr.), born August 19, 1946.

Children with Barbara: Russell (born 1956), Julie (1957-1997), and Cristina "Crissy" (1959-2009).

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