Mostly Credited As: Jackie Cooper Sometimes Credited As: Alan Smithee
Birth Name: John Cooper Jr. Date Of Birth: September 15, 1922 (Age 88) Country Of Birth: USA Birth Place: Los Angeles, California Date Of Death: May 03, 2011 Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
Jackie began his career at an early age, appearing in fourteen "Our Gang" comedy shorts for Hal Roach Studios in the early 1930's. He was cast in the feature film "Skippy" in which he would receive a nomination for Best Lead Actor at the Academy Awards. Hal Roach would then sell his contract to MGM, feeling he would have a better career in motion pictures. He would be paired up with actor Wallace Berry, an unpleasant time of his life since Berry was a cruel man who disliked children. Cooper would then have the usual teenage troubles in the movie world now that he was no longer the little, cute, all - American boy he once was and would enlist in the Navy. He served in WWII and would gain the rank of Captain. Once returning home Jackie went back to acting, including in the field of TV. He would appear on a number of shows as a star and guest spots. He later would become a famed director in the television circle. Still occasionally acting, Jackie would take on the role of Perry White in the 'Superman" films staring Christopher Reeves, his last major role.
Was the first teenager to be nominated for the Best Actor catagory at the Academy Awards and remained so for over 70 years. He had trouble crying during the filming of the movie "Skippy," so the director (who was also his Uncle) made him believe that he killed his dog to get his reaction for the scene.