Jackie Cooper

Actor, Director, Producer
One of the most popular child actors in Hollywood history, Jackie Cooper won moviegoers' hearts as the adorable lead in such classic melodramas as "The Champ" (1931) and "Treasure Island" (1934). Unlike many of his ... Read more »
Born: 09/15/1922 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (65)

Judy Garland: Beyond the Rainbow 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Sports on the Silver Screen 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Dream Factory 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Lucy & Desi: TV's First Couple 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

M*A*S*H 1955 - 1958, 1972 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

MGM: When the Lion Roars 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Mobile One 1955 - 1958, 1972 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hollywood Chronicles 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Going Hollywood: The War Years 1987 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1986 - 1987 (Tv Show)

Actor

Superman IV: the Quest for Peace 1987 (Movie)

Perry White (Actor)

Surrender 1987 (Movie)

Ace Morgan (Actor)

The 38th Annual Emmy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The People's Choice 1955 - 1958, 1976 - 1977, 1979 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Superman III 1983 (Movie)

Perry White (Actor)

Superman II 1981 (Movie)

Perry White (Actor)

Operation Petticoat 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Superman 1978 (Movie)

Perry White (Actor)

The Invisible Man 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pink Panther Strikes Again 1975 (Movie)

Service Repairman (Actor)

Dean Martin's Comedy World 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Doctor Dan 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Chosen Survivors 1973 (Movie)

Raymond Couzins (Actor)

Keeping an Eye on Denise 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Of Men of Women 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Astronaut 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

What's Up, America? 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

What's Up? 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Love Machine 1970 (Movie)

Danton Miller (Actor)

The Dick Powell Show 1961 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

Alcoa/Goodyear Theater 1958 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars 1951 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

Revlon Mirror Theater 1952 - 1954 (TV Show)

Actor

The Navy Comes Through 1941 (Movie)

(Actor)

That Certain Age 1937 (Movie)

Kenneth 'Ken' Warren (Actor)

White Banners 1937 (Movie)

(Actor)

Devil Is a Sissy 1935 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Champ 1930 (Movie)

Dink Purcell (Actor)

Boy of the Streets (Movie)

Chuck (Actor)

Child Stars: Their Story (TV Show)

Actor

Fox Movietone Follies of 1929 (Movie)

Guest (Actor)

Gangster's Boy (Movie)

Larry Kelly (Actor)

Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie (TV Show)

Actor

Mobile Two (TV Show)

Actor

Peck's Bad Boy (Movie)

Bill Peck (Actor)

Shadow on the Land (TV Show)

Actor

Skippy (Movie)

Skippy Skinner (Actor)

Streets of New York (Movie)

Jimmy (Actor)

Sunny (Movie)

Tenement Boy (Actor)

Sunny Side Up (Movie)

Jerry McGinnis (uncredited) (Actor)

Syncopation (Movie)

Johnnie (Actor)

The Bowery (Movie)

Swipes McGurk (Actor)

The Day the Earth Moved (TV Show)

Actor

The Rag Man (Movie)

Tim Kelly (Actor)

The Return of Frank James (Movie)

Clem/Tom Grayson (Actor)

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor

Treasure Island (Movie)

Jim Hawkins (Actor)

What a Life (Movie)

Henry Aldrich (Actor)

When a Feller Needs a Friend (Movie)

Eddie Randall (Actor)

Where Are Your Children? (Movie)

Danny (Actor)

Ziegfeld Girl (Movie)

Jerry Regan (Actor)
Director (27)

Lou Grant 1955 - 1958, 1972 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Director

Quincy, M.E. 1955 - 1958, 1972 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Director

The Adventures of Superboy 1955 - 1958, 1976 - 1977, 1979 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Director

The Texas Wheelers 1955 - 1958, 1974 - 1977, 1979 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Director

Glitter 1955 - 1958, 1976 - 1977, 1979 - 1987 (Tv Show)

Director

Jessie 1957 - 1958, 1979 - 1987 (Tv Show)

Director

McMillan 1955 - 1958, 1976 - 1977, 1979 - 1987 (Tv Show)

Director

Paris 1957 - 1958, 1979 - 1981, 1983 - 1987 (Tv Show)

Director

The Ladies 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Director

Trapper John, M.D. 1955 - 1958, 1976 - 1977, 1979 - 1987 (Tv Show)

Director

The Deacon Street Deer 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Director

Moonlight 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Director

Family in Blue 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Director

Marathon 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Director

Rainbow 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Director

Having Babies III 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Director

Keep the Faith 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Director

Stand Up and Be Counted 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Izzy and Moe (TV Show)

Director

Leave 'Em Laughing (TV Show)

Director

Perfect Gentlemen (TV Show)

Director

Rodeo Girl (TV Show)

Director

Sex and the Single Parent (TV Show)

Director

Snafu (TV Show)

Director

The Night They Saved Christmas (TV Show)

Director

White Mama (TV Show)

Director
Producer (1)

Charlie Angelo 1961 - 1962 (TV Show)

Producer

Biography

One of the most popular child actors in Hollywood history, Jackie Cooper won moviegoers' hearts as the adorable lead in such classic melodramas as "The Champ" (1931) and "Treasure Island" (1934). Unlike many of his fellow juvenile players, he enjoyed a bountiful career as an adult in both the acting and directing fields. Cooper was a box office draw as a boy thanks to his All-American looks and ability to produce gallons of tears upon command. After falling out of favor as a teen, he returned to the business in his thirties as an in-demand player on television. Directing for shortform TV became a second career in the 1960s, as did a stint as an executive for Screen Gems; he divided his time between acting gigs in films like "Superman: The Movie" (1978) with directing and producing assignments until the late 1980s. Cooper's trove of family films from his child days, and his vast body of work as an adult, made him one of the longest-running success stories in Hollywood.

Relationships

John Cooper

Father
Left family when Cooper was two years old

Christina Cooper

Daughter
Mother, Barbara Kraus

Julie Cooper

Daughter
Mother, Barbara Kraus died of a massive stroke at age 39 in September 1997

John Cooper

Son
Mother, June Horne

Russell Cooper

Son
Mother, Barbara Kraus

Mabel Cooper

Mother

June Horne

Wife

Barbara Kraus

Wife
Married 1954 until her death May 30, 2009

Hildy Parks Writer

Wife

Norman Taurog

Uncle
Married to Cooper's mother's sister Susan

EDUCATION

University of Notre Dame

South Bend , Indiana

Milestones

1989

Announced retirement to raise horses

1981

Directed fellow former child star Mickey Rooney in a TV movie, "Leave 'em Laughing"

1980

Directed Bette Davis in TV-movie "White Mama"

1978

Played editor Perry White in first of four "Superman" feature films

1978

Directed pilot of "The White Shadow"; won second Emmy

1975

Was regular on "Mobile One"

1974

Hosted "The Dean Martin Comedy World" (NBC)

1972

Film directing debut, "Stand Up and Be Counted"

1970

Played Sally Field's father in TV-movie "Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring"

1970

Played TV programming executive in feature film "The Love Machine"

1968

Made TV-movie acting debut, "Shadow on the Land"

1952

Early TV work included "Lux Video Theatre"

1951

Appeared as Ensign Pulver in London production of "Mr. Roberts"

1949

Made New York stage debut, "Magnolia Alley"

1949

Toured U.S.A. as Ensign Pulver in "Mr. Roberts"

1934

Played Jim Hawkins in "Treasure Island"

1931

Starred in films "Skippy" and "The Champ"; earned Best Actor Oscar nomination for the former

1929

Made first "Our Gang" short

1925

Made film debut in Lloyd Hamilton comedy short

Starred on TV series "Hennessey" (CBS)

Directed 13 episodes of TV series "M*A*S*H"; won Emmy Award

Starred on TV series "The People's Choice"; also directed episodes

Named Vice President in Charge of TV Program Production, Columbia Pictures

Bonus Trivia

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Formed an independent production company with producer Bob Finkel to develop TV and movie properties.

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