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Jackie Cooper (I) (1922–2011)


Jackie Cooper was born John Cooper in Los Angeles, California, to Mabel Leonard, an Italian-American stage pianist, and John Cooper. Through his mother, he was the nephew of actress Julie Leonard, screenwriter Jack Leonard, and (by marriage) director Norman Taurog. Jackie served with the Navy in the South Pacific toward the end of World War II. ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Champ
The Champ Dink
(1931)
Skippy
Skippy Skippy
(1931)
Superman
Superman Perry White
(1978)
Superman II
Superman II Perry White
(1980)

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 1989 For Jenny with Love (TV Series)
J. Nash Hawkins
 1986 Sledge Hammer! (TV Series)
Audience Member
- All Shook Up (1986) ... Audience Member (uncredited)
 1986 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
Dr. David Domedion
- Time Heals: Part 2 (1986) ... Dr. David Domedion
 1984 No Earthly Reason (TV Movie)
J. Nash Hawkins
 1975-1978 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Garth McGregor / Capt. Highland
- The House on Willis Avenue (1978) ... Garth McGregor
- Claire (1975) ... Capt. Highland
 1977 Operation Petticoat (TV Series)
Admiral
- Operation Petticoat (1977) ... Admiral (uncredited)
 1974-1977 Police Story (TV Series)
Jack McGraw / Eamon Kinsella Royce / Lt. Bruckner / ...
- The Blue Fog (1977) ... Jack McGraw
- Eamon Kinsella Royce (1976) ... Eamon Kinsella Royce
- Robbery: 48 Hours (1974) ... Lt. Bruckner
- The Hunters (1974) ... John Morrison
 1975-1976 Mobile One (TV Series)
Peter Campbell
- Libel (1976)
- Murder at Fourteen (1975) ... Peter Campbell
- The Listening Ear (1975) ... Peter Campbell
- The Boxer (1975) ... Peter Campbell
- The Middle Man (1975) ... Peter Campbell
 1975 Mobile Two (TV Movie)
Peter Campbell
 1974 The Day the Earth Moved (TV Movie)
Steve Barker
 1974 Doctor Dan (TV Movie)
Dr. Dan Morgan
 1974 Hec Ramsey (TV Series)
Barney Tolliver
- Dead Heat (1974) ... Barney Tolliver
 1973 Columbo (TV Series)
Nelson Hayward
 1973 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Harlan Slade
- Break-In (1973) ... Harlan Slade
 1973 Keep an Eye on Denise (TV Movie)
 1973 Of Men and Women (TV Movie)
Ted (segment "Hot Machine, Cold Machine")
 1972 Circle of Fear (TV Series)
Dumpy Doyle
- Cry of the Cat (1972) ... Dumpy Doyle
 1972 Ironside (TV Series)
Dr. Norman
- The Countdown (1972) ... Dr. Norman
 1972 McCloud (TV Series)
Winn Hollis
- The New Mexican Connection (1972) ... Winn Hollis
 1972 The Astronaut (TV Movie)
Kurt Anderson
 1971 Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring (TV Movie)
Ed Miller
 1964 Calhoun: County Agent (TV Movie)
Everett Calhoun
 1964 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Jonathan West / Caesar
- Caesar and Me (1964) ... Jonathan West / Caesar (voice)
 1963 The Great Adventure (TV Series)
Lt. Dickson
- The Hunley (1963) ... Lt. Dickson
 1956-1963 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Val Barton
- Step on the Gas (1960)
- Mid-Summer (1958) ... Val Barton
 1962-1963 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
John Reardon / Judd Rogers
- Thunder in a Forgotten Town (1963) ... John Reardon
- Special Assignment (1962) ... Judd Rogers
 1961 The Gertrude Berg Show (TV Series)
Lt. Charles 'Chick' Hennesey, USN
- Mrs. G. Meets Dr. Hennesey (1961) ... Lt. Charles 'Chick' Hennesey, USN
 1958 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series)
Chris Shade
- Curtain Call (1958) ... Chris Shade
 1958 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
- The Hasty Heart (1958)
 1958 Pursuit (TV Series)
- Free Ride (1958)
 1953-1958 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Dave Tuttle / Blackie Scantling
- The Fair-Haired Boy (1958) ... Dave Tuttle
- Hound-Dog Man (1953) ... Blackie Scantling
- Birthright (1953)
 1952-1956 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
Willy Benton / Milton 'Mezz' Mezzrow / Pvt. Oscar Purkey / ...
- End of Morning (1956) ... Willy Benton
- Really the Blues (1953) ... Milton 'Mezz' Mezzrow
- Private Purkey's Private Place (1953) ... Pvt. Oscar Purkey
 1955 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Bubbo
- The Pardon-Me Boy (1955) ... Bubbo
 1953-1955 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Bill Harlow / Joe Toyah / Bob Heywood
- Fast Break (1955) ... Bill Harlow / Joe Toyah
- Big Jim's Boy (1953) ... Bob Heywood
 1953-1955 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
Charles Steen / Larry
- I Found Sixty Million Dollars (1955) ... Charles Steen
- Tour of Duty (1953)
- The Middle Son (1953) ... Larry
 1955 Justice (TV Series)
 1955 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Jeremy Bates
- Yankee Peddler (1955) ... Jeremy Bates
 1955 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
O'Hara
- Yellow Jack (1955) ... O'Hara
 1954 The Elgin Hour (TV Series)
Joe Morton
- Falling Star (1954) ... Joe Morton
 1953 Medallion Theatre (TV Series)
- Gran'ma Rebel (1953)
 1953 Danger (TV Series)
- Towerman (1953)
 1953 The Motorola Television Hour (TV Series)
- Westward the Sun (1953)
 1953 The Revlon Mirror Theater (TV Series)
- A Reputation (1953)
 1948-1953 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- The Diehard (1953)
- The Ivory Door (1948)
 1951-1952 Suspense (TV Series)
Dan Crowley / Murderer / Williams
- The Invisible Killer (1952) ... Dan Crowley
- Murderers' Meeting (1951) ... Murderer
- Go Home Dead Man (1951) ... Williams
 1952 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Dave Carter / Orrin Dudley
- A Message for Janice (1952) ... Dave Carter
- Life, Liberty and Orrin Dudley (1952) ... Orrin Dudley
 1952 Tales of Tomorrow (TV Series)
Tom
- The Cocoon (1952) ... Tom
 1951 The Clock (TV Series)
- Dream Beach (1951)
 1951 Starlight Theatre (TV Series)
 1949 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series)
- Jinxed (1949)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "Mister Roberts" in London, England. Written by Thomas Heggen and Joshua Logan (also director). Coliseum Theatre. Also in cast: Tyrone Power. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | 2 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Jackie | Hal Roach's Rascals | Alan Smithee

Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[In 1976] Sometimes I'll wake up in the middle of the night and I'll hear a voice that sounds familiar . . . my wife has fallen asleep with the tube on, and I'll finally start recognizing the dialogue, look up, and Jesus Christ, it's me at 14, or 12, or 9, or whatever. Sometimes I'll sit there and watch it and I can tell myself what's coming next . . . I remember the dialogue, the scene and the ... See more »

Trivia:

He guest starred in The Rockford Files: Claire (1975), which also featured Lane Smith. Both Cooper and Smith later played the "Superman" character Perry White, the editor of the Daily Planet: Cooper in Superman (1978), Superman II (1980), Superman III (1983) and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) and Smith in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993). See more »

Nickname:

America's Boy

Star Sign:

Virgo

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