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Cooper in 1956.
John Cooper, Jr.
September 15, 1922
|Died||May 3, 2011
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Arlington National Cemetery|
(m. 1944–1949; divorced)
(m. 1950–1951; divorced)
Barbara Rae Kraus
(m. 1954–2009; her death)
John Cooper, Jr. (September 15, 1922 – May 3, 2011) was an American actor, television director, producer and executive. He was a child actor who managed to make the transition to an adult career. Cooper was the first child actor to receive an Academy Award nomination. At age nine, he was also the youngest performer to have been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role—an honor that he received for the film Skippy (1931). For nearly 50 years, Cooper remained the youngest Oscar nominee in any category, until he was surpassed by Justin Henry's nomination, at age eight, in the Supporting Actor category for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979).
Cooper first appeared in films as an extra with his grandmother. At age three, Jackie appeared in Lloyd Hamilton comedies under the name of "Leonard". He graduated to bit parts in feature films. His director recommended the boy to director Leo McCarey, who arranged an audition for the Our Gang comedy series produced by Hal Roach.
Cooper joined the series in 1929, signing to a three-year contract. He initially was only a supporting character in the series, but by early 1930 he had done so well with the transition to sound films that he had become one of the Gang's major characters.
According to his autobiography he was loaned in the spring of 1931 to Paramount to star in Skippy, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor—the youngest actor ever (at the age of nine) to be nominated for an Oscar as Best Actor.
Not conventionally handsome as he approached adulthood, Cooper had typical child-actor problems finding roles as an adolescent. Cooper served in the US Navy during World War II, becoming a Captain and receiving the Legion of Merit.
In 1950, he was cast in a production of Mr. Roberts in Boston, Massachusetts in the role of Ensign Pulver. From 1964 to 1969, Cooper was vice president of program development at the Columbia Pictures Screen Gems TV division. He was responsible for packaging series (such as Bewitched) and other projects and selling them to the networks. He reportedly cast Sally Field as Gidget. Cooper acted only twice during this period, once in 1964 when he appeared in Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone, and again in the 1968.
Cooper found renewed fame in the 1970s and 1980s as Daily Planet editor Perry White in the Superman film series, starring Christopher Reeve. Cooper's final film role was as Ace Morgan in the 1987 film Surrender, starring Sally Field, Michael Caine, and Steve Guttenberg.
|1929||Fox Movietone Follies of 1929||Little Boy||Uncredited|
|1929||Sunny Side Up||Jerry McGinnis||Uncredited|
|1931||Skippy||Skippy||Nominated- Academy Award for Best Actor|
|1931||Young Donovan's Kid||Midge Murray|
|1932||When a Feller Needs a Friend||Edward Haverford 'Eddie' Randall|
|1932||Divorce in the Family||Terry Parker|
|1932||Broadway to Hollywood||Ted Hackett Jr.|
|1933||The Bowery||Swipes McGurk|
|1933||Lone Cowboy||Scooter O'Neal|
|1934||Treasure Island||Jim Hawkins|
|1934||Peck's Bad Boy||Bill Peck|
|1935||O'Shaughnessy's Boy||Joseph 'Stubby' O'Shaughnessy|
|1936||Tough Guy||Frederick Martindale 'Freddie' Vincent, III|
|1936||The Devil Is a Sissy||'Buck' Murphy|
|1937||Boy of the Streets||Chuck Brennan|
|1938||White Banners||Peter Trimble|
|1938||That Certain Age||Kenneth 'Ken' Warren|
|1938||Gangster's Boy||Larry Kelly|
|1938||Newsboys' Home||Rifle Edwards|
|1939||Scouts to the Rescue||Bruce Scott|
|1939||The Spirit of Culver||Tom Allen|
|1939||Streets of New York||James Michael 'Jimmy' Keenan|
|1939||Two Bright Boys||Rory O'Donnell|
|1939||What a Life||Henry Aldrich|
|1939||The Big Guy||Jimmy Hutchins|
|1940||Seventeen||William Sylvanus Baxter|
|1940||The Return of Frank James||Clem|
|1940||Life with Henry||Henry Aldrich|
|1940||Gallant Sons||Byron 'By' Newbold|
|1941||Ziegfeld Girl||Jerry Regan|
|1941||Her First Beau||Chuck Harris|
|1941||Glamour Boy||Tiny Barlow|
|1942||Men of Texas||Robert Houston Scott|
|1942||The Navy Comes Through||Joe 'Babe' Duttson|
|1943||Where Are Your Children?||Danny Cheston|
|1947||Stork Bites Man||Ernest (Ernie) C. Brown|
|1947||Kilroy Was Here||John J. Kilroy|
|1948||French Leave||Skitch Kilroy|
|1961||Everything's Ducky||Lt. J.S. Parmell|
|1964||Calhoun: County Agent||Everett Calhoun||Television film|
|1968||Shadow on the Land||Lt. Col. Andy Davis||Television film|
|1971||The Love Machine||Lt. J.S. Parmell|
|1971||Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring||Ed Miller||Television film|
|1972||The Astronaut||Kurt Anderson||Television film|
|1972||Stand Up and Be Counted||Doctor||Uncredited, Also director|
|1973||Of Men and Women||Ted||Television film|
|1974||Chosen Survivors||Raymond Couzins|
|1974||The Day the Earth Moved||Steve Barker||Television film|
|1975||Journey into Fear||Eric Hurst|
|1978||Having Babies III||Director|
|1979||Sex and the Single Parent||Director|
|1980||Superman II||Perry White|
|1981||Leave 'em Laughing||Director|
|1982||Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story||Director|
|1983||Superman III||Perry White|
|1984||The Night They Saved Christmas||Director|
|1985||Izzy & Moe||Director|
|1987||Superman IV: The Quest for Peace||Perry White|
|1987||Surrender||Ace Morgan||his final film|
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