Jackie Cooper

Jackie Cooper Headshot

Actor

Birth Name: John Cooper Jr.

Birth Date: September 15, 1922

Death Date: May 3, 2011

Birth Place: Los Angeles, California

Spouses: Hildy Parks

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.

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.

Credits

Shivering Shakespeare

Actor
Jackie
Show
2022

The Little Rascals from Pluto TV

Actor
Show
2021

Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut

Actor
Perry White
Movie
2006

Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie

Actor
Show
1993

Jake and the Fatman

Director
Series
1987

The Ladies

Director
Movie
1987

Superman IV: The Quest for PeaceStream

Actor
Perry White
Movie
1987
10%

Surrender

Actor
Ace Morgan
Movie
1987

Izzy and Moe

Director
Movie
1985

Murder, She WroteStream

Guest Star
Carl Schulman / Neil Fletcher
Series
1984

Glitter

Director
Movie
1984

The Night They Saved ChristmasStream

Director
Movie
1984

Superman IIIStream

Actor
Perry White
Movie
1983
29%

Cagney & LaceyStream

Director
Series
1982

Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story

Director
Movie
1982

Moonlight

Director
Movie
1982

Simon & Simon

Director
Series
1981

Leave 'Em Laughing

Director
Movie
1981

Magnum, P.I.Stream

Director
Series
1980

Rodeo Girl

Director
Movie
1980

White Mama

Director
Movie
1980

Superman IIStream

Actor
Perry White
Movie
1980
83%

Rascal Dazzle

Actor
Movie
1980

Marathon

Director
Movie
1980

Trapper John, M.D.

Director
Series
1979

Sex and the Single Parent

Director
Movie
1979

The White Shadow

Director
Series
1978

Arcoiris

Director
Movie
1978

Perfect Gentlemen

Director
Movie
1978

SupermanStream

Actor
Perry White
Movie
1978
94%

Having Babies III

Director
Movie
1978

Rainbow

Director
Movie
1978

Operation Petticoat

Actor
Admiral
Movie
1977

McMillan

Director
Show
1976

Quincy, M.E.

Director
Series
1976

The Invisible Man

Actor
Walter Carlson
Movie
1975

Skim Money

Actor
Movie
1975

Mobile Two

Actor
Peter Campbell
Movie
1975

News Jungle

Actor
Movie
1975

The Rockford FilesStream

Director
Series
1974

The Rockford FilesStream

Guest Star
Capt. Highland
Series
1974

Three Comedies

Actor
Movie
1974

The Day the Earth Moved

Actor
Steve Barker
Movie
1974

Chosen Survivors

Actor
Raymond Couzins
Movie
1974

KojakStream

Guest Star
Frank Mulvaney
Series
1973

Police Story

Actor
John Morrison
Series
1973

Colombo: Candidato per il crimine

Actor
Nelson Hayward
Movie
1973

M*A*S*HStream

Director
Series
1972

Stand Up and Be Counted

Director
Movie
1972

ColumboStream

Guest Star
Nelson Hayward
Series
1971
84%

The Astronaut

Actor
Kurt Anderson
Movie
1971

The Love Machine

Actor
Danton Miller
Movie
1971

The Mary Tyler Moore ShowStream

Director
Series
1970

McCloud

Guest Star
Series
1970

Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring

Actor
Ed Miller
Movie
1970

Shadow on the Land

Actor
Lt. Col. Andy Davis
Movie
1968

The Danny Kaye ShowStream

Guest
Variety Show
1963

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny CarsonStream

Guest
Talk
1962

Everything's Ducky

Actor
Lt. J.S. Parmell
Movie
1961

The Twilight ZoneStream

Actor
Jonathan West/Caesar
Series
1959
92%

The People's Choice

Actor
Socrates "Sock" Miller
Show
1955

People's Choice

Actor
Socrates 'Sock' Miller
Show
1955

The Motorola Television Hour

Actor
Show
1953

Medallion Theater

Actor
Show
1953

I've Got a SecretStream

Guest
Game Show
1952

The Red Skelton ShowStream

Guest
Variety Show
1951

What's My Line?Stream

Guest
Game Show
1950

SuspenseStream

Actor
Series
1949

Studio OneStream

Actor
Series
1948

French Leave

Actor
Skitch Kilroy
Movie
1948

Where Are Your Children?

Actor
Danny Cheston
Movie
1944

Hollywood in Uniform

Self
Movie
1943

The Navy Comes Through

Actor
Joe "Babe" Duttson
Movie
1942

Men of Texas

Actor
Robert Houston Scott
Movie
1942

Syncopation

Actor
Johnny Schumacher
Movie
1942

Kilroy Was Here

Actor
John J. Kilroy
Movie
1942

Life With Henry

Actor
Henry Aldrich
Movie
1941

Glamour Boy

Actor
Tiny Barlow
Movie
1941

Ziegfeld Girl

Actor
Jerry Regan
Movie
1941

Her First Beau

Actor
Chuck Harris
Movie
1941

Gallant Sons

Actor
Byron "By" Newbold
Movie
1940

The Return of Frank JamesStream

Actor
Clem
Movie
1940
83%

Seventeen

Actor
William Sylvanus Baxter
Movie
1940

The Big Guy

Actor
Jimmy Hutchins
Movie
1939

The Spirit of Culver

Actor
Tom Allen
Movie
1939

What a Life

Actor
Henry Aldrich
Movie
1939

Streets of New York

Actor
Jimmy
Movie
1939

White Banners

Actor
Peter Trimble
Movie
1938

That Certain Age

Actor
Kenneth Warren
Movie
1938

Gangster's Boy

Actor
Larry Kelly
Movie
1938

Boy of the Streets

Actor
Chuck Brennan
Movie
1937

Tough Guy

Actor
Frederick Martindale "Freddie" Vincent, III
Movie
1936

The Devil Is a Sissy

Actor
"Buck" Murphy
Movie
1936

Dinky

Actor
Dinky
Movie
1935

O'Shaughnessy's Boy

Actor
Joseph `'Stubby'` O'Shaughnessy
Movie
1935

Treasure IslandStream

Actor
Jim Hawkins
Movie
1934
100%

Peck's Bad Boy

Actor
Bill Peck
Movie
1934

Lone Cowboy

Actor
Scooter O'Neal
Movie
1934

Broadway to Hollywood

Actor
Ted Hackett Jr.
Movie
1933

The Bowery

Actor
Swipes McGurk
Movie
1933

Divorce in the Family

Actor
Terry Parker
Movie
1932

When a Feller Needs a Friend

Actor
Edward Haverford Randall
Movie
1932

Bargain Day

Actor
Jackie
Movie
1931

Helping Grandma

Actor
Jackie
Movie
1931

The Champ

Actor
Dink
Movie
1931

Skippy

Actor
Skippy
Movie
1931
86%

Sooky

Actor
Skippy
Movie
1931

Love Business

Actor
Jackie
Movie
1931

Schools Out

Actor
Jackie Cooper
Movie
1930

Bear Shooters

Actor
Jackie
Movie
1930

Pups Is Pups

Actor
Jackie
Movie
1930

Moan & Groan, Inc.

Actor
Jackie
Movie
1929

The Little Rascals: The Best of Pete the Pooch

Actor
Jackie
Movie
1923

The Little Rascals (Our Gang)Stream

Actor
Series
1922

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