Jackie Cooper

Highest Rated: 100% Treasure Island (1934)
Birthday: Sep 15, 1922
Birthplace: Not Available
American actor Jackie Cooper was in movies at the age of three; his father had abandoned the family when Jackie was two, forcing his mother to rely upon the boy's acting income to keep food on the table. Shortly after earning his first featured part in Fox Movietone Follies of 1929. Cooper was hired for producer Hal Roach's "Our Gang" two-reeler series, appearing in 15 shorts over the next two years. The "leading man" in many of these comedies, he was most effective in those scenes wherein he displayed a crush on his new teacher, the beauteous Miss Crabtree. On the strength of "Our Gang," Paramount Pictures signed Cooper for the title role in the feature film Skippy (1931), which earned the boy an Oscar nomination. A contract with MGM followed, and for the next five years Cooper was frequently co-starred with blustery character player Wallace Beery. Cooper outgrew his preteen cuteness by the late 1930s, and was forced to accept whatever work that came along, enjoying the occasional plum role in such films as The Return of Frank James (1940) and What a Life! (1941). His priorities rearranged by his wartime Naval service, Cooper returned to the states determined to stop being a mere "personality" and to truly learn to be an actor. This he did on Broadway and television, notably as the star of two popular TV sitcoms of the 1950s, The People's Choice and Hennessey. Cooper developed a taste for directing during this period (he would earn an Emmy for his directorial work on M*A*S*H in 1973), and also devoted much of his time in the 1960s to the production end of the business; in 1965 he was appointed vice-president in charge of production at Screen Gems, the TV subsidiary of Columbia Pictures. From the early 1970s onward, Cooper juggled acting, producing and directing with equal aplomb. Modern audiences know Cooper best as the apoplectic Perry White in the Christopher Reeve Superman films. In 1981, Cooper surprised (and sometimes shocked) his fans with a warts-and-all autobiography, Please Don't Shoot My Dog. Cooper died in May 2011 at the age of 88 following a sudden illness.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Superman: La Película Actor 2018
No Score Yet Calhoun: County Agent Actor 2011
No Score Yet Child Stars: Their Story Actor 2000
0% The Toxic Avenger: Part II Mr. Junko 1989
No Score Yet All Shook Up Director 1988
13% Surrender Ace Morgan 1987
11% Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Perry White 1987
No Score Yet Izzy & Moe Director 1985
No Score Yet The Night They Saved Christmas Director 1984
26% Superman III Perry White 1983
No Score Yet Going Hollywood: The War Years Actor 1983
No Score Yet Hollywood's Children Actor 1982
No Score Yet Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story Producer Director 1982
85% Superman II Perry White 1981
No Score Yet Leave 'em Laughing Director 1981
No Score Yet Marathon Director 1980
No Score Yet Rodeo Girl Director 1980
No Score Yet White Mama Director 1980
94% Superman Perry White 1978
83% The Pink Panther Strikes Again Service Repairman 1976
No Score Yet Chosen Survivors Raymond Cousinz 1974
No Score Yet The Love Machine Danton Miller 1971
No Score Yet Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring Actor 1970
No Score Yet Everything's Ducky Lt. J.S. Parmel 1961
No Score Yet Syncopation Johnny Schumacher 1942
No Score Yet The Navy Comes Through Babe 1942
No Score Yet Ziegfeld Girl Jerry Regan 1941
No Score Yet Rodeo Dough Actor 1940
83% The Return of Frank James Clem/Tom Grayson 1940
No Score Yet Gallant Sons Byron "By" Newbold 1940
No Score Yet Two Bright Boys Rory O'Donnell 1939
No Score Yet Streets of New York James Michael 'Jimmy' Keenan 1939
No Score Yet Gangster's Boy Larry Kelly 1938
No Score Yet That Certain Age Kenneth 'Ken' Warren 1938
No Score Yet White Banners Peter Trimble 1938
No Score Yet Boy of the Streets Chuck Brennan 1937
No Score Yet The Devil Is a Sissy 'Buck' Murphy 1936
100% Treasure Island Jim Hawkins 1934
No Score Yet Peck's Bad Boy Bill Peck 1934
No Score Yet The Bowery Swipes McGurk 1933
86% The Champ Dink 1931
100% Skippy Skippy Skinner 1931
No Score Yet The Little Rascals Jack 1930
No Score Yet Sunny Tenement Boy 1930
No Score Yet Sunny Side Up Tenement Boy 1929
No Score Yet Fox Movietone Follies of 1929 Guest 1929
No Score Yet The Rag Man Tim Kelly 1925
No Score Yet Hollywood Chronicles Actor

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Jake and the Fatman
1987-1992
Director
  • 1989
  • 1987
No Score Yet Cagney & Lacey
1982-1988
Director
  • 1988
  • 1987
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
1980-1988
Director
  • 1987
No Score Yet Sledge Hammer!
1986-1988
Director
  • 1987
  • 1986
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Neil Fletcher
  • 1986
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
1982-1988
David Domedion
  • 1986
No Score Yet The White Shadow
1978-1981
Director
  • 1979
  • 1978
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
1974-1980
McGregor Capt. Highland Director
  • 1978
  • 1976
  • 1975
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
1976-1983
Director
  • 1977
No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
  • 1974
No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show
1970-1977
Director
  • 1974
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
1972-1983
Director
  • 1974
  • 1973
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
Hayward
  • 1973
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
  • 1972
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Jonathan West
  • 1964
100% The Prisoner
1967-1968
Second Corridor Guard 1st Guardian

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