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Jackie Cooper

Highest Rated:   100% Skippy (1931)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Calhoun: County Agent
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Our Gang
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Child Stars: Their Story
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Hollywood Chronicles 10
  • Actor
1991
0% The Toxic Avenger: Part II
  • Mr. Junko
1989
No Score Yet Hammered - The Best of Sledge
  • Director
1988
No Score Yet All Shook Up
  • Director
1988
13% Surrender
  • Ace Morgan
1987
12% 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 Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story
  • Producer
  • Director
1982
No Score Yet Hollywood's Children
  • Actor
1982
89% 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
93% 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 Abe Lincoln of Ninth Avenue
  • Actor
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
No Score Yet Treasure Island
  • Jim Hawkins
1934
No Score Yet Peck's Bad Boy
  • Bill Peck
1934
No Score Yet The Bowery
  • Swipes McGurk
1933
83% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Jonathan West

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