Jackie Cooper

Actor + Director
Born Sep 15, 1922

Jackie Cooper 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 9, 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.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Jackie Cooper.


1922 Birth Born on September 15, 1922.
He graduated to bit parts in feature films such as Fox Movietone Follies of 1929 and Sunny Side Up. … Read More
1930 7 Years Old 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. … Read More
According to his autobiography, Cooper, under contract to Hal Roach Studios, was loaned in the spring of 1931 to Paramount to star in Skippy (directed by his uncle, Norman Taurog), 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. … Read More


1944 21 Years Old Cooper served in the United States Navy during World War II and remained active in the reserves for the next several decades, reaching the rank of Captain. He was married three times: first to June Horne from 1944 until 1949, with whom he had one son, John "Jack" Cooper, III (born 1946). … Read More
1950 27 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1950, he was cast in a production of Mr. Roberts in Boston, Massachusetts in the role of Ensign Pulver.


1964 41 Years Old 1 More Event
From 1964 to 1969, Cooper was vice president of program development at the Columbia Pictures Screen Gems TV division. … Read More
1969 46 Years Old Cooper left Columbia in 1969 and started yet another phase of his career, one in which he would act occasionally in key character roles.


1973 50 Years Old He appeared in Candidate for Crime starring Peter Falk as Columbo in 1973 and the short-lived 1975 ABC series Mobile One, a Jack Webb/Mark VII Limited production. … Read More
1976 53 Years Old Cooper participated in several automobile racing events, including the record-breaking class D cars at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. He drove in several SCCA road racing competitions. Cooper was named the honorary starter for the 1976 Winston 500 at the Alabama International Motor Speedway, which is now known as Talladega Superspeedway, in Talladega, Alabama.
1982 59 Years Old Cooper's autobiography, Please Don't Shoot My Dog, was published in 1982. … Read More


1989 66 Years Old Cooper announced his retirement in 1989, although he was still directing episodes of the syndicated series Superboy. … Read More
2011 89 Years Old Cooper died on May 3, 2011 after a short illness, in Santa Monica, California. … Read More
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