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Also Known As: Alan Smithee, John Cooper Jr. Died: May 3, 2011
Born: September 15, 1922 Cause of Death: Undisclosed illness
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, director, producer, executive

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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. After falling out of favor as a teen, 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.

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. After falling out of favor as a teen, 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.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Ladies, The (1987) Director
2.
  Izzy and Moe (1985) Director
5.
  Moonlight (1982) Director
6.
  Leave 'Em Laughing (1981) Director
7.
  White Mama (1980) Director
8.
  Rodeo Girl (1980) Director
9.
  Marathon (1980) Director
10.

CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) Perry White
3.
 Surrender (1987) Ace Morgan
4.
5.
 Superman III (1983) Perry White
6.
 Superman II (1981) Dino; Perry White
7.
 Superman:The Movie (1978) Perry White
8.
 Operation Petticoat (1977) Admiral
9.
 The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) Service Repairman
10.
 Mobile Two (1975) Peter Campbell
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Milestones close milestones

1925:
Made film debut in Lloyd Hamilton comedy short
1929:
Made first "Our Gang" short
1931:
Starred in films "Skippy" and "The Champ"; earned Best Actor Oscar nomination for the former
1934:
Played Jim Hawkins in "Treasure Island"
1949:
Toured U.S.A. as Ensign Pulver in "Mr. Roberts"
1949:
Made New York stage debut, "Magnolia Alley"
1951:
Appeared as Ensign Pulver in London production of "Mr. Roberts"
1952:
Early TV work included "Lux Video Theatre"
:
Starred on TV series "The People's Choice"; also directed episodes
:
Starred on TV series "Hennessey" (CBS)
:
Named Vice President in Charge of TV Program Production, Columbia Pictures
1968:
Made TV-movie acting debut, "Shadow on the Land"
1971:
Played TV programming executive in feature film "The Love Machine"
1971:
Played Sally Field's father in TV-movie "Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring"
1972:
Film directing debut, "Stand Up and Be Counted"
:
Directed 13 episodes of TV series "M*A*S*H"; won Emmy Award
1974:
Hosted "The Dean Martin Comedy World" (NBC)
1975:
Was regular on "Mobile One"
1978:
Directed pilot of "The White Shadow"; won second Emmy
1978:
Played editor Perry White in first of four "Superman" feature films
1980:
Directed Bette Davis in TV-movie "White Mama"
1981:
Directed fellow former child star Mickey Rooney in a TV movie, "Leave 'em Laughing"
1989:
Announced retirement to raise horses
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Education

University of Notre Dame: South Bend , Indiana -

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
June Horne. Married in 1945; divorced in 1949; mother of John Cooper III.
wife:
Hildy Parks. Actor, screenwriter, producer. Married in 1950; divorced in 1951; later married theatrical producer Alexander H. Cohen.
wife:
Barbara Kraus. Advertising executive. Married in 1954; mother of Cooper's three younger children.

Family close complete family listing

father:
John Cooper Sr. Publicist. Left family when Cooper was two years old.
uncle:
Norman Taurog. Director. Married to Cooper's mother's sister Susan.
son:
John Cooper III. Mother, June Horne.
son:
Russell Cooper. Mother, Barbara Kraus.
daughter:
Julie Cooper. Mother, Barbara Kraus; died of a massive stroke at age 39 in September 1997.
daughter:
Christina Cooper. Mother, Barbara Kraus.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Please Don't Shoot My Dog" William Morrow

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