Jackie Cooper

Jackie Cooper
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Jackie Cooper
Film: West side of the 1500 block of Vine Street
Actor | Director | Producer
Born John Cooper, Jr. on Sept. 15, 1922 in Los Angeles, CA
Died May 3, 2011 in Santa Monica, CA

Veteran actor Jackie Cooper was the first child to be nominated for a best actor Oscar for "Skippy." He was all of 9 when the nominations for the 1930/1931 ceremony were announced and still remains the youngest nominee for an actor in a leading role.

The child star made good as an adult actor. He went from "Our Gang" comedies to "The Champ" (1931) to many later TV and movie roles and two Emmy Awards as a director for such shows as "MASH" (1973-74).

Cooper also played Perry White in four "Superman" movies (1978-1987) and announced his retirement in 1989.

Cooper died May 3, 2011, at a skilled nursing facility in Santa Monica. He was 88.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1930 Best Actor Skippy Nomination

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