Jackie Cooper

Jackie Cooper

actor, director, producer

Jackie Cooper was born on Sep 15, 1922 in USA. Jackie Cooper's big-screen debut came with Fox Movietone Follies of 1929 directed by David Butler in 1929, strarring Little Boy in 'That's You, Baby' Number (uncredited). Jackie Cooper is known for Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut directed by Richard Donner, Gene Hackman stars as Lex Luthor and Christopher Reeve as Clark Kent. Jackie Cooper has got 3 awards and 4 nominations so far. The most recent award Jackie Cooper achieved is Primetime Emmy Awards. The upcoming new movie Jackie Cooper plays is Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut which will be released on Jan 01, 2006.

Jackie Cooper was born John Cooper in Los Angeles, California, to Mabel Leonard, an Italian-American stage pianist, and John Cooper. Through his mother, he was the nephew of actress Julie Leonard, screenwriter Jack Leonard, and (by marriage) director Norman Taurog. Jackie served with the Navy in the South Pacific toward the end of World War II. Then, quietly and without publicity or fanfare, compiled one of the most distinguished peacetime military careers of anyone in his profession. In 1961, as his weekly TV series Hennesey (1959) was enhancing naval recruiting efforts, accepted a commission as a line officer in the Naval Reserve with duties in recruitment, training films, and public relations. Holder of a multi-engine pilot license, he later co-piloted jet planes for the Navy, which made him an Honorary Aviator authorized to wear wings of gold-at the time only the third so honored in naval aviation history. By 1976 he had attained the rank of captain, and was in uniform aboard the carrier USS Constellation for the Bicentennial celebration on July 4. In 1980 the Navy proposed a period of active duty at the Pentagon that would have resulted in a promotion to rear admiral, bringing him even with Air Force Reserve Brigadier General James Stewart. Fresh on the heels of a second directing Emmy, he felt his absence would impact achieving a long-held goal of directing motion pictures, and reluctantly declined. (The opportunity in films never materialized.) Holds Letters of Commendation from six secretaries of the Navy. Was honorary chairman of the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation and a charter member of VIVA, the effort to return POW-MIAs from Vietnam. Upon retirement in 1982, he was decorated with the Legion of Merit by Navy Secretary John F. Lehman Jr.. Other than Stewart, no performer in his industry has achieved a higher uniformed rank in the U.S. military. (Glenn Ford was also a Naval Reserve captain, and director and Captain John Ford was awarded honorary flag rank upon his 1951 retirement from the Naval Reserve).

  • Birthday

    Sep 15, 1922
  • Place of Birth

    Los Angeles, California, USA

Known For


3 wins & 4 nominations

Primetime Emmy Awards
Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series
Winner - Primetime Emmy
Best Directing in Comedy
Winner - Primetime Emmy
Walk of Fame
Motion Picture
Winner - Star on the Walk of Fame

Movies & TV Shows

TV Shows