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Person Facts

Known Credits: 141

Birthday: 1922-09-15

Day of Death: 2011-05-03

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, USA

Adult Actor: False

Official Homepage: -

Also Known As

  • John Cooper Jr.

Jackie Cooper

Biography

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).

Acting
2001 Superman Special Edition as Perry White
1995 The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies
1987 Surrender as Ace Morgan
1987 Superman IV: The Quest for Peace as Perry White
1984 Murder, She Wrote - (2 episodes)
1983 Superman III as Perry White
1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage as Himself (archive footage)
1982 St. Elsewhere - (1 episode)
1981 Superman II as Perry White
1978 Superman as Perry White
1976 Beasts - (1 episode)
1975 Mobile One - (13 episodes)
1975 Journey Into Fear as Eric Hurst
1974 Chosen Survivors as Raymond Couzins
1974 The Day the Earth Moved as Steve Barker
1973 Kojak - (1 episode)
1973 Police Story - (3 episodes)
1972 Ghost Story - (1 episode)
1972 Hec Ramsey - (1 episode)
1972 The Astronaut as Kurt Anderson
1971 The Love Machine as Danton Miller
1971 Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring as Ed Miller
1970 McCloud - (1 episode)
1968 Hawaii Five-O - (1 episode)
1968 Columbo - (1 episode)
1967 Ironside - (1 episode)
1965 The F.B.I. - (1 episode)
1963 The Great Adventure - (1 episode)
1963 The Danny Kaye Show - (1 episode)
1962 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson - (1 episode)
1962 The New March of Dimes Presents: The Scene Stealers as Himself
1961 Everything's Ducky as Lt. J.S. Parmell - Psychiatrist
1961 The Gertrude Berg Show - (1 episode)
1961 The Dick Powell Show - (3 episodes)
1959 The Twilight Zone - (1 episode)
1959 Hennesey - (96 episodes)
1958 Pursuit - (1 episode)
1956 To Tell the Truth - (12 episodes)
1956 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show - (1 episode)
1956 The Steve Allen Show - (2 episodes)
1956 Telephone Time - (1 episode)
1955 The People's Choice - (104 episodes)
1954 Producers' Showcase - (1 episode)
1954 The Elgin TV Hour - (1 episode)
1954 Justice - (1 episode)
1953 The Motorola Television Hour - (1 episode)
1953 Medallion Theatre - (2 episodes)
1953 Revlon Mirror Theatre - (1 episode)
1953 Floor Show - (1 episode)
1953 General Electric Theater - (1 episode)
1952 This Is Your Life - (1 episode)
1952 Cowboy G-Men - (39 episodes)
1952 I've Got a Secret - (1 episode)
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars - (2 episodes)
1951 Tales of Tomorrow - (1 episode)
1950 Lux Video Theatre - (2 episodes)
1950 Danger - (1 episode)
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour - (1 episode)
1950 Starlight Theatre - (1 episode)
1950 Your Show of Shows - (4 episodes)
1950 Robert Montgomery Presents - (7 episodes)
1949 The Clock - (1 episode)
1949 Suspense - (3 episodes)
1948 Westinghouse Studio One - (3 episodes)
1948 The Philco Television Playhouse - (1 episode)
1948 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre - (1 episode)
1948 Texaco Star Theater - (1 episode)
1943 Where Are Your Children? as Danny Cheston
1942 The Navy Comes Through as Joe 'Babe' Duttson
1942 Men of Texas as Robert Houston Scott
1942 Syncopation as Johnny Schumacher
1941 Glamour Boy
1941 Ziegfeld Girl as Jerry Regan
1941 Life with Henry as Henry Aldrich
1940 Gallant Sons as Byron Newbold
1940 The Return of Frank James as Clem
1940 Seventeen as William Sylvanus Baxter
1939 What a Life as Henry Aldrich
1939 Streets of New York as James Michael 'Jimmy' Keenan
1939 The Spirit of Culver as Tom Allen
1938 Newsboys' Home as Rifle Edwards
1938 Gangster's Boy as Larry Kelly
1938 White Banners as Peter Trimble
1938 Bear Facts as Bear
1937 Boy of the Streets as Chuck Brennan
1936 The Devil Is a Sissy as 'Buck' Murphy
1936 Tough Guy as Frederick Martindale Vincent III
1935 O'Shaughnessy's Boy as Joseph "Stubby" O'Shaughnessy
1935 Dinky as Dinky Daniels
1934 Peck's Bad Boy as Bill Peck
1934 Treasure Island as Jim Hawkins
1934 L'Île au trésor as acteur
1933 The Bowery as Swipes McGurk
1933 Broadway to Hollywood as Ted Hackett Jr. as Child
1932 Divorce In The Family as Terry Parker
1932 When a Feller Needs a Friend as Edward Haverford 'Eddie' Randall
1931 The Christmas Party as Himself (uncredited)
1931 The Champ as Dink
1931 Skippy as Skippy
1930 Pups Is Pups as Jackie
1930 Bear Shooters as Jackie
1930 When The Wind Blows as Jack
1930 The First Seven Years as Jackie
1930 Shivering Shakespeare as Jackie
1929 Moan & Groan, Inc. as Jackie
1929 Bouncing Babies as Jackie
1929 Boxing Gloves as Jackie
1929 The Academy Awards - (1 episode)
1922 Our Gang - (221 episodes)
1900 The Dean Martin Comedy World - (0 episodes)
1900 Mantrap - (1 episode)
1900 It Was a Very Good Year - (1 episode)
1900 For Jenny with Love - (0 episodes)
1900 The United States Steel Hour - (2 episodes)
Directing
1988 Superboy - (2 episodes) … Director
1988 Supercarrier - (1 episode) … Director
1987 The Law & Harry McGraw - (2 episodes) … Director
1987 Jake and the Fatman - (2 episodes) … Director
1987 Spies - (1 episode) … Director
1987 Ohara - (1 episode) … Director
1986 Sledge Hammer! - (4 episodes) … Director
1985 Izzy & Moe … Director
1984 The Night They Saved Christmas … Director
1984 Glitter - (1 episode) … Director
1982 Cagney & Lacey - (4 episodes) … Director
1982 Moonlight … Director
1981 Leave 'em Laughing … Director
1980 Magnum, P.I. - (2 episodes) … Director
1980 Rodeo Girl … Director
1980 White Mama … Director
1979 Paris - (1 episode) … Director
1979 Trapper John, M.D. - (1 episode) … Director
1978 The White Shadow - (6 episodes) … Director
1978 Rainbow … Director
1977 The Feather And Father Gang - (5 episodes) … Director
1976 Quincy, M.E. - (3 episodes) … Director
1976 Holmes and Yoyo - (1 episode) … Director
1976 Têtes Brûlées (Les) - (5 episodes) … Director
1972 M*A*S*H - (13 episodes) … Director
1971 McMillan & Wife - (2 episodes) … Director
1970 The Mary Tyler Moore Show - (1 episode) … Director
1959 Hennesey - (2 episodes) … Director