Jackie Cooper, whose lengthy career included being an Oscar-nominated child actor and an Emmy-winning TV director, has passed away at the age of 88.
Cooper was nominated as Best Actor for SKIPPY (1931).
Cooper's roles included starring with Wallace Beery in the classics THE CHAMP (1931) and TREASURE ISLAND (1934). Thanks to Moira Finnie for the tip that TREASURE ISLAND airs on Turner Classic Movies this Saturday, May 7th.
As Cooper moved through adolescence he continued to star in films such as THAT CERTAIN AGE (1938) opposite Deanna Durbin. His later career included starring in the TV series HENNESEY, working on Broadway and in London's West End, serving as a vice president of the TV production company Screen Gems, and directing many popular TV series. He won Emmy awards for directing episodes of M*A*S*H and THE WHITE SHADOW.
For those of us who were teens in the late '70s, Cooper is also inextricably linked with the SUPERMAN franchise, where Cooper played editor Perry White opposite Christopher Reeve's Clark Kent.
Cooper was a veteran who had served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and later served in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
Here's the TCM Remembers tribute which will be airing in between movies this week:
Thursday Update: TCM is changing its daytime schedule on Friday, May 13th, to honor Cooper. Films shown will include DINKY (1935) and THE CHAMP (1931).