Jackie Cooper

Jackie CooperJackie Cooper (September 15, 1922) is an American actor, TV director, TV producer and executive. He was a child actor who managed to transition to an adult career. As of 2009, Cooper’s Oscar-nominated performance in Skippy is the earliest nomination (1931) for an Academy Award for Best Actor in which the nominee is still living.
Cooper first appeared in the short Boxing Gloves in 1929, one of the Our Gang comedies. He was signed to a three year contract that was to expire in 1932. He initially was only a supporting character in 1929, but by early 1930 he had done so well with the transition to sound films that he had become a major character. He was the main character in the episodes The First Seven Years, When the Wind Blows, and others. His most notable Our Gang shorts explore his crush on Miss Crabtree, the schoolteacher played by June Marlowe, which included the trilogy of shorts Teacher’s Pet, School’s Out, and Love Business.
Cooper has been married three times: to June Horne (1944–1949) Jackie Cooper old(with whom he has one son, John “Jack” Cooper, born 1946); Hildy Parks (1950–1951), and to Barbra Krause from 1954 until her death in 2009. Cooper and Barbra had three children – Russell (born 1956), Julie (1957–1997) and Crissy (born 1959)).
Cooper’s autobiography, Please Don’t Shoot My Dog, was published in 1982. The title comes from director Norman Taurog’s threat to shoot young Jackie’s dog if he could not cry in Skippy. Cooper has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 1501 Vine Street. Cooper announced his retirement in 1989, although he was still directing episodes of the syndicated series Superboy. He began spending more time raising horses at his home outside San Diego. He occasionally returned to the soundstage for retrospective and documentary programs about Hollywood in which he had toiled for the entire sound period to-date, and even some silent films.