Jackie Cooper Biography

Birthday: 1922-09-15
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
Wiki 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 which 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 US 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 US 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).

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Medallion Theatre 1953 Drama
The People's Choice Socrates 'Sock' Miller / ... 1955 Comedy
Hennesey Lt. Charles 'Chick' Hennesey, USN / ... 1959 - 1962
Mobile One Peter Campbell 1975 Drama
Superman Perry White 1988 Action
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Shivering Shakespeare 1930 Comedy, Family
The Bowery 1933 Comedy, Drama
The Devil is a Sissy 1936 Comedy, Drama
Scouts to the Rescue 1939 Action, Adventure, Crime
The Return of Frank James 1940
Ziegfeld Girl Jerry Regan 1941 Drama, Musical, Romance
Superman Perry White 1978 0, 0, Sport
Superman II Perry White 1981 Action, Sci Fi
Superman III Perry White 1983 0, Sport, 0
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Perry White 1987 0
Surrender 1987 Comedy