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Jackie Cooper

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).

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Sep 15, 1922 In Los Angeles, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Our Gang 1922-09-10
Latest Project:
Movie Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman 2006-06-12
Known For
Poster of The Elgin TV Hour
Movie Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman Himself 2006-06-12
Movie Judy Garland: By Myself Himself 2004-02-25
Movie Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Power of Women in Hollywood Himself 2000-01-01
Movie The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies 1995-06-05
Movie Surrender Ace Morgan 1987-10-09
Movie Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Perry White 1987-07-23
Series Murder, She Wrote Unknown 1984-09-30
Movie Superman III Perry White 1983-06-17
Movie Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage Himself (archive footage) 1983-02-25
Series St. Elsewhere Unknown 1982-10-26
Movie The Making of 'Superman II' Himself 1982-01-01
Movie Superman II Perry White 1980-12-04
Movie The Making of 'Superman: The Movie' Himself 1980-01-01
Movie Superman Perry White 1978-12-13
Series Beasts Unknown 1976-10-16
Series Mobile One 1975-09-12
Movie Journey Into Fear Eric Hurst 1975-08-08
Movie Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (archive footage) 1975-08-06
Movie Chosen Survivors Raymond Couzins 1974-12-05
Movie The Day the Earth Moved Steve Barker 1974-09-18
Series The Rockford Files Capt. Highland 1974-09-13
Series The Dean Martin Comedy World Host 1974-06-06
Series Kojak Unknown 1973-10-24
Series Police Story Unknown 1973-03-20
Series Ghost Story Unknown 1972-09-15
Movie The Astronaut Kurt Anderson 1972-01-08
Movie Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring Ed Miller 1971-01-16
Movie The Love Machine Danton Miller 1971-08-14
Series Columbo Nelson Hayward 1971-09-15
Series McCloud Unknown 1970-02-17
Movie Shadow on the Land Lt. Col. Andy Davis 1968-12-04
Series Hawaii Five-O Unknown 1968-09-20
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Series The F.B.I. Unknown 1965-09-19
Movie Calhoun: County Agent Everett Calhoun 1964-07-08
Movie Hollywood Without Make-Up 1963-07-01
Series The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Unknown 1962-10-01
Movie Everything's Ducky Lt. J.S. Parmell - Psychiatrist 1961-12-20
Series The Twilight Zone Unknown 1959-10-02
Series The Steve Allen Show Unknown 1956-06-24
Series The People's Choice Socrates 'Sock' Miller 1955-10-06
Series The Elgin TV Hour Unknown 1954-10-05
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Series This Is Your Life Unknown 1952-10-01
Series Cowboy G-Men 1952-09-13
Series Tales of Tomorrow Unknown 1951-08-03
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Series Your Show of Shows Unknown 1950-02-25
Series Suspense Unknown 1949-01-06
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07
Movie French Leave Skitch Kilroy 1948-04-10
Movie Kilroy Was Here John J. Kilroy 1947-07-19
Movie Where Are Your Children? Danny Cheston 1943-11-26
Movie Syncopation Johnny Schumacher 1942-05-22
Movie The Navy Comes Through Joe 'Babe' Duttson 1942-10-30
Movie Men of Texas Robert Houston Scott 1942-07-03
Movie Her First Beau Chuck Harris 1941-05-08
Movie Ziegfeld Girl Jerry Regan 1941-04-25
Movie Life with Henry Henry Aldrich 1941-01-23
Movie Glamour Boy Tiny Barlow 1941-12-05
Movie Gallant Sons Byron Newbold 1940-11-15
Movie The Return of Frank James Clem 1940-08-10
Movie Seventeen William Sylvanus Baxter 1940-03-01
Movie Hollywood Cavalcade Burglar 1939-10-13
Movie What a Life Henry Aldrich 1939-10-05
Movie Streets of New York James Michael 'Jimmy' Keenan 1939-04-12
Movie The Spirit of Culver Tom Allen 1939-03-10
Movie Scouts to the Rescue Bruce Scott 1939-01-17
Movie White Banners Peter Trimble 1938-06-23
Movie Bear Facts Bear 1938-03-04
Movie Newsboys' Home Rifle Edwards 1938-12-24
Movie That Certain Age Kenneth Warren 1938-10-06
Movie Gangster's Boy Larry Kelly 1938-11-16
Movie Boy of the Streets Chuck Brennan 1937-12-08
Movie The Devil Is a Sissy 'Buck' Murphy 1936-09-18
Movie Tough Guy Frederick Martindale Vincent III 1936-01-24
Movie O'Shaughnessy's Boy Joseph "Stubby" O'Shaughnessy 1935-09-27
Movie Dinky Dinky Daniels 1935-05-11
Movie Peck's Bad Boy Bill Peck 1934-10-18
Movie Treasure Island Jim Hawkins 1934-08-17
Movie Hollywood on Parade No. B-1 1934-03-02
Movie The Bowery Swipes McGurk 1933-10-07
Movie Broadway to Hollywood Ted Hackett Jr. as Child 1933-09-15
Movie When a Feller Needs a Friend Edward Haverford 'Eddie' Randall 1932-04-30
Movie Divorce In The Family Terry Parker 1932-08-27
Movie Sooky Skippy 1931-12-31
Movie The Christmas Party Himself (uncredited) 1931-12-15
Movie The Champ Dink Purcell 1931-11-21
Movie Young Donovan's Kid Midge Murray 1931-06-06
Movie Bargain Day Jackie 1931-05-01
Movie Skippy Skippy Skinner 1931-04-25
Movie Love Business Jackie Cooper (as Hal Roach's Rascals) 1931-04-13
Movie Little Daddy Jackie (as Hal Roach's Rascals) 1931-03-27
Movie Helping Grandma Jackie (as Hal Roach's Rascals) 1931-01-02
Movie When The Wind Blows Jack 1930-04-05
Movie Shivering Shakespeare Jackie 1930-01-25
Movie The First Seven Years Jackie 1930-03-01
Movie School's Out Jackie Cooper (as Hal Roach's Rascals) 1930-11-21
Movie Bear Shooters Jackie 1930-05-16
Movie A Tough Winter Jackie 1930-06-20
Movie Pups Is Pups Jackie 1930-08-30
Movie Teacher's Pet Jackie (as Hal Roach's Rascals) 1930-10-10
Movie Sunnyside Up Jerry McGinnis (uncredited) 1929-12-25
Movie Moan & Groan, Inc. Jackie 1929-12-07
Movie Bouncing Babies Kid listening to Farina 1929-10-11
Movie Boxing Gloves Jackie 1929-09-09
Series Our Gang 1922-09-10