Jackie Cooper was 88. Until his death Tuesday afternoon, he was the oldest-living Oscar nominee having been honored in 1931 for his performance in Skippy. It also made him, at age 9, the youngest performer ever to be nominated for a lead actor Academy Award. He started acting at age 3, worked as kid actor in the Our Gang/Little Rascals comedy shorts series. He was that rare child actor who managed the transition to an adult career as an actor, director, producer and TV exec when from 1964 through 1969 he was VP for program development at Columbia Pictures’ Screen Gems. He won Emmys for his work as a director on the TV series “M*A*S*H” (in 1974) and The White Shadow (in 1979) and directed dozens of TV episodics. In the 1970s and 1980s he played Daily Planet editor Perry White in the Superman films starring Christopher Reeve. In addition to a distinguished Naval career, Cooper was respected throughout Hollywood as a true gentleman.
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