Jackie Cooper was an American actor, television director, producer and executive.
Cooper was the first child actor to receive an Academy Award nomination (for the film Skippy). He played “Jackie” in the Our Gang short films. Other movies he starred in as a child included Treasure Island and The Champ. He starred in many projects as an adult – one of the most well known was as editor Perry White in the Superman films.
He served in the United States Navy during World War II and remained active in the reserves for the next several decades, reaching the rank of Captain.
Cooper participated in several automobile racing events, including the record-breaking class D cars at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.