Jackie Cooper, 1930s Child Star, Dies

Jackie Cooper in 1989

Jackie Cooper, the child star who first graced the big screen in films like "Skippy" and "The Champ" in the 1930s, has died. He was 88.

One of Cooper's sons said the Los Angeles native died Tuesday at a nursing home in Santa Monica, California, The Associated Press reports. 

With his head of blond hair and his pouty lower lip, Cooper shot to stardom at age 9 in "Skippy," the popular movie version of the comic book of the same name. He garnered an Oscar nod for the role, and remains the youngest person to be nominated.

Unable to break free of child roles, Cooper served in World War II, and upon his return began appearing in TV series such as "The People's Choice" and "Hennesey." He then acquired a penchant for directing, earning two Emmy awards for his work on "M*A*S*H*" and "The White Shadow."

He returned to work in front of the camera occasionally, most notably as Daily Planet editor Perry White in the original "Superman" films starring Christopher Reeve. He retired in 1989. 

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