Jackie Cooper

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).
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    Los Angeles, California, USA
    Birthday
    9/15/1922
Gangster's Boy
Gangster's Boy
0
Skippy
Skippy
6.2
Chosen Survivors
Chosen Survivors
5.5
Pups Is Pups
Pups Is Pups
6
Divorce In The Family
Divorce In The Family
6
Peck's Bad Boy
Peck's Bad Boy
5.7
The Astronaut
The Astronaut
5.7
Seventeen
Seventeen
0
Tough Guy
Tough Guy
4.6
Where Are Your Children?
Where Are Your Children?
4
Gallant Sons
Gallant Sons
7.2
Boy of the Streets
Boy of the Streets
5
Dinky
Dinky
6.7
Life with Henry
Life with Henry
5
Newsboys' Home
Newsboys' Home
6
The Day the Earth Moved
The Day the Earth Moved
6.3
What a Life
What a Life
0
The Christmas Party
The Christmas Party
5.4
The Spirit of Culver
The Spirit of Culver
0
When a Feller Needs a Friend
When a Feller Needs a Friend
2
Glamour Boy
Glamour Boy
6
French Leave
French Leave
0
Scouts to the Rescue
Scouts to the Rescue
0
Calhoun
Calhoun
6
Kilroy Was Here
Kilroy Was Here
5
Sooky
Sooky
1
Stork Bites Man
Stork Bites Man
0
Streets of New York
Streets of New York
5.6
Two Bright Boys
Two Bright Boys
0
Ticket to Hollywood
0
Lone Cowboy
Lone Cowboy
6
Mobile Two
Mobile Two
0
The Champ
The Champ
7
Treasure Island
Treasure Island
6.5
Syncopation
Syncopation
6.8
O'Shaughnessy's Boy
O'Shaughnessy's Boy
6
When The Wind Blows
When The Wind Blows
6.1
The First Seven Years
The First Seven Years
5.1
The Devil Is a Sissy
The Devil Is a Sissy
6.7
A Tough Winter
A Tough Winter
5.6
Shadow on the Land
Shadow on the Land
8
Her First Beau
Her First Beau
5
No Earthly Reason
0
The Big Guy
The Big Guy
0
The Little Rascals: The ClassicFlix Restorations, Volume 2
The Little Rascals: The ClassicFlix Restorations, Volume 2
0
Superman III
Superman III
5.5
The Return of Frank James
The Return of Frank James
6.3
Broadway to Hollywood
Broadway to Hollywood
4.5
Men of Texas
Men of Texas
0
White Banners
White Banners
5.8
Moan & Groan, Inc.
Moan & Groan, Inc.
5.5
The Bowery
The Bowery
5.7
Shivering Shakespeare
Shivering Shakespeare
5.1
Love Business
Love Business
6.9
Helping Grandma
Helping Grandma
6.8
Teacher's Pet
Teacher's Pet
7.2
School's Out
School's Out
6.9
Little Daddy
Little Daddy
7
That Certain Age
That Certain Age
4.8
Young Donovan's Kid
Young Donovan's Kid
0
Hollywood on Parade No. B-1
Hollywood on Parade No. B-1
6
Big John Morrison
0
The Invisible Man
The Invisible Man
10
Lana Turner... a Daughter's Memoir
Lana Turner... a Daughter's Memoir
7.3
Superman II
Superman II
6.7
The Navy Comes Through
The Navy Comes Through
5.6
Boxing Gloves
Boxing Gloves
6
Everything's Ducky
Everything's Ducky
7.5
Bear Shooters
Bear Shooters
5.1
The Love Machine
The Love Machine
4.3
Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Power of Women in Hollywood
Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Power of Women in Hollywood
7
The Ghosts
0
Superman
Superman
7.1
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
4.6
Ziegfeld Girl
Ziegfeld Girl
6.7
Surrender
Surrender
4.8
Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring
Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring
5.3
Rodeo Dough
Rodeo Dough
5.3
Bargain Day
Bargain Day
6
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut
7.4
Inside the Dream Factory
Inside the Dream Factory
6
Sunny Side Up
Sunny Side Up
7.9
Rascal Dazzle
Rascal Dazzle
7
Hollywood on Parade No. A-3
Hollywood on Parade No. A-3
0
Bear Facts
Bear Facts
6.8
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies
8.5
The New March of Dimes Presents: The Scene Stealers
The New March of Dimes Presents: The Scene Stealers
7
Hollywood’s Children
Hollywood’s Children
0
The Our Gang Story
The Our Gang Story
0
Sports on the Silver Screen
10
Journey into Fear
Journey into Fear
6
Bouncing Babies
Bouncing Babies
6.1
Judy Garland: By Myself
Judy Garland: By Myself
7.5
Fox Movietone Follies of 1929
Fox Movietone Follies of 1929
3
Screen Snapshots Series 21 No. 1
0
The Making of 'Superman II'
The Making of 'Superman II'
7
You Will Believe: The Cinematic Saga of Superman
You Will Believe: The Cinematic Saga of Superman
4.3
Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman
Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman
7.4
The Making of 'Superman: The Movie'
The Making of 'Superman: The Movie'
5.6
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
5.7
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage
6.5
Hollywood Cavalcade
Hollywood Cavalcade
5.1
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