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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Former Child Actor and 'Superman' Star Jackie Cooper Dies at 88

Jackie Cooper who was nominated for an Oscar when he was 9-years-old passed away yesterday at a hospital in Beverly Hills after a sudden bout with illness.  He wass also the youngest performer to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, an honor he received for the film Skippy (1931

Cooper found renewed fame in the 1970s and 1980s as Daily Planet editor Perry White in the Superman film series starring Christopher Reeve. In the commentary track for Superman, director Richard Donner reveals that Cooper got the role because he had a passport, and thus was able to be on set in a few hours, after Keenan Wynn, who was originally cast, suffered a heart attack.

Cooper was a highly respected director in his adult years -- winning Emmy awards for his work on "M*A*S*H*" and "The White Shadow."

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