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Jackie Cooper
Born in Los Angeles, California
on September 15, 1922

Jackie Cooper child star portrait photo

Jackie Cooper grew up in the cinematic showcase with Hollywood blood flowing in his veins. His father, C. J. Bigelow, was a studio production manager, while his mother, Mabel Bigelow, won prominence as a stage pianist. Jackie received his first chance at a movie career by passing a singing audition for a bit part in a movie that was to be directed by his Uncle Norman Taurog. Soon afterwards, at the age of three, he appeared in a number of educational short comedies and a few Our Gang features. Then, in 1929, Jackie took part in The Fox Movietone Follies when his mother, who was a secretary at the Fox Film Company, added his name to a list of children who were to be called for the shorts. After his appearance in a few more Our Gang comedies, he landed his first big role in the movie Skippy, which reunited him with his unle, and more importantly, won him an Academy Award nomination.

Learn more about Skippy and his creator, Percy Cosby.

Jackie Cooper child actor as SkippyJackie Cooper child star photo

Jackie Cooper with Johnny WeissmullerJackie Cooper photo


205 ~ Jackie Cooper in "Lone Cowboy"208 ~ Jackie Cooper with George Raft in "The Bowery."201 ~ Jackie Cooper publicity photo

This is a promotional photo for "Sooky," not for "Skippy."207 ~ Jackie Cooper with Mary Astor and Roger Pryor in "Dinky."206 ~ Jackie Cooper with Lionel Barrymore in "Treasure Island."

Jackie Cooper on his scooterJackie Cooper Peck's Bad Boy poster