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'Superman' Actor Jackie Cooper -- Dead At 88

5/4/2011 1:41 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Academy Award nominated actor Jackie Cooper has died ... TMZ has learned.

Jackie Cooper

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.

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."

Cooper famously played the role of The Daily Planet newspaper editor in the 1978 "Superman" film.

In addition to his long acting career, Cooper was also a decorated WWII vet, who served with the Navy in the South Pacific.

He will be missed.


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KingMikeJ    

You sure it wasn't Gary Cooper? :P

1213 days ago
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John    

Jackie, we'll miss you.

1213 days ago
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FlamingoNut    

Sigh; Gary Cooper died in 1961.

1213 days ago
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Sarafina    

A true unsung Hollywood legend has passed. I remember seeing him in those "Our Gang" shorts when I was a kid; and those great 1970's detective TV dramas...R.I.P. Mr. Cooper.

1213 days ago
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Keedee    

Always liked Jackie Cooper. He will certainly be missed.

1213 days ago
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vheib    

now hes with miss crabtree, his favorite teacher. and friends, god bless j.c..

1213 days ago
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Physical Graffiti    

RIP, he is indeed with Miss Crabtree!

1213 days ago
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cregis    

Anybody remember "The People's Choice" and that great Bassett Hound, Cleo?

1213 days ago
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shelly    

he was the little rascal star before spanky in the late 1920's..he loved his teacher miss crabtree and was best buds with chubsie ubsie..classic..then 35 yrs later he was a detective in hennesey which pre'd the 70's detectives cannon, kojak,mannix,colombo, and all

1213 days ago
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CCC    

Such a good actor and a nice guy. Never heard anything bad about him. RIP Jackie

1213 days ago
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Mandy    

I just sent out a letter to Jackie on April 20th, with two photos attached....hoping I would hear from him. I am so heartbroken to see that he has passed away. I hope that he is at peace now, with his wife. My condolences and prayers are with his family. I burst into tears when I read this.

We love you, Jackie.

1213 days ago
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anony    

In his autobiography, he talked about directing some of the first episodes of M*A*S*H.
He said every actor there was a pain in the azz to work with--except for Larry Linville (Frank Burns) and Wayne Rogers (Trapper John).

1213 days ago
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MomVsWild    

Jackie Cooper was also a Munchkin in the Wizard of Oz..

1213 days ago
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vicky    

The past is slowly but surely disapearing :(

1213 days ago
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CCC    

Where's the body? I at least want to see a photo so I know he is dead. Sounds stupid, doesn't it?

1213 days ago
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