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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Jackie Cooper, USN - R.I.P. (z''l)

Jack Kemp

A link and an excerpt:

Jackie Cooper, USN
Vitorino Matus
Nov. 22, 2011

I’d never gone to a memorial service at Arlington National Cemetery until this morning. But through a friend I was invited to attend the interment of retired Captain John Cooper Jr. who served in the United States Navy during World War II and remained active in the reserves for the next several decades. During the service, the rabbi spoke of Cooper’s time in the Pacific and his dedication to the Navy over the years but left out (perhaps intentionally) what Cooper is most remembered for—his life in Hollywood as Jackie Cooper.
Jackie Cooper, USN

Cooper had resigned himself to being called Jackie even in old age. (“Jackie Cooper dies at 88,” ran Variety’s headline last May. ) After all, he was one of Hollywood’s first child actors. Cooper was one of the original “Little Rascals” in the Our Gang series (he had the crush on Miss Crabtree). And in 1931, he became the youngest actor nominated for an Academy Award for a leading role, a record held until 2004 (there have been younger actors who have been nominated for Oscars in supporting roles).

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