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Child actor Jackie Cooper was in the Our Gang short film series and the Little Rascals television show. He also starred in the 1931 film The Champ.
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Also around this time, Cooper found some success on the big screen as well. He played Perry White, the editor-in-chief of the Daily Planet newspaper in the box office hit, Superman (1978). The film starred Christopher Reeve as the legendary man of steel and Margo Kidder as Lois Lane and introduced Cooper to a whole new generation of moviegoers. He reprised his role for the next three sequels, Superman II (1980), Superman III (1983), and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987). By the end of the 1980s, Cooper had largely retired from acting and directing after more than 60 years in the business.
Cooper has been married three times. He has a son, John, from his first marriage to June Horne and a son, Russell, and two daughters, Julie and Christina, with third and current wife Barbara Kraus.
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