May 04, 2011 21:42:00 GMT
Actor Jackie Cooper, the man who played Clark Kent's newspaper boss in the first four 'Superman' films, has died. He was 88.
A former child star, Jackie Cooper was one of only two young stars to win a Best Actor/Actress Oscar nomination before his 18th birthday for his role in 1931's "Skippy". He was nine.
He also appeared in "Treasure Island" as Jim Hawkins and 1940's "The Return of Frank James" before turning his attention to TV as a regular and, in his later years, directing dramas like "M*A*S*H*" and "The White Shadow".
But he's best known by movie fans as Perry White, the editor of the Daily Sentinel, where Superman's alter-ego Clark Kent worked in 1978's "Superman" and its three sequels.
He was also a true American hero - Cooper served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific towards the end of World War Two and became a leading naval recruitment officer in the Naval Reserve.
In the mid-1970s, just before he took on the role in the "Superman" film, he was promoted to a Captain.
According to IMDB.com, the Navy proposed a period of active duty at the Pentagon for Cooper in 1980, which would have resulted in a promotion to Rear Admiral - but he declined the offer so he could concentrate on his directing dreams.
Only one other celebrity, James Stewart, has held a higher military rank.
Flowers were placed on Cooper's Hollywood Walk of Fame star on Wednesday afternoon, May 4.