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March 29, 2021

Jackie Cooper: The First Child Actor to Receive an Oscar Nomination

Born 1922 in Los Angeles, California, American actor Jackie Cooper first appeared in films as an extra with his grandmother, who took him to her auditions hoping it would help her get extra work. At age 3, Jackie appeared in Lloyd Hamilton comedies under the name of “Leonard”.

Cooper was a child actor who made the transition to an adult career. He was the first child actor to receive an Oscar nomination. At age 9 he was the youngest performer to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, an honor that he received for the film Skippy (1931).

For nearly 50 years, Cooper remained the youngest Oscar nominee in any category. His final film role was as Ace Morgan in the 1987 film Surrender.

Cooper died in 2011 of natural causes, in Santa Monica, California, aged 88. For his contributions to the motion picture industry, he was honored with a Hollywood Walk of Fame star located at 1507 Vine Street.

Take a look at these lovely vintage photos to see portrait of a very young Jackie Cooper when he was a kid.


  1. Picture #26 is Mickey Rooney. Honest mistake though. They both have blonde hair and very similar faces. Thanks for the post.




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