(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) -- Actor Jackie Cooper, who earned an Oscar nomination at the age of nine and later starred in four Superman movies opposite Christopher Reeve, has died.
Cooper's agent tells People magazine he died Tuesday in a Beverly Hills, California hospital following a brief illness. He was 88 years old.
In 1931, Cooper became the youngest person ever to be nominated for a best actor Oscar when he was recognized for his work in the film Skippy. He's best remembered to later audiences for playing The Daily Planet editor Perry White in the Superman films of the 1970s and '80s.
Cooper also starred in the 1959-1962 TV comedy Hennesey, for which he earned two Emmy nominations for playing the title character, a Navy doctor. He went on to appear in other TV series such as Mobile One, St. Elsewhere and Murder, She Wrote. Cooper twice won directing Emmys, for M*A*S*H and The White Shadow, respectively.
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