- Category : Sports-Race-Cars
- Type : ME
- Profile : 6/2 - Role Model / Hermit
- Definition : Split - Small (20,31,40)
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Informing 2
American actor on-screen from age three in 1925 as an adorable top child actor. He was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for his roles in "Skippy," 1930, and played in the 1931 classic "The Champ," and in 1935, "Treasure Island."
His dad left when Cooper was two and the following year his grandmother began dragging him around the studios. Cooper had the unbalanced childhood of long boring hours on the set coupled with star acclaim, having an Oscar nomination at eight. From the time he was 13, booze, women and sex were easily available. He was twice divorced and considered to be washed up in show biz by the time he was 28.
He took up mechanics and had a period of serious car racing as a pro. When he met Barbara at 31, he began to grow up. By 1992 they were married 40 years.
Cooper moved into the medium of TV in 1960. Five years later he was producing films as a movie mogul, and by 1958 had chalked up credits as a successful TV director. In April 1981, he published his autobiography, "Please Don't Shoot my Dog."
Cooper died May 3, 2011 after suffering from a brief but unspecified illness in a Los Angeles hospital.