Actor, director and producer Jackie Cooper (1922-2011) was born John Cooper, Jr. in Los Angeles, California. Before there was a Shirley Temple, there was Jackie Cooper, one of Hollywood's first child stars. His career began around the age of 3 when he started appearing in some short films. Cooper first rose to popularity as a cast member in the "Our Gang" short film series. He joined the long-running comedy series around 1929 and was soon one of the lead performers, featured such shorts as Teacher's Pet and Love Business.
In 1930, Cooper took on his first leading role in a feature film in Skippy followed by The Champ (1931). One of the most popular child actors of the time, Cooper also starred in Treasure Island (1934) and Peck's Bad Boy (1934)—a role that had been originated by another child performer, Jackie Coogan. Tough Guy (1936), Boy of the Streets (1938), Glamour Boy (1941) and Syncopation (1942). He took a break from acting to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war ended, he returned to Hollywood.
This darling bisque figurine, circa 1930, portrays Jackie in a western outfit of chaps, vest & shirt, kerchief, floppy hat and gun belt. The chubby cheeks, pug nose, and big dark eyes will make you fall in love even if you have never heard of Jackie Cooper. An added attraction is an original blue & white portrait pin back with Jackie's image and "I'm a member of Jackie Cooper's Gang", circa 1933. The figurine measures 8" in height and is stamped "Japan" on the left foot. Impressed on the back "Made in Japan - C156". There are no cracks, chips or repairs; some normal paint wear mostly on the back side. If you enjoy early movie memorabilia, child actors and especially Jackie Cooper this is a must have figurine for your collection.
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