Funky and talented dancer Derek "Cooley" Jackson was born in Detroit, Michigan. He was raised in the Santa Ana area. Cooley traces his dance talent to his aunt and mother, who were both dancers. Jackson produced and choreographed a show with friends called "The Boppers" in high school. He was discovered by choreographer Anita Mann in 1978. Cooley appeared in shows at Disneyland and traveled with Mann to Germany, where he appeared in a musical variety revue called "Hello, Here's Berlin" with such celebrities as Lola Falana, Liza Minnelli, Wayne Newton, and Ben Vereen. More over, Jackson was a partner in a limousine service. In 1983 Cooley joined the cast of the immensely popular music variety TV series "Solid Gold" as a regular featured dancer and remained on the show until 1986. Jackson is widely noted as one of the first street-style dancers to introduce breakdancing to a mass audience in the 80s. He can be seen busting some fancy poppin' and lockin' breakdance moves in the films "Breakin'" and "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo." In addition, Cooley taught Michael Jackson how to do the moonwalk. In 1986 Jackson had three dance groups that performed in California high schools: The Cooley Bop Crew, Trademarc, and Triple Threat. He appeared in Anita Mann's production of "Tap Girls," which toured resort hotels and casinos from 1998 to 1999. Cooley also played Grover in a stage production of "Sesame Street Live" which toured America and formed a rap group called the Cooley Bop Cru. More recently Jackson released a rap CD called "City Life." He now calls himself Cooley Jaxson. Cooley lives in South Lake Tahoe, California and works as a computer technician.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Live
Video (Action, Adventure, Family and Sci-Fi) Actor A live performance of the Power Rangers live on stage.
Sesame Street Jam: A Musical Celebration
TV Movie (Family and Music) Actor Everyone's invited as Sesame Street celebrates its 25th birthday! The whole family will want to sing along with this special hour-long collection of favorite Sesame Street songs.
The Royal Family
Television (Comedy) Miscellaneous Crew Al Royal and his wife Victoria had just settled down to retire when their daughter Elizabeth, newly divorced from a man that Al had always hated, moved back home with her three children, Curtis, Kim, and Hillary. Life became turbulent for Al and Victoria, who had worked so hard to "get their children out of the house." Stories revolve around Al and his grandkids, and Victoria and Elizabeth rebuilding their mother/daughter relationship. In the fall of 1991, series star Redd Foxx collapsed and died after the show had completed only seven episodes. After a brief hiatus, the show returned in May 1992 with Jackee ("227") added to the cast as Ruth, the sexy eldest daughter of Al and Victoria, who had returned home. Unable to capture the ratings success of its initial run, the show quietly expired that spring. Written by Michael Cheek
Top of the Heap
Television (Comedy) Miscellaneous Crew A spinoff with characters from the "Married...with Children" series. Intellectually challenged Vinnie and his chronically unemployed father share an apartment. Re-worked the following year as "Vinnie and Bobby." Written by Anonymous
Film (Action, Crime, Fantasy, Music and 1 More) Actor A movie that starts out with the "Man in the Mirror" music video, it then changes to a montage of video clips of Michael's career. Next comes a parody of his Bad video by children, and then Michael is chased by fans in a fantasy sequence. 2 more videos are shown, and then a movie in which Michael plays a hero with magical powers. In it he is chased by drug dealer Mr. Big and saves three children. Videos included in the movie are "Smooth Criminal" and "Come Together". Written by Tony Meier
Solid Gold Hits
Television (Music) Actor Half-hour spin-off of "Solid Gold", featuring lip-synced studio performances by top-40 pop groups.
Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo
Film (Comedy, Drama and Musical) Actor A developer tries to bulldoze a community recreation center. The local breakdancers try to stop it.
Film (Comedy, Drama, Music and Romance) Actor A struggling young jazz dancer meets up with two break-dancers. Together they become the sensation of the street crowds.