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  • GARY COOPER

    May 7, 1901
    Helena, Montana

    Deceased: May 14, 1961

          Born Frank James Cooper on May 7, 1901, Gary Cooper spent much of his youth on his parents' ranch outside Helena, Montana. He and his older brother Arthur were sent to school in England for several years, returning to America just before the outbreak of World War I.
          Upon graduation from high school, young Frank journeyed to California with hopes of becoming a political cartoonist, but he found that riding horses as an extra in silent films was more lucrative. Stunt riding turned into bit parts, and Cooper began to pursue a career as an actor. He changed his name to Gary and eventually landed a leading role in the 1927 silent film "The Winning of Barbara Worth."
          His good looks and naturalness before the camera brought him notice from critics and public alike, and soon he was starring opposite top actresses of the day. His first sound film, "The Virginian," was released in 1929, and in the decade of the 1930s, "Coop" would become one of Hollywood's biggest stars in such films as "The Lives of a Bengal Lancer' (1935) and Frank Capra's "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town" (1936).
          In 1933, Cooper married New York socialite Veronica "Rocky" Balfe, and the two would have a daughter, Maria, born in 1938. During the 1940s Cooper hit his stride as an actor in classics like "The Pride of the Yankees", "Meet John Doe" and "Ball of Fire". For his performance as World War I hero Alvin York in "Sergeant York," Cooper won his first Academy Award as Best Actor of 1941.
          Cooper returned to his Western roots in 1952's "High Noon", thought by many to be the finest Western ever filmed. Coop's performance as Marshall Will Kane brought him his second Oscar as Best Actor, and "High Noon" remains the film for which he is best remembered.
          Cooper and his wife Rocky separated in 1951, but were reconciled five years later and remained happily married until his death. Cooper was diagnosed with cancer in 1960, and died at his home on May 14, 1961, just one week after his 60th birthday. He left a legacy that lives on today: a Hollywood legend and the last great American hero.
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    ACTING CREDITS

    - The Naked Edge (1961)
    - They Came to Cordura (1959)
    - The Hanging Tree (1959)
    - Alias Jesse James (1959)
    - The Wreck of the Mary Deare (59)
    - Ten North Frederick (1958)
    - Man of the West (1958)
    - Love in the Afternoon (1957)
    - Friendly Persuasion (1956)
    - Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (55)
    - Garden of Evil (1954)
    - Vera Cruz (1954)
    - Boum sur Paris (1954)
    - Return to Paradise (1953)
    - Blowing Wild (1953)
    - High Noon (1952)
    - Springfield Rifle (1952)
    - Distant Drums (1951)
    - It's a Big Country (1951)
    - You're in the Navy Now (1951)
    - Starlift (1951)
    - Bright Leaf (1950)
    - Dallas (1950)
    - The Fountainhead (1949)
    - It's a Great Feeling (1949)
    - Snow Carnival (1949)
    - Task Force (1949)
    - Good Sam (1948)
    - Unconquered (1947)
    - Cloak and Dagger (1946)
    - Along Came Jones (1945)
    - Saratoga Trunk (1945)
    - The Story of Dr. Wassell (44)
    - Casanova Brown (1944)
    - For Whom the Bell Tolls (43)
    - The Pride of the Yankees (42)
    - Sergeant York (1941)
    - Meet John Doe (1941)
    - Ball of Fire (1941)
    - North West Mounted Police (40)
    - The Westerner (1940)
    - Beau Geste (1939)
    - The Real Glory (1939)
    - The Cowboy and the Lady (38)
    - The Adventures of Marco Polo (38)
    - Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)
    - Lest We Forget (1937)
    - Souls at Sea (1937)
    - The General Died at Dawn (1936)
    - Hollywood Boulevard (1936)
    - Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (936)
    - Desire (1936)
    - The Plainsman (1936)
    - Peter Ibbetson (1935)
    - The Wedding Night (1935)
    - The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (35)
    - The Hollywood Gad-About (1934)
    - Now and Forever (1934)
    - Operator 13 (1934)
    - Alice in Wonderland (1933)
    - Design for Living (1933)
    - One Sunday Afternoon (1933)
    - Today We Live (1933)
    - If I Had a Million (1932)
    - Make Me a Star (1932)
    - Devil and the Deep (1932)
    - A Farewell to Arms (1932)
    - City Streets (1931)
    - Fighting Caravans (1931)
    - His Woman (1931)
    - I Take This Woman (1931)
    - The Slippery Pearls (1931)
    - Morocco (1930)
    - The Spoilers (1930)
    - A Man From Wyoming (1930)
    - The Texan (1930)
    - Paramount on Parade (1930)
    - Only the Brave (1930)
    - Seven Days' Leave (1930)
    - The Virginian (1929)
    - Wolf Song (1929)
    - Betrayal (1929)
    - Three Pals (1929)
    - The Shopworn Angel (28)
    - Lilac Time (1928)
    - The First Kiss (1928)
    - The Legion of the Condemned (28)
    - Doomsday (1928)
    - Beau Sabreur (1928)
    - Half a Bride (1928)
    - Wings (1927)
    - The Last Outlaw (1927)
    - Children of Divorce (27)
    - Arizona Bound (1927)
    - It (1927)
    - Nevada (1927)
    - The Winning of Barbara Worth (26)
    - Watch Your Wife (1926)
    - The Enchanted Hill (1926)
    - Tricks (1925)
    - Wild Horse Mesa (1925)
    - The Lucky Horseshoe (1925)
    - The Thundering Herd (1925)
    - Dick Turpin (1925)

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