ABOUT GARY COOPER (1901 - 1961)
Gary Cooper was born in Helena, Montana, who's real
name was Frank J. Cooper. His father was English. He went to school at Dunstable in England and Iowa College in Grinnell, IA. A teacher in the theater department at the college recorded of Cooper, "shows no promise." After many years of hard work, he became the #1 box office star in 1953 and was nominated for 3 Academy Awards and won 3 more. As a youth, he actually worked on his father's ranch. He also was a guide in Yellowstone Park for several seasons.
He started his entertainment career, as an extra, for a year. He soon became a popular star of Westerns, performing in over 20 of them. In the 1952 movie, HIGH NOON, Gary Cooper plays Marshall Will Kane, in the old West confronting a dangerous enemy, with Grace Kelley. Cooper won an Oscar for his performance.
He played the lead in two Earnest Hemingway stories, A FAREWELL TO ARMS (1932), the story of two lovers, an ambulance driver and a nurse, during World War I. He played Robert Jordan, an American on a mission to blow up a bridge, in FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS (1943), another love story set during the Spanish Civil War, with Ingrid Bergen. Gary Cooper was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.
Gary Cooper played with Barbara Stanwyck in MEET JOHN DOE in 1941, the story of a newspaper fraud that started a political movement, with Cooper playing an imposter and Stanwyck playing the reporter. Also in 1941, he won an Oscar for his portrayal of the title role in SERGEANT YORK, the story of a backwoods sharpshooter in World War 1.
In 1956, he played in the William Wilier movie, FRIENDLY PERSUASION, as the dad of a Quaker family caught up in the Civil War.
Gary Cooper also was awarded an Honorary Oscar for his many memorable screen roles in 1961.
Contrary to his screen image as a strong, silent, wholesome guy, he was a libertine, reputed to have had affairs with Clara Bow, Carole Lombard, Ingrid Bergman, Grace Kelly and Marlene Dietrich, plus Cecil Beaton also claimed to have had a love affair with him. All while he was married to Sandra Shaw from 1933 to his death, although they separated for three years after his affair with Patricia Neal. In spite of the fact that he was always thin, he had an enormous appetite, and ate huge quantities of eggs, steaks, chops, bacon and bread.
In 1939, the Treasury Department announced he was the top U.S. wage earner at just under a half a million!
Gary Cooper won a special Academy Award
in 1960 "for his many memorable screen performances
and for the international recognition he, as an
individual, has gained for the film industry".
In addition, Gary Cooper received nominations
MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN (36)
THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES (42)
FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS (43)
Gary Cooper's other credits include:
THE WINNING OF BARBARA WORTH (1926)
LILAC TIME (1928)
THE FIRST KISS (1928)
THE TEXAN (1930)
FIGHTING CARAVANS (1931)
DEVIL AND THE DEEP (1932)
A FAREWELL TO ARMS (1932)
CITY STREETS (1931)
ONE SUNDAY AFTERNOON (1933)
ALICE IN WONDERLAND (1933)
OPERATOR THIRTEEN (1934)
THE LIVES OF A BENGAL LANCER (1935)
NOW AND FOREVER (1934)
THE GENERAL DIED AT DAWN (1936)
THE PLAINSMAN (1936)
THE ADVENTURES OF MARCO POLO (1936)
THE COWBOY AND THE LADY (1936)
BEAU GESTE (1939)
THE WESTERNER (1940)
NORTH WEST MOUNTED POLICE (1940)
MEET JOHN DOE (1941)
SARATOGA TRUNK (1945)
CLOAK AND DAGGER (1946)
GOOD SAM (1948)
TASK FORCE (1949)
YOU'RE IN THE NAVY NOW (1951)
BLOWING WILD (1953)
VERA CRUZ (1954)
THE COURT MARTIAL OF BILLY MITCHELL (1955)
TEN NORTH FREDERICK (1958)
THE WRECK OF THE MARY DEARE (1959)
THE NAKED EDGE (1961)