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Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper young

Birth Date

May 7, 1901

Nationality

United States

Sun Sign

Taurus

Natural hair color

Light brown

Eye color

Blue

Height

6 ft 3 in | 190 cm

Gary Cooper young photos

Weight

81 kg | 180 lbs

Shoe size

14 US | 47 EU

Early acting career First film Breakthrough

Gary Cooper was born in Helena, Montana, United States, on May 7, 1901, was an American actor. Young Gary Cooper first started acting during his years of college in school theater productions.

He began his professional acting career as a stunt performer and in silent films.

He made his big screen debut in crime film The Last Hour (1923) in uncredited role as Extra. He signed a contract with Samuel Goldwyn Productions in 1926.

He got his first big break in Western silent movie The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926) in role as Abe Lee.

Cooper's breakthrough performance came as the Virginian in Pre-Code Western movie The Virginian (1929).

Best Movies

He won the Academy Awards for Best Actor for his roles in movies:

Sergeant York (1941) biographical drama in role as Alvin C. York

High Noon (1952) Western in role as Marshal Will Kane

He was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Actor for his roles in films:

Mr. Deeds Goes To Town (1936) romantic comedy in role as Longfellow Deeds

The Pride of the Yankees (1942) drama in role as Lou Gehrig

For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) drama romance in role as Robert Jordan

He was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role as Jess Birdwell in civil war drama movie Friendly Persuasion (1956).

Ball of Fire (1941) screwball comedy with Barbara Stanwyck

Meet John Doe (1941) comedy drama with Barbara Stanwyck

Wings (1927) silent drama action with Clara Bow

Design For Living (1933) pre-Code comedy romance with Miriam Hopkins

Love in the Afternoon (1957) romantic comedy with Audrey Hepburn

Vera Cruz (1954) western opposite Burt Lancaster and Charles Bronson

Morocco (1930) Pre-Code romantic drama with Marlene Dietrich

The Westerner (1940) Western with Walter Brennan and Doris Davenport

Facts

Attended Central Grade School in Helena.

Studied Latin, French and English history at Dunstable Grammar School in Bedfordshire, England.

Attended Gallatin County High School in Bozeman, Montana.

Attended Grinnell College in Iowa.

Had an older brother, Arthur.

Cooper was acted in leading roles in 84 films, during his career.

He is best known for his roles in westerns, starred in 20 westerns films.

He received the Academy Honorary Award in 1961.

He was best friends with Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway and James Stewart.

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6243 Hollywood Boulevard in 1960.

Formed his own production company "International Pictures" in 1944 and "Baroda Productions" in 1958.

Cooper died on May 13, 1961, Beverly Hills, California, United States, at age of 60.

Relationships

He was married to Veronica Balfe (1933-1961), they had a daughter, Maria Veronica Cooper.

He dated Clara Bow (1926-1928), Alicia Darr (1953), Lorraine Chanel (1952-1956), Grace Kelly (1952-1953), Kay Williams (1951), Patricia Neal (1948-1953), Barbara Stanwyck (1940-1941), Paulette Goddard (1939-1946), Evelyn Brent (1927), Merle Oberon (1938), Ingrid Bergman (1935), Dorothy Di Frasso (1931-1932), Marlene Dietrich (1930-1931), Lilian Harvey (1933), Lupe Velez (1929-1932), Libby Holman (1928-1929), Mae West (1933) and Carole Lombard (1931).

Quotes

In Westerns you were permitted to kiss your horse but never your girl.

The only achievement I am really proud of is the friends I have made in this community.

To get folks to like you, I figured you had to sort of be their ideal. I don't mean a handsome knight riding a white horse, but a fellow who answered the description of a right guy.

Naturalness is hard to talk about, but I guess it boils down to this: You find out what people expect of your type of character and then you give them what they want. That way an actor never seems unnatural or affected no matter what role he plays.

Movie acting is a pretty silly business for a man because it takes less training, less ability and less brains to be successful in it than any other business I can think of.

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