Gary Cooper Biography (1901-1961)

Original name, Frank James Cooper; born May 7, 1901, in Helena, MT; died of cancer, May 31, 1961, in Beverly Hills, CA; raised in England, 1910-17; son ofCharles Henry (a lawyer, judge, and rancher) and Alice Cooper; married Veronica Balfe (some sources say Sandra Shaw), 1933; children: Maria.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Birth Details
May 7, 1901
Helena, Montana, United States
Death Details
May 31, 1961
Beverly Hills, California, United States

Famous Works

  • Credits; Film Appearances
  • Masked Cossack, The Eagle, 1925.
  • Extra, Dick Turpin, 1925.
  • The Lucky Horseshoe, 1925.
  • The Thundering Herd, 1925.
  • Tricks, 1925.
  • The Vanishing American (also known as The Vanishing Race), 1925.
  • Wild Horse Mesa, 1925.
  • Lightnin' Wins, 1926.
  • The Enchanted Hill, 1926.
  • Extra, Old Ironsides (also known as Sons of the Sea), 1926.
  • Three Pals, 1926.
  • Watch Your Wife, 1926.
  • Abe Lee, The Winning of Barbara Worth, United Artists, 1926.
  • Cadet White, Wings (silent), Paramount, 1927.
  • Sheriff Buddy Hale, The Last Outlaw, 1927.
  • Ted Larrabee, Children of Divorce, 1927.
  • Cowboy Dave Saulter, Arizona Bound, 1927.
  • Newspaper reporter, It, Paramount, 1927.
  • Jim Lacy, Nevada, 1927.
  • William Tyler, The Shopworn Angel, Paramount, 1928.
  • Captain Philip Blythe, Lilac Time (also known as Love Never Dies), 1928.
  • Mulligan Talbot, The First Kiss, 1928.
  • Gale Price, The Legion of the Condemned, 1928.
  • Arnold Furze, Doomsday, 1928.
  • Major Henri de Beaujolais, Beau Sabreur, 1928.
  • Captain Edmunds, Half a Bride, 1928.
  • Title role, The Virginian, Famous Players, 1929.
  • Sam Lash, Wolf Song, Paramount, 1929.
  • Andre Frey, Betrayal, 1929.
  • Paramount on Parade, Paramount, 1930.
  • Jim Baker, A Man from Wyoming, Paramount, 1930.
  • Tom Brown, Morocco, Paramount, 1930.
  • Captain James Braydon, Only the Brave, Paramount, 1930.
  • Kenneth Dowey, Seven Days' Leave, Paramount, 1930.
  • Roy Glenister, The Spoilers, Paramount, 1930.
  • Enrique "Quico", The Texan, Paramount, 1930.
  • The Kid, City Streets, Paramount, 1931.
  • Clint Belmet, Fighting Caravans (also known as Blazing Arrows), Paramount, 1931.
  • Captain Sam Whalan, His Woman, Paramount, 1931.
  • Tom McNair, I Take This Woman, Paramount, 1931.
  • Reporter, The Slippery Pearls (short; also known as The Stolen Jools), 1931.
  • Himself, The Voice of Hollywood Number 13, 1932.
  • Lieutenant Sempter, The Devil and the Deep, Paramount, 1932.
  • Lieutenant Frederic Henry, A Farewell to Arms, Paramount, 1932.
  • Gallagher, If I Had a Million, Paramount, 1932.
  • Himself, Make Me a Star, Paramount, 1932.
  • White Knight, Alice in Wonderland, Paramount, 1933.
  • George Curtis, Design for Living, Paramount, 1933.
  • Lucius "Biff" Griffith Grimes, One Sunday Afternoon, Paramount, 1933.
  • Richard Bogard, Today We Live, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1933.
  • Jerry Day, Now and Forever, Paramount, 1934.
  • Captain Jack Gailliard, Operator 13 (also known as Spy 13), Metro- Goldwyn-Mayer, 1934.
  • Lieutenant Alan McGregor, The Lives of a Bengal Lancer, Paramount, 1935.
  • Title role, Peter Ibbetson, Paramount, 1935.
  • Tony Barrett, The Wedding Night, United Artists, 1935.
  • Himself, Star Night at the Coconut Grove (short), 1935.
  • Tom Bradley, Desire, Paramount, 1936.
  • O'Hara, The General Died at Dawn, Paramount, 1936.
  • Man at bar, Hollywood Boulevard, Paramount, 1936.
  • Longfellow Deeds, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Columbia, 1936.
  • La Fiesta de Santa Barbara (short), 1936.
  • Wild Bill Hickok, The Plainsman, Paramount, 1937.
  • Michael "Nuggin" Taylor, Souls at Sea, Paramount, 1937.
  • Himself, Lest We Forget (short), 1937.
  • Title role, The Adventures of Marco Polo, United Artists, 1938.
  • Michael Brandon, Bluebeard's Eighth Wife, Paramount, 1938.
  • Stretch Willoughby, The Cowboy and the Lady, United Artists, 1938.
  • Michael "Beau" Geste, Beau Geste, Paramount, 1939.
  • Dr. Bill Canavan, The Real Glory, United Artists, 1939.
  • Dusty Rivers, Northwest Mounted Police, Paramount, 1940.
  • Cole Hardin, The Westerner, United Artists, 1940.
  • Professor Bertram Potts, Ball of Fire (also known as The Professor and the Burlesque Queen), RKO Radio Pictures, 1941.
  • "John Doe"/Long John Willoughby, Meet John Doe, Warner Bros., 1941.
  • Sergeant Alvin C. York, Sergeant York, Warner Bros., 1941.
  • Lou Gehrig, The Pride of the Yankees, RKO Radio Pictures, 1942.
  • Himself, Hedda Hopper's Hollywood Number 3, 1942.
  • Robert Jordan, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Paramount, 1943.
  • Title role, Casanova Brown, RKO Radio Pictures, 1944.
  • Dr. Corydon M. Wassell, The Story of Dr. Wassell, Paramount, 1944.
  • Himself, Memo for Joe, 1944.
  • Melody Jones, Along Came Jones, International and RKO Radio Pictures, 1945.
  • Colonel Clint Maroon, Saratoga Trunk, Warner Bros., 1945.
  • Professor Alvah Jesper, Cloak and Dagger, Warner Bros., 1946.
  • Captain Christopher Holden, Unconquered, Paramount, 1947.
  • Himself, Variety Girl, Paramount, 1947.
  • Sam Clayton, Good Sam, RKO Radio Pictures, 1948.
  • Howard Roark, The Fountainhead, Warner Bros., 1949.
  • Himself, It's a Great Feeling, Warner Bros., 1949.
  • Jonathan L. Scott, Task Force, Warner Bros., 1949.
  • Narrator, Snow Carnival (short), 1949.
  • Brant Royle, Bright Leaf, Warner Bros., 1950.
  • Blayde "Reb" Hollister, Dallas, Warner Bros., 1950.
  • Captain Quincy Wyatt, Distant Drums, Warner Bros., 1951.
  • Texas, It's a Big Country, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1951.
  • Guest star, Starlift, Warner Bros., 1951.
  • Lieutenant John Harkness, You're in the Navy Now (also known as U.S.S. Teakettle), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1951.
  • Will Kane, High Noon, United Artists, 1952.
  • Major Alex Kearney, Springfield Rifle, Warner Bros., 1952.
  • Jeff Dawson, Blowing Wild, Warner Bros., 1953.
  • Mr. Morgan, Return to Paradise, United Artists, 1953.
  • Hooker, Garden of Evil, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1954.
  • Benjamin Trane, Vera Cruz, United Artists, 1954.
  • General Billy Mitchell, The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (also known as One-Man Mutiny), Warner Bros., 1955.
  • Jess Birdwell, Friendly Persuasion, Allied Artists, 1956.
  • Frank Flanagan, Love in the Afternoon, Allied Artists, 1957.
  • Joe Chapin, Ten North Frederick, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1958.
  • Link Jones, Man of the West, United Artists, 1958.
  • Himself, Alias Jesse James, United Artists, 1959.
  • Doc Joseph Frail, The Hanging Tree, Warner Bros., 1959.
  • Major Thomas Thorn, They Came to Cordura, Columbia, 1959.
  • Gideon Patch, The Wreck of the Mary Deare, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1959.
  • George Radcliffe, The Naked Edge, United Artists, 1961.
  • Credits; Film Work
  • Producer, Along Came Jones, International and RKO Radio Pictures, 1945.
  • Producer, Snow Carnival (short), 1949.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Episodic
  • "The Gary Cooper Show," The Jack Benny Program, CBS, 1958.
  • Narrator, "The Real West," Project 20, 1961.
  • Writings;Periodicals
  • "The Big Boy Tells His Story," Photoplay, April and May, 1929.
  • "The Role I Liked Best," Saturday Evening Post (Philadelphia, PA), May 6,1950.
  • "Well It Was This Way," Saturday Evening Post (Philadelphia), February, March, and April, 1956.

Further Reference

Books:

  • Arce, Hectore, Gary Cooper: An Intimate Biography, New York, 1979.
  • Carpozi, George Jr., The Gary Cooper Story, New Rochelle, NY, 1970.
  • Gehman, Richard, The Tall American: The Story of Gary Cooper, New York,1963.
  • International Dictionary of Film and Filmmakers, Volume 3, Actors and Actresses, St. James (Detroit, MI), 1997.
  • Kaminsky, Stuart, Coop: The Life and Legend of Gary Cooper, New York, 1980.
  • Meyers, Jeffrey, Gary Cooper: An American Life, William Morrow, 1998.
  • Wayne, Jane Ellen, Cooper's Women, New York, 1988.

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