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Gary Cooper

American film actor
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Net worth 2018: $16 Million
Residence: Helena
Country: United States
BirthDay: 7 May 1901
Sigh: Gemini
Died On: May 13, 1961
Education: Gallatin Valley High School, Bozeman, MT, Grinnell College

Gary Cooper was bornon 7 May 1901 in Helena, American, is American film actor. Frank James Cooper, popularly known as Gray Cooper, was an American actor. He was known for his phlegmatic, minimalist manner and found success in various film genres, including westerns, crime, comedy and drama and was considered as a versatile actor. His family emigrated from England and he was born in America but due to the quality of education being better in England he was sent back to Europe. He came back and after finishing school he tried his hand at various kinds of job, starting from contributing cartoons to a local newspaper, but nothing seemed to have worked for Cooper until he started working in the movies as a cowboy extra. Soon he started starring in silent movies but his big break came with the movie ‘Sergeant York’, in which he played the World War I veteran and war hero ‘Alvin York’. It was this movie that earned him his first Academy Award in the category of the Best Actor. The American Film Institute named him among the AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars, ranking 11th among males. His performances as ‘Will Kane’ in ‘High Noon’, ‘Lou Gehrig’ in ‘The Pride of the Yankees’, and ‘Alvin York’ in ‘Sergeant York’ made it to the AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes & Villains list. Cooper received five Academy Award nominations for Best Actor, winning twice for ‘Sergeant York’ and ‘High Noon’. He also received an Honorary Award in 1961 from the Academy.


His honorary Oscar Award in 1961 was received on his behalf by his close friend and actor James Stewart as he was too ill to attend the ceremony


Some of his works from towards the end of his career are: ‘Friendly Persuasion (1956)’, ‘Love in the Afternoon (1957)’, ‘Man of the West (1958)’, ‘Alias Jesse James (1958)’, ‘They Came to Cordura (1959)’, ‘The Naked Edge (1961)’, etc


‘High Noon’ in 1952 is one of the finest movies of Cooper


Cooper and his wife separated in 1951 because of Cooper’s affair with Patricia Neal


In 1950, he persuaded Patricia Neal to abort her pregnancy as he wanted to avoid the public scandal of having a child outside his marriage


He won his first Academy Award in 1942 for his portrayal of ‘Alvin York’ in the movie ‘Sergeant York’


Cooper won the audience with his cowboy talents again in ‘The Westerner’ in 1940, starring alongside Walter Brennan


He was offered ‘Gone with the Wind (1939)’ but he turned it down by saying that ‘it is going to be the biggest flop in Hollywood history’


In 1933, Cooper got married to Veronica Balfe, a Roman Catholic socialite who appeared in movies like ‘No Other Woman’ and ‘King Kong’


During the ‘30s, he did movies like: ‘The Spoilers (1930)’, ‘Morocco (1930)’, ‘His Woman (1931)’, ‘Devil and the Deep (1932)’, ‘Alice in Wonderland (1933)’, ‘The Plainsman (1936)’, ‘The Cowboy and the Lady (1938)’, ‘The Real Glory (1939)’, etc


His position as an A-listed star established in Hollywood with his first sound picture, ‘The Virginian’ in 1929


In 1927, Cooper did movies like ‘Wings’—the movie won an Academy Award, ‘Nevada’—co-starring with Thelma Todd and William Powell, ‘The Last Outlaw’, ‘Beau Sabreur’, ‘The Legion of the Condemned’ and ‘Doomsday’


He appeared in ‘The Winning of Barbara Worth’ in 1926 and with this his career in films took off


In 1925, he found some work in acting and worked as an extra - usually in the cowboy movies


When his father left the Montana Supreme Court to work in LA in 1924, Cooper too moved to LA with his parents

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