Gary Cooper was born on 7 May 1901 in Helena, Montana, USA Gary Cooper birth name is Frank James Cooper Gary Cooper was born to Alice and Charles Cooper. He went to Duns table School in England and graduated from Iowa College in Grinnell, Iowa. He married Sandra Shaw in December, 1933 and has one child from that marriage. He succumbed to prostate cancer on 13 May 1961 at Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA Coop, Cowboy Cooper, The Montana Mule and Studs are few of his nicknames.
Gary Cooper started acting while still in school and did small theatre roles. He first proper role was in a small film made by Hans Tissler. He started with small roles in films like The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926) ,Wings (1927) and It (1927). He is best remembered for his roles in Westerns. In 1930, He returned from Europe after a long sabbatical and changed his name to “Cary Grant” to reach out to his audience. In 1957, He and another actress got the very first escalator in a cinema installed in Rex Theatre, Paris. Beau Geste (1939) was Gary Cooper most honored film. He acting career spans over 107 movies.
Gary Cooper has played the lead in 82 films out of which 14 were silent movies and 20 were westerns. He was also part of movies based on Earnest Hemingway’s novels- A Farewell to Arms (1932) and For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943). He has played the lead in six biographical movies. He founded his own production company, International Pictures in collaboration with Samuel Goldwyn. After a brief lull period, he made a comeback at the age of fifty-one with High Noon (1952). Some of his popular films include The Pride of the Yankees (1942), Casanova Brown (1944), Saratoga Trunk (1945). He was self-produced films include: The Hanging Tree (1959), They Came to Cordura (1959) and The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959).
In 1966, Gary Cooper was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in. Featured on one of four 25 cent US commemorative postage stamps. He won Oscars for his roles as Will Kane from High Noon (1952) and Sgt. Alvin York from Sergeant York (1941). He was voted the 18th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly. He was voted the 42nd Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine. Named the #11 Greatest Actor on The 50 Greatest Screen Legends list by the American Film Institute
Until I came along all the leading men were handsome, but luckily they wrote a lot of stories about the fellow next door”. “If you hit the mark with two out of every five movies you'll keep the wheels of the cycle turning”.