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Frank James Cooper
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Gary Cooper Fast Facts:
Once considered becoming a political cartoonist.
His father was a Montana State Supreme Court Justice.
Took the first name Gary at the suggestion of his agent, Nan Collins, who grew up in Gary, IN.
Started his film career as a cowboy extra in silent Westerns.
U.S. Treasury Department claimed he was the highest paid American in 1939.
Was WWI hero Alvin York's personal choice to portray him in 1941's
, for which he won Best Actor.
Played Major League great Lou Gehrig in 1942's
The Pride of the Yankees
despite not being able to play baseball, and not being a left-hander.
Was good friends with Ernest Hemingway and starred in two films,
A Farewell to Arms
For Whom the Bell Tolls
, based on the author's novels.
Pictured on a 25-cent commemorative U.S. postage stamp in 1990.
Gary Cooper Relationships:
Sandra Shaw - Wife
Charles Henry Cooper - Father
Alice Louise Brazier Cooper - Mother
Maria Veronica Balfe Cooper Janis - Daughter
Arthur Cooper - Brother
Gary Cooper Awards:
1942 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
1936 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
1943 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
1960 Oscar: Honorary Award - Winner
1941 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Winner
1957 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Nominee
1953 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Winner
1952 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Winner
1961 David di Donatello Awards: Special David (Honorary) - Winner
Attended Wesleyan College, Bozeman, MT; Attended Grinnell College, Grinnell, IO
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