Gary Cooper

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  • Birth Name: Frank James Cooper
  • Birth Place: Helena, MT
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 05/07/1901, Taurus
  • Date of Death: 05/13/1961
  • Profession: Actor; producer
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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 Sergeant York, 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 and 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
  • College:
  • Attended Wesleyan College, Bozeman, MT; Attended Grinnell College, Grinnell, IO

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