- 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.
- 1952, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
- 1960, Oscar — Honorary Award: Winner
- 1941, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
- 1936, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
- 1943, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
- 1942, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
- 1961, David di Donatello Awards — Special David (Honorary): Winner
- 1953, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
- 1957, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
- Arthur Cooper — Brother
- Sandra Shaw — Wife
- Charles Henry Cooper — Father
- Maria Veronica Balfe Cooper Janis — Daughter
- Alice Louise Brazier Cooper — Mother
- Attended Wesleyan College, Bozeman, MT;
- Attended Grinnell College, Grinnell, IO
- Birth Name: Frank James Cooper
- Birth Place: Helena, MT
- Died: May 13, 1961
- Profession: Actor, Producer
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