Gary Cooper

1901 - 1961

The actor Gary Cooper impersonated as nobody else the great, patient character who is looking for a peaceful solution, but who however doesn't recoil of putting in violence for the attainment of the justice.

Gary Cooper began his film career in the middle of the 20's in several western, in which his roles were so tiny that he wasn't mentioned by name.
Only in 1926, when he played the second leading role in the movie "The Winning of Barbara Worth" (26), they became aware of him.
In the next years he acted in support roles for well-known movies like "It" (27), "Children of Divorce" (27), "Wings" (27), "Nevada" (27) and "The Legion of the Condemned" (28).

When the sound film was near at hand, Cooper was convincing with his soft voice wich fitted well to his outside composure. In "The Virginian" (29) he was taciturn but his few sentences were apting.

He had his great breakthrough in 1930 when he played at Marlene Dietrich's side in the movie "Morocco". With this movie he free himself from the western genre and took part in very different movies.
He became a leading actor for romantic roles in movies like "I Take This Woman" (31), "His Women" (31), "The Devil and the Deep" (32) and "A Farewell to Arms" (32).

When he impersonated a comedy role in Ernst Lubitsch's "Design for Living" (33), he was convincing at the first go and in retrospect one regrets that he didn't choose more such parts. The best example for his comedy talent was Frank Capra's "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town" (36), for which he was nominated for an Oscar.
To his other successes of the 30's belong "Peter Ibbetson" (35), "Desire" (36), "The General Died at Dawn" (36), "The Plainsman" (36), "Souls at Sea" (37), "Bluebeard's Eighth Wife" (38), "The Adventures of Marco Polo" (38) and "Beau Geste" (39).

In the 40's came a whole string of great movies into being like "The Westerner" (40), "Meet John Doe" (41), "Sergeant York" (41), for which he got his first Oscar, "Ball of Fire" (41), "The Pride of the Yankees" (42) - nomination for the Oscar, "For Whom the Bell Tolls" (43) - nomination for the Oscar, "The Story of Dr. Wassell" (44), "Along Came Jones" (45) and "Unconquered" (47).

The 50's began with experiences movies like "Dallas" (50), "It's a Big Country" (51) and "You're in the Navy Now" (51), but with "High Noon" (52) he catapulted himself into the supreme spheres of stars and got his second Oscar.

Of course the following movies couldn't go on from this unique success, moreover Cooper's energy dwindled visibly from movie to movie. He appeared in "Vera Cruz" (54), "The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell" (55), "Love in the Afternoon" (57), "Man of the West" (58) and "The Hanging Tree" (59).

In 1961 Gary Cooper was a last time on camera for the production "The Naked Edge". When he got the Honorary Award in April 1961 he was already too weak to receive it in person. One month later he was conquered by cancer and closed his eyes forever.

Other movies with Gary Cooper: 
Dick Turpin (25) The Thundering Herd (25) Wild Horse Mesa (25) The Lucky Horsesoe (25) The Vanishing American (25) The Eagle (25) Tricks (25) The Enchanted Hill (26) Watch Your Wife (26) Old Ironsides (26) Arizona Bound (27) The Last Outlaw (27) The Spider's Net (27) Doomsday (28) Lilac Time (28) The First Kiss (28) The Shopworn Angel (28) Half a Bride (29) Beau Sabreur (28) Wolf Song (29) Betrayal (29) Three Pals (29) Seven Days' Leave (30) Only the Brave (30) The Texan (30) A Man From Wyoming (30) The Spoilers (30) Fighting Caravans (31) The Slippery Pearls (31) City Streets (31) If I Had a Million (32) Today We Live (33) One Sunday Afternoon (33) Alice in Wonderland (33) Operator 13 (34) Now and Forever (34) The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (35) The Wedding Night (35) Hollywood Boulevard (36) The Lest We Forget (37) The Cowboy and the Lady (38) The Real Glory (39) North West Mounted Police (40) Memo for Joe (44) Casanova Brown (44) Saratoga Trunk (45) Cloak and Dagger (46) Variety Girl (47) Good Sam (48) The Fountanhead (49) Task Force (49) Bright Leaf (50) Distant Drums (51) Starlift (51) Springfield Rifle (52) Return to Paradise (53) Blowing Wild (53) Boum sur Paris (54) Garden of Evil (54) Friendly Persuasion (56) Ten North Frederick (58) The Wreck of the Mary Deare (59) They Came to Cordura (59)