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Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper


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Love in the... She plays the cello. He plays the field. She's coltishly young. He's worldly and... more info $13.65was $21.99 Buy Now

Springfield... Gary Cooper, Paul Kelly. During the Civil War, a Union officer gets himself... more info $10.95was $17.99 Buy Now

Dallas ... Gary Cooper, Ruth Roman. Post-Civil War Dallas is turned upside down by an ex... more info $10.95was $17.99 Buy Now

Blowing Wild ... In a hypothetical country in South America, Jeff Dawson and his partner Dutch... more info $11.95was $14.99 Buy Now

High Noon... The myth and poetry of the old west come alive in Fred Zinnemann's classic... more info $18.95was $34.95 Buy Now

Distant Drums ... Gary Cooper stars as an intrepid Army scout battling Seminole Indians in 1840s... more info $16.95was $29.95 Buy Now

Also Known As: Died: May 13, 1961
Born: May 7, 1901 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Helena, Montana, USA Profession: Cast ...


"You're positive he's going to ruin your picture. I froze in my tracks the first time I directed him ("The Pride of the Yankees"). I thought something was wrong with him, and I saw a milion-dollar production go glimmering. I was amazed at the results on the screen. What I thought was underplaying turned out to be just the right approach. On the screen, he's perfect, yet on the set you'd swear it's the worst job of acting in the history of motion pictures." --Sam Wood (who directed Cooper four times) from "The Complete Films of Gary Cooper" by Homer Dickens (Citadel 1991)

"I knew it was a natural for me. My dad used to sit me on his knee and tell me stories about the sheriffs he dealt with in his days on the Montana Supreme Court bench, and all those episodes of the bygone years suddenly came back to me in full blossom right out of "High Noon" ... The sheriff I was asked to play was different than any I'd ever known or heard about because Sheriff Kane had to stand alone, literally, against the lawless. It was a challenging role--and I loved it." --Gary Cooper (reprinted in "The Motion Picture Guide", Volume IV)

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