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Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper (May 7, 1901 - May 13, 1961) was an American actor who received five Academy Award for Best Actor nominations, two of which he won. He also received an Honorary Award in 1961.

Cooper was born in Helena, Montana, but lived in England with his mother and attended school there for seven years. When he was thirteen years old he was injured in an automobile accident, and had to move to his father's cattle ranch in Montana to recooperate, which is where he gained his riding skills. In 1924 he moved to Los Angeles with the intention of becoming a commercial artist, but was not very successful. After three months he became an extra in the motion picture industry. A year later he had a chance at a real part in a two reeler with Eileen Sedgewick as his leading lady. After the release of this short film he was called to Paramount Studio and offered a long term contract, which he accepted.

His screen credits include: Children of Divorce (1927), Wings (1927), Arizona Bound (1927), Nevada (1927), Beau Sabreur (1928), The Legion of the Condemned (1928), Half a Bride (1928), The First Kiss (1928), The Shopworn Angel (1928), The Wolf Song (1929), Betrayal (1929), The Virginian (1929), Seven Days Leave (1930), Only the Brave (1930), The Texan (1930), A Farewell to Arms (1932), The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)(Nominated), Beau Geste (1939), Meet John Doe (1941), Sergeant York (1941)(Won), The Pride of the Yankees (1942)(Nominated), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)(Nominated), Saratoga Trunk (1945), and High Noon (1952)(Won). Among his last films were: Vera Cruz (1954), Friendly Persuasion (1956), Love in the Afternoon (1957), The Hanging Tree (1959), and They Came to Cordura (1959).

Gary Cooper died of lung cancer on and was interred in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Southampton, Long Island, New York State.

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