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Frank James Cooper (Cooper Gary)

Born: 1901 AD
Died: 1961 AD, at 60 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Actors


1901 - Born in Montana on the 7th of May.

1918-1919 - He worked on his father's ranch.

1920 - He enrolled in Wesleyan College at Bozeman, Montana.

1921 - Transferred to Grinnell College, in Grinnell, Iowa.

1923 - Moved to Los Angeles with the intention of becoming an artist for advertisements, but was not very successful.

1924 - He went to Los Angeles. There he unsuccessfully sought work as a political cartoonist or artist for an advertising agency.

1925 - He was called to Paramount Studios and offered a long-term contract, which he accepted. He changed his name to Gary, following the advice of his agent, who felt it evoked the "rough, tough" nature of Gary, Indiana.

1933 - Cooper married Veronica Balfe, an aspiring actress, on the 15th of  December, they had one daughter.

1936-1943 - Career took a new direction. He enjoyed a succession of box office and critical triumphs that transformed his screen image from the young roue to an inherently good Mr. Everyman.

1943 - He again starred as a Hemingway hero in For Whom the Bell Tolls, which, while drained of its leftist political material, proved a box office hit because of the romantic pairing of Cooper and Ingrid Bergman.

1961 - He also received an Honorary Award from the Academy.

1961 - Died of prostate cancer six days after his 60th birthday, and was interred in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Southampton, New York. On the 11th of May.

        - He also received an Honorary Award from the Academy


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