Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper (1901-1961) was one of the most prominent actors of the Classic Hollywood Era. Cooper’s career spanned 35 years and included leading roles in 84 different films as well as numerous appearances as an extra or stunt rider. Cooper established himself as an actor at the tail end of the silent film era with roles as a western hero before making the transition to sound pictures with his lead role in The Virginian in 1929. Cooper won three Academy Awards, including a Best Actor award for his starring role High Noon (1952). Gary Cooper attended Grinnell College from 1922-1924 before moving to Hollywood to begin his film career.

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