Filmography

1925      

Dick Turpin

The Trail Rider

The Thundering Herd

Riders of the Purple Sage

Drug Store Cowboy

Wild Horse Mesa

The Lucky Horseshoe

The Vanishing American

The Eagle

Tricks

Warrior Gap

North Star

Ben-Hur

 

1926      

Three Pals

The Enchanted Hill

The Johnstown Flood

A Six Shootin’ Romance

Watch Your Wife

Thundering Speed

The Winning of Barbara Worth

 

1927      

It

Children of Divorce

Arizona Bound

Wings

Nevada

The Last Outlaw

 

1928      

Beau Sabreur

The Legion of the Condemned

Doomsday

Half a Bride

Lilac Time

The First Kiss

The Shopworn Angel

 

1929      

Wolf Song

Betrayal

The Virginian

 

1930      

Only the Brave

Paramount on Parade

The Texan

Seven Days’ Leave

A Man from Wyoming

The Spoilers

Morocco

 

1931      

Fighting Caravans

City Streets

I Take This Woman

His Woman

 

1932      

Make Me a Star

Devil and the Deep

If I Had a Million

A Farewell to Arms

 

1933      

Today We Live

One Sunday Afternoon

Design for Living

 

 

1934

Alice in Wonderland

Operator 13

Now and Forever

 

1935      

The Wedding Night

The Lives of a Bengal Lancer

Peter Ibbetson

 

 

1936      

Desire

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

Hollywood Boulevard

The General Died at Dawn

The Plainsman

 

1937      

Souls at Sea

 

1938      

The Adventures of Marco Polo

Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife

The Cowboy and the Lady

 

1939      

Beau Geste

The Real Glory

 

1940      

The Westerner

North West Mounted Police

 

1941      

Meet John Doe

Sergeant York

Ball of Fire

 

1942      

The Pride of the Yankees

 

1943      

For Whom the Bell Tolls

 

1944      

The Story of Dr. Wassell

Casanova Brown

 

1945      

Along Came Jones

Saratoga Trunk

 

1946      

Cloak and Dagger

 

1947      

Unconquered

Variety Girl

 

1948      

Good Sam

 

1949      

The Fountainhead

It’s a Great Feeling

Task Force

 

1950      

Bright Leaf

Dallas

 

1951      

You’re in the Navy Now

Starlift

It’s A Big Country

Distant Drums

 

1952      

High Noon

Springfield Rifle

 

1953      

Return to Paradise

Blowing Wild

Boum sur Paris

 

1954      

Garden of Evil

Vera Cruz

 

1955      

The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell

 

1956      

Friendly Persuasion

 

1957      

Love in the Afternoon

 

1958      

Ten North Frederick

Man of the West

 

1959      

The Hanging Tree

Alias Jesse James

They Came to Cordura

The Wreck of the Mary Deare

 

1961      

The Naked Edge

Awards

He was nominated for five Best Actor Academy Awards and won two. In 1961, he was presented an honorary Oscar for his many memorable screen performances and the international recognition he, as an individual, has gained for the motion picture industry. 

1937 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
1942 Sergeant York – won
1943 The Pride of the Yankees
1944 For Whom the Bell Tolls
1958 High Noon – won

In Westerns you were permitted to kiss your horse but never your girl. ~ Gary Cooper  

Gary Cooper: Learn more about him, review his filmography and more

Actors, Biographies

Gary Cooper was born on May 7, 1901, in Helena, Montana. Spanning from the silent film era to the early 1960s, he built much of his career by playing strong, manly, distinctly American roles. 

After college, Cooper to Los Angeles to work as an illustrator. When he had a hard time finding a job, he worked as a film extra and landed some small parts.

Following his appearance in The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926), a western, Cooper’s career began to take off. He starred opposite silent movie star Clara Bow in Children of Divorce (1927). He also earned praise as the ranch foreman in The Virginian (1929), one of his early “talkies”.

Throughout the 1930s, he turned in a number of strong film performances in A Farewell to Arms (1934) with Helen Hayes and Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) directed by Frank Capra. Cooper received an Academy Award nomination for his work on the latter.

Cooper continued to excel on the big screen, tackling several real-life dramas. In Sergeant York (1941), he played a World War I hero and sharpshooter, which was based on the life story of Alvin York. Cooper earned a Best Actor Academy Award for his portrayal.

The next year, Cooper played one of baseball’s greats, Lou Gehrig, in The Pride of the Yankees (1942). He scored another Best Actor Academy Award nomination. Appearing in a film adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls, Cooper starred opposite Ingrid Bergman in a drama set during the Spanish Civil War. This role garnered him a third Academy Award nomination.

In 1952, Cooper took on what is considered his signature role as Will Kane in High Noon. He appeared as a lawman who must face a deadly foe without any help from his own townspeople. The film won four Academy Awards, including a Best Actor win for Cooper.

By the late 1950s, Cooper’s health was in decline. He made a few more films, such as Man of the West (1958), before dying of cancer on May 13, 1961.

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