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Gary Cooper Fans

This is for those who are intrigued by the handsome yet gentle demeanor of Gary Cooper. Another great actor of his time in the likes of Jimmy Stewart.

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Coop is a fine man, as honest and straight and friendly and unspolied as he looks. If you made up a character like Coop, nobody would believe it. He's just too good to be true.

Movie acting is a pretty silly business for a man because it takes less training, less ability and less brains to be successful in it than any other business I can think of.

Having to work hard never had any real appeal for me, and that may have some connection with me being in the movies.

Once in a while I like a good western. Gives me a chance to shoot off guns.

Getting up at 5 a.m. and shoveling manure at forty below ain't romantic.

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Comment by Michael B. Druxman on June 3, 2019 at 10:06pm

My new one-person play, GARY COOPER AT HIGH NOON, is now available in both paperback and Kindle editions at Amazon and other booksellers.

Comment by Al Pearce on May 9, 2013 at 1:42pm

and he died only a short time after making it. an untimely passing


celebrating his birthday on tuesday, i watched MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN and BEAU GESTE one after the other. i have an especially soft spot for both movies, which i consider two of his best.

Comment by shane on April 29, 2013 at 6:32pm

Gary Cooper and Jimmy Stewart

They set an example for all and also great actors.
James Stewart is perhaps best films filmography

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Comment by Al Pearce on January 17, 2013 at 6:54am
Howdy Coop Fans: i was just a' wonderin' if any of you have seen the 1939 Adventure/War picture THE REAL GLORY, starring Gary as a Military Doctor and David Niven as a youthful Soldier, all stationed with an outfit in the Philipines during the 1900s, when the savage Moro Rebellion swept through the Jungles and fields. It was directed by Henry Hathaway, and made at the same time as BEAU GESTE, another great Adventure film with Coop.
Comment by Al Pearce on November 8, 2012 at 2:45pm
Very glad to Patti. Not many fans of Gary Cooper have seen it. A shame he never played Honest Abe. But we've always got Henry Fonda or Raymond Massey and now Daniel Day Lewis to fill his shoes. I'd say they're the best actors to ever play Lincoln on screen. No doubt Lewis may win his third oscar. :-)
Comment by Al Pearce on November 7, 2012 at 11:30pm
Fine words, Renee. I must agree with you on Lewis being the best actor alive today. Nobody nowadays reaches his status. Sure, i may not have been a fan of the '92 MOHICANS or of THE CRUCIBLE, but that doesn't detract from me recognizing what a talent the man is. Humble and soft-spoken, And a fine British/Irish accent to go with his unique speaking voice. I'm happy about how Lewis portrays Lincoln's voice in the film. A gentle tenor sound with a genuine Kentucky/Illinois accent. No doubt how the real Abe sounded like. Lewis really disappears in his roles like no other actor does. Glad to know he admires good ol' Gary. :-)
Comment by Al Pearce on November 7, 2012 at 4:05pm

in light of the new LINCOLN picture being released this month, with Daniel Day Lewis in a promising and intense performance, i figured i ought to share this with ya':

     here's Coop in a publicity photograph of him made up as the great emancipator. what can one say? he bears an uncanny resemblance heavily made up as our 16th president. he lost playing the role to Raymond Massey, who was excellent in the role in ABE LINCOLN IN ILLINOIS (1940). but i reckon Coop would've made the best Lincoln yet. just imagine that. :-)

Comment by Al Pearce on September 10, 2012 at 10:42am
It's always a shame when that happens. When a great actor/actress' good looks and acting ability are wasted in what should be a better film. You want to see a great Early Coop picture, try 1932's A FAREWELL TO ARMS, co-starring Helen Hayes, who was known as the First Lady of The stage. In this one, which is based on an Ernest Hemingway novel, Coop is an ambulance driver in the Italian Army during WWI, and Hayes is a nurse who soon falls in love with him. Both their acting is excellent, Their love is very tender, and Coop displays that gentleness that made him ideal as a lover. Hemingway, who was a close friend of Coop's, felt that he was the only actor who ever played his characters the way he wanted. He would go on to star in 1943's FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS, with Ingrid Bergman, and also based on a Hemingway Novel. Coop was nominated for one of his oscars in that one.
Comment by Al Pearce on September 9, 2012 at 7:06pm
More Poetry flowering from our friend Renee/Axela Boop. :-)

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