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Gary Cooper was a great film actor of the 20th century.
His first real role in the movie was in 1926, when he Gary appeared as a replacement actor in The Winning of Barbara Worth.
In 1935, Cooper got a serious role in The Wedding Night where he played the role of a prosperous NY novelist who turned to alcoholism and hard work.
Best Known For
His role in The Virginian in 1929 made his an embodiment of American West. Even though he didn’t star in western films that often, that image stuck to him for decades.
In 1941, Gary Cooper starred in Ball on Fire that changed his image of the western guy. That bright comedy was a step towards Gary’s wide popularity.
His final notable role was in Vera Cruz in 1954.
For the great part of his life Gary Cooper was not a very religious person. Adherents.com informs that according to Gary’s daughter Maria, her father converted to Catholicism at already mature age. Though the actor turned to religion later, his family often used to attend Mass even before that.
Gary Cooper was of straight orientation - till his dying days he was married to Veronica Balfe. The actor preferred a normal traditional marriage to numerous affairs, as many stars used to do.
Worth to Know
Surprisingly, Gary Cooper was born on a ranch in Montana that belonged to his dad. His mother didn’t want the son to grow up without decent education and manners, so she took him to English public school. (Source: The New York Times, 05/22/2007)