Gary Cooper

Actor Gary Cooper

Frank James Cooper, known professionally as Gary Cooper, was an American film actor. He was renowned for his quiet, understated acting style and his stoic, but at times intense screen persona, which was particularly well suited to the many Westerns he made. He also excelled in sophisticated, screwball romantic comedies. His career spanned from 1925 until shortly before his death in 1961, and comprised more than one hundred films.
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Birthday
07 May 1901
Deceased
13 May 1961
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It's 'High Noon' in Washington - HollandSentinel.com
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The morality play pitted Marshal Will Kane, played impeccably by Gary Cooper, against a band of ruthless outlaws. Unable to marshal support from his neighbors, Kane courageously faces the gang by himself. Like the cowardly townspeople,
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Watford v Birmingham City: Birmingham City's 1994 horror show at Watford - Birmingham Mail
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Gary Cooper and Steve Claridge were both sent-off at Vicarage Road in this Endsleigh Insurance Division One match. It was Fry's ninth match at the Blues' helm after replacing Terry Cooper. And eight of his new signings took to the field,
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Pauline Cooper wins Journal Ladies Trophy - Journal Live
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Like husband Gary, Cooper is an 11-handicapper and they were on the same wavelength when he caddied for his wife for the first time. “I did not have a good front nine, but he kept me going with wise words of encouragement here and there
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Yes, Nation-Building Can Work! And There's a Model Out There for Libya. - The Plank on TNR.com (blog)
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The classic western High Noon culminates with a scene in which the hero, a retired sheriff played by Gary Cooper, finally confronts the dangerous gang that's descended upon the unsuspecting town of Hadleyville. The townspeople remain in the background
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Time for sandbagging - Jamestown Sun
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John M. Steiner / The Sun Gary Cooper stands Monday in his flooded yard with his Shih Tzu dog, Bao, while discussing the high water issues along Second Avenue Southwest in Jamestown. Placing sandbags in Jamestown will start this week, according to Reed
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Crews complete $1 million in summer school projects - Parkersburg News
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Gary Cooper, physical plant director for Wood County Schools, said the short summer break is one of the busiest times of the year for the district's maintenance staff. "As always, this was a very busy summer," he said. "We had to fit in four months
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Marion Davies, Gary Cooper in "Operator 13" - Hartford Courant
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... then in the Ziegfeld Follies before achieving film stardom in charming silent comedies. She was at the peak of her fame in 1934 when she starred in "Operator 13," a Civil War spy story in which she falls in love with Gary Cooper's Confederate officer
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EXPLORER; Where Campfire Smoke Meets the Surf
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THE freeway was dark. Wisps of sea mist obscured the moon. At 2 a.m. there wasn't another car on Highway 101, the southern extension of the Pacific Coast Highway that traces the edge of the continent from Orange County in California almost to the Oregon border. On the left side of the road as I drove south, miles of tract housing reached into the
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SAPD: Man Stabs Estranged Wife's Boyfriend - KSAT San Antonio
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The victim has been identified as 25-year-old Gary Cooper. The stabbing happened just before midnight at a home in the 5000 block of Meadow Field. Police say the estranged husband was upset about his wife's relationship with Cooper,
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The state of the real estate market in both the core and non-core markets - Smart Business Network
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While the commercial real estate market has been cool for some time, it has picked up dramatically in the past six months, says Gary Cooper, president of BGL Realty. “Pricing and transactions, for example, in Manhattan, are back above peak right now,”
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Ski club saves slope from closure - BBC News
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"We have been extremely pleased with the progress we have made," said club treasurer Gary Cooper. Enthusiasts were concerned that temporary closure could result in deterioration of the matting and ski lift, with the possibility of the slope becoming a
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Clarence Thomas doesn't mind being the odd man out - The Republic
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The movie's hero, played by Gary Cooper, is an idealistic but stubborn architect, who, as Rand wrote, "stood alone against the men of his time." A character, it might be said, a lot like Thomas himself. "If you think you are right, there is nothing
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An Influential Director, Two Distinct Directions - New York Times
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For the Italian director Sergio Leone, “Vera Cruz,” a cynical western starring Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster, was the template from which “A Fistful of Dollars” (1964) was traced, along with countless other spaghetti westerns of the 1960s and '70s
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Boxing: Gary Cooper shooting from the lip to put Churcher record straight - WalesOnline
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BARGOED boxer Gary Cooper admits he is puzzled by the British Boxing Board of Control's reaction to his request for an explanation following his Welsh light-middleweight title fight last month, writes Dominic Jones
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Cooper Farms COO To Speak At US POULTRY's Women's Leadership Conference - PerishableNews (press release)
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by US Poultry & Egg Association TUCKER, GA – Gary Cooper, COO of Cooper Farms, will address attendees at the 2011 Women's Leadership Conference. Sponsored by USPOULTRY's Poultry & Egg Institute, it will be held August 18-19, at the One Ocean Resort,
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1961
    Age 59
    Cooper died quietly the following day, Saturday, May 13, 1961, at 12:47 pm, less than a week after his sixtieth birthday.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1961
    Age 59
    On July 30, 1961, he was posthumously awarded the David di Donatello Special Award in Italy for his career achievements.
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    On May 6, 1961, he was awarded the French Order of Arts and Letters in recognition of his significant contribution to the arts.
    On January 9, 1961, Cooper attended a dinner given in his honor at the Friars Club hosted by Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.
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    He also received an Academy Honorary Award for his career achievements in 1961.
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  • 1960
    Age 58
    In December 1960, he worked on the NBC television documentary The Real West, which was part of the company's Project 20 series.
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    On April 14, 1960, Cooper underwent surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston for prostate cancer after it had metastasized to his colon.
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  • 1959
    Age 57
    After several months of study, Cooper was baptized as a Roman Catholic on April 9, 1959, before a small group of family and friends at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills.
    After his Warner Bros. contract ended, Cooper formed his own production company, Baroda Productions, and made three unusual films in 1959 about redemption.
  • 1958
    Age 56
    Despite his ongoing health problems and several operations for ulcers and hernias, Cooper continued to work in action films. In 1958, he appeared in Anthony Mann's Western drama Man of the West (1958) with Julie London and Lee J. Cobb, about a reformed outlaw and killer who is forced to confront his violent past when the train he is riding in is held up by his former gang members.
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  • 1956
    Age 54
    In 1956, Cooper traveled to France to make Billy Wilder's romantic comedy Love in the Afternoon with Audrey Hepburn and Maurice Chevalier.
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    In 1956, Cooper was more effective playing a gentle Indiana Quaker in William Wyler's Civil War drama Friendly Persuasion with Dorothy McGuire.
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  • 1955
    Age 53
    In 1955, he appeared in Otto Preminger's biographical war drama The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell, about the World War I general who tried to convince government officials of the importance of air power, and was court-martialed after blaming the War Department for a series of air disasters.
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  • 1954
    Age 52
    In 1954, Cooper appeared in Henry Hathaway's Western drama Garden of Evil with Susan Hayward, about three soldiers of fortune in Mexico hired to rescue a woman's husband.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1951
    Age 49
    Cooper and his wife were legally separated in May 1951, but he did not seek a divorce. Neal ended their relationship in late December 1951.
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  • 1948
    Age 46
    In 1948, after finishing work on The Fountainhead, Cooper began an affair with actress Patricia Neal, his co-star.
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    In 1948, after making Leo McCarey's romantic comedy Good Sam, Cooper sold his company to Universal Studios and signed a long-term contract with Warner Bros. that gave him script and director approval and a guaranteed $295,000 per picture.
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  • 1947
    Age 45
    In 1947, Cooper appeared in Cecil B. DeMille's epic adventure film Unconquered with Paulette Goddard, about a Virginia militiaman who defends settlers against an unscrupulous gun trader and hostile Indians on the Western frontier during the eighteenth century.
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  • 1946
    Age 44
    Cooper's only film in 1946 was Fritz Lang's romantic thriller Cloak and Dagger, about a mild-mannered physics professor recruited by the OSS during the last years of World War II to investigate the German atomic bomb program.
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  • 1945
    Age 43
    In November 1945, Cooper appeared in Sam Wood's nineteenth century period drama Saratoga Trunk with Ingrid Bergman, about a Texas cowboy and his relationship with a beautiful fortune-hunter.
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    In 1945, Cooper starred in and produced Stuart Heisler's Western comedy Along Came Jones with Loretta Young for International.
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  • 1944
    Age 42
    When Franklin D. Roosevelt ran for an unprecedented fourth presidential term in 1944, Cooper campaigned for Thomas E. Dewey and criticized Roosevelt for being dishonest and adopting "foreign" ideas.
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    In 1944, Cooper appeared in Cecil B. DeMille's wartime adventure film The Story of Dr. Wassell with Laraine Day—his third movie with the director.
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  • 1943
    Age 41
    In late 1943, Cooper undertook a tour of the South West Pacific with actresses Una Merkel and Phyllis Brooks, and accordionist Andy Arcari.
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    In June 1943, he visited military hospitals in San Diego, and often appeared at the Hollywood Canteen serving food to the servicemen.
  • 1942
    Age 40
    Cooper's only film appearance in 1942 was also his last under his Goldwyn contract.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1941
    Age 39
    Considered by some critics to be Capra's best film at the time, Meet John Doe was received as a "national event" with Cooper appearing on the front cover of Time magazine on March 3, 1941.
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  • 1940
    Age 38
    While not as popular with critics as its predecessor, the film was another box-office success—the sixth-highest-grossing film of 1940.
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  • 1938
    Age 36
    In the fall of 1938, Cooper appeared in H. C. Potter's romantic comedy The Cowboy and the Lady with Merle Oberon, about a sweet-natured rodeo cowboy who falls in love with the wealthy daughter of a presidential hopeful, believing her to be a poor, hard-working lady's maid.
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    In 1938, he appeared in Archie Mayo's biographical film The Adventures of Marco Polo.
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  • 1937
    Age 35
    In contrast to his output the previous year, Cooper appeared in only one picture in 1937, Henry Hathaway's adventure film Souls at Sea.
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  • 1936
    Age 34
    During the height of his career, from 1936 to 1943, he played a new type of hero—a champion of the common man willing to sacrifice himself for others (Mr. Deeds, Meet John Doe, and For Whom the Bell Tolls).
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    In late 1936, while Paramount was preparing a new contract for Cooper that would raise his salary to $8,000 a week, Cooper signed a contract with Samuel Goldwyn for six films over six years with a minimum guarantee of $150,000 per picture.
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    Cooper appeared in two other Paramount films in 1936.
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    Both Desire and Mr. Deeds opened in April 1936 to critical praise and were major box-office successes.
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    The year 1936 marked an important turning point in Cooper's career.
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  • 1934
    Age 32
    In 1934, Cooper was loaned out to MGM for the Civil War drama film Operator 13 with Marion Davies, about a beautiful Union spy who falls in love with a Confederate soldier.
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  • 1933
    Age 31
    After he was married in December 1933, Cooper remained faithful to his wife until the summer of 1942, when he began an affair with Ingrid Bergman during the production of For Whom the Bell Tolls. Their relationship lasted through the completion of filming Saratoga Trunk in June 1943.
    Cooper and Rocky were quietly married at her parents' Park Avenue residence on December 15, 1933.
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    Cooper was formally introduced to his future wife, twenty-year-old New York debutante Veronica Balfe, on Easter Sunday 1933 at a party given by her uncle, art director Cedric Gibbons.
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    Cooper changed his name legally to "Gary Cooper" in August 1933.
    In 1933, after making Today We Live with Joan Crawford and One Sunday Afternoon with Fay Wray, Cooper appeared in the Ernst Lubitsch comedy film Design for Living, based on the successful Noël Coward play.
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    He married New York debutante Veronica Balfe in 1933, and the couple had one daughter.
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  • 1932
    Age 30
    In 1932, after completing Devil and the Deep with Tallulah Bankhead to fulfill his old contract, Cooper appeared in A Farewell to Arms, the first film adaptation of an Ernest Hemingway novel.
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    Rested and rejuvenated by his year-long exile, a healthy Cooper returned to Hollywood in April 1932 and negotiated a new contract with Paramount for two films per year, a salary of $4,000 a week, and director and script approval.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1931
    Age 29
    During his year abroad in 1931–32, Cooper had an affair with the married Countess Dorothy di Frasso, while staying at her Villa Madama in Rome.
    In May 1931, Cooper left Hollywood and sailed to Algiers and then Italy, where he lived for the next year.
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    In 1931, after returning to the Western genre in Zane Grey's Fighting Caravans with French actress Lili Damita, Cooper appeared in the Dashiell Hammett crime film City Streets playing a westerner who gets involved with big-city gangsters in order to save the woman he loves.
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  • 1930
    Age 28
    During their two years together, Cooper also had brief affairs with Marlene Dietrich while filming Morocco in 1930 and with Carole Lombard while making I Take This Woman in 1931.
    One of the more important performances in Cooper's early career was his portrayal of a sullen legionnaire in Josef von Sternberg's 1930 film Morocco with Marlene Dietrich in her introduction to American audiences.
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    Looking to capitalize on Cooper's growing popularity, Paramount cast him in several Westerns and wartime dramas in 1930, including Only the Brave, The Texan, Seven Days' Leave, A Man from Wyoming, and The Spoilers.
  • 1929
    Age 27
    In 1929, while filming The Wolf Song, Cooper began an intense affair with Lupe Vélez, which was the most important romance of his early life.
    Cooper became a major movie star in 1929 with the release of his first sound picture, The Virginian, which was directed by Victor Fleming and co-starred Mary Brian and Walter Huston.
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  • 1928
    Age 26
    In 1928, he had a relationship with another experienced actress, Evelyn Brent, whom he met while filming Beau Sabreur.
    In 1928, Paramount paired Cooper with a youthful Fay Wray in The Legion of the Condemned and The First Kiss—advertising them as the studio's "glorious young lovers".
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  • 1927
    Age 25
    Prior to his marriage, Cooper had a series of romantic relationships with leading actresses, beginning in 1927 with Clara Bow, who advanced his career by helping him get one of his first leading roles in Children of Divorce.
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    In 1927, with help from established movie star Clara Bow, Cooper landed high-profile roles in Children of Divorce and Wings, the latter being the first film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture.
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  • 1926
    Age 24
    On June 1, 1926, Cooper signed a contract with Samuel Goldwyn Productions for fifty dollars a week.
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  • 1925
    Age 23
    In early 1925, Cooper began his film career working in silent pictures such as The Thundering Herd and Wild Horse Mesa with Jack Holt, Riders of the Purple Sage and The Lucky Horseshoe with Tom Mix, and The Trail Rider with Buck Jones.
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  • 1924
    Age 22
    At his father's request, Cooper joined his parents in California on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 1924.
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    In the autumn of 1924, Cooper's father left the Montana Supreme Court bench and moved with his wife to Los Angeles to administer the estates of two relatives.
    Despite a promising first eighteen months at Grinnell, he left college suddenly in February 1924, spent a month in Chicago looking for work as an artist, and then returned to Helena, where he sold editorial cartoons to the Independent, a local newspaper.
  • 1922
    Age 20
    During the summers of 1922 and 1923, Cooper worked at Yellowstone National Park as a tour guide driving the yellow open-top buses.
    In 1922, Cooper enrolled in Grinnell College in Iowa to continue his art education.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1920
    Age 18
    In 1920, while still attending high school, Cooper took three art courses at Montana Agricultural College in Bozeman.
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  • 1919
    Age 17
    In 1919, his father arranged for his son to complete his high school education at Gallatin County High School in Bozeman, Montana.
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  • 1918
    Age 16
    After attending Helena High School for two years, he left school in 1918 and returned to the family ranch to help raise their five hundred head of cattle and work full-time as a cowboy.
  • 1916
    Age 14
    In Robert Rossen's historical adventure They Came to Cordura with Rita Hayworth, he plays an army officer who is found guilty of cowardice and assigned the degrading task of recommending soldiers for the Medal of Honor during the Pancho Villa Expedition of 1916.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1912
    Age 10
    Cooper's mother accompanied her sons back to the United States in August 1912, and Cooper resumed his education at Johnson Grammar School in Helena.
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  • 1911
    Age 9
    After completing confirmation classes, Cooper was baptized into the Anglican Church on December 3, 1911, at the Church of All Saints in Houghton Regis.
  • 1908
    Age 6
    In April 1908, the Hauser Dam failed and flooded the Missouri River valley along portions of the Cooper property, but Cooper and his family were able to evacuate in time.
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  • 1901
    Born
    Frank James Cooper was born on May 7, 1901, at 730 Eleventh Avenue in Helena, Montana to English immigrants Alice (née Brazier, 1873–1967) and Charles Henry Cooper (1865–1946).
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