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December 31, 2019

Photos of Gary Cooper During the 1930s and the 1940s

Throughout the 1930s, Gary Cooper (born Frank James Cooper) had a total of 40 movies released and gave a number of strong performances that earned favourable praises from critics in such films as A Farewell to Arms (1932), The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935), Desire (1936), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) and The Real Glory (1939). In May 1931, Cooper left Hollywood after suffering from poor health and depression, a result of the constant demands and pressures of making ten films in two years; he would later return to Hollywood in April 1932, with his health restored to good condition. Cooper received his first Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in Frank Capra’s screwball comedy Mr. Deeds Goes to Town. From late 1936, he made films with both Paramount and Goldwyn, and by 1939 the United States Treasury reported that Cooper was the highest wage earner of the country at the time.

The early 1940s were the prime years of Cooper’s acting career. In a relatively short period of time, he appeared in five successful and highly praised films that brought out some of his greatest performances: Meet John Doe (1941), Sergeant York (1941), Ball of Fire (1941), The Pride of the Yankees (1942), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943). His performance in the biographic film Sergeant York earned Cooper his first Academy Award for Best Actor and the Distinguished Citizenship Medal from the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Here are 26 photographs of the actor from the 1930s to the 1940s:

Gary Cooper lounging in a leather armchair, 1931. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee.

Gary Cooper watching a polo match, 1933. Photo by Bettmann.

Gary Cooper indulges in his hobby of sketching with his bride, the former Sandra Shaw, on the porch of their ranch home in the San Fernando Valley, California, 1934. Photo by Bettmann.

Gary Cooper in white oufit, sitting against wooden building, 1934. Photo by George Hoyningen-Huene.

Gary Cooper, circa 1935. Photo by Popperfoto.
Gary Cooper as Lieutenant Alan McGregor in the film 'The Lives of a Bengal Lancer,' 1935. Photo by  John Springer Collection.

Gary Cooper swimming in a pool, 1936. Photo by Alexander Paal for Vogue.

Gary Cooper strikes a quiet pose, 1936. Photo by Bettmann.

Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur walk in a foggy, night street scene from the film 'Mr. Deeds Goes to Town,' 1936. Photo by Bettmann.

Gary Cooper with his new Chrysler at Paramount studios, 1937. Photo by Imagno.

Paramount Pictures publicity portrait of Gary Cooper standing on the prow of a sailboat, circa 1939. Photo by Bettmann.

Gary Cooper in 'The Real Glory,' 1939. Photo by Herbert Dorfman.

Gary Cooper at his home in Hollywood, 1940s. Photo by Hulton Archive.

Gary Cooper holding a pipe, circa 1940. Photo via John Kobal Foundation.

Gary Cooper sitting on board a yacht wearing a sailor's cap, circa 1940. Photo via John Kobal Foundation.

Gary Cooper, circa 1940. Photo via John Kobal Foundation.

Gary Cooper as Tennessee hillbilly Alvin C. York in the biopic 'Sergeant York,' 1941. Photo by Silver Screen Collection.

Gary Cooper as Professor Bertram Potts in a publicity shot from 'Ball of Fire,' 1941. Photo by Bettmann.

Ernest Hemingway, Idaho's most famous bird shooter, relaxes with Gary Cooper and Taylor Williams, the sun Valley tour guide during a successful bird shoot, 1942. Photo by Bettmann.

Babe Ruth giving pointers to Gary Cooper on the set of the film 'The Pride of the Yankees,' 1942. Photo by Bettmann.

Ingrid Bergman and Gary Cooper in the Paramount film 'For Whom The Bell Tolls,' 1943. Photo by Hulton Archive.

Gary Cooper working on an old rifle in a vise as he sits near a collection cabinet full of shotguns & rifles, at home, 1945. Photo by Peter Stackpole for LIFE.

Gary Cooper wearing a dark blue suit, with a light blue shirt and a red tie, sitting in an armchair, circa 1945. Photo by Herbert Dorfman.

Gary Cooper standing on the site where his new family home will be built, overlooking the lake and mountains of Montana, circa 1945. Photo by Pictorial Parade.

Gary Cooper, his wife and daughter, standing in windows of ghost house they visited while on a vacation ski trip, 1949. Photo by Peter Stackpole for LIFE.

Gary Cooper spending some time with his daughter Maria, during vacation ski trip, 1949. Photo by Peter Stackpole for LIFE.




2 comments:

  1. A long time ago there used to be celebrities with good character and morals. Cooper was that kind of star.

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  2. He is a magical being. Yes, I said he "is". Always.

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