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Did You Know?
… that Gary Cooper was handpicked by real-life WWI hero Alvin York to play him in the movie version of his life Sergeant York. Gary Cooper won his first Oscar for this 1941 performance. In 2009, when the National Film Registry selected the movies to preserve in the Library of Congress for 2008, all the publicity was about The Terminator being chosen. Reading further down the list of 25 films selected for "their enduring significance to American culture" we find one of Gary Cooper's favorite movie roles - Sergeant York. Gary Cooper won his first Oscar for this film which the Film Registry called "Americana at its finest".
… that although they never appeared together in a film, Gary Cooper was very good friends with fellow actor James Stewart. When Gary was too sick with cancer to personally receive his Honorary Life Achievement Academy Award in 1961, it was Stewart who appeared at the ceremony in his friend's place. To learn more visit our Tribute to James Stewart.
… that Gary Cooper's reputation as the "strong silent type" goes back to one of his first talking pictures, The Virginian, in which his character had little to say but definitely commanded the respect of those around him.
... that you'd never guess who played the White Knight in the 1933 version of Alice in Wonderland until you heard his voice. Yes it is Gary Cooper:
... that Gary Cooper died in 1961 at the age of 60 from cancer. You can see newsreel footage from his funeral. Good friend Jimmy Stewart was a pallbearer.
... that the Postal Service has announced that the 15th Legends of Hollywood commemorative stamp will be issued this year and it will honor Gary Cooper. We found a sneak preview of the Gary Cooper postage stamp. Well worth standing in line at the post office for.
... that in 1958 Gary Cooper underwent extensive plastic surgery. Newspaper articles at the time were very critical of the procedure and said he looked unrecognizable.
... You'll love to watch Gary Cooper try to disguise his voice and fool that clever panel on What's My Line. It didn't work. One of the first questions they ask him is do you say yup a lot . Yup.
Grauman's/Mann's Chinese Theater Footprints
Gary Cooper is just one of the many legendary celebrities to leave hand and footprints outside the famous Grauman's (now Mann's) Chinese Theater.
Mann's Chinese Theater
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA SEE MAP
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
In the early 1960's, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce developed the idea of the "Hollywood Walk of Fame." The sidewalks of the most famous streets in the heart of Hollywood were lined with "stars" recognizing celebrities' life-long contributions to the entertainment industry. Receiving a star is still to this day considered a huge honor. Here's where you can find Gary Cooper's star:
Walk of Fame Star (Motion Pictures)
6243 Hollywood Blvd.
Former Home of Gary Cooper
200 N. Baroda Drive
Bel Air, CA SEE MAP