Gary Cooper filmography
The Gary Cooper filmography chronicles the film appearances of American actor Gary Cooper. After starting his career in 1925 as a film extra and stuntman, Cooper made his official cinematic debut in 1926 in the Samuel Goldwyn production The Winning of Barbara Worth. He went on to become a contract player with Paramount Pictures where he established himself as a popular leading man prior to the end of the silent era.
Cooper's future in the sound era was assured with the release of The Virginian (1929), his first all-talkie film. For the next 32 years, he would be one of cinema's top money-making stars. From 1936 to 1957, Cooper ranked 18 times among the top ten box office attractions—a record when he died in 1961, and later surpassed only by John Wayne, who ranked among the top ten 25 times, Clint Eastwood (21 times) and Tom Cruise (20 times).
Cooper was nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award five times and won twice, for Sergeant York (1942) and High Noon (1952). The latter film boosted his popularity, resulting in him being the number one box office attraction in 1953. Cooper received a third Academy Award—an honorary one—just prior to his death in 1961. His final film, The Naked Edge, was released shortly after his death.
As of February 2008, more than half of Gary Cooper's feature films are available on DVD, while others not yet on home video are available for television broadcast. Unfortunately, at least two of his silent films—Beau Sabreur (1928) and The Legion of the Condemned (1928),—are now considered lost films. Another of his silent films, Wolf Song (1929), was originally released as a part talkie, but survives only as a silent film. One of Cooper's earliest talkies, Paramount on Parade (1930), survives incomplete. The prints that are available for television are missing all but one of the film's Technicolor scenes—a partial restoration of these scenes was done by the UCLA Film Archives.
This filmography contains sections for Cooper's work as an extra in the earliest part of his film career, his feature film appearances, his occasional appearances in short films, and a section for a compilation film. Due to its length (92 films), the listing of his feature films is divided in four sections. Cooper's film roles are listed, as well as the names of each film's director and co-stars. Cooper's awards and nominations are also listed. Except where noted, all of his films were shot in 35mm black and white. All films released prior to Lilac Time (1928) are silent films and all from The Virginian (1929) onward are sound films. The films made during the silent-to-sound transition are noted as being either silent or sound films. As an addendum, Cooper's handful of television appearances are also listed.
As a film extra, 1925–1926
Feature films, 1926–1930
|1926||The Winning of Barbara Worth||Abe Lee||Henry King||Ronald Colman
|1927||It||Newspaper Reporter||Clarence Badger||Clara Bow
|Children of Divorce||Edward D. "Ted" Larrabee||Frank Lloyd||Clara Bow
|Arizona Bound||Dave Saulter||John Waters||Betty Jewel|
|Wings||Cadet White||William A. Wellman||Clara Bow
|Nevada||"Nevada"||John Waters||Thelma Todd|
|The Last Outlaw||Sheriff Buddy Hale||John Waters||Betty Jewel|
|1928||Beau Sabreur||Major Henri de Beaujolais||John Waters||Evelyn Brent
|The Legion of the Condemned||Gale Price||William A. Wellman||Fay Wray||Lost film|
|Doomsday||Arnold Furze||Rowland V. Lee||Florence Vidor|
|Half a Bride||Captain Edmunds||Gregory La Cava||Esther Ralston|
|Lilac Time||Captain Philip Blythe||George Fitzmaurice||Colleen Moore||Silent film with synchronized music and sound effects|
|The First Kiss||Mulligan Talbot||Rowland V. Lee||Fay Wray||Silent film|
|The Shopworn Angel||William Tyler||Richard Wallace||Nancy Carroll||Silent film with talking sequences, synchronized music, and sound effects|
|1929||The Wolf Song||Sam Lash||Victor Fleming||Lupe Vélez||Silent film with talking sequences, synchronized music, and sound effects|
|Betrayal||Andre Frey||Lewis Milestone||Emil Jannings
|Silent film with talking sequences, synchronized music, and sound effects|
|The Virginian||The Virginian||Victor Fleming||Mary Brian
|1930||Only the Brave||Captain James Braydon||Frank Tuttle||Mary Brian|
|Paramount on Parade||Hunter (Dream Girl)||Multiple*||Mary Brian
|The Texan||Enrique, aka "Quico", The Llano Kid||John Cromwell||Fay Wray|
|Seven Days' Leave||Kenneth Downey||Richard Wallace||Beryl Mercer|
|A Man from Wyoming||Jim Baker||Rowland V. Lee||June Collyer|
|The Spoilers||Roy Glenister||Edward Carewe||Kay Johnson|
|Morocco||Légionnaire Tom Brown||Josef von Sternberg||Marlene Dietrich|
^ *Directors included Dorothy Arzner, Otto Brower, Edmund Goulding, Victor Heerman, Edwin H. Knopf, Rowland V. Lee, Ernst Lubitsch, Lothar Mendes, Victor Schertzinger, A. Edward Sutherland, and Frank Tuttle
Feature films, 1931–1940
Feature films, 1941–1950
Feature films, 1951–1961
|1926||Three Pals||Bit part|
|Lightnin' Wins||Master of "Lightnin', the Super Dog"|
|1932||The Slippery Pearls||Himself|
|The Voice of Hollywood No. 13 (Second Series)||Himself|
|Hollywood on Parade||Himself|
|Hollywood on Parade No. A-2||Himself|
|1933||Hollywood on Parade No. A-12||Himself|
|Hollywood on Parade No. B-5||Himself|
|1934||Hollywood on Parade No. B-6||Himself|
|The Hollywood Gad-About||Himself|
|Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove
|1935||Screen Snapshots Series 14, No. 8||Himself|
|Paramount Headliner: Broadway Highlights No. 1||Himself|
|La Fiesta de Santa Barbara
|1937||Lest We Forget||Himself
(talking about Will Rogers)
|1940||Screen Snapshots: Seeing Hollywood||Himself (Rodeo Spectator)|
|Screen Snapshots Series 19, No 6: Hollywood Recreations||Himself|
|1941||Breakdowns of 1941||Himself|
|1942||Hedda Hopper's Hollywood No. 3||Himself|
|1944||Memo for Joe||Himself|
|1949||Screen Snapshots: Motion Picture Mothers, Inc.||Himself|
|1954||Boum sur Paris||Himself/En personne|
|1955||Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Premiere||Himself|
|1959||Premier Khrushchev in the USA||Himself|
|1939||Land of Liberty||A compilation showing history (mainly American) through clips of Hollywood movies, including three that starred Cooper: Operator 13, The Plainsman, and The Adventures of Marco Polo.|
Box Office Ranking
United States film exhibitors voted Cooper among the most popular stars in the country:
- 1950 – 11th
- 1951 – 8th
- 1952 – 2nd
- 1953 – 1st
- 1954 – 3rd
- 1955 – 5th
- 1957 – 6th
- 1958 – 18th
- 1959 – 13th
- 1960 – 25th
|February 1, 1953||Toast of the Town||Himself|
|December 25, 1955||Toast of the Town||Himself|
|December 9, 1956||Cinépanorama||Himself|
|July 7, 1957||Toast of the Town||Himself|
|January 1, 1958||Wide Wide World||Himself||Episode: "The Western"|
|September 21, 1958||The Jack Benny Program||Himself||Episode: "The Gary Cooper Show"|
|February 27, 1959||The Perry Como Show||Himself|
|October 18, 1959||What's My Line?||Himself (Mystery Guest)|
|March 29, 1961||Project 20||Host / Narrator||Episode: "The Real West"|
- In some sources, Cooper is credited as being an extra in The Last Hour (1923), but this is highly unlikely. Cooper did not come to Hollywood until November 1925.
- Dickens, p. 29.
- Jordon, p. 143.
- Dickens, p. 8.
- Biography of Cooper at the IMDb
- Award list for Cooper at the IMDb
- Dickens, p. 278
- Jordan, p. 138
- DVD and video cassette listing for Gary Cooper
- Entry on Beau Sabreur
- Entry on Legion of the Condemned
- Entry on Wolf Song
- Bradley, Edwin M. (1996). The First Hollywood Musicals. McFarland. pp. 268–271. ISBN 0-89950-945-2.
- Dickens, pp. 22–24.
- Thomson, pp. 125–26.
- Dickens, p. 3.
- "Lilac Time". Silent Era. Retrieved April 2, 2014.
- "Shopworn Angel". Silent Era. Retrieved April 2, 2014.
- "Betrayal". Silent Era. Retrieved April 2, 2014.