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Gary Cooper (May 7, 1901 - May 13, 1961) was born to immigrants from England in Helena, Montana, at which time he was named Frank James Cooper. His father was a farmer and later in life became a judge. His mother sent Gary and his brother to England to go to school in 1910, but when World War I broke out, she brought them home and enrolled them in school in Bozeman. He appeared in more than 100 movies from 1925 until just prior to his death in 1961. He won Oscars for “Sergeant York” and for “High Noon.” Although he had numerous fairly public affairs, he was married only once and had one child. He died of metastatic prostate cancer.



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