Time Line

Discover and relive milestone awards and achievements from Gary Cooper’s life.

1928: First feature film with speaking part, "The Shopworn Angel"


1930: Portrayed sardonic independent soldier, too taciturn to spell out his love for Marlene Dietrich in Josef von Sternberg’s "Morocco”

1936: Received first of five Academy Award nominations as Best Actor for "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town", directed by Frank Capra and co-starring Jean Arthur

1941: Earned first Best Actor Oscar for Howard Hawks’ "Sergeant York", the biopic of the WWI hero

1942: Portrayed baseball great Lou Gehrig in "The Pride of the Yankees"; nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actor


1944: Named the #2 Box Office Star

1947: Testified as a "friendly witness" before the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC), investing Communism in Hollywood

1952: Collected second Best Actor Oscar for his performance in "High Noon”

1952: Received the Golden Globe Award for his performance “High Noon”

1953: Named the #1 Box Office Star in the Top 10 Poll of Money-Making Stars


1956: "Told" his memoirs to SATURDAY EVENING POST writer George Scullins, and they appeared in eight installments, entitled "Well, It Was This Way”

1961: Narrated and appeared in the excellent documentary "The Real West", produced as part of NBC-TV’s "Project 20" series; aired on March 26

2001: Centennial Celebrations of the Coop’s Career: Coming Soon