For today’s classic Hollywood Throwback Thursday, we’re taking a look at one of the hottest and most entertaining actors of his generation, Gary Cooper.
Let me put it to you like this: he was sexy, he was talented and boy did he like sleeping with his co-stars. But before we get to that, allow me to give you a little Gary Cooper background.
He first made his name as a very attractive Hollywood extra in a number of silent westerns, before really hitting it big in 1927′s Wings.
The film would go on to win the first Academy Award for Best Picture, and helped to officially cement Gary’s star status. I’m sure his insanely pretty looks didn’t hurt either.
Gary was perhaps best known for his westerns–I consider High Noon to be his masterpiece–but he wasn’t afraid to branch out into different genres. He won his first Best Actor Oscar for Sergeant York in 1942, and his second for High Noon in 1952.
As mentioned before, his personal life was a bit of doozie. He was only married once, to Sandra Shaw from 1933 until his death from prostrate cancer in 1961, but that didn’t mean he didn’t have time for affairs. I’ll let you read all about them here. What a man he was.
So this is what you’re gonna do this weekend, you’re gonna rent Wings, High Noon and Love in the Afternoon (this movie brings me joy) and have yourself a Gary Cooper marathon. By the end of it, you’ll be feeling like Tallulah Bankhead, who once said, ”The only reason I went to Hollywood was to fuck that divine Gary Cooper.”