Gary Cooper

From the Archives: Gary Cooper Dies of Cancer at 60

From the Archives: Gary Cooper Dies of Cancer at 60

Gary Cooper, the strong, silent hero of the screen, died of cancer at 12:27 p.m. Saturday in the quiet of his Holmby Hills home.

The 60-year-old actor's death, awaited by his family and friends and by Cooper himself for two weeks, ended a long fight with the disease, the nature of which did not become publicly known until his confinement last month.

The tall, drawling Cooper, winner of two Academy Awards in a film career that spanned 35 years, had received messages of hope from all over the world, including a call from President Kennedy.

Family at Side

Cooper's wife, Veronica, their daughter, Maria, the family doctor, a priest and two male nurses...

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