Imagine a continuum that defines acting styles. On the one side, you’d have the histrionic, almost melodramatic actors. William Shatner, for example. And on the other end of the continuum are the actors that are restrained and understated. That’s where you’d find the wonderful Gary Cooper.
Throughout his career, he played strong individuals who overcame enormous odds. He won Academy Awards for two or them: Will Kane in High Noon (1952), and Alvin York in Sergeant York (1941). In addition, he made a number of other memorable films, including A Farewell to Arms (1932), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), Beau Geste (1939), Meet John Doe (1941), The Pride of the Yankees (1942), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943), and The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell (1945).
Americans have always loved Gary Cooper, and his place in film history is reflected in his standing in polls by major publications. He was voted the 42nd Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine. He was named the 18th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly. And he was named the number 11 Greatest Actor on The 50 Greatest Screen Legends list by the American Film Institute.
And, if you saw Mr. Deeds, you’d know that he is, indeed, pixillated…