Frank Cooper attended the grammar school next door to Grove House during 1910–13, before leaving for the United States, aged 12. His film career began as an ‘extra’, before he was contracted to Paramount in 1927, having changed his name from Frank to Gary. By the end of the 1930s, Gary Cooper was reputedly the highest-paid film star in America. His most outstanding film performance was in 1952 as the town marshall in High Noon.
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