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"Whatever happened to Gary Cooper, the strong, silent type? That was an American. He wasn't in touch with his feelings. He just did what he had to do."
Tony Soprano, The Sopranos

Gary Cooper (born Frank James Cooper; May 7, 1901 – May 13, 1961) was one of the most popular American leading men during The Pre-Code Era and The Golden Age of Hollywood.

Cooper was born in Montana, the child of English immigrants. As a young man, he managed his parents' ranch and drew editorial cartoons for a Helena newspaper before moving to Los Angeles in 1924, following his parents. Shortly thereafter, Cooper started getting work as an extra, and in the late silent era started getting featured roles, including a small part in the first film ever to win Best Picture, Wings. His first sound film, The Virginian, made him a star. Cooper typically portrayed taciturn, slow-talking, square-jawed heroes from Middle America. He played a lot of cowboys and sheriffs in westerns. Offscreen, he was also well known as The Casanova, having affairs with many of his female co-stars.

Cooper had a relatively narrow range, almost always playing romantic leads or action leads, but was praised for his understated acting style and screen performances, which made him appear natural and authentic on screen. He was nominated for five Oscars, winning the Academy Award for Best Actor for Sergeant York and High Noon. He made over 100 films, working until shortly before his death from cancer in 1961, having just turned 60.

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  • Big Eater: While not quite to Marlon Brando levels, he was known for his voracious appetite, often eating whole cherry pies for lunch and joking that during his early years, his "starvation diet at the time ran to no less than a dozen eggs a day, a couple of loaves of bread, a platter of bacon, and just enough pork chops between meals to keep me going until I got home for supper." Despite this, he always remained exceptionally thin due to his very active lifestyle, only gaining a modest amount of weight in his final years and even then still remaining a slender 190 pounds at his heaviest.
  • The Big Guy: Was one of the tallest actors of his time at roughly 6'3''. Clark Gable was said to have joked that Hollywood didn't think that there would be anyone taller than him, and then they remembered that Cooper was already there.
  • Manly Man: Along with John Wayne, one of the stars who epitomized masculinity with a dominating serenity during the 50s. In real life, he was scrutinized during the '30s and '40s for not being masculine enough, and as a child, when he came back to Montana from England dressed like a gentleman, he was openly mocked for it.
  • The Stoic: His characters convey resolve and power through a sturdy, deliberate silence. As Tony Soprano would put it: "The strong, silent type".


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The Definition of "Yum-Yum"

Sugarpuss tells Bertram that she thinks that he is a "yum-yum" type and decides to demonstrate what it means. (Most likely means "kissable")

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