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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 24 October 1893Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Date of Death 21 April 1973San Diego, California, USA  (cancer)
Birth NameMerian Coldwell Cooper
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

In 1920, Merian C. Cooper was a member of volunteer of the American Kosciuszko Squadron that supported the Polish army in the war with Soviet Russia, where he met best friend and producing partner Ernest B. Schoedsack. On 26 July 1920, his plane was shot down, and he spent nearly nine months in the Soviet prisoner-of-war camp. He escaped just before the war was over. He was decorated by Marshall Jozef Pilsudski with the highest military decorations: Virtuti Military. He had a successful career in the military and in the movie business.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Marcin Kozlinski

Spouse (1)

Dorothy Jordan (27 May 1933 - 21 April 1973) (his death) (3 children)

Trivia (11)

Being the producer of King Kong (1933), he personally removed a scene in which four sailors, after Kong shook them off a log bridge, fall into a ravine and are eaten alive by giant spiders because, when previewed in January 1933, audience members either fled the theater in terror or talked about the ghastly scene during the entire movie.
He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But, his name is misspelled as "Meriam C. Cooper."
Honored by NBC Radio's "This Is Your Life" (5 April 1949). Guests included Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Fay Wray, and wife Dorothy Jordan.
Entered the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating in the Class of 1915. He left in his senior year. In 1916, he joined the Georgia National Guard to help chase Pancho Villa in Mexico.
Biography: John Wakeman, editor, "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945," pp. 147-152. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.
Was John Ford's favorite producer with whom to work.
Cooper had a bizarre dream about a giant ape that was destroying New York City and recorded it when he woke up. This was the basis for the classic King Kong (1933), which he developed and produced.
He and Robert Armstrong, who played Carl Denham in King Kong (1933), died within 16 hours of each other.
His brilliant creation, King Kong in King Kong (1933), is ranked #30 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
During his time in Belyov, Cooper used the assumed name of Frank Mosher and was interviewed by the famous Russian author Isaak Babel.
Interviewed in "Earth vs. the Sci-Fi Filmmakers" by Tom Weaver (McFarland, 2005).

Personal Quotes (3)

[about why the spider scene in King Kong (1933) was removed] It stopped the picture cold, so the next day back at the studio, I took it out myself.
[to Fay Wray regarding King Kong (1933)] You are going to have the tallest, darkest leading man in Hollywood".
[About Ernest Schoedsack] Underneath his hard-boiled exterior he had a heart of gold and the sensitiveness of a true artist... He was easy-going to the point of weakness with regard to everything but his work. It came first, and where it was concerned, he could be exacting... His patience was inexhaustible, and he never lost his temper.

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