Merian C. Cooper

Screenwriter / Film Producer / Film Director / Actor / Fighter Pilot / Officer (armed Forces) / Aircraft Pilot / Journalist / Cinematographer | * 10/24/1893 († 79, 04/21/1973) | Jacksonville, Florida (United States of America (USA))
Merian Caldwell Cooper (October 24, 1893 – April 21, 1973) was an American filmmaker, actor, and producer, as well as a former aviator who served as an officer in the United States Air Force and Polish Air Force. In film, his most famous work was the 1933 movie King Kong, and he is credited as co-inventor of the Cinerama film projection process. He was awarded an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement in 1952 and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960. Before entering the movie business, Cooper had a distinguished career as the founder of the Kościuszko Squadron during the Polish–Soviet War and was a Soviet prisoner of war for a time. He got his start in with film as part of the Explorers Club, traveling the world and documenting adventures. He was a member of the board of directors of Pan American Airways, but his love of film took priority. During his film career, he worked for companies such as Pioneer Pictures, RKO Pictures, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. In 1925, he and Ernest B. Schoedsack went to Iran and made Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life, a documentary about the Bakhtiari people. ()
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Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Romance / Love | Adventure

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Awards & Nominations for Merian C. Cooper

Cross of Valour (Poland) Honorary Scout Silver Cross of The Virtuti Militari Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame Academy Award for Best Picture
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Movies with Merian C. Cooper as Actor(4)

as Self (archive)2002 Cinerama Adventure
as Pilot of Plane that Kills Kong (uncredited)1933 King Kong
as Self (as Merian Cooper)1925 Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life

Movies with Merian C. Cooper as Crew(75)

Writing/Characters2017 Kong: Skull Island
Writing/Story1998 Mighty Joe Young
Writing/Characters1986 King Kong Lives
Production/Executive Producer1956 The Searchers
Production/Producer1953 The Sun Shines Bright
Directing/Director1952 This Is Cinerama
Production/Producer1952 The Quiet Man
Production/Producer1950 Rio Grande
Production/Producer1949 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Production/Producer1949 Mighty Joe Young
Writing/Story1949 Mighty Joe Young
Crew/Presenter1948 3 Godfathers
Production/Producer1948 3 Godfathers
Production/Producer1948 Fort Apache
Production/Producer1947 The Fugitive
Production/Producer1940 Dr. Cyclops
Production/Producer1938 The Toy Wife
Production/Executive Producer1936 Dancing Pirate
Production/Producer1935 She
Production/Producer1935 The Last Days of Pompeii
Production/Executive Producer1934 Finishing School
Production/Executive Producer1934 Long Lost Father
Production/Executive Producer1934 The Meanest Gal in Town
Production/Executive Producer1934 Sing and Like it
Production/Executive Producer1934 The Lost Patrol
Production/Executive Producer1934 This Man Is Mine
Production/Executive Producer1934 Man of Two Worlds
Production/Executive Producer1934 Two Alone
Production/Executive Producer1934 Success at Any Price
Production/Executive Producer1934 Spitfire
Production/Executive Producer1934 Kentucky Kernels
Production/Executive Producer1934 Keep 'Em Rolling
Production/Executive Producer1934 Hips, Hips, Hooray!
Directing/Director1933 King Kong
Production/Producer1933 King Kong
Writing/Story1933 King Kong
Writing/Idea1933 King Kong
Production/Executive Producer1933 Ann Vickers
Production/Executive Producer1933 Professional Sweetheart
Production/Executive Producer1933 If I Were Free
Production/Executive Producer1933 The Right To Romance
Production/Production Executive1933 Before Dawn
Production/Executive Producer1933 Bed of Roses
Production/Executive Producer1933 Little Women
Production/Executive Producer1933 Rafter Romance
Production/Executive Producer1933 Double Harness
Production/Executive Producer1933 Diplomaniacs
Production/Executive Producer1933 After Tonight
Production/Executive Producer1933 Ace of Aces
Production/Executive Producer1933 Cross Fire
Production/Executive Producer1933 The Silver Cord
Production/Executive Producer1933 Blind Adventure
Production/Executive Producer1933 Flying Down to Rio
Production/Executive Producer1933 Emergency Call
Production/Executive Producer1933 Morning Glory
Production/Producer1933 The Monkey's Paw
Production/Executive Producer1933 Chance at Heaven
Production/Executive Producer1933 No Marriage Ties
Production/Executive Producer1933 Aggie Appleby, Maker of Men
Production/Producer1933 Midshipman Jack
Production/Associate Producer1933 Lucky Devils
Writing/Story1932 Roar of the Dragon
Production/Producer1932 The Most Dangerous Game
Production/Executive Producer1932 Flaming Gold
Production/Associate Producer1932 The Phantom of Crestwood
Camera/Director of Photography1929 The Four Feathers
Directing/Director1929 The Four Feathers
Production/Producer1929 The Four Feathers
Camera/Director of Photography1928 Gow the Head Hunter
Directing/Director1927 Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Production/Producer1927 Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Camera/Camera Operator1925 Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life
Directing/Director1925 Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life
Production/Producer1925 Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life

Full Name: Merian Cooper
Born: Tuesday, 10/24 1893 (October) in Jacksonville, Florida (United States of America (USA))
Died: Saturday, 04/21 1973 (April) in San Diego (aged: 79)
Zodiac sign: Scorpio (Chinese zodiac sign: Snake)
Languages: English (EN, native language)
Educated at: United States Naval Academy, Georgia Institute of Technology
Spouses (current/former): Dorothy Jordan
Siblings: John Cobb Cooper
Other names for Merian C. Cooper (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Merian Cooper"
Merian C. Cooper frequently works together with these people:
Van Nest Polglase (30x, Crew)
Walter Plunkett (29x, Crew)
Max Steiner (26x, Crew)
John Ford (18x, Crew)
Carroll Clark (15x, Crew)
Mel Berns (15x, Crew)
Roy Webb (14x, Crew)
J. Roy Hunt (10x, Crew)
Alfred Herman (10x, Crew)
Pandro S. Berman (9x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:14127, Added: 05/06/2018, Last updated: 03/27/2023