• "He had the soul of a boy–a pure, simple, nice, warm boys’ soul… He was the incarnation of the honorable American.”

— Stockholm, Sweden newspaper Svenska Dagbladet

  • "His death left a void no other actor can fill." 

— Gary Cooper biographer Homer Dickens

  • "He was the symbol of trust, confidence and protection. He is dead now. What a miracle that he existed.”

— Hamburg newspaper Die Welt

  • "For deftness and sheer likeability there is no actor on the screen today who can turn in a more satisfying performance." 

— New York Evening Post film reviewer Thornton Delehanty on Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)


  • Cooper embodied American goodness and strength, projecting it on the screen with understated brilliance. 

–Mary Claire Kendall, Forbes Magazine

  • “…Cooper died; to fans still reeling from the death of Clark Gable six months earlier, it seemed that Hollywood’s Golden Era had suddenly died, as well.”

— Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • “One man who saw through his own eyes and thought with his own brain.  Such men may be rare, they may be unknown, but they move the world.”

— Gary Cooper, Venture and Opportunity (1949)

  • When Cooper played a cowboy you really believed he was a cowboy, and when he played an international man of sophistication, he was just as believable. That had a real effect on me, and we what I found so interesting about him. He was at home in either role and always convincingly authentic. There weren’t many actors that could do that, which is why Gary Cooper was not only the biggest star of his time, but also the definitive “American” move star-handsome, honorable, honest.

-Ralph Lauren

  • “It was Gary Cooper who became the enduring American icon because he so adroitly combined the down-to-earth touch of time common man with the sharp elegance of a film hero.”

– Bruce Boyer

  • “The only achievement I am really proud of is the friends I have made in this community.”
  • Gary Cooper


  • My whole career has been one of extreme good fortune. I think I’m an average actor … In acting you can do something and maybe … some people think it’s fine, but you know inside of you that it can be done better … You don’t feel that you really attained a goal in the acting business; you always feel that you’re still learning.
  • Gary Cooper


  • “Cooper, Hollywood’s homespun hero, was another product of its big star era — the same era in which names like Clark Gable, John Wayne, Errol Flynn and Tyrone Power became household words to millions. It was an era which Hollywood itself believes is gone forever,”

-The Times