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Cooper, Merian C.

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1893-1973

Biographical History

Merian C. Cooper (1893-1973) was an aviator, air force officer, screenwriter, film director, and producer in the United States. He is best known for writing and directing King Kong.

Merian Caldwell Cooper was an American aviator, United States Air Force and Polish Air Force officer, adventurer, screenwriter, film director, and producer. He was a notable movie producer, and got his start with film traveling the world and working on documentaries, most famously Grass and Chang, together with Ernest B. Schoedsack. He was a member of the board of directors of Pan American Airways, but focused on film. During his film career, he worked for several Hollywood studios. He is considered co-inventor of the Cinerama film projection process. Cooper's most famous film was the 1933 movie King Kong. He was awarded an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement in 1952 and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.

Citation

Wikipedia, Nov. 16, 2010 (Merian C. Cooper; Merian Caldwell Cooper; b. Oct. 24, 1893 in Jacksonville, Fla.; d. Apr. 21, 1973 in San Diego, Calif.; director of King Kong). Mar. 21, 2017 (aviator, United States Air Force and Polish Air Force officer, adventurer, screenwriter, film director; notable movie producer; got his start with film traveling the world and working on documentaries Grass and Chang together with Ernest B. Schoedsack; member of the board of directors of Pan American Airways; co-inventor of Cinerama; most famous film King Kong (1933); honorary lifetime achievement Oscar in 1952, Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 1960.)

Kozlinski, Marcin, "Biography of Merian C. Cooper", International Movie Database, accessed March 21, 2012, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0178260/bio

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Omaggio a Merian Cooper, October 12, 2003

 Item
Identifier: MSS 8918
Scope and Contents Footage of a panel on Merian C. Cooper at the Le Giornate del Cinema Muto festival in Pordenone, Italy in 2003.

Photoplay Productions documentary research

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 2995
Abstract Videotapes and DVDs of interviews during the production of the documentaries Cecil B. DeMille: American Epicand I'm King Kong!.

Photoplay Productions DVD of interview, 2000-2005

 Series
Identifier: MSS 2995 Series 3
Scope and Contents note This series contains intervies with: Craig Barron, Rudy Behlmer, Ray Bradbury, Bob Burns, Harry Carey, Jr., Richard Cooper, Ted Curtis, James D'Arc, Ray Harryhausen, General David L. "Tex" Hill, Paul Jensen, James Karen, Terry Moore, Rebecca Prime, Daniel Selznick, David Strohmaier, Mark Vaz.

Photoplay Productions VHS Videotape: DeMille miscellaneous footage, 2000-2005

 Series
Identifier: MSS 2995 Series 1
Scope and Contents note This series contains both parts of DeMille footage.

Photoplay Productions VHS Videotape of interview, 2000-2005

 Series
Identifier: MSS 2995 Series 2
Scope and Contents note This series contains interviews with: Cecilia DeMille Presley; James D'Arc, Lisa Mitchell, Evelyn Keyes, Bob Birchard, Lisa Mitchell, Joseph Newman, Albert Nozarki, Elliot Reid, Charlton Heston, Joseph Newman, Richard DeMille, Elmer Bernstein, Elliot Reid, Betty Lasky, Diana Serra Carey, Mickey Moore, Pat Moore, Frank Coghlan, Diana Serra Carey, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Angela Lansbury, A.C. Lyles.