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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 21 Collections and/or Records:

Merian C. Cooper home movies, circa 1934-1963

 Sub-Series — Folder: 72
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 18 Sub-Series B
Scope and Contents Contains home movies from the Cooper family, including footage of holidays, vacations, and other events. Films are in the original motion picture film as well as derivative videotape copies. Footage dates from between 1934 and approximately 1963.

Merian C. Cooper motion pictures, 1929-1976

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 18 Sub-Series A
Scope and Contents Contains motion picture prints and videorecordings of a selection of American motion pictures. Many of the titles were produced or directed by Cooper. Materials date from 1929 to 1976.

Merian C. Cooper motion pictures and videotapes, 1934-1963

 Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 18
Scope and Contents note Contains prints and videotapes of feature motion pictures associated with Cooper. Prints are in 16 mm and 35 mm formats, while the videorecordings are VHS. Also includes nearly two hours of 16 mm black-and-white and color home movies taken by Cooper from 1934 to 1963.

Merian C. Cooper print and videorecordings of The four feathers, 1929

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 18 Sub-Series A Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains a print and videorecordings of Cooper's production of The Four Feathers (1929).

Merian C. Cooper print and viderecordings of One man's journey, 1933

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 18 Sub-Series A Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains a print and videorecordings of Cooper's production of One Man's Journey (1933).

Merian C. Cooper print of Double harness, 1933

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 18 Sub-Series A Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains a print of Cooper's production of Double Harness (1933).

Merian C. Cooper print of King Kong, 1933

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 18 Sub-Series A Sub-Series 5
Scope and Contents Contains a print of Cooper's production of King Kong (1933).

Merian C. Cooper print of Living on love, 1937

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 18 Sub-Series A Sub-Series 11
Scope and Contents Contains a print of the RKO Pictures production of Living on Love (1937).

Merian C. Cooper print of One man's journey, 1934

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 18 Sub-Series A Sub-Series 4
Scope and Contents Contains a print of Cooper's production of One Man's Journey (1934).

Merian C. Cooper print of Rafter romance, 1933

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 18 Sub-Series A Sub-Series 6
Scope and Contents Contains a print of Cooper's production of Rafter Romance (1933).