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Gary Cooper on TV: How His Star Power Went Beyond the Big Screen

By    |   Wednesday, 08 Apr 2015 07:26 PM

The big screen entices many actors but sometimes, TV can be more fun. Gary Cooper was no exception. He is best known for appearing in Westerns, war movies, and romantic comedies, but he also made TV appearances that amused the American public.

These are some of Gary Cooper's most memorable small screen moments.

1."The Ed Sullivan Show"

Gary Cooper made two TV appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1955 and 1957. His first appearance was on Christmas Day and included a re-enactment of scenes from "The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell" with his co-star, Rod Steiger.

He appeared again with the release of "Love in the Afternoon." No re-enactments were mentioned but the movie was discussed and clips shown.

2. "What's My Line?"

The 1950s featured many popular game shows and many took the form of guessing games.

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Gary Cooper appeared as the Mystery Challenger in "What's My Line?" in 1959. The panel was required to guess his identity in 10 questions or fewer.

Despite his attempts to hide his voice, Cooper did not stay unidentified for long.

3. "The Perry Como Show"

"What's My Line?" would not be the limit to Gary Cooper being on TV on 1959. He also appeared on an episode of "The Perry Como Show" where Como performed "High Noon."

Cooper won an Academy Award for Best Actor for the film "High Noon" in 1953.

Another star on this particular episode was Ray Charles and his orchestra.

4. "Project XX: The Real West"

The last TV show featuring Gary Cooper ever produced, "Project XX: The Real West" was a documentary centering on the history of the Old West.

Having grown up in Montana and knowing the ranch life well, Cooper gave authenticity to this TV special.

Cooper was given a Bronze Wrangler by the Western Heritage Awards for his narration of "The Real West."

According to IMDb
, it is available on DVD and contains rare pictures of 19th century United States.

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The big screen entices many actors but sometimes, TV can be more fun. Gary Cooper was no exception. He is best known for appearing in Westerns, war movies, and romantic comedies, but he also made TV appearances that amused the American public. These are some of his memorable small screen moments.
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