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Also Known As: Merian Caldwell Cooper, Merian Cooper Died: April 21, 1973
Born: October 24, 1894 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Jacksonville, Florida, USA Profession: producer, director, screenwriter

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Director, with Ernest Schoedsack, of exotic adventure films in the 1920s and 30s, most notably "King Kong" (1933). Cooper subsequently concentrated on producing, often in collaboration with John Ford, and received a Special Academy Award in 1952 for his "many innovations and contributions to the art of motion pictures."

Director, with Ernest Schoedsack, of exotic adventure films in the 1920s and 30s, most notably "King Kong" (1933). Cooper subsequently concentrated on producing, often in collaboration with John Ford, and received a Special Academy Award in 1952 for his "many innovations and contributions to the art of motion pictures."

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  King Kong (1933) Director
2.
  The Four Feathers (1929) Director
3.
  Gow the Headhunter (1928) Director
4.
  Chang (1927) Director

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During WWI served with Air Force and was POW in Germany
1919:
Left Air Force; joined Polish Army to fight Reds
1920:
Member of Kosciusko's Squadron; shot down and reported dead
1930:
Dirctor of Pan American Airways
1931:
Joined RKO
1933:
Made vice president in charge of production at RKO Pictures
1933:
Co-founded Pioneer Pictures with Jock and C.V. Whitney
1935:
Became executive director of Pioneer
1936:
Merged Pioneer with Selznick-International; made vice president of Selznick-International Pictures
1937:
Formed Argosy Pictures with John Ford; first Argosy film, "The Long Voyage Home" (1940)
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Education

Lawrenceville School: -
United States Naval Academy: Annapolis , Maryland -
Georgia Institute of Technology: - 1917

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wife:
Dorothy Jordan. Actor.

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MrGotrocks ( 2008-04-10 )

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Beginning in 1941 he served as Chief of Staff to Claire Chennault in the American Volunteer Group (The Flying Tigers.)

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