Melville Cooper

Actor
After appearing in a number of stage productions in England, British-born actor Melville Cooper re-established himself in Hollywood in the early 1930s. His first notable performance was in Alexander Korda's ... Read more »
Born: 10/15/1896 in Birmingham, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (46)

From the Earth to the Moon 1957 (Movie)

Bancroft (Actor)

Around the World in 80 Days 1956 (Movie)

Steward (Actor)

Bundle of Joy 1956 (Movie)

Adams (Actor)

Diane 1955 (Movie)

Court Physician (Actor)

Moonfleet 1955 (Movie)

Felix Ratsey (Actor)

The King's Thief 1955 (Movie)

Henry Wynch (Actor)

It Should Happen to You 1953 (Movie)

TV Panelist (Actor)

And Baby Makes Three 1949 (Movie)

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Let's Dance 1949 (Movie)

Charles Wagstaffe (Actor)

The Red Danube 1949 (Movie)

Private David Moonlight (Actor)

Love Happy 1948 (Movie)

Throckmorton (Actor)

The Imperfect Lady 1947 (Movie)

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13 Rue Madeleine 1946 (Movie)

Pappy Simpson (Actor)

Hit Parade of 1943 1942 (Movie)

Bradley Cole (Actor)

My Kingdom For a Cook 1942 (Movie)

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The Lady Eve 1941 (Movie)

Gerald (Actor)

Rebecca 1940 (Movie)

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Too Many Husbands 1939 (Movie)

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The Adventures of Robin Hood 1938 (Movie)

High Sheriff of Nottingham (Actor)

Thin Ice 1936 (Movie)

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The Gorgeous Hussy 1935 (Movie)

Cuthbert (Actor)

Blind Alley (Movie)

George Curtis (Actor)

Comet over Broadway (Movie)

Emerson (Actor)

Dramatic School (Movie)

Boulin (Actor)

Enchantment (Movie)

Jeweler (Actor)

Father of the Bride (Movie)

Mr. Triangle (Actor)

Four's a Crowd (Movie)

Bingham (Actor)

Gold Diggers in Paris (Movie)

Pierre LeBrec (Actor)

Hard to Get (Movie)

Case (Actor)

Murder over New York (Movie)

Herbert Fenton (Actor)

Pride and Prejudice (Movie)

Mr. Collins (Actor)

Random Harvest (Movie)

George (Actor)

Scotland Yard (Movie)

Dr. Crownfield (Actor)

The Affairs of Martha (Movie)

Dr. Clarence Sommerfield (Actor)

The Dawn Patrol (Movie)

Watkins (Actor)

The Flame of New Orleans (Movie)

Brotherin-Law (Actor)

The Great Garrick (Movie)

M. Picard (Actor)

The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (Movie)

William (Actor)

The Petty Girl (Movie)

Beardsley (Actor)

The Private Life of Don Juan (Movie)

Leporello (Actor)

The Sun Never Sets (Movie)

Cosey (Actor)

The Underworld Story (Movie)

Maj. Radford (Actor)

This Above All (Movie)

Wilbur (Actor)

Tovarich (Movie)

Charles Dupont (Actor)

Women Are Like That (Movie)

Mainwaring (Actor)

You Belong To Me (Movie)

Moody (Actor)

Biography

After appearing in a number of stage productions in England, British-born actor Melville Cooper re-established himself in Hollywood in the early 1930s. His first notable performance was in Alexander Korda's swashbuckling comedy "The Private Life of Don Juan", starring Douglas Fairbanks. Cooper's haughty, patrician demeanor was used to great effect in much of his work during this period. Arguably his most famous role came in 1938 when he starred in the sweeping action film "The Adventures of Robin Hood", playing the gutless High Sheriff of Nottingham opposite the dashing Errol Flynn and the nefarious Basil Rathbone. Cooper re-teamed with Flynn and Rathbone again in the World War I aerial combat film "The Dawn Patrol", released that same year. Many of Cooper's roles were in prestigious productions such as Alfred Hitchcock's "Rebecca" and "Pride and Prejudice", but one of his finest roles was playing a suave conman who works with grifter Barbara Stanwyck in an attempt to bilk the gullible Henry Fonda in Preston Sturges's screwball comedy classic "The Lady Eve". One of his best late roles can be seen in the family-oriented comedy "Father of the Bride", starring Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor. By the end of the 1950s, Cooper left Hollywood and returned to the stage.

Relationships

Rita Page

Husband
Married in 1931

Milestones

1934

Film acting debut

1914

First role on stage at Stratford-at-Avon

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