Merian C Cooper

Producer, Director, Screenwriter
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 ... Read more »
Born: 10/24/1894 in Jacksonville, Florida, USA

Filmography

Producer (15)

The Searchers 1956 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Quiet Man 1952 (Movie)

(Producer)

This Is Cinerama 1951 (Movie)

(Producer)

Rio Grande 1950 (Movie)

(Producer)

Wagonmaster 1950 (Movie)

(Producer)

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon 1949 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fort Apache 1948 (Movie)

(Producer)

Three Godfathers 1948 (Movie)

(Producer)

She 1934 (Movie)

(Producer)

King Kong 1933 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Lost Patrol 1933 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Bed of Roses 1932 (Movie)

(Producer)

Little Women 1932 (Movie)

(Producer)

Morning Glory 1932 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Grass 1924 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (6)

King Kong 2005 (Movie)

(From Story) (Source Material)

Mighty Joe Young 1998 (Movie)

from original story("Mighty Joe Young") (From Story)

The Mighty Kong 1997 (Movie)

("King Kong") (From Story)

King Kong Lives 1986 (Movie)

("King Kong") (Characters as Source Material)

King Kong 1933 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

King Kong 1933 (Movie)

(From Story)
Director (2)

King Kong 1933 (Movie)

(Director)

Grass 1924 (Movie)

(Director)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Grass 1924 (Movie)

(Photography)
Other (1)

King Kong 1976 (Movie)

from original concept (Other)

Biography

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."

Relationships

Dorothy Jordan

Wife

EDUCATION

United States Naval Academy

Annapolis, Maryland
quit in 1915, the year he was supposed to graduate

Lawrenceville School

Lawrenceville, New Jersey

Georgia Institute of Technology

1917

Milestones

1937

Formed Argosy Pictures with John Ford; first Argosy film, "The Long Voyage Home" (1940)

1936

Merged Pioneer with Selznick-International; made vice president of Selznick-International Pictures

1935

Became executive director of Pioneer

1933

Made vice president in charge of production at RKO Pictures

1933

Co-founded Pioneer Pictures with Jock and C.V. Whitney

1931

Joined RKO

1930

Dirctor of Pan American Airways

1920

Member of Kosciusko's Squadron; shot down and reported dead

1919

Left Air Force; joined Polish Army to fight Reds

During WWI served with Air Force and was POW in Germany

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