Ben Cooper (born September 30, 1933) is a retired American actor of film and television, who won a Golden Boot Award in 2005 for his work in westerns.
3 Film and television career
4 Personal life
5.1 Film appearances
5.2 Television appearances
7 External links
Cooper appeared on Broadway in Life With Father (1939). He debuted in the role of Harlan at age 9; before the play performances ended in 1943, Cooper had grown enough to play Whitney.
Cooper acted in thirty-four radio serials, many of them soap operas, in the era of old-time radio.
Film and television career
Cooper's earliest credited screen appearance was as an eighteen-year-old in 1952–1953 on the Armstrong Circle Theatre, then on NBC, in the two episodes "The Commandant's Clock" and "Changing Dream". Thereafter, he appeared in numerous films with Republic Pictures such as Thunderbirds, Johnny Guitar, The Last Command, Duel at Apache Wells (1956) and other films such as The Rose Tattoo.
Cooper began appearing on dozens of television westerns. He was cast as Clint Harding, a young man intent of murdering his father, in the 1956 episode, "Vengeance Canyon" on Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre. Walter Brennan and Sheb Wooley played outlaws, Joe and Brock, respectively, whom Clint encountered on the trail. Joe tries to convince Clint that vengeance is unproductive.
He appeared in Tales of Wells Fargo, Wagon Train, Bonanza and Rawhide. He unsuccessfully tested in 1962 for the role of Steve Hill on NBC's 90-minute western, The Virginian.. He played the character and murderer Frank Wells, in the 1961 Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Impatient Partner" and James Grove in the 1962 episode "The Case of the Polka Dot Pony." He played the character and murderer Clyde Jasper, in the 1965 Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Mischievous Doll".
In 1971, he parodied his Johnny Guitar character in Burt Kennedy's Support Your Local Gunfighter, playing a "pipsqueak" gunslinger who gets comically bested by James Garner.
Cooper, a native of Hartford, Connecticut, resided in the Greater Los Angeles Area. After he was diagnosed with dementia, he moved to a memory care facility in Memphis, Tennessee in 2017 to be nearer with his family. He has two daughters by his late wife Pamela R. Cooper. He attended Columbia University in New York City.
Side Street (1950) - Young Man at Cleaners (uncredited)
Thunderbirds (1952) - Calvin Jones
Woman They Almost Lynched (1953) - Jesse James
A Perilous Journey (1953) - Sam
Sea of Lost Ships (1953) - 3rd Plane Crewman
Flight Nurse (1953) - Pfc. Marvin Judd
Johnny Guitar (1954) - Turkey Ralston
The Outcast (1954) - The Kid
Hell's Outpost (1954) - Alec Bacchione
The Eternal Sea (1955) - Seaman P.J. 'Zuggy' Zugbaum
The Last Command (1955) - Jeb Lacey
Headline Hunters (1955) - David Flynn
The Rose Tattoo (1955) - Seaman Jack Hunter
The Fighting Chance (1955) - Mike Gargan
A Strange Adventure (1956) - Harold Norton
Rebel in Town (1956) - Gray Mason
Duel at Apache Wells (1957) - Johnny Shattuck
Outlaw's Son (1957) - Jeff Blaine
Chartroose Caboose (1960) - Dub Dawson
Gunfight at Comanche Creek (1963) - Carter
The Raiders (1963) - Tom King
Arizona Raiders (1965) - Willie Martin
Waco (1966) - Scotty Moore
Red Tomahawk (1967) - Lt. Drake
The Fastest Guitar Alive (1967) - Rink
Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971) - Colorado
One More Train to Rob (1971) - First Deputy
The Sky's the Limit (1975) - Hank
Lightning Jack (1994) - Shopkeeper in Bank
Cooper was a notable performer in many television westerns. Cooper also appeared in television pilots for Command (1958), The Reno Brothers (1960) and The Freebooters (1967). These performances include appearances in the following television westerns:
One Step Beyond (1959) - Ronnie Watson
Tales of Wells Fargo (1959) - Matthew Land
Wichita Town (1959) - Tom Warren
Johnny Ringo (1960) - Mike Reno
Wagon Train (1959-1960) - Tom Tuckett / Steve Campden II
Zane Grey Theater (1956-1960) - Sandy / Darryl Thompson / Sam Duskin Jr. / Clint Harding
Stagecoach West (1960) - Jeremy Boone
The Westerner (1960) - Cal Davis
The Twilight Zone (1959 TV series) (1961) - Dauger
The Rifleman (1961) - Simon Lee
Bonanza (1960-1961) - Johnny Lightly in the episode "The Horse Breaker" / Sam Kirby in the episode "Showdown"
Laramie (1962) - Johnny Hartley / Sandy Catlin
Combat! (1963) "Next In Command"; episode 18, season 1; Corporal Cross
Rawhide (1964) - Clell Miller
Combat! (1965) "The Main Event"; episode 1, season 4; Willy Kleve
Gunsmoke (1961 and 1965) - Breck Taylor / Pitt Campbell
Death Valley Days (1969) - Jason Tugwell in episode "Biscuits and Billy, the Kid"
The Men From Shiloh, the rebranded title for The Virginian (1970) - Jason
Kung Fu (1974) - Goodnight
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