Merian C Cooper
October 24, 1893
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
April 21, 1973
Coronado, California, United States
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."