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RALPH COOPER BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
 
Ralph Cooper was born on January 16th, 1908 in New York City, New York.  Being a Black man in the Hollywood industry was a difficult thing for an actor and many were typecast, however, Cooper refused to allow that to happen to him.  So he chose to star in films for Black audiences.  He earned the nickname, 'The Dark Gable', which was given to him after, Clark Gable for his handsome appearance.
 
When he did begin appearing in films, he was normally cast in gangster roles.  Along with being an actor, Cooper was also a tap dancer, choreographer, singer, bandleader and even a writer.  He also worked as an emcee and was involved in helping to create the Apollo Theater.

During the 1930’s he was also working as a producer in films in Hollywood. 
 
Ralph Cooper passed away on April 4th, 1992 in Harlem, New York. 

 
Filmography

1940   Am I Guilty?

1940   Gang War 

1938   The Duke Is Tops 

1937   Dark Manhattan 

1937   Gangsters on the Loose

1936   Lloyd's of London 

1936   White Hunter





Matinee Classics - Am I Guilty? starring Ralph Cooper, Sybil Lewis, Sam McDaniel, Lawrence Criner, Marcella Moreland, Arthur Ray, Reginald Fenderson and Monte Hawley
Matinee Classics - Dark Manhattan starring Ralph Cooper
Matinee Classics - Gangsters on the Loose aka Bargain with Bullets starring Ralph Cooper, Theresa Harris, Laurence Criner, Edward Thompson, Frances Turham and Les Hite's Cotton Club Orchestra
Matinee Classics - Racket Doctor starring Ralph Cooper, Sybil Lewis, Sam McDaniel, Laurence Criner, Marcella Moreland, Arthur Ray, Reginald Fenderson and Monte Hawley
Matinee Classics - The Duke is Tops starring Lena Horne, Ralph Cooper, Lawrence Criner, Monte Hawley, Willie Covan, Neva Peoples, Vernon McCallum, Edward Thompson, Johnny Taylor, Ray Martin, Guersney Morrow and Charlie Hawkins
Matinee Classics - The Duke is Tops starring Lena Horne, Ralph Cooper, Lawrence Criner, Monte Hawley, Willie Covan, Neva Peoples, Vernon McCallum, Edward Thompson, Johnny Taylor, Ray Martin, Guersney Morrow and Charlie Hawkins


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