Find out who played the role of Lou Gehrig in the film “Pride of the Yankees”!
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The film “Pride of the Yankees” was released in 1942, starring Gary Cooper as baseball legend Lou Gehrig. The film chronicles Gehrig’s life, from his humble beginnings as a young ballplayer to his tragic battle with ALS, which ended his life at the age of 37.
His portrayal of Gehrig
Gary Cooper’s portrayal of Lou Gehrig in Pride of the Yankees (1942) earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor nomination. The film was directed by Sam Wood and adapted by Jo Swerling and Robert Wyler from the 1925 biography My Life with Gehrig by Eleanor Gehrig and James Hirsch. It also features Babe Ruth, as himself. In 2003, Cooper’s portrayal of Gehrig was ranked #13 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 50 Greatest American Screen Legends.
The film’s reception
The film’s reception was overwhelmingly positive. Critics praised Gary Cooper’s performance, as well as the film’s direction and screenplay. The film is considered one of the greatest sports films ever made.
Cooper’s career after the film
Cooper’s performance as Gehrig was widely praised and he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, but he did not win. After the film’s release, Cooper’s career continued to flourish. He starred in a number of critically acclaimed films, such as The Fountainhead (1949), A Place in the Sun (1951), High Noon (1952), Friendly Persuasion (1956), and Love in the Afternoon (1957). He also won a Golden Globe Award for his performance in High Noon. In 1961, Cooper starred in The Outrage, which was his last film role. He retired from acting shortly thereafter.