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.
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