Gary Cooper was born in Kalgoorlie and raised in the Goldfields, is a member of the Wongutha people and speaks the Wongutha language.
Gary has traditional ties to this region as Kalgoorlie is home to his great grandmother and her people.
Gary was the first Aboriginal graduate in Theatre at the WA Academy of Performing Arts in Mt Lawley and has enjoyed a successful career as an actor in film, television and theatre both Nationally & Internationally. Gary has forged his way as an award winning film maker in directing.
Gary has worked as the Multi Media Coordinator for the Bega Garnbirringu Health Service, is an advocate for Human Rights and Equal Opportunities. Gary was the First Nations Creative Producer for the Regional Arts Australia Summit “Arts & Edges” 2014 held in Kalgoorlie-Boulder and is currently the Creative Producer for Tjuma Pulka Media.