Chris Cooper

Actor, Set builder, Janitor
An intense character actor with a knack for playing taciturn authority figures, Chris Cooper came to prominence following his third collaboration with director John Sayles, "Lone Star" (1996), which put him on ... Read more »
Born: 07/09/1951 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (65)

Demolition 2016 (Movie)

Phil (Actor)

Coming Through the Rye 2014 (Movie)

J.D. Salinger (Actor)

August: Osage County 2013 (Movie)

Charles Aiken (Actor)

The Company You Keep 2013 (Movie)

Daniel Sloan (Actor)

Amigo 2011 (Movie)

Colonel Hardacre (Actor)

Birders: The Central Park Effect 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Muppets 2011 (Movie)

Tex Richman (Actor)

Remember Me 2010 (Movie)

Sgt Neil Craig (Actor)

The Company Men 2010 (Movie)

Phil Woodward (Actor)

The Tempest 2010 (Movie)

Antonio (Actor)

The Town 2010 (Movie)

Stephen MacRay (Actor)

New York, I Love You 2009 (Movie)

Alex (Actor)

The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Narrator

Where the Wild Things Are 2009 (Movie)

Douglas (Actor)

Married Life 2008 (Movie)

Harry Allen (Actor)

Breach 2007 (Movie)

Robert Hanssen (Actor)

The Kingdom 2007 (Movie)

Grant Sykes (Actor)

The 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Capote 2005 (Movie)

Alvin Dewey (Actor)

Jarhead 2005 (Movie)

Lieutenant Colonel Kazinski (Actor)

Syriana 2005 (Movie)

Jimmy Pope (Actor)

2004 IFP/Independent Spirit Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Silver City 2004 (Movie)

Dicky Pilager (Actor)

The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Seabiscuit 2003 (Movie)

Tom Smith (Actor)

Adaptation 2002 (Movie)

John Laroche (Actor)

Interstate 60 2002 (Movie)

Bob Cody (Actor)

The Bourne Identity 2002 (Movie)

Ted Conklin (Actor)

Me, Myself and Irene 2000 (Movie)

Lieutenant Gerke (Actor)

The Patriot 2000 (Movie)

Colonel Harry Burwell (Actor)

American Beauty 1999 (Movie)

Colonel Fitts (Actor)

October Sky 1999 (Movie)

John Hickman (Actor)

The 24 Hour Woman 1999 (Movie)

Ron Hacksby (Actor)

Great Expectations 1998 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Horton Foote's Alone 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Horse Whisperer 1998 (Movie)

Frank Booker (Actor)

A Time to Kill 1996 (Movie)

Deputy Looney (Actor)

Boys 1996 (Movie)

Mr John Baker (Actor)

Lone Star 1996 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Money Train 1995 (Movie)

Torch (Actor)

Pharaoh's Army 1995 (Movie)

Captain John Hull Abston (Actor)

Lone Justice 1993 (Movie)

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This Boy's Life 1993 (Movie)

Roy (Actor)

Ned Blessing: The True Story of My Life 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

1000 Pieces of Gold 1991 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

City of Hope 1991 (Movie)

Riggs (Actor)

Guilty By Suspicion 1991 (Movie)

Larry Nolan (Actor)

Journey Into Genius 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Matewan 1987 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Bed of Lies (TV Show)

Actor

Breast Men (TV Show)

Actor

Darrow (TV Show)

Actor

Hurricane Mary (Movie)

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In Broad Daylight (TV Show)

Actor

Lonesome Dove (TV Show)

Actor

My House in Umbria (TV Show)

Actor

One More Mountain (TV Show)

Actor

Return to Lonesome Dove (TV Show)

Actor

The Deliverance of Elaine (TV Show)

Actor

The Lost Son of Havana (TV Show)

Narrator

To the Moon, Alice (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

The Muppets 2011 (Movie)

("Let's Talk About Me") (Song Performer)

Biography

An intense character actor with a knack for playing taciturn authority figures, Chris Cooper came to prominence following his third collaboration with director John Sayles, "Lone Star" (1996), which put him on Hollywood's radar and opened the doors to a wider range of projects. His first film with Sayles, "Matewan" (1987), was also his feature debut. Though critically acclaimed and recognized in the indie world, Cooper waited almost another decade before finally earning the recognition he deserved. Three years after "Lone Star," he had his breakout performance in "American Beauty" (1999) as a repressed former Marine, which called attention to his talents and put him very much in demand. Cooper had one of his greater triumphs with his turn as real-life orchid poacher John Laroche in "Adaptation" (2002), a role that earned him his first Academy Award. He soon found favor with audiences with strong supporting performances in "The Bourne Identity" (2002) and "Seabiscuit" (2003), while serving as the moral conscience to a suffering Truman Capote in "Capote" (2005). Though he offered a compelling leading turn as convicted turncoat Robert Hanssen in "Breach" (2007), Cooper's gifts were better served in co-starring roles in "The Town" (2010) and "The Company Men" (2010), which offered the actor a more colorful palate from which to drawer richer characterizations, making him one of the most sought-after supporting actors in Hollywood.

Relationships

Charles Cooper

Father
Served as doctor in U.S. Air Force; also operated cattle ranch

Mary Cooper

Mother

Jesse Cooper

Son
Born 1987 three months prematurely; mother, Marianne Leone; suffered cerebral hemorrhage while in NICU and developed cerebral palsy Died January 2005 from complications related to cerebral palsy

Chuck Cooper

Brother
Born 1948

Marianne Leone Actor

Wife
Met in acting class 1979 Married July 1983

EDUCATION

Stephens College

Columbia , Missouri

University of Missouri

Columbia , Missouri

University of Missouri

Columbia , Missouri

Milestones

2012

Re-teamed with director Robert Redford in thriller "The Company You Keep"

2011

Co-starred with Jason Segel and Amy Adams in family comedy "The Muppets"

2010

Again starred opposite Ben Affleck in recession drama "The Company Men"; directed by John Wells

2010

Played Emilie de Ravin's father in "Remember Me"

2010

Cast as Antonio in Julie Taymor's "The Tempest"

2010

Cast in ensemble crime drama "The Town," directed by Ben Affleck

2009

Voiced Douglas in Spike Jonze's live-action adaptation of Maurice Sendak's children's classic "Where the Wild Things Are"

2008

Co-starred in 1950s drama "Married Life"

2007

Portrayed a government agent investigating the bombing of an American facility in Saudi Arabia in Peter Berg's "The Kingdom"

2007

Portrayed American traitor Robert Hanssen in drama "Breach"

2005

Co-starred with George Clooney and Matt Damon in geopolitical thriller "Syriana"

2005

Joined cast of John Patrick Shanley's play "Chain of Command"

2005

Re-teamed with director Sam Mendes for "Jarhead"

2004

Starred in John Sayles' political satire "Silver City"

2003

Co-starred in war mini-series "My House in Umbria" (HBO)

2003

Cast in Gary Ross directed drama "Seabiscuit"

2002

Seen as shadowy espionage orchestrator Konklin in remake of "The Bourne Identity"

2002

Delivered compelling and award-winning performance as orchid thief John Larouche in offbeat film "Adaptation"

2000

Cast as Lt. Gerke in Farrelly brothers comedy "Me, Myself and Irene"

2000

Portrayed a former comrade of Mel Gibson's in Revolutionary War drama "The Patriot"

1999

Delivered a strong turn as the coal miner father of a boy with aspirations to work for NASA in "October Sky"

1999

Offered a fine turn as a martinet military man in Sam Mendes' "American Beauty"

1998

Played Robert Redford's brother in "The Horse Whisperer"

1997

Co-starred with David Schwimmer in HBO movie "Breast Men"

1996

Played Sheriff Sam Deeds in Sayles' "Lone Star"

1993

Reprised role of July Johnson in sequel "Return to Lonsome Dove"

1991

Co-starred in Sayles' "City of Hope"

1989

Appeared as July Johnson in "Lonesome Dove" (CBS)

1988

Made TV movie debut in "Eugene O'Neill: Journey into Genius" (PBS)

1987

Primetime TV series debut, "The Equalizer" (CBS)

1987

Major film debut, John Sayles' "Matewan"

1985

London stage debut, "Sweet Bird of Youth"

1980

Film debut, "Bad Timing"

1980

Stage debut, "Of the Fields, Lately"

1968

Started in theater as set designer and builder as a teenager

Grew up in Houston, TX and Kansas City, MO

Bonus Trivia

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He was not to be confused with either the 1950s screenwriter or the editor Chris Cooper.

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