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Chris Cooper
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Cooper in 2007.
Born hristopher W. Cooper
July 9, 1951 (age 61)
Kansas City, Missouri
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987–present
Worked in Adaptation.
Characters portrayed John Laroche
Other works American Beauty
The Bourne Identity
Seabiscuit
The Muppets

Christopher W. "Chris" Cooper (born July 9, 1951) is an American film actor. He became well known in the late 1990s. He has appeared in supporting performances in several major Hollywood films, including The Bourne Identity, American Beauty, Capote, The Town, The Kingdom, Syriana, October Sky, Seabiscuit, Breach and Adaptation., for which he won both the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor.

BiographyEdit

Educated at the University of Missouri school of drama, Cooper has appeared on Broadway in "Of the Fields Lately", off-Broadway in "The Ballad of Soapy Smith" and "A Different Moon". He debuted in films in the John Sayles movie Matewan. Although his performance was well received, the picture was not successful. Other films he has appeared in include Guilty by Suspicion, Money Train and A Time to Kill. On television, Cooper has been featured in the mini-series Lonesome Dove and Return to Lonesome Dove, as July Johnson. He has also appeared in a number of Television Movies. In 1996, he appears in his third John Sayles movie Lone Star, where he plays Sam Deeds, the sheriff whose lawman father becomes a posthumous suspect in a murder investigation.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Cooper resides in Kingston, Massachusetts, with his wife, Marianne Leone Cooper, whom he married in 1983. In 1987, their son Jesse Lanier Cooper was born. Three months premature, Jesse developed a cerebral hemorrhage and cerebral palsy. After searching for the best schools for children with special needs, Cooper and Leone moved to Kingston, where they became strong advocates for exceptional children.[2] Jesse was eventually mainstreamed into Silver Lake Regional High School, where he became an honor student. On January 3, 2005, Jesse Cooper died from SUDEP. A memorial fund was set up in his name, the Jesse Cooper Foundation.

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1987 Matewan Joe Kenehan
The Equalizer Michael (TV series) (Episode "The Rehearsal")
1988 Journey Into Genius Louis Halladay (TV series)
Miami Vice Jimmy Yagovitch (TV series) (Episode "Mirror Image")
1989 Lonesome Dove July Johnson (TV series)
1990 Lifestories Mr. Hawkins (TV mini-series) (Episode "The Hawkins Family")
1991 Guilty by Suspicion Larry Nolan
A Thousand Pieces of Gold Charlie
Darrow Eugene Debs (TV series)
To the Moon, Alice Frank Wiliker (TV series)
City of Hope Riggs
1992 Bed of Lies Price Daniel, Jr. (TV series)
Ned Blessing: The True Story of My Life Anthony Blessing (TV series)
1993 This Boy's Life Roy
Return to Lonesome Dove July Johnson (TV mini-series)
1994 One More Mountain James Reed (TV series)
1995 Pharaoh's Army Captain John Hull Abston
Money Train Torch
1996 Law & Order Roy Payne (TV series) (1 Episode)
Boys John Baker
Lone Star Sam Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
A Time to Kill Deputy Dwayne Powell Looney
1997 Breast Men Dr. William Larson
1998 Great Expectations Joe
TThe Horse Whisperer Frank Booker
1999 The 24 Hour Woman Ron Hacksby
October Sky John Hickam
American Beauty Col. Frank Fitts, USMC Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
2000 Me, Myself & Irene Lieutenant Gerke
The Patriot Colonel Harry Burwell
2002 Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road Bob Cody
The Bourne Identity Alexander Conklin
Adaptation. John Laroche Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Village Voice Film Poll – Best Supporting Performance
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
2003 My House in Umbria Thomas Riversmith Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor - Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Seabiscuit Tom Smith Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2004 Silver City Richard "Dicky" Pilager
The Bourne Supremacy Alexander Conklin
2005 Capote Alvin Dewey Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Jarhead Lt. Col. Kazinski
Syriana Jimmy Pope
2007 Breach Robert Hanssen
The Kingdom Grant Sykes
Married Life Harry Allen
2008 American Experience Walt Whitman Documentary
2009 New York, I Love You Alex Simmons
Where the Wild Things Are Douglas (voice)
2010 The Tempest Antonio
The Company Men Phil Woodward Nominated — Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Remember Me Neil Craig
The Town Stephen MacRay
2011 The Muppets Tex Richman Nominated- MFCC Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated- Atlas Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated- ACA Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated- MMPA Award for Best Supporting Actor

ReferencesEdit

  1. Biography for Chris Cooper at IMDb.
  2. Fee, Gayle and Laura Raposa with Nichole Gleisner. Son of Chris Cooper succumbs to cerebral palsy. The Boston Herald. 5 January 2005. reprinted on Cooperfan1.pitas.com.

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