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Also Known As: Christopher W Cooper Died:
Born: July 9, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Kansas City, Missouri, USA Profession: actor, set builder, cattle rancher, carpenter, janitor, construction worker

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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...

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.

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 Demolition (2015)
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 Muppets, The (2011)
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 Tempest, The (2010)
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 Company Men, The (2010)
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 Remember Me (2010)
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Grew up in Houston, TX and Kansas City, MO
1968:
Started in theater as set designer and builder as a teenager
1980:
Stage debut, "Of the Fields, Lately"
1980:
Film debut, "Bad Timing"
1985:
London stage debut, "Sweet Bird of Youth"
1987:
Major film debut, John Sayles' "Matewan"
1987:
Primetime TV series debut, "The Equalizer" (CBS)
1988:
Made TV movie debut in "Eugene O'Neill: Journey into Genius" (PBS)
1989:
Appeared as July Johnson in "Lonesome Dove" (CBS)
1991:
Co-starred in Sayles' "City of Hope"
1993:
Reprised role of July Johnson in sequel "Return to Lonsome Dove"
1996:
Played Sheriff Sam Deeds in Sayles' "Lone Star"
1997:
Co-starred with David Schwimmer in HBO movie "Breast Men"
1998:
Played Robert Redford's brother in "The Horse Whisperer"
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"
2000:
Portrayed a former comrade of Mel Gibson's in Revolutionary War drama "The Patriot"
2000:
Cast as Lt. Gerke in Farrelly brothers comedy "Me, Myself and Irene"
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"
2003:
Co-starred in war mini-series "My House in Umbria" (HBO)
2003:
Cast in Gary Ross directed drama "Seabiscuit"
2004:
Starred in John Sayles' political satire "Silver City"
2005:
Joined cast of John Patrick Shanley's play "Chain of Command"
2005:
Re-teamed with director Sam Mendes for "Jarhead"
2005:
Co-starred with George Clooney and Matt Damon in geopolitical thriller "Syriana"
2007:
Portrayed American traitor Robert Hanssen in drama "Breach"
2007:
Portrayed a government agent investigating the bombing of an American facility in Saudi Arabia in Peter Berg's "The Kingdom"
2008:
Co-starred in 1950s drama "Married Life"
2009:
Voiced Douglas in Spike Jonze's live-action adaptation of Maurice Sendak's children's classic "Where the Wild Things Are"
2010:
Cast in ensemble crime drama "The Town," directed by Ben Affleck
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"
2011:
Co-starred with Jason Segel and Amy Adams in family comedy "The Muppets"
2012:
Re-teamed with director Robert Redford in thriller "The Company You Keep"
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Education

Stephens College: Columbia , Missouri -
University of Missouri: Columbia , Missouri -
University of Missouri: Columbia , Missouri -

Notes

Not to be confused with either the 1950s screenwriter or the editor Chris Cooper.

"Chris is one of those unsung heroes of the movie business--he's a consummate artist, one of the greatest actors working today." --director Joel Schumacher quoted in People, August 5, 1996.

"I wanted to be an ACTOR, not a star."--Cooper in People, August 5, 1996.

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wife:
Marianne Leone. Screenwriter, actor, comedian. Met in acting class in 1979; married in July 1983.

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father:
Charles Cooper. Internist. Served as a doctor in the US Air Force; also operated a cattle ranch.
mother:
Mary Ann Cooper.
brother:
Chuck Cooper. Contractor. Born c. 1948.
son:
Jesse Cooper. Born in 1987; born prematurely with cerebral palsy.
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