Chris Cooper

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Chris Cooper
Chris Cooper at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.jpg
Cooper at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Born Christopher W. Cooper
(1951-07-09) July 9, 1951 (age 62)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Alma mater University of Missouri
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Marianne Leone (m. 1983)

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, The Muppets and Adaptation, for which he won both the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor.

He played Daniel Sloan in the 2012 film The Company You Keep, and in 2013 was cast as Norman Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.[1]

Early life[edit]

Cooper was born in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Mary Ann, a homemaker, and Charles Cooper, who served as a doctor in the United States Air Force and operated a cattle ranch.[2] He has an older brother, Chuck, and grew up as a self-described "blue-collar cowpoke"[3] in Houston, Texas, and Kansas City. During his time in Kansas City, Cooper performed with The Barn Players, a local community theater that has operated since 1955. He went on to serve in the United States Coast Guard Reserve. He attended Stephens College, where he studied ballet, and then the University of Missouri, where he double-majored in the school of Agriculture and the school of Drama. After graduation, Cooper moved to New York City to pursue an acting career.

Career[edit]

Cooper's early performances include John Sayles' 1987 film Matewan; the 1989 CBS-TV Western miniseries Lonesome Dove; the 1991 indie Western drama Thousand Pieces of Gold, and the 1992 ABC-TV docudrama Bed of Lies, opposite Susan Dey.

Some of his more notable later performances include: Money Train, as a psychotic pyromaniac who terrifies toll booth operators; Lone Star, in a rare leading role as a Texas sheriff charged with solving a decades-old case; as Deputy Dwayne Looney in director Joel Schumacher's 1996 film A Time to Kill (based on the John Grisham novel); as Frank Booker in 1998's The Horse Whisperer; and as a homophobic Marine Corps colonel in American Beauty, a role that garnered him a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. To get into character, Cooper said he "depended on a friend who’d fought in Vietnam. I asked him to go deep. What would this man have done? What would be on his walls? On his desk?"[4]

In 2000, Cooper played Colonel Harry Burwell (inspired by "Lighthorse Harry" Lee) in The Patriot. He was nominated for another Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA Award, and won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and a Golden Globe Award in 2003 for playing the role of John Laroche in Adaptation. In 2002, Cooper also appeared in The Bourne Identity as a ruthless CIA special ops director, a role he reprised (in flashbacks) in The Bourne Supremacy.

Cooper received another Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for his supporting role as racehorse trainer Tom Smith in 2003's Seabiscuit. In 2004, Cooper starred in Silver City, playing an inept Republican gubernatorial candidate, a character noted for similarities to U.S. President George W. Bush.

Cooper appeared in three acclaimed films in 2005: Jarhead (which reunited him with American Beauty director Sam Mendes and October Sky actor Jake Gyllenhaal); Capote; and Syriana. He also acted in the thriller Breach, playing real-life FBI agent and traitor Robert Hanssen. Cooper commented that Breach was "the first studio film where they've considered me the lead [actor]". In 2007, he appeared as a government agent in dangerous territory in the action thriller The Kingdom and voiced the character Douglas in the film adaptation of Maurice Sendak's book, Where the Wild Things Are (2009).

At the 2010 Sundance film festival, Cooper appeared alongside Ben Affleck in the drama, The Company Men, early reviews of which praised Cooper's performance as "pitch-perfect".[5]

Cooper is portraying Norman Osborn in the 2014 film The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Personal life[edit]

Cooper and wife Marianne Leone Cooper, April 2007.

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.[6] Jesse was eventually mainstreamed into Silver Lake Regional High School, where he became an honor student. On January 3, 2005, Jesse Cooper died suddenly and unexpectedly from epilepsy. A memorial fund was set up in his name, the Jesse Cooper Foundation.

Filmography[edit]

List of acting credits in film and television
Year Title 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
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 — 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
The Horse Whisperer Frank Booker
1999 The 24 Hour Woman Ron Hacksby
October Sky John Hickam
American Beauty Col. Frank Fitts, USMC Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
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
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor (2nd place)
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor (2nd place)
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 - Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated - Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
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 — 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 National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated-Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Bloom: the Plight of Lake Champlain Narrator Documentary (2011 New England Emmy Award, Environmental Program)
2011 The Muppets Tex Richman
2012 The Company You Keep Daniel Sloan
Bloom: the Emergence of Ecological Design Narrator Documentary 3-part series (2013 New England Emmy Award, Environmental Program)
2013 August: Osage County Charles Aiken AARP Annual Movies for Grownups Award for Best Supporting Actor
Capri Ensemble Cast Award
Hollywood Film Award for Ensemble of the Year
Nominated–Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated–Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Norman Osborn
2016 The Amazing Spider-Man 3 Norman Osborn

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chris Cooper Joins 'Amazing Spider-Man 2'". www.variety.com. February 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ Chris Cooper biography. Film Reference.com.
  3. ^ Thompson, Bob (2007-02-14). "Chris Cooper wants to do good work, not make friends". Canada.com. Retrieved 2007-02-18. 
  4. ^ "In Step With: Chris Cooper". Parade Magazine. October 24, 2004. 
  5. ^ Aaron Peck Review: The Company Men – Sundance Film Festival at the Wayback Machine (archived January 31, 2010). film.com. January 24, 2010
  6. ^ 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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