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July 31, 1929
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Pat Cooper (born July 31, 1929) is an American actor and comedian. Cooper is primarily known for his stand-up routines, where he often makes reference to his Italian heritage. His mother was born in Naples and his father was from Mola di Bari, Bari, both in Italy. He was also a frequent guest on many radio shows, most notably The Howard Stern Show (first appeared June 27, 1989) through the 1990s and 2000s. His last appearance on Stern was in January 2011, but recently he has appeared on Imus in the Morning and Opie and Anthony.
Pat Cooper was born Pasquale Caputo in Caroll Gardens Brooklyn, New York. He was a twice-over high school dropout (Manual Training High School, Brooklyn). He was a sixth-generation bricklayer and also had an extremely short career as a furrier in Manhattan's Garment District. But his weekdays were spent at neighborhood block parties or local clubs' charity events. Soon though, he was paying his dues playing comedy clubs.
Pat's big break came in 1953 via TV's Jackie Gleason Show. For the next 60 years, it was the big time, playing nightclubs such as the 500 Club, Latin Casino, the Copacabana, Palumbo's, and various low level Atlantic City and Las Vegas casino/hotels. Highlights included appearing a second billing with better known performers such as Frank Sinatra, Martin and Lewis, Tony Bennett, Sergio Franchi, Sammy Davis Jr., Connie Francis, Bobby Darin, Tony Martin and many others.
On radio, Pat Cooper has made memorable guest appearances on such programs as The Howard Stern Show, Bob Grant and the Opie and Anthony Show (the latter on SiriusXm Satellite Radio on April 27, 2006, October 17, 2007, April 24, 2008, March 16, 2010, November 16, 2010, February 25, 2011, December 7, 2011, July 26, 2012, October 24, 2012 and October 18, 2013) The Jay Thomas Show on January 25, 2011 and weekly on the Mark Simone Show (WOR Radio).
Cooper commented on the subject of comedy and comedians in the 2004 TV series Comedy Central Presents: 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time and in the 2005 film The Aristocrats.
In the summer of 2007, Cooper was a featured interview on the HBO special—Brooklyn Dodgers...Ghosts of Flatbush.
On October 18, 2013, Pat announced his retirement from stand up comedy on the Opie and Anthony show on Sirius XM radio. Pat stated that he would still accept jobs for roles in television and film.
During the 1960s Cooper recorded albums for United Artists Records including: "Our Hero", "Spaghetti Sauce and Other Delights", "You Don't Have to be Italian To Like Pat Cooper" (1967), "An Italian Wedding" and "More Saucy Stories From..." (1968). Pat Cooper's comedy albums have sold millions of copies, and have earned Pat numerous gold and platinum records.
Cooper appears in the episode “The Friars Club” of the TV series Seinfeld; he initially supports Jerry’s membership in the Friars Club but becomes upset when Jerry mistakenly walks out with a jacket belonging to the club.
In November 2010, Cooper published his autobiography, "How Dare You Say How Dare Me!" with co-authors Steve Garrin and Rich Herschlag. Jerry Lewis wrote the foreword. The book is published by Square One Publishers.
- Interview with Pat Cooper