June 14, 1951 |
Glendale, California, United States
|Occupation||Sound engineer,exotic animal trainer,musician,writer|
|Years active||1979 – retired in 2011|
Tim Cooney (born 14 June 1951 in Glendale, California) is an American production sound mixer. Cooney played guitar in a bluegrass band called the Canfields who were very well known at the time In West Virginia. After struggling with his music career he quit and got accepted to the Ringling Brother Barnum and Baily Clown College. After graduating from the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Baily clown college he worked as a clown on circus Vargas for a year but decided he wanted to train animals. He trained animals for circuses, the St. Louis Zoo, and then the film business. As animal training became politically incorrect Cooney decided it was time for another career change.
In 1976, Cooney started working as a boom man at Universal Studios. His first studio picture as production mixer was Blue Thunder for Columbia Pictures in 1981. Cooney was the first production mixer in history to have sound on his own web page. He had several animated items on his page as well, which had not been done at the time. The page has been taken down since his retirement. Cooney sat twice on the board of directors of the Cinema Audio Society is still a member of the motion picture academy of arts and sciences and the television academy of arts and sciences. Cooney was a producer on the movie the November Conspiracy. He also directed a few music videos, the most notable "About Love" with the singer Johnny Rivers.
Cooney has received nominations for various awards that include an Academy Award nomination for Best Sound for Cliffhanger, three Emmys nominations, two Cinema Audio Society nominations For Outstanding Achievement In Sound Mixing and three Golden Reel Award nominations. Cooney won the Golden Reel for best sound in 2000 and wrote a book entitled, Work in movies? Are you crazy? Tim Cooney has formed a musical duo called Cooney&Co. and performs his show all over the world. You can see clip sof the show at
Cooney lives in Dumaguete in the Philippine islands with his wife Cherry.
- "The 66th Academy Awards (1994) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-10-22.
- Tim Cooney at the Internet Movie Database
- Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - Index to Motion Picture Credits - Tim Cooney
- Groves, Martha (March 24, 1997). "Tough Money; Casting One's Lot With the Net; Web Sites Provide Aspiring Actors, Artists and Techies With a New Avenue for Shameless Self-Promotion". Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, Calif.). p. 26. Retrieved 20 January 2010. "By figuring out how to compress sound, Tim Cooney, a production sound mixer who lives in Frazier Park, was a pioneer in offering audio on a Web page ..."