Oliver Cooper

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Oliver Cooper
Born (1989-12-02) December 2, 1989 (age 30)
OccupationActor
Years active2010–present

Oliver J. Cooper (born December 2, 1989) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Costa in the 2012 comedy film Project X, as Levon on the comedy-drama series Californication, and as Wheeler on the cult Amazon series Red Oaks.

Early life[edit]

Cooper was born in Sylvania Township, Ohio, where he attended Sylvania Northview High School. He grew up with his parents, Wendy and Mike, and two older siblings, a brother and a sister (Nikki). At age 17, Cooper performed stand up comedy in Toledo, Ohio. After high school, he attended Arizona State University for one year. He then dropped out of college to pursue his acting career in Los Angeles.[1] Cooper is Jewish.[2]

Career[edit]

At the age of 20, Cooper was offered one of the lead roles in the film Project X. He, Thomas Mann and Jonathan Daniel Brown were three unknown actors when cast in the film. However, Mann had a role in the indie film It's Kind of a Funny Story. Cooper got the audition because of his friend, Shaun Weiss.[3] In addition, for his role in Project X, he was nominated for two MTV awards.[4]

In 2013, he appeared in the film Runner, Runner.

In 2019 he appeared in the second season of the Netflix series Mindhunter as serial killer David Berkowitz.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Cooper's inspirations are Bill Murray, Robin Williams and John Goodman.[citation needed] Cooper lived with his aunt and her four dogs in Encino when he moved to LA.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2011 Rick White Rick Short
2012 Marriage Drama with Virginia Madsen Dusty/Steve Short
2012 Project X Costa
2013 The Hangover Part III Pharmacy Assistant
2013 Runner Runner Andrew Cronin
2013 Four Dogs Oliver
2014 Burying the Ex Travis
2015 Mojave Nick
2016 Office Christmas Party Drew
2018 The Front Runner Joe Trippi
2020 Ghostbusters: Afterlife Elton

Television[edit]

Year Series Role Notes
2014 Californication Levon 11 episodes
2014–2017 Red Oaks Wheeler 25 episodes
2016 MacGyver Ralph Episode: "Awl"
2017 The Goldbergs Other Adam Episode: "The Kara-te Kid"
2017 White Famous TMZ Guy Episode: "Scandal"
2019 Valley of the Boom Todd Krizelman
2019 Mindhunter David “Son of Sam” Berkowitz Episode #2.2

Web series[edit]

Year Series Role Notes
2017 Good Game Steamin' Semen

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Title Work Result
2012 MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance Project X Nominated
MTV Movie Award for Best Villain Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baird, Kirk (March 2, 2012). "Sylvania Twp.'s Oliver Cooper takes the Hollywood plunge in 'Project X'=". Toledo Blade.
  2. ^ Schwartz, Terri. "'Project X' Star Proclaims Himself 'America's Dirtbag'". MTV News. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  3. ^ Tongpituk, Rita (February 23, 2012). "Oliver Cooper- a rising star in Warner Bros. 'Project X' comedy".
  4. ^ Vary, Adam B. (May 15, 2012). "'Project X' star Oliver Cooper joins Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake in 'Runner Runner' -- EXCLUSIVE".
  5. ^ Mathews, Liam (August 19, 2019). "These Are the Real-Life Murderers of Mindhunter Season 2". TV Guide. Archived from the original on August 19, 2019.

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