Pat Cooper

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Pat Cooper
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Born Pasquale Caputo
(1929-07-31) July 31, 1929 (age 87)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor/comedian
Years active 1950s–present
Children 3 children

Pat Cooper (born Pasquale Caputo[1] July 31, 1929) is an American actor and comedian.


Cooper started performing in the 1950s, originally for primarily Italian-American audiences.[2] He has performed at celebrity roasts at the New York Friars Club[1] which he also played in an episode of Seinfeld titled "The Friar's Club" and was also a frequent guest on many radio shows, most notably The Howard Stern Show, Imus in the Morning and Opie and Anthony. He played fictional mobster Salvatore Masiello in the film Analyze This[1] and in the film Analyze That, as well as playing lawyer, John Bruno in the 2003 film This Thing of Ours.

Billboard Magazine gave his album Our Hero (1965) a special merit review and said that it "does for the Italian-American community what Jackie Mason did for the Jewish-American community" [3] The following year it stated that his Spaghetti Sauce and Other Delights (1966), an album which consists of one side of spoken comedy and one side of parody songs, was stronger than Our Hero.[4] In 2005, he released a DVD called You're Always Yelling[5] and in 2010, he co-authored with Steve Garrin and Rich Herschlag his autobiography called How Dare You Say How Dare Me!.[1]

His father, Michael Caputo, was a bricklayer[1] from Mola di Bari, Italy and his mother, Louise Gargiulo was born in Brooklyn, New York, where Cooper was born and raised. Cooper often makes reference to his Italian heritage in his stand up comedy routines.[2] Cooper has been married twice; he has two children from his first marriage and one adopted daughter from his second marriage to singer Patti Prince.[1] He is estranged from many members of his family and former close friends.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g COREY KILGANNON (September 28, 2010). "Playing the Alliterative Ponies With a Funny Fellow". New York Times. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b LaGumina, Salvatore J.; Cavaioli, Frank J.; Primeggia, Salvatore; Joseph A. Varacalli (1999-10-01). Italian American Experience: An Encyclopedia. Taylor & Francis. pp. 263–. ISBN 9781135583323. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Comedy Special Merit Review - Our Hero". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1965-09-04. pp. 32–. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Comedy Spotlight: Review-Spaghetti Sauce and Other Delights". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1966-12-17. pp. 1–. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  5. ^ ED KAZ (Jul 29, 2005). "Will the real Pat Cooper please stand up?". The Asbury Park Press NJ. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 

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