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Chris Cooper, Award Winner – MovieActors.com

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Cooper in SEABISCUIT.

Chris Cooper: Best Supporting Actor 2002: MovieActors.com

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ADAPTATION (Drama)

Chris Cooper won his Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of John Laroche, an eccentric Orchid dealer, whose life story Susan Orlean (Meryl Streep) wrote about in her book, The Orchid Thief, which Charlie Kaufman (Nicolas Cage) is trying to adapt for a screen play.












About Chris Cooper (1951 –)

Chris Cooper had two majors at the University of Missouri; Agriculture and Acting. His areas of study unexpectedly helped him further his career as a supporting actor. Cooper also studied ballet at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.

Cooper started his career on the stage, appearing on Broadway in such productions as OF THE FIELDS LATELY, in 1980. He also appeared in off-Broadway productions such as A DIFFERENT MOON.

In Chris Cooper's first film, MATEWAN; ('87), his performance was appreciated by the critics though the film itself bombed.

Cooper landed TV work in the mini-series, LONESOME DOVE;('89), and the sequel, RETURN TO LONESOME DOVE; ('93). Chris Cooper continued to be in various TV movies, as well as winning parts in films regularly, making a good living throughout the 1990's.

In 1998, Chris Cooper gave a strong performance in THE HORSE WHISPERER; (1998).

In 1999, Chris Cooper gave another memorable supporting actor performance in AMERICAN BEAUTY as Col. Frank Fitts, USMC.

In the following years, Chris Cooper entertained the film-going public in some diverse character roles; portraying both good protagonists and bad characters with horrid attitudes as well. Cooper held his own and showed his versatility in the comedy, ME, MYSELF & IRENE; (2000). He played a hard-nosed villain in THE BOURNE IDENTITY (2002). He hit the jackpot with his performance in ADAPTATION (2002), winning the Oscar.

Chris Cooper is married to Marianne Leone and they have one son, born in 1987. They live in Kingston, Massachusetts.

Chris Cooper's notable movie credits include...

THIS BOY'S LIFE (1993)
MONEY TRAIN (1995)
BOYS (1996)
LONE STAR (1996)
A TIME TO KILL (1996)
GREAT EXPECTATIONS (1998)
OCTOBER SKY (1999)
THE PATRIOT (2000)
INTERSTATE 60: EPISODES OF THE ROAD (2002)
SEABISCUIT (2003)
SILVER CITY (2004)
SYRIANA
CAPOTE (2005)
MILLER & CONQUISTADORA
JARHEAD (2005)
BREACH (2007)
THE KINGDOM (2007)
MARRIED LIFE (2007)
THE COMPANY MEN (2010) 
THE TEMPEST (2010)
THE MUPPETS (2011)
THE AMAZING SPIDER MAN 2 (2014)

Chris Cooper's television credits include...

LONESOME DOVE (Mini-series, 1989)
TO THE MOON, ALICE (1990)
IN BROAD DAYLIGHT (1991)
RETURN TO LONESOME DOVE (Mini-series, 1993)
ONE MORE MOUNTAIN (1994)
THE DELIVERANCE OF ELAINE (1996)

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Chris Cooper in MARRIED LIFE (2007) .

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Cooper in MONEY TRAIN (1995).

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Chris Cooper in CAPOTE (2005).

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Chris Cooper in THE KINGDOM (2007).