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      Chris Cooper

      Chris Cooper

      Highest Rated: 98% Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (2012)

      Lowest Rated: 15% Boys (1996)

      Birthday: Jul 9, 1951

      Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, USA

      An intense character actor with a knack for playing taciturn authority figures, Chris Cooper came to prominence following his third collaboration with director John Sayles, "Lone Star" (1996), which put him on Hollywood's radar and opened the doors to a wider range of projects. His first film with Sayles, "Matewan" (1987), was also his feature debut. Though critically acclaimed and recognized in the indie world, Cooper waited almost another decade before finally earning the recognition he deserved. Three years after "Lone Star," he had his breakout performance in "American Beauty" (1999) as a repressed former Marine, which called attention to his talents and put him very much in demand. Cooper had one of his greater triumphs with his turn as real-life orchid poacher John Laroche in "Adaptation" (2002), a role that earned him his first Academy Award. He soon found favor with audiences with strong supporting performances in "The Bourne Identity" (2002) and "Seabiscuit" (2003), while serving as the moral conscience to a suffering Truman Capote in "Capote" (2005). Though he offered a compelling leading turn as convicted turncoat Robert Hanssen in "Breach" (2007), Cooper's gifts were better served in co-starring roles in "The Town" (2010) and "August: Osage County" (2013), which offered the actor a more colorful palate from which to drawer richer characterizations, making him one of the most sought-after supporting actors in Hollywood. His move to television in the streaming limited series "11.22.63" (Hulu 2016) opened up a new range of options for the gifted actor.

      Highest rated movies

      Little Women A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
      The Muppets
      City of Hope
      Matewan
      The Town October Sky
      Lone Star

      Photos

      MARRIED LIFE, Rachel McAdams, Chris Cooper, 2007. ©MGM REMEMBER ME, Robert Pattinson (left), Chris Cooper (right), 2010. ph: Nicole Rivelli/©Summit Entertainment BOURNE IDENTITY, Matt Damon, Chris Cooper, 2002 (c) Universal, SYRIANA, Chris Cooper, 2005, (c) Warner Brothers PHARAOH'S ARMY, Patricia Clarkson (second from left), Chris Cooper (front), 1995, © PBS AMERICAN BEAUTY, Chris Cooper, 1999 LONE STAR, Chris Cooper, 1996 BREACH, Ryan Phillippe, Chris Cooper, 2007. ©Universal Pictures LONE STAR, Chris Cooper, 1996. LONE STAR, Chris Cooper, 1996. LONE STAR, Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Pena, 1996 AMERICAN BEAUTY, Chris Cooper, 1999 GUILTY BY SUSPICION, George Wendt, Robert DeNiro, Chris Cooper, 1991, (c)Warner Bros. SEABISCUIT, Chris Cooper, 2003, (c) Universal SEABISCUIT, Tobey Maguire, Chris Cooper, 2003, (c) Universal LONE STAR, Chris Cooper, 1996 THE HORSE WHISPERER, Chris Cooper, 1998. SEABISCUIT, Tobey Maguire, Chris Cooper, 2003, (c) Universal SEABISCUIT, Chris Cooper, 2003, (c) Universal LONE STAR, John Sayles driecting Chris Cooper, 1996.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      68% 70% Boston Strangler Jack Maclaine (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet 80% With/In Unknown (Character),
      Director
      - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet With/in: Volume 2 Unknown (Character),
      Director
      - 2021
      40% 61% Irresistible Jack Hastings (Character) - 2020
      95% 92% Little Women Mr. Laurence (Character) $108.1M 2019
      95% 92% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Jerry Vogel (Character) $61.7M 2019
      89% 93% Intelligent Lives Narrator,
      Executive Producer
      - 2018
      69% 68% Cars 3 Smokey (Voice) $152.9M 2017
      35% 42% Live by Night Chief Figgis (Character) $10.4M 2016
      70% 65% Coming Through the Rye J.D. Salinger (Character) $4.0K 2015
      54% 55% Demolition Phil (Character) $1.8M 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Final Spin Unknown (Character),
      Director
      - 2015
      67% 65% August: Osage County Charles Aiken (Character) $37.7M 2013
      98% 90% Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God Unknown (Voice) - 2012
      54% 45% The Company You Keep Daniel Sloan (Character) $5.1M 2012
      67% 34% Cargo Producer - 2011
      95% 80% The Muppets Tex Richman (Character) $88.6M 2011
      60% 56% Amigo Col. Hardacre (Character) $183.5K 2010
      68% 55% The Company Men Phil Woodward (Character) $4.4M 2010
      31% 28% The Tempest Antonio (Character) $263.4K 2010
      92% 85% The Town Stephen MacRay (Character) $92.2M 2010
      26% 69% Remember Me Neil Craig (Character) $19.1M 2010
      73% 57% Where the Wild Things Are Douglas (Voice) $77.2M 2009
      54% 36% Married Life Harry Allen (Character) $1.5M 2007
      52% 76% The Kingdom Grant Sykes (Character) $47.5M 2007
      84% 67% Breach Robert Hanssen (Character) $33.0M 2007
      89% 82% Capote Alvin Dewey (Character) $28.7M 2005
      73% 67% Syriana Jimmy Pope (Character) $50.8M 2005
      60% 68% Jarhead Lt. Col. Kazinski (Character) $62.6M 2005
      48% 32% Silver City Dickie Pilager (Character) $1.0M 2004
      50% 66% My House in Umbria Unknown (Character) - 2003
      78% 76% Seabiscuit Tom Smith (Character) $120.1M 2003
      No Score Yet 86% Interstate 60 Bob Cody (Character) - 2002
      90% 85% Adaptation John Laroche (Character) $22.2M 2002
      84% 93% The Bourne Identity Alexander Conklin (Character) $121.5M 2002
      62% 81% The Patriot Colonel Harry Burwell (Character) $113.3M 2000
      48% 57% Me, Myself & Irene Lieutenant Gerke (Character) $90.6M 2000
      87% 93% American Beauty Colonel Fitts (Character) $130.1M 1999
      91% 88% October Sky John Hickam (Character) $32.6M 1999
      73% 72% The Horse Whisperer Frank Booker (Character) $75.4M 1998
      39% 55% Great Expectations 'Uncle' Joe (Character) $26.3M 1998
      No Score Yet 0% Alone Gus Jr. (Character) - 1997
      50% 33% Breast Men Dr. William Larson (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Deliverance of Elaine Charile Skyler (Character) - 1996
      91% 83% Lone Star Sheriff Sam Deeds (Character) $13.1M 1996
      67% 85% A Time to Kill Deputy Dwayne Powell Looney (Character) $108.7M 1996
      15% 26% Boys Mr. John Baker (Character) $513.8K 1996
      No Score Yet 62% Pharaoh's Army Captain John Hull Abston (Character) $2.7K 1995
      22% 29% Money Train Torch (Character) $35.1M 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One More Mountain James Reed (Character) - 1994
      76% 80% This Boy's Life Roy (Character) $3.7M 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ned Blessing Anthony Blessing (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bed of Lies Price Daniel, Jr. (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 44% Ned Blessing: The True Story of My Life Unknown (Character) - 1992
      94% 82% City of Hope Riggs (Character) $1.3M 1991
      68% 55% Guilty by Suspicion Larry Nolan (Character) $8.4M 1991
      No Score Yet 36% Darrow Eugene Debs (Character) - 1991
      88% 67% Thousand Pieces of Gold Charlie (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Little Piece of Sunshine Ernie Favaro (Character) - 1990
      94% 93% Matewan Joe Kenehan (Character) $23.9K 1987

      TV

      Credit
      79% 66% Homecoming Leonard Geist (Character) 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet America ReFramed Narrator 2019
      83% 88% 11.22.63 Al Templeton (Character) 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet American Experience Narrator 2009
      No Score Yet 83% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      98% 92% Lonesome Dove July Johnson (Character) 1989
      71% 85% Miami Vice Jimmy Yagovitch (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Equalizer Michael (Guest Star) 1987