One of the most respected character actors of our time, Chris Cooper was recognized in 2003 with an Academy Award® and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of 'John Laroche' in Columbia Pictures' Adaptation. Cooper was also recognized for his performance in this film by numerous critics associations including the Broadcast Film Critics, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and Toronto Film Critics Association.
Cooper can currently be seen in Julie Taymor's The Tempest, alongside Helen Mirren, and Djimon Hounsou. He recently completed work John Sayles' film Amigo, and is currently shooting the next Muppets movie opposite Jason Segal and Amy Adams.
In 2007 Cooper starred in The Kingdom, Married Life, and Breach. In 2006, Cooper also had strong supporting roles in Sony Classics' Capote, Universal's Jarhead, and Syriana. Cooper also starred in Silver City, as well as Seabiscuit, The Bourne Identity, The Patriot, Me Myself and Irene, and the Academy Award®-winning film, American Beauty. Among his other film credits are Robert Redford's The Horse Whisperer, October Sky, Lone Star, Matewan, Great Expectations, A Time to Kill, Money Train, This Boy's Life, Guilty by Suspicion, City of Hope, New York, I Love You, and Remember Me.
On the small screen, he has had roles in a number of longform projects, including the miniseries "Lonesome Dove," and "Return to Lonesome Dove." He most recently starred in HBO's "Breast Men," and includes among his other credits "Alone," "One More Mountain," "Ned Blessing," "Bed of Lies," "Darrow," "In Broad Daylight," " A Little Piece of Sunshine," "Law and Order" and "Journey to Genius."
Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Cooper attended the University of Missouri School of Drama and started his professional career on the New York stage. His theater credits include Of the Fields Lately on Broadway, The Ballad of Soapy Smith and A Different Moon. Cooper resides in Massachusetts.