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Chris Cooper

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“I suspect that a lot of studio executives still think of me as ’what’s-his-name.”

 

Biography

Having spent much of his youth on his father’s Missouri cattle ranch, it is not surprising that supporting and leading actor of stage, screen, and television Chris Cooper has specialized in playing cowboys, ranchers, and other hardworking men. His rugged Everyman demeanor has best been put to use by filmmaker John Sayles, who cast him in a number of his films, beginning with 1987’s Matewan. Cooper’s interest in the theater began in his late teens, when he designed and constructed sets for a community group. Following high school, he studied agriculture and acting at the University of Missouri before moving to New York City in hopes of making it on the stage. It took awhile, but by 1980 he was starring in productions like Of the Fields Lately, The Ballad of Soapy Smith, and Cobb, in which he played the title role.

His film debut came in 1980, in Nicholas Roeg’s Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession. He didn’t get his big break until seven years later, when Sayles cast him as Joe Kenehan… read more

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rado

10Jul12

Please work with James Woods, thanks.

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rado

15Feb12

Cult

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Jye Sherwell

26Aug11

Cool quote.

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Francesca Perry Carboni

22Oct10

And let's not forget Lonesome Dove. Cooper is outstanding in everything he does.