29 Facts About Chris Cooper


Christopher Walton Cooper was born on July 9,1951 and is an American actor.


Chris Cooper played a lead role in the historical and political thriller Breach, playing FBI agent and traitor Robert Hanssen.


Chris Cooper played Daniel Sloan in the 2012 political thriller The Company You Keep, and Norman Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.


Chris Cooper portrayed Al Templeton on the 2016 Hulu miniseries 11.22.63.


Chris Cooper is a frequent collaborator with director John Sayles, including Matewan, City of Hope, Lone Star, Silver City and Amigo.


Chris Cooper was born on July 9,1951, in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Charles and Mary Ann Chris Cooper.


Chris Cooper's father was both a United States Air Force doctor and a cattleman, and his mother was a housewife.


Chris Cooper grew up in the suburbs of Kansas City, and spent his summers at his family's cattle ranch, located about 15 miles west of Leavenworth, Kansas.


Chris Cooper was raised in Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Houston.


Chris Cooper considered helping his father raise cattle for a living.


Chris Cooper attended the University of Missouri and enrolled in the theater program, originally majoring in set design.


In 1985, Chris Cooper appeared in the London revival of Sweet Bird of Youth.


In 2000, Chris Cooper played Colonel Harry Burwell in The Patriot.


Chris Cooper was nominated for another Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA Award, and won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and a Golden Globe Award in 2003 for playing the role of John Laroche in Adaptation.


In 2002, Chris Cooper appeared in The Bourne Identity as a ruthless CIA special ops director, a role he reprised in The Bourne Supremacy.


Chris Cooper received another Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for his supporting role as racehorse trainer Tom Smith in 2003's Seabiscuit.


In 2004, Cooper starred in Silver City, playing an inept Republican gubernatorial candidate, a character noted for similarities to US President George W Bush.


Chris Cooper appeared in three acclaimed films in 2005: Jarhead ; Capote; and Syriana.


Chris Cooper acted in the thriller Breach, playing real-life FBI agent and traitor Robert Hanssen.


Chris Cooper commented that Breach was "the first studio film where they've considered me the lead [actor]".


At the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, Chris Cooper appeared alongside Ben Affleck in The Company Men, early reviews of which praised Chris Cooper's performance as "pitch-perfect".


In 2011, Chris Cooper appeared in The Muppets as Tex Richman, the antagonistic oil tycoon who is unable to laugh.


Chris Cooper portrayed Norman Osborn in the 2014 film The Amazing Spider-Man 2.


Chris Cooper appeared in an uncredited role in Ben Affleck's crime drama Live by Night, which was released in December 2016.


In 2019, Chris Cooper starred in two acclaimed films, Marielle Heller's A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, with Tom Hanks, and Greta Gerwig's adaptation of Little Women with an ensemble cast featuring Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Timothee Chalamet, Laura Dern, and Meryl Streep.


Chris Cooper met his future wife, Marianne Leone, in 1979 at an acting class in New York City.


Chris Cooper formerly maintained residences in Hoboken, New Jersey, and Plymouth, Massachusetts.


Chris Cooper has been close friends with frequent collaborator John Sayles since 1985.


On May 14,2016, Chris Cooper received an honorary doctorate from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.