Chris Cooper

  • Birth Name: Christopher W. Cooper
  • Birth Place: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Joined the Coast Guard Reserve after high school.
  • While enrolled at the University of Missouri, took ballet classes at nearby Stephens College for women, which he credits with helping him overcome extreme shyness.
  • Majored in both agriculture and acting at the University of Missouri.
  • Played a miner in both 1987's Matewan and 1999's October Sky.
  • Worked with director John Sayles on Matewan, 1991's City of Hope, 1996's Lone Star and 2004's Silver City.
  • Received the Cowboy Hall of Fame's Best Actor Award in 1991 for Thousand Pieces of Gold.
  • After the sudden death in 2005 of their son, Jesse, who had cerebral palsy, his wife, actor and writer Marianne Leone, published the memoir Jesse: A Mother's Story (2010); the couple have also established organizations dedicated to helping children with special needs.

Awards

  • 2003, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2006, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
  • 2003, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2003, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Winner
  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2017, Tony — Actor (Play): Nominee
  • 1997, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Nominee
  • 2002, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner

Relationships

  • Chuck Cooper — Brother
  • Mary Ann Cooper — Mother
  • Jesse Cooper — Son
  • Charles Cooper — Father
  • Marianne Leone — Wife

College

  • University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, United States (BGS, 1976)

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