Chris Cooper stars in "The Company Men," alongside Ben Affleck and Tommy Lee Jones. Cooper also stars in "The Town," opposite Ben Affleck, as Mac.

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 "Adaptation," written by Charlie Kaufman ("Being John Malkovich") and directed by Spike Jonze. The film, loosely based on Susan Orlean's novel "The Orchid
Chris Cooper Capote
Chris Cooper in "Capote" - © Sony Pictures Classics

Thief," followed a sexually frustrated screenwriter's attempts to adapt Orlean's anecdotal novel for the screen. 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. The cast of "Adaptation" also received a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast Performance. Cooper recently reunited with Jonze to voice one of the title characters in the hit "Where the Wild Things Are."

Cooper has been honored with five more SAG Award nominations: two for Best Supporting Actor, for his roles in Gary Ross's true-life drama, "Seabiscuit," and Sam Mendes's Oscar-winning Best Picture, "American Beauty"; and three as a member of the ensemble casts of "American Beauty," "Seabiscuit" and "Capote."

Earlier, Cooper received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his work in John Sayles' "Lone Star." He had made his feature film debut in Sayles' "Matewan," and also worked with the director on "City of Hope" and "Silver City." He most recently reunited with Sayles to star in the war drama "Amigo," which will screen at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival.

Cooper's upcoming films also include Julie Taymor's version of Shakespeare's "The Tempest," with Helen Mirren.

Among Cooper's additional film credits are Allen Coulter's "Remember Me"; Peter Berg's "The Kingdom"; the fact-based drama "Breach"; Stephen Gaghan's "Syriana"; "Jarhead," which reunited him with Sam Mendes; Doug Liman's "The Bourne Identity"; Roland Emmerich's "The Patriot"; the Farrelly brothers' "Me, Myself & Irene"; Joe Johnston's "October Sky"; Robert Redford's "The Horse Whisperer"; Alfonso Cuarón's "Great Expectations"; Joel Schumacher's "A Time to Kill"; Michael Caton-Jones' "This Boy's Life"; and Irwin Winkler's "Guilty by Suspicion."

On the small screen, Cooper earned an Emmy Award nomination for his performance in the HBO film "My House in Umbria." He has also had roles in a number of notable longform projects, including the miniseries "Lonesome Dove" and "Return to Lonesome Dove," and the HBO movie "Breast Men."

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Cooper started his professional career on the New York stage. His subsequent theater work includes "Of the Fields, Lately," on Broadway.


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Age: 66 years old
Birthday: July 9, 1951
Height: 5' 10"
Birthplace: Kansas City, MO
Current Residence: Massachusetts
Wife: Marianne Leone

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