Chris Cooper

Chris Cooper

Highest Rated: 100% Birders: The Central Park Effect (2013)

Lowest Rated: 15% Boys (1996)

Birthday: Jul 9, 1951

Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, USA

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, a member of the coalminer's union who is sent to a tiny mountain town to organize the workers in Matewan (1987). He again worked with Sayles in City of Hope (1991) and then in Lone Star (1996), for which he won great acclaim playing the enigmatic Sam Deeds, the prodigal son of a tiny Texas town's sheriff who solves a mystery and comes to grips with his relationship with his late father. Subsequently, Cooper -- who had also made his mark on the small screen as cowboy July Johnson in Lonesome Dove (1989) -- appeared as a deputy in a A Time to Kill (1996), Robert Redford's younger brother in The Horse Whisperer (1998), and Ethan Hawke's brother-in-law in Great Expectations. In 1999, the actor again demonstrated his impressive range, first playing a coalminer in October Sky and then turning in a chilling performance as Kevin Spacey's unbalanced neighbor in American Beauty. If Cooper was somewhat lost in the shuffle of 2002's Interstate 60, his Oscar winning performance in that same years' Adaptation would find Cooper receiving lavish praise for his portrayal of a lively orchid hunter. Cast opposite Meryl Streep, Cooper's toothless performance was in turns hilarious, sad and poetic, providing the perfect showcase for his impressive range. In 2003, Cooper was nominated for Best Supporting Actor by the Screen Actors Guild for his turn as a soft-spoken horse trainer in Seabiscuit. Cooper worked steadily through the early 2000s, largely in a supporting capacity. He won no small amount of praise for his work in Syriana and Capote (both 2005), and showed demonstrated his range as an actor in 2007, when he co-starred in The Kingdom, Married Life, and Breach. Cooper lent his voice to Spike Jonze's remake of Maurice Sendak's classic children's novel Where the Wild Things Are, and joined Ben Affleck for a supporting role in The Town, a 2010 crime thriller based on author Chuck Hogan's novel Prince of Thieves. Cooper found more success, however, for his role in Amiga (2010) John Sayles' war drama, in which he played an American military colonel deeply prejudiced against Filipinos. The actor took on a decidedly less serious role as a dastardly villain extraordinaire in The Muppets (2011).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
40% Irresistible Actor 2020
95% Little Women Mr. Laurence 2019
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Jerry Vogel 2019
89% Intelligent Lives Executive Producer Narrator 2018
35% Live By Night Chief Irving Figgis $10.4M 2017
70% Coming Through The Rye J.D. Salinger $4.5K 2016
53% Demolition Phil $1.7M 2016
90% Fastball Actor 2016
51% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Norman Osborn $183.3M 2014
66% August: Osage County Charles Aiken $29.3M 2013
No Score Yet Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy Actor 2013
54% The Company You Keep Daniel Sloan $5.2M 2013
100% Birders: The Central Park Effect Actor 2013
98% Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God Gary 2012
95% The Muppets Tex Richman $88.7M 2011
67% Cargo Producer 2011
60% Amigo Col. Hardacre $0.2M 2011
67% The Company Men Phil Woodward $4.5M 2011
30% The Tempest Antonio $0.3M 2010
93% The Town Stephen MacRay $92.2M 2010
93% Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders Producer 2010
27% Remember Me Sgt. Neil Craig $18.3M 2010
73% Where the Wild Things Are Douglas $77.3M 2009
37% New York, I Love You Alex (Yvan Attal segment) $1.7M 2009
No Score Yet The Lost Son of Havana Narrator 2009
54% Married Life Harry Allen $1.2M 2008
51% The Kingdom Grant Sykes $47.5M 2007
85% Primo Levi's Journey Narrator (English) 2007
84% Breach Robert Hanssen $33M 2007
73% Syriana Jimmy Pope $50.9M 2005
61% Jarhead Lt. Col. Kazinski $62.6M 2005
90% Capote Alvin Dewey $28.4M 2005
48% Silver City Dickie Pilager $0.9M 2004
78% Seabiscuit Tom Smith $120.2M 2003
91% Adaptation John Laroche $22.2M 2002
83% The Bourne Identity Conklin $121.6M 2002
No Score Yet Interstate 60 Bob Cody 2002
50% My House in Umbria Thomas Riversmith 2002
61% The Patriot Col. Harry Burwell $2.4M 2000
47% Me, Myself & Irene Lt. Gerke $0.6M 2000
87% American Beauty Frank Fitts 1999
91% October Sky John Hickam 1999
No Score Yet Alone Gus Jr. 1998
74% The Horse Whisperer Frank Booker 1998
37% Great Expectations Joe 1998
40% Breast Men Dr. William Larson 1997
No Score Yet Horton Foote's Alone Actor 1997
67% A Time to Kill Deputy Looney 1996
94% Lone Star Sam Deeds 1996
15% Boys John Baker 1996
No Score Yet The Deliverance Of Elaine Actor 1996
No Score Yet Pharaoh's Army John Hull Abston 1995
22% Money Train Torch 1995
No Score Yet Little Piece of Sunshine Ernie Favaro 1994
76% This Boy's Life Roy 1993
No Score Yet Ned Blessing: The True Story of My Life Anthony Blessing 1992
94% City of Hope Riggs 1991
No Score Yet Darrow Eugene Debs 1991
91% Thousand Pieces of Gold Charlie Bemis 1991
65% Guilty by Suspicion Nolan 1991
No Score Yet In Broad Daylight Jack Wilson 1991
94% Matewan: A Luta Final Joe 1987
50% Bad Timing Actor 1980
No Score Yet Hurricane Mary Actor

TV

Credit
77% Homecoming
2018
Leonard Geist 2020
No Score Yet Lonesome Dove
1989
July Johnson 2019
1989
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest 2017
2016
2002
83% 11.22.63
2016
Al Templeton 2016
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
Voice Narrator Walt Whitman 2009
2008
No Score Yet Nature
1982
Narrator 2004
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Roy Payne 1996
No Score Yet The Equalizer
1985-1989
1987
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
Debs

QUOTES FROM Chris Cooper CHARACTERS

Noman Osborn says: Change begins with hard work and persistence.

Noman Osborn says: Did your hand started to twitch yet?

Noman Osborn says: I'm dying!

Little Charles Aiken says: I can't believe that I missed Uncle Bev's funeral.

Charles Aiken says: That can't compare to what you have in your heart.

Charles Aiken says: Oh... oh... I got a big bite of fear! And it never tasted so good!

Mattie Fae Aiken says: Oh, maybe because your family didn't have...

Charles Aiken says: You better not say anything about my family right now, I mean it! We just buried a man I loved very much. And whatever faults he may have had, he was a good, kind, decent man. And to hear you tearin' your son not even a day later dishonors Beverly's memory. We've been married thirty eight years and I would find anything. But if you can't find a generous place in your heart for your own son, we're not gonna make it to thirty nine!

Charles Aiken says: Mattie Fae, we're gonna get in the car and go home. And if you say one more mean thing to that boy, I'm gonna kick your fat Irish ass into the highway.

Mattie Fae Aiken says: What the hell did you just say to me?

Charles Aiken says: Kids, go outside, would you please? I don't understand this meanness. I look at you and your sister and the way you talk to people and I don't understand it. I can't understand why folks can't be respectful to one another. I don't think there's any excuse for it. My family didn't treat each other that way.

Harry Osborn says: And what about Peter?

Noman Osborn says: Not everyone has a happy ending.

Noman Osborn says: Lay wide awake, I feel it coming. Not everyone has a happy ending.

Noman Osborn says: Not everyone has a happy ending.

John Hickam says: If steel fails, this country fails.

Ted Conklin says: What is the French word for "stakeout"?

Douglas says: Will you keep out all the sadness?

Max says: I have a sadness shield that keeps out all the sadness, and it's big enough for all of us.

Ricky Fitts says: What's new in the world, Dad?

Colonel Fitts says: This country is going straight to hell!

Stephen MacRay says: see you around this side or the other.

Stephen MacRay says: See you around this side or the other.

Ricky Fitts says: If I had to leave tonight, would you come with me?

Jane Burnham says: What?

Ricky Fitts says: If I had to go to New York, to live, would you come with me?

Jane Burnham says: Yes.

Angela Hayes says: You guys can't be serious, you're just a kid, and he's, like, a mental case, you'll end up living in a box on the street!

Jane Burnham says: I'm no more a kid than you are! .. We can use my plastic surgery money.

Colonel Fitts says: We won't have to, I have over $40000 and I know people in the city who can help us get set up.

Colonel Fitts says: We won't have to, I have over $40,000 and I know people in the city who can help us get set up.

Angela Hayes says: What, other drug dealers?

Ricky Fitts says: Yes!

Tex Richman says: ''People call me cash cause i got mo-money.''

Tex Richman says: People call me cash cause I got mo-money.

Tex Richman says: "The answer is no."

Tex Richman says: The answer is no.

Kermit says: "You could have just said that."

Kermit says: You could have just said that.

Tex Richman says: "I think I'll call this room....The Kermit the frogs old office room!"

Tex Richman says: I think I'll call this room...The Kermit the frogs old office room!

Bobo says: "Very nice sir."

Bobo says: Very nice sir.

Tex Richman says: I make the baker make my bread out of dough! Oh no, no, don't eat it though, it'll make you ill, there ain't no flour in a hundred dollar bill!

Ricky Fitts says: What's happening in the world dad.

Colonel Fitts says: This country is going straight to hell.

Tex Richman says: Maniacal laugh... Maniacal laugh...

Colonel Harry Burwell says: Wars are not fought only by childless men.

Staff Sergeant Sykes says: [to the dead marine] I told you to keep your fucking head down! If you'd listened to me, you'd still be fucking alive right now, stupid fuck!

Staff Sergeant Sykes says: [to the dead marine] I told you to keep your fucking head down! If you'd listened to me, you'd still be fucking alive right now, stupid fuck!

Lieutenant Colonel Kazinski says: OOOO! I just felt my dick move!

Tom Smith says: You know, you don't throw a whole life away just 'cause he's banged up a little.

Stephen MacRay says: Look, I gotta die five times before I get outta here. But i'll see you again...this side or the other.

Stephen MacRay says: Look, I gotta die five times before I get outta here. But i'll see you again, this side or the other.

Lester Burnham says: I am sick and tired of being treated like I don't exist. You two do whatever you want, whenever you want to do it, and I don't complain.

Colonel Fitts says: Oh, you don't complain? Then please, excuse me, I must be psychotic, then! If you don't complain, what is this? Yeah, let's bring in the laugh-meter and see how loud it gets

Colonel Fitts says: Oh, you don't complain? Then please, excuse me, I must be psychotic, then! If you don't complain, what is this? Yeah, let's bring in the laugh-meter and see how loud it gets.

Caroline Burnham says: Oh, you don't complain? Then please, excuse me, I must be psychotic, then! If you don't complain, what is this? Yeah, let's bring in the laugh-meter and see how loud it gets.

Ricky Fitts says: Anything new in the world, Dad?

Colonel Fitts says: This country is going straight to hell!

Colonel Fitts says: This isn't life! This is just stuff! And it's become more important to you than living!

Lester Burnham says: This isn't life! This is just stuff! And it's become more important to you than living!

Jimmy Pope says: Corruption is our protection. Corruption keeps us safe and warm ... Corruption is why we win.

Jimmy Pope says: Corruption is our protection. Corruption keeps us safe and warm. Corruption is why we win.

Antonio says: Here lies your brother, no better than the earth he lies upon.