Chris Cooper

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).


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet 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
89% Fastball Actor 2016
52% 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
92% 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
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots Actor 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
77% 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
88% 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
66% 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
No Score Yet Thousand Pieces of Gold Charlie Bemis 1991
65% Guilty by Suspicion Nolan 1991
No Score Yet In Broad Daylight Jack Wilson 1991
93% Matewan: A Luta Final Joe 1987
50% Bad Timing Actor 1980
No Score Yet Hurricane Mary Actor


No Score Yet Charlie Rose
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2002
80% 11.22.63
Al Templeton
  • 2016
No Score Yet American Experience
Voice Narrator Walt Whitman
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet Nature
  • 2004
No Score Yet Law & Order
Roy Payne
  • 1996
No Score Yet Lonesome Dove
July Johnson
  • 1989
No Score Yet The Equalizer
  • 1987
No Score Yet American Playhouse