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An incisive character actor with sturdy Midwestern appeal, Chris Cooper was born July 9, 1951, in Kansas City, Mo. A graduate of the University of Missouri drama school, Cooper gained good notices on Broadway in the 1980s.

He made a critically acclaimed starring debut in John Sayles's Matewan in 1987, but remained little-known to the general movie public for years. The miniseries "Lonesome Dove" and Sayles's Lone Star (1996) brought Cooper wider exposure and bigger roles in such films as The Horse Whisperer, October Sky and American Beauty.

In 2002's satirical Adaptation, Cooper portrayed real-life Florida Everglades activist John Laroche and was rewarded with a Best Supporting Actor Oscar. His other films include Money Train, A Time to Kill and 2003's Seabiscuit (in which he portrayed trainer Tom Smith).

Chris Cooper in Live by Night

Live by Night

2016 R

With bootlegging profits skyrocketing during the era of Prohibition, Joe Coughlin -- the son of a cop -- makes a name for himself in the underworld by becoming a smuggler and then a gangster. But as his power grows, Joe finds there's a price to pay.

  • Chris Cooper in The Company You Keep The Company You Keep
  • Chris Cooper in The Town The Town
  • Chris Cooper in The Bourne Identity The Bourne Identity
  • Chris Cooper in Demolition Demolition
  • Chris Cooper in The Tempest The Tempest
  • Chris Cooper in Seabiscuit Seabiscuit
  • Chris Cooper in Syriana Syriana
  • Chris Cooper in Remember Me Remember Me
  • Chris Cooper in The Patriot The Patriot
  • Chris Cooper in The Snare The Snare
  • Chris Cooper in American Beauty American Beauty
  • Chris Cooper in Where the Wild Things Are Where the Wild Things Are
  • Chris Cooper in Great Expectations Great Expectations
  • Chris Cooper in The Horse Whisperer The Horse Whisperer
  • Chris Cooper in October Sky October Sky
  • Chris Cooper in Adaptation. Adaptation.
  • Chris Cooper in Me, Myself & Irene Me, Myself & Irene
  • Chris Cooper in Jarhead Jarhead
  • Chris Cooper in Breach Breach
  • Chris Cooper in August: Osage County August: Osage County
  • Chris Cooper in Coming Through the Rye Coming Through the Rye
  • Chris Cooper in Capote Capote
  • Chris Cooper in The Company Men The Company Men
  • Chris Cooper in 11/22/63 11/22/63
  • Chris Cooper in Lonesome Dove Lonesome Dove
  • Chris Cooper in This Boy's Life This Boy's Life
  • Chris Cooper in The Muppets The Muppets
  • Chris Cooper in Lone Star Lone Star
  • Chris Cooper in Married Life Married Life
  • Chris Cooper in Interstate 60 Interstate 60
  • Chris Cooper in The Kingdom The Kingdom
  • Chris Cooper in My House in Umbria My House in Umbria
  • Chris Cooper in Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House... Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House...
  • Chris Cooper in Money Train Money Train
  • Chris Cooper in Pharaoh's Army Pharaoh's Army
  • Chris Cooper in Primo Levi's Journey Primo Levi's Journey
  • Chris Cooper in New York, I Love You New York, I Love You
  • Chris Cooper in Ned Blessing Ned Blessing
  • Chris Cooper in Return to Lonesome Dove Return to Lonesome Dove
  • Chris Cooper in Breast Men Breast Men
  • Chris Cooper in Silver City Silver City
  • Chris Cooper in The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln