Chris Cooper

Christopher W. "Chris" Cooper (born July 9, 1951) is an American film actor. He became well known in the late 1990s, having appeared in supporting performances in several major Hollywood films, including The Bourne Identity, American Beauty, Capote, The Town, The Kingdom, Syriana, October Sky, Seabiscuit, and Adaptation, for which he won both the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor.

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American Beauty (1999)

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Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter's attractive friend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Annette Bening  •  Thora Birch  •  Wes Bentley

Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter's attractive friend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Annette Bening  •  Thora Birch  •  Wes Bentley

The Muppets (2011)

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When Kermit the Frog and the Muppets learn that their beloved theater is slated for demolition, a sympathetic human, Gary, and his puppet roommate, Walter, swoop in to help the gang put on a show and raise the $10 million they need to save the day.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Bobin
CAST:  Emily Blunt  •  John Krasinski  •  Zach Galifianakis  •  Jack Black

When Kermit the Frog and the Muppets learn that their beloved theater is slated for demolition, a sympathetic human, Gary, and his puppet roommate, Walter, swoop in to help the gang put on a show and raise the $10 million they need to save the day.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Bobin
CAST:  Emily Blunt  •  John Krasinski  •  Zach Galifianakis  •  Jack Black

August: Osage County (2013)

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A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Wells
CAST:  Meryl Streep  •  Julia Roberts  •  Chris Cooper  •  Ewan McGregor

A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Wells
CAST:  Meryl Streep  •  Julia Roberts  •  Chris Cooper  •  Ewan McGregor

The Bourne Identity (2002)

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Wounded to the brink of death and suffering from amnesia, Jason Bourne is rescued at sea by a fisherman. With nothing to go on but a Swiss bank account number, he starts to reconstruct his life, but finds that many people he encounters want him dead. However, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Doug Liman
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  Franka Potente  •  Chris Cooper  •  Clive Owen

Wounded to the brink of death and suffering from amnesia, Jason Bourne is rescued at sea by a fisherman. With nothing to go on but a Swiss bank account number, he starts to reconstruct his life, but finds that many people he encounters want him dead. However, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Doug Liman
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  Franka Potente  •  Chris Cooper  •  Clive Owen

The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

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When a CIA operation to purchase classified Russian documents is blown by a rival agent, who then shows up in the sleepy seaside village where Bourne and Marie have been living. The pair run for their lives and Bourne, who promised retaliation should anyone from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Greengrass
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  Brian Cox  •  Julia Stiles  •  Joan Allen

When a CIA operation to purchase classified Russian documents is blown by a rival agent, who then shows up in the sleepy seaside village where Bourne and Marie have been living. The pair run for their lives and Bourne, who promised retaliation should anyone from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Greengrass
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  Brian Cox  •  Julia Stiles  •  Joan Allen

A Time to Kill (1996)

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A young lawyer defends a black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, sparking a rebirth of the KKK.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Matthew McConaughey  •  Sandra Bullock  •  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Kevin Spacey

A young lawyer defends a black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, sparking a rebirth of the KKK.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Matthew McConaughey  •  Sandra Bullock  •  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Kevin Spacey

Adaptation. (2002)

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A love-lorn script writer grows increasingly desperate in his quest to adapt the book 'The Orchid Thief'.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Jonze
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Meryl Streep  •  Chris Cooper  •  Tilda Swinton

A love-lorn script writer grows increasingly desperate in his quest to adapt the book 'The Orchid Thief'.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Jonze
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Meryl Streep  •  Chris Cooper  •  Tilda Swinton

Boys (1996)

Fed up with boarding school and frustrated with the way others have planned his life, John Baker Jr. wants a change -- anything to shake up his staid routine. The moment arrives when he stumbles upon a woman, Patty Vare, unconscious in a field. Deciding to risk it, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stacy Cochran
CAST:  Winona Ryder  •  Lukas Haas  •  John C. Reilly  •  James Le Gros

Fed up with boarding school and frustrated with the way others have planned his life, John Baker Jr. wants a change -- anything to shake up his staid routine. The moment arrives when he stumbles upon a woman, Patty Vare, unconscious in a field. Deciding to risk it, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stacy Cochran
CAST:  Winona Ryder  •  Lukas Haas  •  John C. Reilly  •  James Le Gros

Capote (2005)

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A biopic of the writer, Truman Capote and his assignment for The New Yorker to write the non-fiction book, 'In Cold Blood'.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bennett Miller
CAST:  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Allie Mickelson  •  Craig Archibald  •  Bronwen Coleman

A biopic of the writer, Truman Capote and his assignment for The New Yorker to write the non-fiction book, 'In Cold Blood'.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bennett Miller
CAST:  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Allie Mickelson  •  Craig Archibald  •  Bronwen Coleman

Interstate 60 (2002)

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An aspiring painter meets various characters and learns valuable lessons while traveling across America.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Gale
CAST:  James Marsden  •  Gary Oldman  •  Amy Smart  •  Christopher Lloyd

An aspiring painter meets various characters and learns valuable lessons while traveling across America.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Gale
CAST:  James Marsden  •  Gary Oldman  •  Amy Smart  •  Christopher Lloyd

Jarhead (2005)

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Jarhead is a film about a US Marine Anthony Swofford’s experience in the Gulf War. After putting up with an arduous boot camp, Swofford and his unit are sent to the Persian Gulf where they are eager to fight, but are forced to stay back from the action. Swofford ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Jamie Foxx  •  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Scott MacDonald  •  Lucas Black

Jarhead is a film about a US Marine Anthony Swofford’s experience in the Gulf War. After putting up with an arduous boot camp, Swofford and his unit are sent to the Persian Gulf where they are eager to fight, but are forced to stay back from the action. Swofford ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Jamie Foxx  •  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Scott MacDonald  •  Lucas Black

Lone Star (1996)

When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Sayles
CAST:  Chris Cooper  •  Matthew McConaughey  •  Elizabeth Peña  •  Kris Kristofferson

When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Sayles
CAST:  Chris Cooper  •  Matthew McConaughey  •  Elizabeth Peña  •  Kris Kristofferson

Matewan (1987)

Filmed in the coal country of West Virginia, "Matewan" celebrates labor organizing in the context of a 1920s work stoppage. Union organizer, Joe Kenehan, a scab named "Few Clothes" Johnson and a sympathetic mayor and police chief heroically fight the power ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Sayles
CAST:  Chris Cooper  •  James Earl Jones  •  Mary McDonnell  •  Will Oldham

Filmed in the coal country of West Virginia, "Matewan" celebrates labor organizing in the context of a 1920s work stoppage. Union organizer, Joe Kenehan, a scab named "Few Clothes" Johnson and a sympathetic mayor and police chief heroically fight the power ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Sayles
CAST:  Chris Cooper  •  James Earl Jones  •  Mary McDonnell  •  Will Oldham

Me, Myself & Irene (2000)

Rhode Island State Trooper Charlie Baileygates has a multiple personality disorder. One personality is crazy and aggressive, while the other is more friendly and laid back. Both of these personalities fall in love with the same woman named Irene after Charlie loses ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bobby Farrelly  •  Peter Farrelly
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Renée Zellweger  •  Anthony Anderson  •  Robert Forster

Rhode Island State Trooper Charlie Baileygates has a multiple personality disorder. One personality is crazy and aggressive, while the other is more friendly and laid back. Both of these personalities fall in love with the same woman named Irene after Charlie loses ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bobby Farrelly  •  Peter Farrelly
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Renée Zellweger  •  Anthony Anderson  •  Robert Forster

Money Train (1995)

When a vengeful New York transit cop decides to steal a trainload of subway fares, his foster brother—a fellow cop—tries to protect him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Ruben
CAST:  Wesley Snipes  •  Woody Harrelson  •  Jennifer Lopez  •  Robert Blake

When a vengeful New York transit cop decides to steal a trainload of subway fares, his foster brother—a fellow cop—tries to protect him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Ruben
CAST:  Wesley Snipes  •  Woody Harrelson  •  Jennifer Lopez  •  Robert Blake

My House in Umbria (2003)

Emily Delahunty is an eccentric British romance novelist who lives in Umbria in central Italy. One day while travelling, the train she is on is bombed by terrorists. After she wakes up in a hospital, she invites three of the other survivors of the disaster to stay ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Loncraine
CAST:  Maggie Smith  •  Ronnie Barker  •  Chris Cooper  •  Benno Fürmann

Emily Delahunty is an eccentric British romance novelist who lives in Umbria in central Italy. One day while travelling, the train she is on is bombed by terrorists. After she wakes up in a hospital, she invites three of the other survivors of the disaster to stay ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Loncraine
CAST:  Maggie Smith  •  Ronnie Barker  •  Chris Cooper  •  Benno Fürmann

October Sky (1999)

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Based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes, and eventually became a NASA scientist.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Johnston
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Chris Cooper  •  Laura Dern  •  Chris Owen

Based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes, and eventually became a NASA scientist.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Johnston
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Chris Cooper  •  Laura Dern  •  Chris Owen

Seabiscuit (2003)

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True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Ross
CAST:  Jeff Bridges  •  David McCullough  •  Chris Cooper  •  Tobey Maguire

True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Ross
CAST:  Jeff Bridges  •  David McCullough  •  Chris Cooper  •  Tobey Maguire

Syriana (2005)

The Middle Eastern oil industry is the backdrop of this tense drama, which weaves together numerous story lines. Bennett Holiday is an American lawyer in charge of facilitating a dubious merger of oil companies, while Bryan Woodman, a Switzerland-based energy ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Gaghan
CAST:  George Clooney  •  Matt Damon  •  Jeffrey Wright  •  Chris Cooper

The Middle Eastern oil industry is the backdrop of this tense drama, which weaves together numerous story lines. Bennett Holiday is an American lawyer in charge of facilitating a dubious merger of oil companies, while Bryan Woodman, a Switzerland-based energy ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Gaghan
CAST:  George Clooney  •  Matt Damon  •  Jeffrey Wright  •  Chris Cooper

The Horse Whisperer (1998)

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Based on the novel by the same name from Nicholas Evans, the talented Robert Redford presents this meditative family drama set in the country side. Redford not only directs but also stars in the roll of a cowboy with a magical talent for healing.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Redford
CAST:  Robert Redford  •  Kristin Scott Thomas  •  Sam Neill  •  Scarlett Johansson

Based on the novel by the same name from Nicholas Evans, the talented Robert Redford presents this meditative family drama set in the country side. Redford not only directs but also stars in the roll of a cowboy with a magical talent for healing.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Redford
CAST:  Robert Redford  •  Kristin Scott Thomas  •  Sam Neill  •  Scarlett Johansson
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