Chris Cooper

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Chris Cooper was recognized in 2003 with an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of John Laroche in Adaptation. Cooper was recently seen in The MuppetsThe Company MenThe TempestThe TownRemember Me, New York, I Love You, The Kingdom, Married Life, Breach, Capote, Jarhead, & Syriana. He was the voice of ‘Douglas’ in the big screen adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s story, Where the Wild Things Are. In 2005, Cooper re-teamed with director and friend John Sayles in Silver City. He starred in Seabiscuit based on the best-selling novel and was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for his portrayal of Seabiscuit’s trainer, Tom Smith.  In the same year, Cooper was nominated for an Emmy Award for his supporting performance in the HBO film My House In Umbria starring Maggie Smith. Cooper received a Screen Actor’s Guild Award for his supporting performance in the Academy Award winning film, American Beauty. He earned a Best Actor nomination from the Independent Spirit Awards for his work in John Sayles’ Lone Star.  Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Cooper attended the University Of Missouri School Of Drama and started his professional career on the New York stage.  His theater credits include Of the Fields Lately on Broadway, The Ballad of Soapy Smith and A Different Moon. Cooper resides in Massachusetts with his wife.