CHRIS COOPER (Joe) has established himself as one
of the screen's most versatile actors, playing heroes and psychopaths,
leading men and villains in both independent and mainstream films.
He is best known to audiences as the sheriff of a troubled Texas
town in John Sayles' "Lone Star," a leading role written
especially for him by Sayles. He also starred as union organizer
Joe Kenehan in Sayles' critically acclaimed film "Matewan."
Cooper's supporting roles were in the features "Guilty By
Suspicion," "This Boy's Life" "Boys,"
"A Time To Kill" and "Money Train." Next he
will be seen in "The Horse Whisperer," directed by Robert
Redford, and HBO's "Breast Men" opposite David Schwimmer.
Cooper starred with Rosalind Chao ("Joy Luck Club")
in "Thousand Pieces of Gold," an independent film which
earned him the Wrangler Award for Best Actor in an Outstanding
Motion Picture, presented by the National Cowboy Hall of Fame.
He recently received critical acclaim for his starring role in
"Pharoah's Army," an independent film traveling this
year s festival circuit.
Among his diverse television credits is his role as 'July Johnson'
in the "Lonesome Dove" miniseries and "Return
to Lonesome Dove." Most recently, Cooper starred opposite
Mare Winningham in the CBS dramatic film "The Deliverance
Cooper studied acting with Stella Adler and Wynn Handman. His
first love is theater and he has starred in numerous productions
both on and Off Broadway, and on both sides of the Atlantic. He
made his Broadway debut as 'Ben' in "Of The Fields Lately."
Born and reared in Kansas City, Cooper spent a good part of his
youth raising cattle on his father's ranch. He now resides with
his family in a small coastal town in Massachusetts.
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