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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 of Elaine."

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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