CHRIS COOPER (Lt. Col. Kazinski) is one of the most respected character actors of our time. Cooper was recognized in 2003 with an Academy AwardÂ® and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of John Laroche in Columbia Pictures' Adaptation, written by Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich) and directed by Spike Jonze. The film, loosely based on Susan Orlean's novel The Orchid Thief, followed a sexually frustrated screenwriter's attempts to adapt Orlean's anecdotal novel for the screen. Cooper was also recognized for his performance in this film by numerous critics associations including the Broadcast Film Critics, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the Toronto Film Critics Association.
In mid-November, Cooper will begin production on the Universal Pictures film Breach, in which he will play the lead role of Robert Hanssen, a renowned operative for the FBI who was found guilty of spying for the Russians. The film will be directed by Billy Ray (Shattered Glass) and co-stars Ryan Phillippe.
Currently, Cooper can be seen in the Sony Classics film Capote with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener as Alvin Dewey, the lead investigator in charge of the high- profile murders in Kansas that were the basis of Truman Capote's classic novel, In Cold Blood. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to rave reviews and shortly thereafter at the New York Film Festival.
Cooper also has a strong supporting role in Syriana, for writer and director Stephen Gaghan, which will be released in December by Warner Bros.
Cooper was most recently seen in Newmarket Film's Silver City, a political drama and murder mystery which chronicled the story of a small town in Colorado and the events leading up to a local election. Written and directed by John Sayles, the impressive cast included Maria Bello, Thora Birch, Richard Dreyfuss, Tim Roth, Daryl Hannah and Billy Zane. The film was
screened at the Toronto Film Festival.
In 2003, Cooper starred in the Universal Pictures film Seabiscuit, based on the best-selling novel. Cooper was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for his portrayal of Seabiscuit's trainer, Tom Smith. Seabiscuit was directed by Gary Ross and also starred Tobey Maguire and Jeff Bridges. 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.
In 2002, Cooper was seen in The Bourne Identity for Universal Pictures in the strong supporting role as the mastermind of the CIA's controversial, clandestine operation, Treadstone. In 2004, he appeared in the flashback scenes in the second installment, The Bourne Supremacy.
In 2000 Cooper, opposite Mel Gibson, portrayed Colonel Burwell in Sony Pictures' The Patriot, a Revolutionary War epic directed by Roland Emmerich. In the same year, Cooper appeared with Jim Carrey in the comedy Me, Myself & Irene, for directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly.
In 1999 Cooper received a Screen Actor's Guild Award for his supporting performance alongside Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening in Dreamworks' Academy AwardÂ®-winning film, American Beauty. In a stunning and dramatic display, Cooper portrayed a stern ex-Marine colonel who persistently monitored his son's every move.
In 1999 Cooper starred as the father of an amateur rocket enthusiast in the acclaimed coming-of-age drama October Sky, which was screened at the 1999 Venice and Deauville Film Festivals with great notice. He had previously earned a Best Actor nomination in 1997 from the Independent Spirit Awards for his work in John Sayles' Lone Star. Nearly a decade earlier, Cooper made his feature film debut in Sayles' Matewan.
Among his film credits are Robert Redford's The Horse Whisperer, Great Expectations, A Time to Kill, Money Train, This Boy's Life, Guilty by Suspicion and City of Hope.
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