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One of the most respected character actors of our time, CHRIS COOPER (Antonio) was recognized in 2003 with an Academy Award® and a Golden Globe® Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of John Laroche in Columbia Pictures' "Adaptation.,” written by Charlie Kauffman ("Being John Malkovich”) and directed by Spike Jonze. 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 Toronto Film Critics Association.

Cooper will next be seen in "The Company Men” with Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner and Tommy Lee Jones. Written and directed by John Wells, "The Company Men” centers around three men who are struggling to survive corporate downsizing. "The Company Men” premiered in the US at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and will be released in October 2010.

Following "The Company Men,” in December 2010 Cooper will star alongside Djimon Hounsou and Helen Mirren in Julie Taymor's version of "The Tempest” as Antonio. In addition, Cooper was last seen in the Warner Bros. feature film "The Town” alongside Ben Affleck, Blake Lively, Jeremy Renner and Rebecca Hall. "The Town” premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in September 2010.

Also in 2010 Cooper appeared in Allen Coulter's romantic drama "Remember Me,” with Robert Pattinson, Pierce Brosnan and Emilie de Ravin. The film was released nationwide on March 12, 2010, by Summit Entertainment.

In October 2009 Cooper was featured in the drama "New York, I Love You,” a collaboration of vignettes created by some of today's most imaginative filmmakers, including Shekhar Kapur, Joshua Marston, Brett Ratner and Allen Hughes. Cooper starred alongside Robin Wright Penn, Ethan Hawke and Maggie Q in a storyline written and directed by Yvan Attal.

Also in October 2009 Cooper voiced Douglas in the big-screen adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic children's story, "Where the Wild Things Are,” directed by Spike Jonze, with screenplay by Dave Eggers.

In 2007 Cooper starred alongside Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman in the Universal film "The Kingdom.” Directed by Peter Berg, "The Kingdom” tells the story of a team of US government agents who are sent to investigate the bombing of an American facility in the Middle East. In the fall of 2007, Cooper starred with Pierce Brosnan, Patricia Clarkson and Rachel McAdams in "Married Life” for Sony Classics, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was also accepted into the New York Film Festival.

Earlier in 2007 Cooper starred in the Universal Pictures film "Breach,” playing the title role of Robert Hanssen, a renowned operative for the FBI who was found guilty of spying for the Russians. Cooper received extraordinary praise from movie critics around the country for his deft performance. The film was directed by Billy Ray ("Shattered Glass”) and co-starred Ryan Phillippe.

In 2006 Cooper had strong supporting roles in Sony Classics' "Capote,” Universal's "Jarhead,” for director Sam Mendes, and Warner Bros.' "Syriana,” for writer and director Stephen Gaghan.

In 2005 Cooper re-teamed with director and friend John Sayles in New Market 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. The impressive cast included Maria Bello, Thora Birch, Richard Dreyfuss, Tim Roth, Daryl Hannah and Billy Zane. The film premiered 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 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 portrayed Colonel Burwell opposite Mel Gibson 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 and Irene” for directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly.

In 1999 Cooper received a Screen Actors Guild® Award for his supporting performance alongside Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening in DreamWorks' Academy Award®– 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.” On the small screen, he has had roles in a number of long-form projects, including the miniseries "Lonesome Dove” and "Return to Lonesome Dove.” He starred in HBO's "Breast Men” and includes among his other credits "Alone,” "One More Mountain,” "Ned Blessing,” "Bed of Lies,” "Darrow,” "In Broad Daylight,” "A Little Piece of Sunshine,” "Law and Order” and "Journey to Genius.”

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.

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