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The Patriot Film Cast: Chris Cooper

Chris Cooper
Character Portrayed in The Patriot: Harry Burwell

Born: July 9, 1952; Kansas City, Missouri

Notable Awards and Nominations:
Academy Awards:
- 2003 Best Supporting Actor Nomination for Adaptation
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards (BAFTA):
- 2003 Best Supporting Actor Nomination for Adaptation
Golden Globes:
- 2003 Best Supporting Actor Award for Adaptation
Independent Spirit Award:
- 1997 Best Actor Nomination for Lone Star
Screen Actors Guild:
- 2000 Best Supporting Actor Nomination for American Beauty
- 2003 Best Supporting Actor Nomination for Adaptation
- 2004 Best Supporting Actor Nomination for Seabiscuit

Chris Cooper was born in Kansas City, Missouri in July 1952. He served in the Coast Guard Reserves and graduated from the University of Missouri. Following graduation, Cooper moved to New York. He made his stage debut in 1983 and his film debut in Matewan in 1987. He married screenwriter Marianne Leone in 1983 and they have a son, Jesse.

Cooper has built a solid career as a character and supporting actor, utilizing his rugged look for various 'earthy' roles. His Western roles include the television miniseries Lonesome Dove and its sequel, as well as Thousand Pieces of Gold. In 1996, he played lawmen in both the independent film Lone Star, a role that earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor and in John Grisham's A Time to Kill. Cooper played Uncle Joe in the update of Great Expectations and Robert Redford's brother in The Horse Whisperer. His role as a career military man whose repressed emotions torment him in American Beauty earned him a 2000 Screen Actor Guild nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

In 2000, Cooper again played a soldier in The Patriot and a police officer in Jim Carrey's Me, Myself & Irene. In 2002, Cooper appeared in Interstate 60 and as intelligence officer after Matt Damon in The Bourne Identity. He also appeared in Adaptation which starred Nicolas Cage. The role garnered him Academy Award, BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild nominations as well as a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor.

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