Chris Cooper Net Worth

Do you want to know how much Chris Cooper is worth? We have the answer for you! First off, let’s get familiar with the person in question, shall we? He is an actor from American. He was born in unknown, on unknown in to the family of Mary Ann Cooper, Charles Cooper and Chuck Cooper. His talents and gifts as an actor soon became apparent and a promising career path was laid out right before him. It is also worth noting that he attended Southwest High School, Stephens College, University of Missouri and earned the Nicknames of unknown throughout his studies and working career. He stands at 1.78 m in terms of height. Starring in multiple hit movies or TV shows, Chris Cooper has earned global recognition as well as amassing a fortune. In his career Chris Cooper has earned a lot of money and now has a total Net worth valued at $10 Million.

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Chris is the son of Charles Cooper and his wife Mary Ann, nee Walton. Chris spent his childhood at his family’s cattle ranch near Leavenworth Kansas, and also lived for a while in Las Vegas, Phoenix and Houston. He attended high school in Kansas City, and during those years found his first job at a local theater company as a carpenter. Following his matriculation, Chris continued with his work in theater, only he changed the theater group, and still worked for his father at the cattle ranch.

He then enrolled at the University of Missouri-Columbia, majoring in set design, but in his sophomore year switched his major to acting. Slowly his acting classes became more frequent, and part from acting he also learnt how to dance at Stephens College.

Following his graduation, Chris moved to New York, and lived with four other young actors. While there he held several odd jobs in order to support himself, and took acting classes under Stela Adler and Wynn Handman. Before his career took-off, Chris worked with the Actors Theater of Louisville and Seattle Repertory.

His screen debut came in 1987, when he was cast as the lead in the John Sayles’ history drama “Matewan”, with James Earl Jones and Mary McDonnell. Two years later he portrayed July Johnson in the TV mini-series “Lonesome Dove”, next to such stars as Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones and Danny Glover among others. He repeated his role in the second installment of the show “Return to Lonesome Dove” in 1993. His net worth was now set.

In 1991 he had a role in the drama “Guilty by Suspicion”, starring Robert De Niro and Annette Bening, and then in 1996 featured in the thriller “A Time to Kill”, with Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock and Samuel L. Jackson as the stars of the film. Also, the same year he starred in John Sayles’ Academy Award- nominated drama “Lone Star”. Two years later he portrayed Joe in the film based on Charles Dickens’ novel “Great Expectations”, with Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow. The same year he appeared in Robert Redford’s Academy Award- nominated western drama “The Horse Whisperer”, and in 1999 played Colonel Fitts in Sam Mendes Academy Award- winning romantic drama “American Beauty”, starring Kevin Spacey, Thora Birch and Mena Suvari. His net worth was rising steadily.

Chris started the new millennium quite successfully, appearing in Roland Emmerich’s action drama “The Patriot” (2000) with Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger as leads, and in 2002 played Conklin in the action thriller “The Bourne Identity”, starring Mat Damon, and also in 2002 he portrayed John Laroche in the film “Adaptation”, the role that won him both Academy and Golden Globe Awards, and certainly added a substantial amount to his net worth. In 2003 he played Tom Smith in the film “Seabiscuit” with Tobey Maguire and Jeff Bridges, and then in 2005 appeared in the Stephen Gaghan’s thriller “Syriana” (2005). Two years later he starred in the drama “Breach” as Robert Hanssen, while the year 2010 was one of his busiest, appearing in several films including John Wells’ The Company Men”, Allen Coulter’s “Remember Me”, Ben Affleck’s “The Town”, and “The Tempest”, directed by Julie Taymor, all of which certainly added to his net worth.

Chris continued with his acting career in this decade, and has starred in such films as “August: Osage County” (2013), “Demolition” (2015), and “Coming Through the Rye” (2015). Currently, he is working on the film “Light on Broken Glass”, due for release in late 2017.

Regarding his personal life, he has been married to Marianne Leone since 1983; the couple had one son, Jesse, who was born prematurely and battled cerebral palsy throughout his life, which ended in 2005. In his honor, Chris has started the Jesse Cooper Foundation.

Structural info

  • Full Name: Chris Cooper
  • Net Worth: $10 Million
  • Date Of Birth: July 9, 1951
  • Died: September 25, 2006, Paulden, Arizona, United States
  • Place Of Birth: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
  • Height: 1.78 m
  • Profession: Actor
  • Education: Southwest High School, Stephens College, University of Missouri
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Marianne Leone Cooper
  • Children: Jesse Lanier Cooper
  • Parents: Mary Ann Cooper, Charles Cooper
  • Siblings: Chuck Cooper
  • IMDB:
  • Awards: Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actor, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award f…
  • Nominations: Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, Independent Spirit …
  • Movies: Demolition, American Beauty, Adaptation, The Bourne Identity, The Muppets, August: Osage County, The Patriot, October Sky, Capote, The Company Men, The Kingdom, Jarhead, The Town, Matewan, Lone Star, Breach, Me, Myself & Irene, Remember Me, Syriana, Seabiscuit, A Time to Kill, Money Train, The Horse…
  • TV Shows: 11.22.63, Lonesome Dove, Return to Lonesome Dove


  • The Bourne Identity. It’s pretty amazing. I had the Bourne script for a good month and a half, and I knew I was going to Prague to shoot my segment of the film. So two weeks before I’m off to Prague, I get a call from the production company, and they say “Look, forget the script. We’ve got a lot of re-writing to do, and we’ll send you a script as soon as we can.” So a week goes by, and I’m getting pretty freaked out, because here I am, and I don’t know what the heck I’m going to do. And I’m not a quick line-reader. I don’t learn lines real quickly. So a week went by, and it’s a week before I go to Prague, and I get another script. I no sooner set that script down, than within an hour, production’s calling saying “Forget that script. We’re still in re-writes. We’ll send you something as soon as we can.” I flew to Prague without a script. I didn’t know what the heck I was going to do. I think it’s fair to say-I think it’s been out in the atmosphere enough that people know that’s just how the shoot went. And I think it’s kind of how the second shoot went. We were working 12-14-hour days, and then I would find myself hanging around the set for another hour asking anybody, “Do we have pages for tomorrow?” And it was a great, great example of finding that survival gear. I mean literally, that gear to work in that kind of situation. All those guys, that support team that I had around me while we were tracking down Bourne, we’d get these pages of technical jargon, and we’d have to go off to a quiet corner for a half-hour and just jam and learn these scenes and make them look interesting, and make them look like we knew what we were talking about. So that was quite an experience. Boy, somebody was watching out for me, because at the same time, I’m going through jet-lag, and doing a lot of physical scene work, and I would get maybe four hours of sleep a night. And I’m just so surprised it went as well as it did.
  • (On his role in The Town) It’s like one scene. But a great scene, I think. This is a great adaptation from a Chuck Hogan book called Prince Of Thieves. I play Ben Affleck’s father, who is doing five life terms for a Brinks heist that I committed and killed a couple of the guards. But this story is generational. It’s thieves who pass down their triumphs and mistakes to the next generation, so that they don’t make the same mistake that the previous-like I had made. So Ben is visiting me in Walpole Prison. We spent just a great day with this prison visit scene. And Ben was kind enough to assemble 13 minutes of film that involved every reference to my character before my scene, so I could see how other people saw him before I played him.
  • (On landing Lonesome Dove) It’s a mystery-I know they auditioned a lot of folks in L.A., and if I remember correctly, they had a handful of actors they were going to read in New York. And why or how I got the opportunity to audition for Lonesome Dove, I have no idea. But I knew that character of July Johnson was just-seemed to fit me like a glove. And I worked my tail off on that audition. And also, somehow, somewhere getting the news that the director felt pretty sure he had cast the role of July Johnson, that just spurred me on to try and give the best audition I could ever give at that time. And I guess it worked out.
  • (On Adaptation) The audition I did was very, very unusual, in that when I read the script, I just saw so many possibilities and ways to play a scene. If you’re not familiar with the audition process-you’re lucky if you get a second reading of the character. I went to the audition and pleaded with Spike to please allow me to show him four or five interpretations of a scene. And he let me do that. We did four, possibly five scenes where I showed him different ways I thought this could be played. Then once I was cast, and we were shooting the film, when the finished product came out, that’s how Spike directed me. He would say in a particular scene, “Okay, here you are picking up Susan Orlean at her hotel, and you’re going into the Everglades or whatever. Okay, on first meeting her, you could be terribly intimidated. Here you are, this Florida redneck cracker meeting this intellectual New York journalist, and you’re completely intimidated. Okay, now play it like you’re the smartest guy in the world, and she’s lucky to have this time to spend with you. So you’re very confident.” So on and so forth. So we’d play all those different variations, and then when it came to editing the film, it was up to Spike to choose what take he wanted. And that became a real surprise to me at the premiere when I saw the film, because I didn’t know what take he was going to use.
  • (On Money Train) We had just moved to Kingston, I think in ’94. I think I had gone into New York and auditioned for one or two characters in that script, and we bought this little house here that we still live in. And financially, we had no business buying this house. We were scared to death. So it was an opportunity to make some money and do another film role, and it’s something I thought would be very challenging. It turned out to be… Certainly not a pleasant character. Sometimes you go into those dark areas, and that’s what you’re called to do. It was a pretty wicked, awful character, considering what he did. I just really can’t say that was an enjoyable role. It was more of an opportunity, and kind of survival. Something for a number of reasons that I just had to do.
  • (On landing his role in Matewan) That was my first feature film, but it came in kind of an interesting way. My wife [Marianne] was also an actor. When we were living in New York, she answered a backstage ad for an NYU student’s film, and that turned out to be Nancy Savoca. So Marianne did Nancy’s half-hour junior black-and-white piece. Then she and Nancy and Rich, Nancy’s husband-we all four became real good friends from that experience. Then Nancy worked on Brother From Another Planet when John [Sayles] was shooting that. And she was aware that John beforehand had lost financing. He wanted to do Matewan, but lost the financing, so he went on to do Brother From Another Planet. So Nancy gave John my name, and said, “When the time comes for Matewan, take a look at this guy.” So that’s kind of how that came about. It was an audition in midtown. I went up and read a couple of scenes. And then some months passed. I went to London to do a West End production with Harold Pinter-it was a Tennessee Williams play, Sweet Bird Of Youth, directed by Harold Pinter and starring Lauren Bacall. So in the seven months that I was over in England, news came. I got a callback to read some more scenes. So we did the Sunday matinée, and I had to get on a plane, fly to the States, do the audition, get back on the plane, fly back for Tuesday night’s performance. I had virtually noooo sleep. I was really on a high just in anticipation of the audition. And then during that Tuesday-night performance, I came really, really close to fainting onstage because I was so tuckered.


  • Did not make his first screen appearance until he was thirty-six years old.
  • As of 2014, has appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: American Beauty (1999), Seabiscuit (2003) and Capote (2005). American Beauty (1999) won in the category.
  • One of his first notable roles was in Lonesome Dove (1989), in which he worked opposite Anjelica Huston. In The Kingdom (2007), he appears with her brother Danny Huston, as well as Jennifer Garner, who played Anjelica’s character in the Lonesome Dove prequel Dead Man’s Walk (1996).
  • His first foray into acting came when he was drafted from the set-builder ranks of his local community theater to serve as a last-minute substitute for Tom Berenger in a production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” as the paper boy.
  • Older brother, Chuck Cooper (born in 1948), is a contractor.
  • His parents were from Texas. His mother, Mary Ann (Walton), was a homemaker, and his father, Charles Sherwood Cooper, was an internist who served as a doctor in the US Air Force, and a cattleman.
  • Said he was afraid of taking the role in American Beauty (1999); his wife convinced him to take the role of the repressed soldier.
  • Graduated from Southwest High School in 1969. Southwest High School closed down in 1998 and reopened in 1999 as Southwest Charter School. Southwest High School is located in the Kansas City, Missouri School District.
  • As a young man, he did some construction work, including helping with the construction of Royals Stadium in Kansas City, now known as Kaufman Stadium.
  • Turned down the role of Jim Gordon in Batman Begins (2005).
  • He majored in agriculture and acting at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.
  • Studied ballet at Stephens College in Columbia.
  • Son, Jesse Cooper (with Leone), born 1987, died January 2005 from causes related to cerebral palsy.
  • Filmed scenes for The Ring (2002) that were cut, though a picture of him in a newspaper remains in the film.
  • Lives in Kingston, Massachusetts, USA.


  • Intense understated performances
  • Deep gravelly voice
  • Usually plays characters that are associated with the government (including the military), politics, or agencies. See: The Bourne Identity (2002), Silver City (2004), Syriana (2005), Me, Myself & Irene (2000), Jarhead (2005), The Patriot (2000), American Beauty (1999), Breach (2007).


Title Year Status Character
Light on Broken Glass 2017 pre-production Jay
Live by Night 2016 completed Chief Irving Figgis
Chickadee pre-production Doctor Porter
11.22.63 2016 TV Mini-Series Al Templeton
Coming Through the Rye 2015 J.D. Salinger
Demolition 2015 Phil
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014 Norman Osborn (uncredited)
August: Osage County 2013 Charlie Aiken
The Corrections 2012 TV Movie Alfred
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God 2012 Documentary Gary (voice)
The Company You Keep 2012 Daniel Sloan
The Muppets 2011 Tex Richman
The Tempest 2010/I Antonio
The Town 2010 Stephen MacRay
Amigo 2010 Col. Hardacre
Remember Me 2010 Sgt. Neil Craig
The Company Men 2010 Phil Woodward
Where the Wild Things Are 2009 Douglas (voice)
New York, I Love You 2008 Alex (segment “Yvan Attal”)
American Experience 2008 TV Series documentary Walt Whitman
Married Life 2007 Harry Allen
The Kingdom 2007 Grant Sykes
Breach 2007 Robert Hanssen
Syriana 2005 Jimmy Pope
Jarhead 2005 Lt. Col. Kazinski
Capote 2005 Alvin Dewey
Silver City 2004 Dickie Pilager
The Bourne Supremacy 2004 Conklin (uncredited)
Seabiscuit 2003 Tom Smith
My House in Umbria 2003 TV Movie Thomas Riversmith
Adaptation. 2002 John Laroche
The Bourne Identity 2002 Conklin
Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road 2002 Bob Cody
The Patriot 2000 Col. Harry Burwell
Me, Myself & Irene 2000 Lieutenant Gerke
American Beauty 1999 Colonel Fitts
October Sky 1999 John Hickam
The 24 Hour Woman 1999 Ron Hacksby
The Horse Whisperer 1998 Frank Booker
Great Expectations 1998 Joe
Alone 1997 TV Movie Gus Jr.
Breast Men 1997 TV Movie Dr. William Larson
A Time to Kill 1996 Deputy Dwayne Powell Looney
Boys 1996 Mr. John Baker
Lone Star 1996 Sam
The Deliverance of Elaine 1996 TV Movie Charile Skyler
Law & Order 1996 TV Series Roy Payne
Pharaoh’s Army 1995 Captain John Hull Abston
Money Train 1995 Torch
One More Mountain 1994 TV Movie James Reed
Return to Lonesome Dove 1993 TV Mini-Series July Johnson
This Boy’s Life 1993 Roy
Ned Blessing: The True Story of My Life 1992 TV Movie Anthony Blessing
Bed of Lies 1992 TV Movie Price Daniel, Jr.
City of Hope 1991 Riggs
To the Moon, Alice 1991 Short Frank Wiliker
Darrow 1991 TV Movie Eugene Debs
Thousand Pieces of Gold 1991 Charlie
Guilty by Suspicion 1991 Larry Nolan
In Broad Daylight 1991 TV Movie Jack Wilson
Lifestories 1990 TV Series Mr. Hawkins
A Little Piece of Sunshine 1990 TV Movie Ernie Favaro
Lonesome Dove 1989 TV Mini-Series July Johnson
Miami Vice 1988 TV Series Jimmy Yagovitch
American Playhouse 1988 TV Series Louis Halladay
Non date da mangiare agli animali 1987 Short
The Equalizer 1987 TV Series Michael
Matewan 1987 Joe Kenehan
Title Year Status Character
The Muppets 2011 performer: “Let’s Talk About Me”, “Life’s a Happy Song Finale”
Title Year Status Character
Her 2013 thanks
Certain Proof: A Question of Worth 2011 Documentary special thanks
Breaching the Truth: The Making of ‘Breach’ 2007 Video short special thanks
Title Year Status Character
American Beauty: Look Closer… 2000 Video documentary short Himself
Spotlight on Location: October Sky 1999 Video documentary short Himself / John Hickam
Gomorron 1998 TV Series Himself
Special Look 2016 TV Series Himself
World Premiere 2016 TV Series Himself
Fastball 2016 Documentary Clifford Blankenship (voice)
Made in Hollywood 2013 TV Series Himself
Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy 2013 Documentary Narrator
Certain Proof: A Question of Worth 2011 Documentary Himself
Janela Indiscreta 2010 TV Series Himself
For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots 2010 TV Movie documentary voice
Hemispheres: A Documentary on Cerebral Palsy 2009 Documentary Himself
American Experience 2009 TV Series documentary Himself – Narrator
Johnny Cash’s America 2008 Documentary Narrator
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2008 TV Series Himself – Guest
Entertainment Tonight 2008 TV Series Himself
‘The Kingdom’: Behind-the-Scenes Interviews 2007 Video documentary short
Creating ‘The Kingdom’ 2007 Video documentary short Himself
HBO First Look 2003-2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Breach: Anatomy of a Character 2007 Video short Himself
Breaching the Truth: The Making of ‘Breach’ 2007 Video short Himself
Charlie Rose 1996-2007 TV Series Himself – Guest
Making Capote: Concept to Script 2006 Video documentary short Himself – ‘Alvin Dewey’
12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2006 TV Special Himself
Nature 2004 TV Series documentary Narrator
The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2004 TV Special Himself – Presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Rol
The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself – Presenter: Best Supporting Male
10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2004 TV Special Himself
The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards 2004 TV Special Himself – Co-Presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Seabiscuit: The Making of a Legend 2003 TV Short documentary Himself
The Making of ‘Seabiscuit’ 2003 Video documentary short Himself
The 75th Annual Academy Awards 2003 TV Special Himself – Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2003 TV Special Himself
The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2003 TV Special Himself – Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards 2001 TV Special Himself – Presenter (uncredited)
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
Ben’s Boston 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary short Stephen MacRay
Jake Gyllenhaal Challenges the Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize 2010 Short Lt. Col. Kazinski
Oscar, que empiece el espectáculo 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Bourne Identity: Cloak and Dagger: Covert Ops 2004 Video short Conklin
Gomorron 2000 TV Series Himself


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