Chuck Cooper is a veteran of Ten Broadway plays and musicals and numerous television guest leads and film appearances over the span of his 30 years as a professional actor. He won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a musical for his portrayal of Memphis in The Life.
His other Broadway credits include: Finian's Rainbow; Lennon; Caroline Or Change (Audelco Award, Best Featured Actor); Lost in the Stars; Chicago; Passion; Someone to Watch Over Me; Rumors; Amen Corner; Getting Away With Murder.
National tours: The Tap Dance Kid; Eubie; and Whistle Down the Wind.
Off-Broadway: The Piano Lesson, Marco Polo Sings a Solo (Signature Theatre); The Mikado (Carnegie Hall); Caroline Or Change (the Public Theatre); Thunder Knocking On The Door (Minetta Lane, Audelco Nomination); Avenue X; Police Boys; Four Short Operas (Playwrights Horizons); Colored People's Time (Negro Ensemble Co.).
Regional Theatre: Two Trains Running, Jitney (Two Rivers Theater Co.); All My Sons (The Intiman Theater); Hamlet (The Shakespeare Theatre Co.); Being Alive (Westport Country Playhouse); Dance of the Holy Ghosts (Yale Rep); The World Beyond the Hill (Berkshire Theatre Festival); Robeson (Passage Theatre); Othello (New Jersey Shakespeare Festival); Julius Caesar (Philadelphia Drama Guild); The Doctor Is Out, Coriolanus, Timon Of Athens, Two Trains Running, (San Diego Critics Circle Award, The Old Globe Theatre); The Tempest, American Dreams Lost And Found (Alliance Theatre).
Television credits: House of Cards; Gossip Girls; Nurse Jackie; 3 LBS; Hack; 100 Centre Street; Law & Order; Law And Order SVU; Oz; Strangers with Candy; NYPD Blue; Cosby; The Cosby Mysteries; New York Undercover; I'll Fly Away.
Film credits: Noise; Evening; American Gangster; Find Me Guilty; Three Days of Rain; Our Song; The Hurricane; The Opportunists; Gloria; The Peacemaker; The Juror; North; Criminal Justice.
Mr. Cooper was a Beinecke Fellow at the Yale school of drama.
Favorite role: Eddie, Alex and Lilli's father.