Scott Cooper is an actor, writer, producer, and director – a native Virginian, who now resides in Los Angeles. Scott’s training as an actor first began at the famed Lee Strasburg Institute in New York City.
Scott’s acting credits include Sony Pictures Classics release, GET LOW, starring Scott’s mentor and frequent collaborator, Robert Duvall. GET LOW also starred Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek. Cooper starred in AMC’s Emmy and Golden Globe Awardwinning, BROKEN TRAIL, directed by Walter Hill, again, alongside Duvall. Scott and Duvall have collaborated on four pictures, including Warner Bros. Civil War epic, GODS AND GENERALS.
The Oscar-winning CRAZY HEART marked Scott’s first foray behind the camera as both writer and director. OUT OF THE FURNACE, his personal and autobiographical follow up, produced by Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way and Ridley Scott's Scott Free, will be released on December 6.
Scott is currently writing a Depression-era crime epic for Warner Bros. and Leonardo DiCaprio as well as adapting Stephen King's masterwork, THE STAND, also for Warners. His adaptation of William Styron's LIE DOWN IN DARKNESS remains a personal favorite and he vows to bring the very difficult subject matter to the screen.
His family includes his wife, Jocelyne and his daughters, Ava and Stella.
Dr. Robert Michael Franklin, Jr. is a Visiting Scholar in Residence at Stanford University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute. He is president emeritus of Morehouse College, the nation’s largest private, four-year liberal arts college for men, where he served as the tenth president from 2007 to 2012. In January 2014, he becomes Director of the Religion Program at The Chautauqua Institution.
Franklin was the Presidential Distinguished Professor of Social Ethics at Emory University (2004-2007), where he provided leadership for a university-wide initiative titled “Confronting the Human Condition and the Human Experience” and was a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at the law school.
He provides commentary for the National Public Radio (NPR) program, “All Things Considered,” and weekly commentary for Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasting Television. Franklin graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Morehouse in 1975 with a degree in political science and religion. (Full bio...)