SCOTT COOPER, born and raised in Abingdon, Virginia, and a 1992 graduate in Economics from Hampden-Sydney College, Cooper is now a multi-hyphenate: writer, director, producer, and actor.
The Oscar-winning CRAZY HEART marked Cooper's first foray behind the camera as both writer and director. He won a 2010 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and garnered nominations from the Independent Spirit Awards, the WGA and the USC Scripter Awards for screenwriting on behalf of the film. The film received three Academy Award nominations and won for Best Actor and Best Original Song.
Scott's most recent project, the acclaimed OUT OF THE FURNACE, which he wrote and directed, is a gripping drama about family, fate, circumstance, and justice and stars Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson and Zoe Saldana. Produced by Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way and Ridley Scott's Scott Free Productions, Relativity Media released the film nationwide on December 6, 2013.
Currently, Scott is in production on BLACK MASS, starring Johnny Depp as the notorious Boston gangster James 'Whitey' Bulger. The film, based on the New York Times best-selling BLACK MASS, is being produced by Warner Bros. and is slated for a fall 2015 release.
Scott's training as an actor first began at the famed Lee Strasberg Institute in New York City. His acting credits include Sony Pictures Classics, GET LOW, starring Cooper's mentor and frequent collaborator, Robert Duvall, as well as, Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek. Cooper also starred alongside Duvall in AMC's Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning BROKEN TRAIL, directed by Walter Hill. Cooper and Duvall have collaborated on four pictures, including Warner Bros. Civil War epic, GODS AND GENERALS.
He now resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Jocelyne, and daughters Ava and Stella.