Currently stars as Ben Turpin on the popular drama television series “Alias.” He was also recently featured in the motion picture “Changing Lanes,” starring Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson and previously starred with Jennie Garth in “The $treet.”
Cooper graduated from the Honors English program at Georgetown University in 1997. He then moved to New York City to enroll in the Master of Fine Arts program at the Actors Studio Drama School. There, with the guidance of such mentors as Ellen Burstyn, Susan Batson and Elizabeth Kemp, Cooper developed his stage work, culminating with his thesis performance as John Merrick in Bernard Pomerance's "The Elephant Man," performed at Circle in the Square.
While still in school, Cooper began his professional career when he appeared opposite Sarah Jessica Parker in "Sex and the City" and in the series "The Beat." His weekends were spent with LEAP (Learning through the Expanded Arts Program), a non-profit organization that teaches acting and movement to inner city school children. The summers took him all across the globe, from kayaking in British Columbia with Orca whales to ice climbing in the Peruvian Andes, while hosting "Extreme Treks in a Wild World". Cooper had to skip his graduation ceremony from the Actor's Studio in order to star in his first feature film, "Wet Hot American Summer," opposite Janeanne Garofolo, David Hyde Pierce and Molly Shannon.