Birthday: 20-04-1970
Age: 49
Star sign: Taurus

Born in Abingdon, Virginia, Scott Cooper is an actor, a screenwriter, a director, and a producer. In 1988 he graduated from Abingdon High School. After this, he followed his dream to become an actor, at the Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. He got his undergraduate degree in 1992. In 2014 he got his Doctor of Humane Letters. He did both of these in the institute in Hampden-Sydney, Virginia. He got married to Jocelyn Cooper and they now live in Los Angeles with their two children. Cooper got recognition as director in his first venture, which was Crazy Love. When interviewed, he said that his first goal for many years had been to be an actor. That is what he had planned and was trained for. However he found himself on the sideline of many movies and TV shows. So he wondered what he was doing wrong.

On further thought, he decided to follow the steps of his role model, Robert Duvall. Duvall, according to Cooper, was the complete filmmaker. He was a great actor, great writer, producer and director. Cooper also said that as a director he did not try to keep the actors under his control. He feels that there are a lot of directors who try to do so, to make sure they plan the outcome of the film. However he being from the same background knew what the actors went through. Hence, he gives the actors all the freedom they need, which results in their best work. He said that before coming across Crazy Heart, he had wanted to make a movie of the life of Merle Haggard. He had grown up in Blue Ridge Virginia, listening to Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Jhonny Cash, and other bluegrass musicians. He had also known Merle for a while.

However he could not obtain the rights to his life as he had too many ex-wives and that made it difficult. An acquaintance of his who knew what he wanted to do suggested an obscure book to him. This book became Crazy Heart. The first person to read his script was his mentor Duvall, who showed great interest and took up the project. Through him, he approached Jeff Bridges and T. Bone Bridges. He claims that without Duvall’s name as producer on the script, the two stars would not have read his script. Thus, he owes everything to Robert Duvall. From this movie, he jumped to his thriller called, ‘Out Of the Furnace’. The story revolved around the protagonist, Russel Blaze, who goes in search of his brother who goes missing and there is no help from the police. This movie starred Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, Casey Affleck and many more renowned people.

For this film, he got inspiration from The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, Badlands and Days of Heaven. He also got inspiration from Faulkner who taught his father English in the University of Virginia for a couple of years. He says that in the movie, they had to shoot in a furnace, which was incredibly hot. However Christian did not even think of using a double. Cooper says he did not use a double anywhere in that film. He had professional training, and there were medics in the vicinity. He also says the scenes in the furnace set a scene of the film and the kind of person the character is. He means to showcase this movie as an examination of the nature of violence in which men are taking care of their own problems. He believes it’s happening all around the world, and needs to be represented adequately. He says that it is unfortunate, but for these men, it is a way of life.

Scott Cooper also ventured into making a Chronicle series on the life of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger who was one of the most notorious gangsters in the USA. It is a story of James, who was the brother of the state Senator and the biggest gangster in South Boston, who became an FBI informant to defeat a Mafia family, who was on his turf. This project was called ‘ Black Mass’ the cast consists of many renowned actors like Jhonny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Kevin Bacon, Julianne Nicholson, Adam Scott and so on. Cooper felt that most of his favourite films were from the gangster genre. However he also felt that one can’t really reach that level and that one shouldn’t just step into the genre. He also said that he did not want to do it the wrong way.

He did not want to tell a tale of a criminal who happened to be human but the story of a human who happened to be a criminal. He felt there was a big difference between the two. He did not in any way want to romanticize James Whitey Bulger. He took into consideration that there were victims and their families involved. The movie was simply his approach. He did not want to compare his film to any big gangster genre movies and feels that only a fool would do that. He only wanted to make a straightforward drama. The process of making this film was long and consisted of meticulous writers. Once, Whitey’s long term attorney came to watch filming for a couple of hours and Cooper saw him shaking his head.

He then stopped shooting immediately and asked him if he was doing something wrong. To this the attorney said that it was like seeing a ghost of Whitey himself, as Jhonny looked and walked and talked exactly like him. That was when Cooper knew they were on to something. Even though Black Mass was not as much of a success as expected, Warner Bros still wanted to be in touch with him. In fact, they have enlisted him to direct White Knight. Scott Cooper has received the Independent Spirit Award for First Feature Film and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program. He is known to be a very promising director and is to be seen in movies in the future.

Frank Grillo English Actor

Frank Grillo

Frank Anthony Grillo is the full name of Frank Grillo. He was born on June 8, 1965, in New York City, New York, The United States. By profession, he is an actor. He started his career in the year 1992. He works both for television and movies. He started his career in acting by doing some commercials for the brands like Sure Deodorant and American Express. The name of his debut film was “The Mambo Kings” which was released in the year 1992, and after that he did the movies like “Minority Report,” released in the year 2002, “April’s Shower,” in the year 2006, and then in the year 2008, he did a movie named “I Murders.” In the year 2010, he played the role of Daniel Sohapi in the horror movie named “Mother’s Day.” Then in the year 2011, he did a movie named “Warrior,” in which he played the role of an MMA Trainer named Frank Campana and in the following year, he did a movie named “The Grey,” in which he played the role of Diaz. In the year 2013, he worked with the actors like Minnie Driver, Anna Sophia Robb, John Leguizamo, Christopher McDonald, Maggie Q, Ed West wick, Dianna Argon, Mary McCormack, etc. for the movie named “The Crash.” It was produced by Hilary Shor and was directed by Aram Rappaport. Then in the year 2015, he did the movies like “Demonic,” and “Big Sky.” Then he shot for a movie named “Beyond Skyline,” which was to be released in the year 2015, but has not released till now. He was born in New York City as the eldest brother of his three siblings. His parents are of Italian decent. He did his graduation from New York University, and after completing his graduation and taking his business degree, he struggled for one year on Wall Street and then he was asked for a “Miller Genuine Draft” beer commercial. He got married in the year 1991 to Kathy and in the year 1998, the couple got divorced. They also gave birth to a son in January 1997 and named him Remy. Then on the sets of Guiding Light, in the year 1996, he met his co-actor Wendy Moniz, and the two started living together in the year 1998. On October 28, 2000, the couple got married. Now they have two sons named; Liam, who was born in August, 2004, and the other one named Rio, who was born in January, 2008.

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Jerome Silberman, professionally known as Gene Wilder was an actor, director, producer, singer - song writer and author. Gene Wilder started his career in acting through theatre and made his on-screen debut in The Play of The Week on 1961, a TV series. His first film role was in the movie Bonnie and Clyde in the year 1967 where he played the role of a hostage. His first major role was in the film The Producers (1968) as Leopold Bloom. Gene Wider played Willy Wonka's role in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in 1971 and is renowned for it. He had collaborated with writer/ director Mel Brooks for movies like The Producers in 1968, Blazing Saddles in 1974 and Young Frankenstein, which was co-written by Gene Wilder which resulted in the pair getting nominated for the Academy Award for the Best Adapted Screenplay. He also collaborated with Richard Pryor for movies like Silver Streak in 1976, See No Evil, Hear No Evil in the year 1989, Stir Crazy in 1980, Another You in 1991. Wilder had written and directed several of his own movies too, including The Woman in Red in 1984. Wilder was born as Jerome Silberman on 11 June 1933 to Jeanne (Baer) and William J Silberman, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His father was a salesman and manufacturer of novelty items. His parents were Russian Jewish immigrants. Wilder took up acting lessons at the age of 13. He studied at Washington High School, Milwaukee in 1951. He graduated in Theatre Arts and Communication from the University of Iowa,and was the member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. He adopted Gene Wilder as his professional/stage name at the age of 26. Gene Wilder was married four times - Mary Mercier from 1961 to 1965, Mary Joan Schutz from 1967 to 1974, Gilda Radner from 1984; to her death- 1989, Karen Boyer from 1991; to his death- 2016. His third wife, Gilda Radner was an actress and had starred with him in three films. She died due to Ovarian Cancer in 1989 which led to his active participation in creating awareness about ovarian cancer and also promoting it's treatment by founding Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Detection Centre in Los Angeles and also co-founding Gilda's Club. Wilder's last contribution to acting was in 2003, where he did a guest role on Will & Grace. After retiring from acting, Wilder focused his attention on writing. He produced a memoir in 2005, What is This Thing Called Love in the year 2010. He died on 29th August 2016 at the age of 83 years in Stamford, Connecticut, due to complications in Alzheimer's disease.

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