Blake Cooper, who began acting at 10, is best known for his endearing portrayal of Chuck, the youngest “Glader” in the international blockbuster, The Maze Runner. In May, 2018, Blake, singled out by Variety in their annual Youth Impact Issue as “one to watch”, will be seen in the coming of age film Measure of a Man. He plays Bobby Marks, an overweight and bullied teen who experiences a turning point one summer and learns to stand up for himself. Based on the book by legendary sports writer Robert Lypsyte, Measure of a Man, also stars Donald Sutherland, Judy Greer and Luke Wilson. The story behind Blake being cast in The Maze Runner is an example of true persistence and self-belief. After reading James Dashner’s book, Blake instantly knew that he was perfect to play Chuck and began a one-man Twitter campaign for the role. As Blake’s support continued to grow, director Wes Ball heard about the determined young man, offered him an audition which ultimately landed him the role in the mega hit that grossed over $348MM worldwide. Other credits include The Late Bloomer (2016), alongside J.K. Simmons, Jane Lynch, Brittany Snow and Maria Bello. This black comedy is a true story about a young man who, at 27, finally experience’s puberty once he is treated for a benign brain tumor. The quirky film received two awards for Best Comedy at The San Diego Film Festival. In 2015, Blake starred in the highly anticipated Amazon pilot Cocked playing the title role of Xander Paxson, the youngest member of a gun manufacturing dynasty. The cast included Sam Trammell, Jason Lee and Brian Dennehy. Additional credits include Parental Guidance, with Billy Crystal, and USA Network’s Necessary Roughness. Blake attends high school in Northern Minnesota and also takes college level courses at a nearby state university where he’s on the Dean’s List. An outdoor enthusiast, he and his three siblings grew up on a farm outside Atlanta with horses, Jacob Sheep, four dogs, five cats, a mule, a donkey and a flop eared bunny named Charlie Pat. A true music enthusiast, Blake is learning music scoring for film and taking vocal, guitar and piano lessons in his spare time. In 2019, Blake won the Jury Prize for the Best Youth Performance from the International Expert Jury in the Competition of Feature Films at Zlin Film Festival for the role of “Bobby Marks” in the feature film Measure of a Man, directed by Jim Loach Blake splits his time between Northern Minnesota and the northern Atlanta suburb where he was raised. He is represented by Kazarian, Measure, Ruskin, & Associates and his remarkable mom, Sharon.
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