Cooper Barnes grew up in suburban Michigan, where there is apparently nothing to do but create a repertoire of silly voices and impersonations. He studied theatre, film and fine arts at Eastern Michigan University and worked professionally at Ann Arbor’s Performance Network Theatre (where he won an Oakland Press Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Wit) and Detroit’s Gem Theatre under the direction of Jeff Daniels. As a founding member of the award-winning sketch group Frog Island, Cooper’s work has accumulated millions of hits on YouTube and appeared in competitions on both NBC and SyFy Net.
He has had lead roles in several indie films including Sunken City, Googly Eyes, The Guy F*cking Your Girlfriend and The Perfect Host, a film where he plays an imaginary friend to David Hyde Pierce. He also voiced several roles for the hit animation feature, Escape from Planet Earth. He starred alongside Dean Cain and John Savage in the made-for-TV feature Defending Santa. Other TV appearances include guest shots on Suburgatory, Jessie, Switched at Birth, Californication, Cold Case, Victorious, Good Luck Charlie, Pair of Kings and Frank TV. He contributed a wide variety of voices to sketch pieces for TBS’s Conan and guest starred on the Fox reboot pilot of In Living Color.
Cooper is currently the star/executive producer of the Nickelodeon action-comedy Danger Force, a show spun off from the international hit series Henry Danger which had hugely successful runs on Nickelodeon, Netflix and Paramount+. Cooper was nominated for a 2022 Kids Choice Award in the Favorite Male TV Star category. He is also the narrator for the 2022 Vice series Icons Unearthed. He recently wrote and starred in the faux-noir comedy short, The Big Red Bastard.