Played by Harry Lennix
Assistant Director of Counterterrorism for the FBI, Harold Cooper is the team's tough, cynical leader. Reddington implies the two share some history, but details remain unclear. Though initially wary of Reddington's surrender, Cooper eventually realizes Red's incredible value as an informant is worth the risk of working with him. During the hunt for Berlin, when his entire team was targeted, Cooper barely survived a garroting. At the end of Season 1, Cooper laid unconscious in the hospital, hovering on the brink of death.
Harry Lennix stars as Harold Cooper in the NBC series "The Blacklist."
Widely known for his role as Gen. Swanwick in the 2013 Warner Bros. blockbuster "Man of Steel," he reprised the role in the sequel "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." Lennix also starred as Commissioner Blades in Spike Lee's 2015 feature "Chi-Raq."
In 2014, Lennix announced the creation of Exponent Media Group, a movie production company he founded with longtime Chicago associate Steve Harris. Three of the company's titles include "Mr. Sophistication," "H4" and "Revival!"
Additional films include "72 Hours," "Timeless," "Back to School Mom," "Stand Down Soldier," and two films in which he both starred and executive produced: "Romeo and Juliet in Harlem" and "The Algerian," which premiered in 2015.
Past film credits include "State of Play" (2009), "Across the Universe" (2007), "Stomp the Yard" (2007), the Oscar-winning "Ray" (2004), "Barbershop 2" (2004), "The Matrix: Reloaded" (2003), "The Matrix: Revolutions" (2003), "Collateral Damage" (2002) and "Love & Basketball" (2000). Lennix received widespread critical acclaim and a Golden Satellite Award as Aaron in Julie Taymor's "Titus" (1999) with Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange. He is also known for his starring role in Robert Townsend's "The Five Heartbeats" (1991).
Lennix is active in various civic groups and serves as spokesman for NOBLE, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, as well as being an ambassador to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. He is also on the Advisory Council for Northwestern University, his alma mater, and campaigned actively for Hillary Clinton in her 2008 and 2016 presidential campaigns.
A Chicago native, Lennix is married to businesswoman Djena Graves Lennix.