Frank Dicopoulos (Frank Cooper Jr. on Guiding Light)

Current Character: Frank Cooper Jr.

Birthday: 1957-01-03

Birthplace: Born in Akron, Ohio, USA

Marital Status: Married, Teja Anderson October 20, 1990

Biography

Dicopoulos was born and raised in Akron, OH, the oldest of three children of parents Catherine and Harry. Frank majored in psychology and minored in art and drama at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Active in football, basketball, and lacrosse, he also set a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III track record in high hurdles. For a time, he thought of becoming an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine. To keep his grade point average up, he admits, he enrolled in drama courses - and became hooked.

Following college graduation, Frank moved to Texas. After managing a tire store in Houston and working as an auto mechanic, he began posing for print photography ads and doing television commercials. In a nationwide talent search in Dallas, he became one of four finalists out of 770 candidates to screen-test for the Larry Wilcox replacement role on the television series Chips. Although he did not get the job, he did get a small film part and had the lead in an MTV video documentary called Wild Rides, narrated by Matt Dillon. He also hosted On the Move for ESPN and the Miss Teenage America Pageant in Dallas.

In 1984, Frank moved to Los Angeles and appeared in numerous primetime series, including The Tracey Ullman Show, Silver Spoons, O'Hara, Hotel, Dynasty, and Falcon Crest, as well as the soap operas The Young and the Restless, Capitol, and General Hospital. He also acted in several movies before joining Guiding Light as Frank Cooper Jr. The actor and his wife, actress/writer Teja Anderson, have two children. He enjoys running, weight training, playing basketball, tennis and golf, as well as collecting art, drawing, and music.

Career Highlights

Guiding Light - Frank Cooper (September 1987 to present)
ESPN's On the Move
Miss Teenage America Pageant
Hotel
The Tracy Ullman Show
Silver Spoons
Dynasty
Falcon Crest