Frank "Buzz" Cooper Sr (as played by Justin Deas on Guiding Light)
Useful information about Frank "Buzz" Cooper Sr
* Committed bigamy while married to both Sylvie and Nadine in the 1970's.
* Went AWOL from the Marines.
* Intentionally misidentified a corpse as his daughter's when she escaped from prison.
* Called himself 'Rex Mancini' before coping out as Buzz Cooper.
* Engaged to Olivia Spenser.
* Lives at Company.
Who's played Frank "Buzz" Cooper Sr over the years?
Justin Deas (February 1993 - Present)
George Svoronos (Young Buzz in flashbacks 1992 - 1993)
Current and Past Occupation
Current: Owner of CO2 and Company restaurant
Past: Jenna's partner in hand-lotion business
Past: Matre d' at Towers
Past: Owner of the Fifth Street Diner
Past: Vietnam War Veteran
Buzz Cooper left Springfield for Vietnam after high school, leaving behind a young pregnant wife. She realized that he had abandoned her and told the children that he was dead. In fact, he had married the wife of a mentally unbalanced soldier he had shot and started a life with her in the Philippines. In 1993, he returned to town while Harley was in search of him. He hid out, blackmailing his ex-wife and her husband Billy. He was forced to confess who he was when Mallet discovered his true identity. Realizing that they had been abandoned, his children initially refused to have anything to do with him. They gradually developed a relationship and he settle down, opening his own diner.
Soon, he found himself involved in the power struggles at Spaulding, thanks to his infatuation with Roger Thorpe's wife Jenna Bradshaw. After her marriage to Roger ended brutally, she and Buzz teamed up on a series of failed business schemes. While he moved between Jenna and his first wife Nadine, he wasn't able to offer either woman what they needed. He would leave, grieved by Nadine's tragic death, only to return with Reva in a short lived marriage. Slowly, he once again developed a relationship with Jenna while getting to know the child she was 'nanny' to. However, he would soon discover it was his son Henry.
After that, he was stalked by Nola Reardon who was left to care for him after an accident left him with amnesia. Harley found him and brought him home. As his memory returned, he discovered that his fiance Jenna was pregnant with another man's baby. They ended up marrying while she went into labor and she died in his arms soon after from a car accident. Traumatized, he worked through his grief by buying a new diner with the winnings from a lottery ticket and became involved with former mob prostitute Selena. After she fled from her criminal past, he began to settle down with Holly before getting involved in an unlikely romance with Alexandra Spaulding. Through all of this, he became an unlikely source of support for the Cooper family and its many problems. Particularly among these was Phillip Spaulding, who made it a life's duty to destroy the Coopers. This would culminate in Buzz's heart attack and Phillip's 'murder.' Helping his family through this crisis time, he also fell for troubled Olivia Spenser offering her some much needed stability and eventually winning her over against his competition - his own son Frank.
Nadine Cooper (divorced - deceased)
Sylvie Cooper (divorced)
Jenna Bradshaw (deceased)
Flings and Relationships
Dante "Pops" Cooper (father - deceased)
Stavros Kouperakis (uncle)
Alan Cooper "Zach" Spaulding (grandson)
Jude Cooper Bauer (grandson)