Robert C. Cooper

Robert C. Cooper is a Canadian writer and producer best known for his work in the Stargate franchise. He was formerly an executive producer of Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe. He also co-created both Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe with Brad Wright. Cooper has written and produced many episodes of Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe as well as directed a number of episodes.

Robert C. Cooper
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Cooper at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1968-10-14) October 14, 1968 (age 52)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
OccupationExecutive producer
Spouse(s)Hilary Cooper
ChildrenEmma Cooper
Megan Elizabeth Cooper


Cooper started his writing career with a series of films, the first of which was Blown Away. He joined the crew of Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal as a story editor until he was promoted to a writer in 1996 where he worked until moving to Stargate SG-1 in 1997 as an executive story editor.[1][2]

Whilst working on Stargate SG-1, Cooper is credited with writing 52 episodes.[2] Cooper became a co-executive producer of Stargate SG-1 in season 4, and a full executive producer in season 5. He made a cameo appearance in the Stargate SG-1 fifth season episode "Wormhole X-Treme!", in which he was a staff writer who was told to get back to work.

Cooper was responsible for creating much of the backstory of the Stargate universe. According to Stargate SG-1: The Essential Scripts, Cooper's ideas about the history of the Stargate universe were his own; he wasn't working from ideas in a series bible. Cooper created the Ancients, the race that built the stargates. He also developed the idea of the Alliance of Four Races, even though two of the races had been invented by other writers (the Nox and the Asgard created by Hart Hanson and Katharyn Powers respectively).

In December 2003, it was announced that Cooper and Brad Wright had been working on a Stargate SG-1 spin-off series titled Stargate Atlantis.[3]

Cooper made his directorial debut with "Crusade" a ninth season episode of Stargate SG-1. In the 10th season premiere episode "Flesh and Blood", Cooper's daughter Emma played the 4 year old Adria.[4] Later in the tenth season of Stargate SG-1, in early scenes of the episode "Talion", his older daughter Megan Elizabeth Cooper played a jaffa girl.[5] Cooper also directed "Unending" the final episode of Stargate SG-1. Following the conclusion of SG-1, Cooper wrote and directed the direct-to-DVD movie Stargate: The Ark of Truth.

After Stargate Atlantis was cancelled, Cooper and Brad Wright went on to create another spin-off, Stargate Universe which premiered on October 2, 2009.[6] In June 2010, it was revealed that Cooper was "stepping back to ... a consulting role" for the end of Stargate Universe season 2, before leaving entirely.[7][8]



Title Year Credited as Notes
Director Producer Writer
Blown Away 1992 No No Yes
The Dark 1993 No No Yes
No Contest 1994 No No Yes
The Club 1994 No No Yes
The Impossible Elephant 2001 No No Yes
Stargate: The Ark of Truth 2008 Yes Yes Yes
Stargate: Continuum 2008 No Yes No


The numbers in directing and writing credits refer to the number of episodes.

Title Year Credited as Network Notes
Creator Director Writer Executive
Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal 1996–97 No No Yes (3) No
Flash Forward 1997 No No Yes (1) No
Stargate SG-1 1997–2007 No Yes (2) Yes (58) Yes Showtime
co-producer (1998–99: 12 episodes), supervising producer (1999–2000: 11 episodes), producer (1999: 11 episodes), co-executive producer (2000–01: 22 episodes), executive producer (2001–07: 126 episodes)
Best Actress 2000 No No Yes No E! Television film
Stargate Atlantis 2004–09 Yes Yes (3) Yes (10) Yes Syfy
Stargate Universe 2009–11 Yes Yes (2) Yes (9) Yes Syfy
Dark Matter 2015–16 No No Yes (2) No CTV Sci-Fi Channel consulting producer (12 episodes)
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency 2016–17 No No Yes (2) Yes BBC America
Unspeakable 2019 Yes Yes (2) Yes (4) Yes CBC Television


Out of fifteen nominations, Cooper has received four awards.[9]

  • 2009 – Leo Awards, Best Direction in a Dramatic Series: Stargate Atlantis: "Vegas"
  • 2009 – Leo Awards, Best Dramatic Series: Stargate Atlantis (Shared)
  • 2009 – Leo Awards, Outstanding Achievement Award – Individual (Shared with Brad Wright)
  • 2006 – The Constellation Awards, Best Overall 2006 Science Fiction Film or Television Script: Stargate SG-1: "200" (Shared with Brad Wright)


  1. ^ "Official Stargate Website: Crew Member". MGM. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
  2. ^ a b "Robert C. Cooper". IMDB. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
  3. ^ "GateWorld – Stargate News: December 2003(Spin-Off News)". Gateworld. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
  4. ^ "GateWorld – Stargate SG-1 Season Ten: "Flesh and Blood"". Gateworld. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
  5. ^ "GateWorld – Stargate SG-1 Season Ten: "Talion"". Gateworld. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
  6. ^ "Syfy sets fall premiere dates, schedule". Sci Fi Wire. July 20, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
  7. ^ Mallozzi, Joseph (June 19, 2010). "June 19, 2010: The Farewell Tour! Back On Top! Janina's New Music Vid!". Retrieved 2010-06-21.
  8. ^ Sumner, Darren (June 20, 2010). "Robert C. Cooper departing Stargate". Gateworld. Retrieved 2010-06-21.
  9. ^ "Robert C. Cooper – Awards". IMDB. Retrieved 2009-08-10.

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