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Austin Film Festival will honor Chris Cooper

Kingston actor Chris Cooper (inset) will be honored at the Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference on Oct 31. He’ll receive this year’s Extraordinary Contribution to Acting Award, which will be presented by “Lonesome Dove” screenwriter and executive producer Bill Wittliff . (Cooper played July Johnson in “Lonesome Dove.) The conference will also screen Cooper’s latest film, “Coming Through the Rye,” in which he plays writer J.D. Salinger.