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Leigh McCloskey played the role of Mitch Cooper, Lucy Ewing's husband, on the CBS-TV series "Dallas".
Leigh McCloskey
General Information
Birth Name: Leigh Joseph McCloskey
Born: (1955-06-21) June 21, 1955 (age 63)
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA, U.S.
Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1975-present
Appeared on/in
(or involved with):
Dallas (first series)
Appeared as: Mitch Cooper
Episodes appeared in
/involved with:
46 in series (Seasons 4–5, 8 & 12)

Leigh McCloskey is the actor who played Mitch Cooper, the husband of Lucy Ewing on the original Dallas TV series.


McCloskey was classically trained as an actor at the Juilliard School in Lincoln Center in New York City. He began his professional acting career playing Billy Abbott in the original miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man. He went on to star in three nighttime television series: Executive Suite, Married: The First Year, and performed the role of Mitch Cooper (husband of Lucy Ewing Cooper) on the CBS nighttime soap opera Dallas. McCloskey was a series regular from 1980–1982, and made brief appearances in 1985 and 1988.

McCloskey starred in made-for-television films and miniseries including The Bermuda Depths, Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway and its sequel Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn in which he played the title role. He starred in Trouble Shooters: Trapped Beneath the Earth and with Linda Gray in Accidental Meeting. He starred in the television miniseries Gone But Not Forgotten in 2005. McCloskey has also had appeared in films including Just One of the Guys, Cameron's Closet, Fraternity Vacation with Tim Robbins, and Inferno directed by Dario Argento, among others.

Leigh has guest-starred on television series and pilots including Bones, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Jake and the Fatman, JAG, Life Goes On, Chicago Hope, Medical Center, and many others. He has played villains on four sci-fi television series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager, as well as Babylon 5 (2 parts) and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century with Dorothy Stratten. He has also appeared in a number of daytime soap operas, including Santa Barbara, General Hospital, The Young and the Restless and One Life to Live.

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