Frank Dicopoulos marked his 10th anniversary as Guiding Light's Frank Cooper in September 1997. Frank was so enthusiastic when his character joined the police force that he donned a bulletproof vest and tagged along with some real-life New York men in blue in their squad car to get a cop's perspective. 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. Frank moved to Los Angeles in 1984 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 GL. He enjoys running, weight training, playing basketball, tennis and golf, as well as collecting art, drawing, and music.
Frank Dicopoulos ( given name Frank Dickos) was born on January 3, 1957, in Akron, Ohio, and he is the oldest of three children. He is 6' 1" tall, has green eyes. Frank Dicopoulos is married to to actress Teja Anderson on October 20,1990. They have two children, Jaden and Olivia.Teja has also appeared on Guiding Light. Frank recently celebrated his 17th anniversary playing Frank Cooper in The Guiding Light. He and his wife are hosts of Time and Life music CD's infomercial.
Frank was an outstanding high school student who enrolled in Ohio's Kenyon College in a pre-med program. Frank was an excellent athlete who set a NCAA Division III high hurdles track record. Interest in drama class took him from his intended career in medicine. After graduating from college he moved to Texas. There he held different odd jobs while he worked as a model and actor. He's played the role of Frank Cooper on Guiding Light since 1987. He originated the role.
A few years ago Frank was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer. It was caught quickly and left him with a small scar on his face. He is now a spokesperson for the Skin Cancer Foundation and has filmed public service announcements for them.
Frank enjoys sports, music, theater, art, films, and pets. He likes to collect contemporary art.