About John Koopman III
Since 2006 I have had the honor of portraying General George Washington in many National Parks, State Parks and other historic sites all along the East Coast. I have also appeared in documentaries in that role (see Actor’s Resume). I am based in Connecticut.
My impression is unique in that I own the most authentic reproduction made to date of the uniform worn by the General. My uniform, horse tack and other accoutrements were made by the same artisans who produced the new exhibit at the Mount Vernon Museum. According to research conducted for the new exhibit, which includes three life-size figures of Washington that were made based on the most up-to-date and accurate historical information available, my physique and dimensions are almost identical to that George Washington. I am in the process of procuring additions of civilian clothing to my Washington wardrobe collection, and these additions will be made to the same exacting standards as the uniform.
– Contrary to popular belief, during the Revolution Washington did not look like the senior statesman we see on the dollar bill.. He was in his 40’s and in his prime during the Revolution. So it is also in the interest of historical accuracy to portray the General as he truly appeared at that time.
My horse resembles Washington’s warhorse, Nelson. Contrary to popular thought, Washington’s white horse, named Blue Skin, could not be used in battle as he was too skittish. Nelson, a chestnut colored horse, was one of the unsung heroes of the Revolution that Washington rode in to battle.