Bradley Cooper

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Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper TIFF 2012.jpg
Cooper at the premiere of Silver Linings Playbook in 2012
BornBradley Charles Cooper
(1975-01-05) January 5, 1975 (age 38)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma materGeorgetown University
The New School
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Jennifer Esposito (2006–2007)
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Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper TIFF 2012.jpg
Cooper at the premiere of Silver Linings Playbook in 2012
BornBradley Charles Cooper
(1975-01-05) January 5, 1975 (age 38)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma materGeorgetown University
The New School
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Jennifer Esposito (2006–2007)

Bradley Charles Cooper[1] (born January 5, 1975) is an American actor who first gained recognition in the television shows Alias and Jack & Bobby. He later appeared in a supporting role in Wedding Crashers (2005), Yes Man (2008), and He's Just Not That Into You (2009). He achieved fame with his roles in The Hangover trilogy (2009–2013), The A-Team (2010), Limitless (2011), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), and The Place Beyond the Pines (2013). His work in Silver Linings Playbook earned him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. In 2011, People magazine named him the "Sexiest Man Alive".[2]

Early life[edit]

Cooper was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. His mother, Gloria (née Campano), is of Italian descent. His father, Charles J. Cooper (died 2011, age 71),[3] was of Irish descent, and worked as a stockbroker for Merrill Lynch. He has one sister named Holly.[4][5][6] Cooper was raised Catholic.[7][8] While attending Germantown Academy, Cooper worked at the Philadelphia Daily News.[9] After graduating from Germantown Academy in 1993,[10] he attended Villanova University for his first year,[11] then transferred to Georgetown University, from which he graduated with honors with a BA in English in 1997.[12][13] Cooper became fluent in French at Georgetown and spent six months as an exchange student in Aix-en-Provence, France.[14][15][16] Later in 2000, he received an MFA in acting from Actors Studio Drama School at The New School in New York City.[12][17]


Cooper began his professional acting career with his first television show Sex and the City in 1999,[6] and also served as a presenter for Globe Trekker. After his film debut, Wet Hot American Summer in 2001, Cooper landed his role as Will Tippin in the successful television drama Alias.[6] He returned twice to Alias as a guest star after leaving the show in 2003, and he also guest-starred on the short-lived TV series Miss Match in the same year. Cooper shot scenes for the 2002 psychological thriller Changing Lanes, the footage was removed from the finished film but is featured on the film's DVD and Blu-ray releases.[18][19]

Cooper played the part of cowboy and race horse trainer Morgan Murphy in the TV movie The Last Cowboy, which aired on the Hallmark Channel on January 17, 2003. He wants to help the heroine, Jacqueline "Jake" Cooper (Jennie Garth) despite her father's resistance to Morgan's "newfangled" ranching methods. Jake is an estranged daughter who returns home for a funeral to find that she is now needed at the family ranch.

He also co-starred in the ABC Family film I Want to Marry Ryan Banks with Jason Priestley, and appeared as a regular guest star in the WB series Jack & Bobby. He played the popular villain Sack Lodge in the hit comedy Wedding Crashers and appeared in the film Failure to Launch as a friend of Matthew McConaughey's character. Cooper played the lead role in the Fox sitcom Kitchen Confidential, based on a memoir by chef Anthony Bourdain, which debuted in September 2005. Despite positive reviews for the series, Fox canceled it after four episodes.[20][21]

Cooper at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Whatever Works

In March 2006, Cooper starred in Three Days of Rain on Broadway with Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater.[22][23] Cooper also appeared on stage as Jake in the 2008 production of Theresa Rebeck's play The Understudy at the Williamstown Theatre Festival alongside Kristen Johnston.[24]

Cooper, in 2009 during a United Service Organizations tour.

In 2007, Cooper starred in Season 5 of Nip/Tuck as Aidan Stone, a television star on the fictional show Hearts 'N Scalpels. He also starred in Yes Man with Jim Carrey and in The Rocker with Rainn Wilson in 2008. On February 7, 2009, Cooper hosted Saturday Night Live with musical guest TV on the Radio. He impersonated Christian Bale in a fake commercial for a DVD featuring celebrities yelling at movie crew members called, "No, Bruce! Let Me Finish! The Best of Celebrity Tirades." In 2009, Cooper starred in the films He's Just Not That Into You, Case 39[25] and The Hangover which was a financial success and opened first at the box office in the United States and grossed over $467 million worldwide from a production budget of $35 million.[26] In October 2009, Cooper received the Hollywood Comedy Award at the 13th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards.[27] The success of The Hangover led to new opportunities for Cooper, but in a 2011 interview with Shave Magazine, Cooper said: "It’s the same. I mean, look, more doors have been opened for sure but it’s not like I sit back with a cigar on Monday morning and go through the scripts that have been offered."[28]

In 2010, Cooper appeared in two films. He appeared in the ensemble romantic comedy Valentine's Day, directed by Garry Marshall, which also starred Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Anne Hathaway, Julia Roberts, and former Alias co-star Jennifer Garner, among others.[29] The film was a commercial success, grossing over $215 million worldwide.[30] He then played the role of Templeton "Faceman" Peck in the feature film version of The A-Team. He guest co-hosted WWE Raw on June 7, 2010, along with his The A-Team co-stars Sharlto Copley and Quinton Jackson.[31] In 2011, Cooper starred in the techno-thriller Limitless, based on the 2001 novel The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn, and the comedy sequel The Hangover Part II, which earned over $580 million at the worldwide box office.[32] In September 2011, GQ UK presented Cooper with the "International Man of the Year" award.[33] On November 16, 2011, People magazine named him Sexiest Man Alive.[34]

In 2012, he appeared in the drama The Words, and David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook, an adaptation of Matthew Quick's serio-comic novel, with Robert De Niro and Jennifer Lawrence.[35][36] In January 2012, plans were announced for Cooper to reunite with Silver Linings Playbook co-star Jennifer Lawrence for the Susanne Bier adaptation of Ron Rash's period novel Serena.[37] He also starred in The Place Beyond the Pines, as a police officer.[38] In March 2012, Cooper and Warner Bros. entered into a two-year first look deal for his production company 22 & Indiana Pictures.[39]

In 2013, Cooper appeared in the final installment of The Hangover series, The Hangover Part III. On May 2, 2013, it was announced that Cooper will star in the movie American Sniper, the story of U.S. sniper Chris Kyle that was to be directed by Steven Spielberg,[40] who was later replaced by Clint Eastwood.[41] On August 30, 2013, it was announced that Cooper will be providing the voice of Rocket Raccoon in the Marvel Studios film, Guardians of the Galaxy.[42] Additionally, Cooper is starring in Cameron Crowe's untitled project.[43]

Personal life[edit]

Cooper married actress Jennifer Esposito in late 2006.[44] In May 2007, it was announced that Esposito had filed for divorce.[45] He was in a long term relationship with Renee Zellweger.[46] Cooper was in an "on again, off again" relationship with actress Zoe Saldana from December 2011 to January 2013. [47]

As of February 2013, he is in a relationship with model and actress, Suki Waterhouse.[48][49][50]



2001Wet Hot American SummerBen
2002My Little EyeTravis Patterson
2002Bending All the RulesJeff
2003The Last CowboyMorgan MurphyTelevision film
2004I Want to Marry Ryan BanksTodd DohertyTelevision film
2005Wedding CrashersZachary "Sack" Lodge
2006Failure to LaunchDemo
2007Comebacks, TheThe ComebacksCowboy
2008Midnight Meat Train, TheThe Midnight Meat TrainLeon
2008Rocker, TheThe RockerTrash Grice
2008Yes ManPeter
2008Older Than AmericaLuke
2009He's Just Not That Into YouBen Gunders
2009Hangover, TheThe HangoverPhil WenneckNominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Rockstar Moment
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer Movie Star – Male
2009All About SteveSteve MullerGolden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Couple (with Sandra Bullock)
2009New York, I Love YouGus Cooper
2009Case 39Douglas J. Ames
2010Valentine's DayHolden Wilson
2010A-Team, TheThe A-TeamTempleton "Faceman" Peck
2010Brother's JusticeBradley
2011LimitlessEddie MorraNominated — Teen Choice Award for Best Actor in a Drama Film
2011Hangover Part II, TheThe Hangover Part IIPhil WenneckNominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Chemistry (with Ed Helms & Zach Galifianakis)
Nominated — People's Choice Award for Favorite Comedic Movie Actor
2012Hit and RunAlex Dimitri
2012Silver Linings PlaybookPat SolitanoBroadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor in a Comedy
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Indiana Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance
MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss
National Board of Review Award for Best Actor
Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
2012Words, TheThe WordsRory JansenNominated — People's Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor
2013Place Beyond the Pines, TheThe Place Beyond the PinesAvery Cross
2013The Hangover Part IIIPhil Wenneck
2013American HustleRichie DiMasoPost-production
2014SerenaGeorge PembertonPost-production
2014Guardians of the GalaxyRocket RaccoonVoice and motion capture, Post-production
2014Untitled Cameron Crowe projectBrian GilcrestFilming


1999Sex and the CityJakeEpisode: "They Shoot Single People, Don't They?"
2000Globe TrekkerHimselfPresenter
2000–2001Street !The $treetClay Hammond5 episodes
2001–2006AliasWill Tippin46 episodes
2003Miss MatchGaryEpisode: "I Got You Babe"
2004Touching EvilOSC Agent Mark Rivers6 episodes
2004–2005Jack & BobbyTom Wexler Graham14 episodes
2005Law & Order: Special Victims UnitJason WhitakerEpisode: "Night"
2005Law & Order: Trial by JuryJason WhitakerEpisode: "Day"
2005–2006Kitchen ConfidentialJack Bourdain13 episodes
2007–2009Nip/TuckAidan Stone6 episodes
2009Saturday Night LiveHostEpisode: "Bradley Cooper/TV on the Radio"
2010WWE RawHimself – Guest Host3-Hour Viewer's Choice Raw
2013Saturday Night LiveHimselfEpisode: "Zach Galifianakis/Of Monsters and Men"


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