Cooper in Paris at the French premiere of American Hustle, February 2014.
|Born||Bradley Charles Cooper
January 5, 1975
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Alma mater||Villanova University
The New School
|Spouse(s)||Jennifer Esposito (2006-2007)|
Bradley Charles Cooper1 (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), The Place Beyond the Pines (2013), and American Hustle (2013). His work in David O. Russell's films Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively. In 2011, People magazine named him the "Sexiest Man Alive".2
Cooper was born in Philadelphia and grew up in nearby Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. His mother, Gloria (née Campano), is of Italian descent and worked for the local NBC affiliate.3 His father, Charles J. Cooper (died 2011, age 71),4 was of Irish descent, and worked as a stockbroker for Merrill Lynch. He has one sister named Holly.567 Cooper was raised Catholic.89 While attending Germantown Academy, Cooper worked at the Philadelphia Daily News.10 After graduating from Germantown Academy in 1993,11 he attended Villanova University for his first year,12 then transferred to Georgetown University, from which he graduated with honors with a BA in English in 1997.1314 Cooper became fluent in French at Georgetown and spent six months as an exchange student in Aix-en-Provence, France.151617 Later in 2000, he received an MFA in acting from Actors Studio Drama School at The New School in New York City.1318 While he was studying at The New School, Cooper worked as a doorman at the Morgans Hotel.3
Cooper began his professional acting career with a small role in the television show Sex and the City in 19997 and served as a presenter in the adventure series 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.7 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.1920
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 Demo (Matthew McConaughey). 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.2122
In March 2006, Cooper starred in Three Days of Rain on Broadway with Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater.2324 He 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.25
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 39,26 All About Steve, 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.27 Following The Hangover, All About Steve premiered to overwhelmingly negative reviews.28 Cooper's performance, along with co-star Sandra Bullock, was poorly received by critics and, despite his recent success with The Hangover, the film only saw mild success at the box office.29 In October 2009, Cooper received the Hollywood Comedy Award at the 13th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards.30 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.".31 At the end of 2009, Cooper was nominated for his first Razzie for All About Steve, which he shared with Sandra Bullock. He and Bullock would go on to win the award.32
In 2010, Cooper appeared in two films, such as 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.33 The film was a commercial success, grossing over $215 million worldwide.34 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.35 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.36 In September 2011, GQ UK presented Cooper with the "International Man of the Year" award.37 On November 16, 2011, People magazine named him Sexiest Man Alive.38
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.,3940 and earned a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance. 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.41 He also starred in The Place Beyond the Pines, as a police officer.42 In March 2012, Cooper and Warner Bros. entered into a two-year first look deal for his production company 22 & Indiana Pictures.43
In 2013, Cooper appeared in the third and final installment of The Hangover trilogy, The Hangover Part III. The Hangover Part III was almost universally panned by critics and was most heavily criticized for its dark tone.44 Bradley Cooper was subsequently considered as a contender for his second Razzie nomination for the fan-voted "Worst Screen Combo" award, but failed to receive a nomination.45 'He also appeared in the ensemble cast of David O. Russell's dramedy American Hustle alongside Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Jennifer Lawrence. His performance as an unhinged FBI Agent earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
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,46 who was later replaced by Clint Eastwood.47 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.48 Additionally, he is starring in Cameron Crowe's untitled project.49
Cooper married actress Jennifer Esposito in late 2006.50 In May 2007, it was announced that Esposito had filed for divorce.51 He was in a long term relationship with Renee Zellweger.52 Cooper does not drink alcohol and has abstained since he was 29, saying that it would have "sabotaged" his life.53 He is a practicing Roman Catholic.54
|2001||Wet Hot American Summer||Ben|
|2002||My Little Eye||Travis Patterson|
|2002||Bending All the Rules||Jeff|
|2003||The Last Cowboy||Morgan Murphy||Television film|
|2004||I Want to Marry Ryan Banks||Todd Doherty||Television film|
|2005||Wedding Crashers||Zachary "Sack" Lodge|
|2006||Failure to Launch||Demo|
|2007||Comebacks, TheThe Comebacks||Cowboy|
|2008||Midnight Meat Train, TheThe Midnight Meat Train||Leon|
|2008||Rocker, TheThe Rocker||Trash Grice|
|2008||Older Than America||Luke|
|2009||He's Just Not That Into You||Ben Gunders|
|2009||Hangover, TheThe Hangover||Phil Wenneck|
|2009||All About Steve||Steve Miller|
|2009||New York, I Love You||Gus Cooper|
|2009||Case 39||Douglas J. Ames|
|2010||Valentine's Day||Holden Wilson|
|2010||A-Team, TheThe A-Team||Templeton "Faceman" Peck|
|2011||Limitless||Eddie Morra||Also executive producer|
|2011||Hangover Part II, TheThe Hangover Part II||Phil Wenneck|
|2012||Hit and Run||Alex Dimitri|
|2012||Silver Linings Playbook||Pat Solitano||Also executive producer||Nominated– Academy Award for Best Actor|
|2012||Words, TheThe Words||Rory Jansen||Also executive producer|
|2013||Place Beyond the Pines, TheThe Place Beyond the Pines||Avery Cross|
|2013||The Hangover Part III||Phil Wenneck|
|2013||American Hustle||Richie DiMaso||Also executive producer||Nominated– Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|2014||Guardians of the Galaxy||Rocket Raccoon||Voice, Post-production|
|2014||Untitled Cameron Crowe project58||Brian Gilcrest||Filming|
|1999||Sex and the City||Jake||Episode: "They Shoot Single People, Don't They?"|
|2000–2001||The $treet||Clay Hammond||5 episodes|
|2001–2006||Alias||Will Tippin||46 episodes|
|2003||Miss Match||Gary||Episode: "I Got You Babe"|
|2004||Touching Evil||OSC Agent Mark Rivers||6 episodes|
|2004–2005||Jack & Bobby||Tom Wexler Graham||14 episodes|
|2005||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Jason Whitaker||Episode: "Night"|
|2005||Law & Order: Trial by Jury||Jason Whitaker||Episode: "Day"|
|2005–2006||Kitchen Confidential||Jack Bourdain||13 episodes|
|2007–2009||Nip/Tuck||Aidan Stone||6 episodes|
|2009||Saturday Night Live||Host||Episode: "Bradley Cooper/TV on the Radio"|
|2010||WWE Raw||Himself – Guest Host||3-Hour Viewer's Choice Raw|
|2013||Saturday Night Live||Himself||Episode: "Zach Galifianakis/Of Monsters and Men"|
|2006||Three Days of Rain||Pip||Bernard B. Jacobs Theater|
|2008||The Understudy||Jake||Williamstown Theatre Festival|
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