Cooper at the Paris premiere of American Hustle in February 2014
|Born||Bradley Charles Cooper
January 5, 1975
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Jennifer Esposito (m. 2006–07)|
Bradley Charles Cooper (born January 5, 1975) is an American actor and producer. He first gained recognition in the television shows Alias and Jack & Bobby. He later appeared in Wedding Crashers (2005), Yes Man (2008) and He's Just Not That Into You (2009). He achieved fame with his role in The Hangover trilogy (2009–13), later starring in The A-Team (2010), Limitless (2011), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), The Place Beyond the Pines (2013) and American Hustle (2013), and provided the voice of Rocket Raccoon in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). His work in 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".
Cooper was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and grew up nearby in Jenkintown. His mother, Gloria (Campano), of Italian descent, worked for the local NBC affiliate. His father, Charles Cooper, who died January 15, 2011, was of Irish descent, and worked as a stockbroker for Merrill Lynch. He has an older sister named Holly. Cooper had cholesteatoma in his ear soon after his birth and punctured it when he started diving at a young age. He was raised Catholic. While attending Germantown Academy, Cooper worked at the Philadelphia Daily News.
After graduating from Germantown Academy in 1993, Cooper attended Villanova University for his first year, then transferred to Georgetown University, from which he graduated with honors with a BA in English in 1997. Cooper became fluent in French at Georgetown and spent six months as an exchange student in Aix-en-Provence, France. Later in 2000, he received an MFA in acting from Actors Studio Drama School at The New School (now the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University) in New York City. While he was studying at The New School, Cooper worked as a doorman at the Morgans Hotel.
Cooper began his professional acting career with a small guest role in one episode of the television show Sex and the City in 1999 and served as a presenter in the travel-adventure series Globe Trekker. After his 2001 film debut in Wet Hot American Summer, Cooper landed the role of Will Tippin in the successful television drama Alias and acted in the 2002 psychological thriller Changing Lanes. The scenes in which he appeared were edited out of final cut of the film, but are featured on the film's DVD and Blu-ray releases. After leaving Alias in 2003, Cooper guest-starred on the short-lived TV series Miss Match and later returned twice to Alias to reprise his role in guest appearances.
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 in January, 2003. 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 Demo, a friend of the character Tripp, played by Matthew McConaughey. In September 2005, Fox debuted the sitcom Kitchen Confidential, based on a memoir by chef Anthony Bourdain, with Cooper in the leading role. Despite positive reviews for the series, the show was canceled after four episodes.
In March 2006, Cooper starred in Three Days of Rain on Broadway with Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater. 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.
Cooper appeared in Season 5 of Nip/Tuck (2007) as Aidan Stone, a television star on the fictional show Hearts 'N Scalpels. In 2008, Cooper had roles in Yes Man with Jim Carrey and in The Rocker with Rainn Wilson. On February 7, 2009, Cooper hosted Saturday Night Live with musical guest TV on the Radio. In one skit, Cooper portrayed actor Christian Bale as spokesperson for a DVD 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, All About Steve and The Hangover, which was wildly successful. His role as Phil Wenneck in The Hangover is perhaps the role for which Cooper is best known. The film first opened in the United States and went on to gross over $467 million worldwide. Its production budget was $35 million. Following The Hangover, the premier of All About Steve was met with mostly negative reviews. 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. Although the success of The Hangover brought Cooper new opportunities, Cooper stated in a 2011 interview with Shave Magazine, "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.".
In October 2009, Cooper received the Hollywood Comedy Award at the 13th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, and later that year, he and Sandra Bullock were nominated for a Razzie Award for their roles in All About Steve, which they went on to win.
In 2010, Cooper 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. The film was a commercial success, grossing over $215 million worldwide. He then played the role of Templeton "Faceman" Peck in the feature film version of The A-Team. Cooper and his The A-Team co-stars Sharlto Copley and Quinton Jackson appeared together as guest co-hosts of WWE Raw on June 7, 2010. In 2011, Cooper starred in the techno-thriller Limitless, based on the 2001 novel The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn, and the comedy sequel to The Hangover, The Hangover Part II, which earned over $580 million at the box office worldwide. In September 2011, GQ UK presented Cooper with the "International Man of the Year" award and in the November 16, 2011 issue of People magazine, Cooper was named Sexiest Man Alive.
In 2012, he starred with Robert De Niro and Jennifer Lawrence in David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook, an adaptation of Matthew Quick's serio-comic novel of the same name. Cooper's performance in the film earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. In 2012, he also starred in The Place Beyond the Pines, as a police officer, and in the drama The Words. In March 2012, Cooper and Warner Bros. entered into a two-year first look deal for his production company, 22 & Indiana Pictures.
In 2013, Cooper reprised his role as Phil Wenneck in the third and final installment of The Hangover trilogy, The Hangover Part III, which was almost universally panned by critics and was most heavily criticized for its darker tone. 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. That year Cooper 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.
Cooper reunited with Silver Linings Playbook co-star Jennifer Lawrence for director Susanne Bier's adaptation of Ron Rash's period novel, Serena (2014). On May 2, 2013, it was announced that Cooper will star in the film American Sniper, about U.S. sniper Chris Kyle, which was originally to be directed by Steven Spielberg. Spielberg was later replaced by Clint Eastwood. Cooper provided the voice of Rocket Raccoon in the Marvel Studios film, Guardians of the Galaxy. Additionally, he will star with Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams in a still-untitled film project directed by Cameron Crowe , which also featured Bill Murray and John Krasinski. Both films are currently in post-production, as of July 2014.
Cooper does not drink alcohol and has abstained since he was 29, saying that it would have "sabotaged" his life. He is Catholic. He married actress Jennifer Esposito in late 2006. In May 2007, it was announced that Esposito had filed for divorce. Cooper was in a relationship with Renée Zellweger from 2009 to 2011. He dated Zoe Saldana from December 2011 to January 2013. He has been dating model Suki Waterhouse since March 2013.
|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. AKA "Reality of Love"|
|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 Peterson|
|2009||He's Just Not That Into You||Ben Gunders|
|2009||Hangover, TheThe Hangover||Philip "Phil" Wenneck|
|2009||All About Steve||Steven "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||Lieutenant Templeton Arthur "The Faceman" Peck|
|2011||Limitless||Edward "Eddie" Morra||Executive producer|
|2011||Hangover Part II, TheThe Hangover Part II||Philip "Phil" Wenneck|
|2012||Hit and Run||Alex Dimitri|
|2012||Silver Linings Playbook||Patrick "Pat" Solatano, Jr.||Executive producer|
|2012||Words, TheThe Words||Rory Jansen||Executive producer|
|2013||Place Beyond the Pines, TheThe Place Beyond the Pines||Avery Cross|
|2013||The Hangover Part III||Philip "Phil" Wenneck|
|2013||American Hustle||FBI Agent Richard "Richie" DiMaso||Executive producer|
|2014||Guardians of the Galaxy||Rocket Raccoon||Voice|
|2014||American Sniper||Christopher Scott "Chris" Kyle||Also producer
|2015||Untitled Cameron Crowe project||Brian Gilcrest||Post-production. Originally Titled "Deep Tiki"|
|2015||Untitled John Wells project||Adam Jones||Filming. Originally Titled "Chef", then "Adam Jones"|
|1999||Sex and the City||Jake||Episode: "They Shoot Single People, Don't They?"|
|2000–01||The $treet||Clay Hammond||5 episodes|
|2001–06||Alias||Will Tippin||46 episodes|
|2003||Miss Match||Gary||Episode: "I Got You Babe"|
|2004||Touching Evil||OSC Agent Mark Rivers||6 episodes|
|2004–05||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"|
|2005–06||Kitchen Confidential||Jack Bourdain||13 episodes|
|2007–09||Nip/Tuck||Aidan Stone||6 episodes|
|2009||Saturday Night Live||Host||Episode: "Bradley Cooper / TV on the Radio"|
|2010||WWE Raw||Himself||Guest host|
|2013||Saturday Night Live||Himself||Episode: "Zach Galifianakis / Of Monsters and Men"|
|2006||Three Days of Rain||Pip/Theo||Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre|
|2008||The Understudy||Jake||Williamstown Theatre Festival|
|2014–15||The Elephant Man||John Merrick||Booth Theatre|||
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