Bradley Cooper

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Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper avp 2014.jpg
Cooper at the Paris premiere of American Hustle in February 2014
Born Bradley Charles Cooper
(1975-01-05) January 5, 1975 (age 39)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Actor, producer
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Jennifer Esposito (2006–2007)

Bradley Charles Cooper[1] (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 (2009–2013), 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".[2]

Early life[edit]

Cooper was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 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 an older sister named Holly.[5][6][7][8] Cooper was raised Catholic.[9][10] While attending Germantown Academy, Cooper worked at the Philadelphia Daily News.[11]

After graduating from Germantown Academy in 1993,[12] Cooper attended Villanova University for his first year,[13] then transferred to Georgetown University, from which he graduated with honors with a BA in English in 1997.[14][15] Cooper became fluent in French at Georgetown and spent six months as an exchange student in Aix-en-Provence, France.[16][17][18] 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.[14][19] While he was studying at The New School, Cooper worked as a doorman at the Morgans Hotel.[3]

Career[edit]

Cooper began his professional acting career with a small guest role in one episode of the television show Sex and the City in 1999[8] 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,[8] 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.[20][21] 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 a friend of the character Demo, 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.[22][23]

Cooper at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Woody Allen's film, Whatever Works in April 2009.

In March 2006, Cooper starred in Three Days of Rain on Broadway with Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater.[24][25] 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.[26]

Cooper, in 2009 during a United Service Organizations tour.

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,[27] 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 Hangover first opened in the United States and went on to gross over $467 million worldwide. Its production budget was $35 million.[28] Following The Hangover, the premier of All About Steve was met with mostly negative reviews.[29] 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.[30] 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.".[31]

In October 2009, Cooper received the Hollywood Comedy Award at the 13th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards,[32] 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.[33]

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.[34] The film was a commercial success, grossing over $215 million worldwide.[35] 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.[36] 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.[37] In September 2011, GQ UK presented Cooper with the "International Man of the Year" award[38] and in the November 16, 2011 issue of People magazine, Cooper was named Sexiest Man Alive.[39]

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.[40][41] Cooper's performance in the film earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. In January 2012, it was announced that Cooper would reunite with Silver Linings Playbook co-star Jennifer Lawrence for the Susanne Bier adaptation of Ron Rash's period novel Serena.[42] In 2012, he also starred in The Place Beyond the Pines, as a police officer,[43] 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.[44]

In 2013, Cooper reprised his role as Phil Wenneck 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 darker tone.[45] 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.[46] 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.

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.[47] Spielberg was later replaced by Clint Eastwood.[48] Cooper provided the voice of Rocket Raccoon in the Marvel Studios film, Guardians of the Galaxy.[49] Additionally, he will star with Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams in a still-untitled film project directed by Cameron Crowe ,[50] which also featured Bill Murray and John Krasinski. Both films are currently in post-production, as of July 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Cooper does not drink alcohol and has abstained since he was 29, saying that it would have "sabotaged" his life.[51] He is Catholic.[52] He married actress Jennifer Esposito in late 2006.[53] In May 2007, it was announced that Esposito had filed for divorce.[54] Cooper was in a relationship with Renée Zellweger from 2009 to 2011.[55] He dated Zoe Saldana from December 2011 to January 2013.[56][57] He has been dating model Suki Waterhouse since March 2013.[58][59][60]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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 Yes Man Peter
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
2010 Brother's Justice Bradley
2011 Limitless Eddie Morra Executive producer
2011 Hangover Part II, TheThe Hangover Part II Phil Wenneck
2012 Hit and Run Alex Dimitri
2012 Silver Linings Playbook Pat Solatano 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 Phil Wenneck
2013 American Hustle Richie DiMaso Executive producer
2014 Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket Raccoon Voice
2014 American Sniper Chris Kyle Also producer
Completed
2014 Serena George Pemberton Completed
2015 Untitled Cameron Crowe project Brian Gilcrest Post-production
2015 Untitled John Wells project Adam Jones Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Sex and the City Jake Episode: "They Shoot Single People, Don't They?"
2000 Globe Trekker Himself Presenter
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
2013 Saturday Night Live Himself Episode: "Zach Galifianakis / Of Monsters and Men"

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Three Days of Rain Pip/Theo Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
2008 The Understudy Jake Williamstown Theatre Festival
2014 The Elephant Man John Merrick Booth Theatre

Awards and nominations[edit]

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