Bradley Cooper
Actor
Bradley Cooper
Bradley Charles Cooper is an American actor. He first gained recognition in the television series Alias. 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 (2009), The A-Team (2010), Limitless (2011), and Silver Linings Playbook (2012). His work in Silver Linings Playbook earned him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
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Still Showing Her Sexy Sadie Side, Dana Fuchs Sets the Stage to Rise and Shine
Huffington Post - 21 days
Whatever happened to Sexy Sadie? Embodied by Dana Fuchs, she's alive and well and ready to knock your socks off -- if you let her. "I would love people to know that I'm first and foremost a songwriter, a singer, and it's very much like that Sadie character," Fuchs said from her Harlem apartment near the end of an hourlong phone conversation in late January while expecting some terrible weather to hit New York City. "But of course, it's my own music," she added, a bad cold making her deep voice sound even lower and sexier. "It's that kind of raw, rocking, soulful music, and I would love people to know that Sadie is Dana Fuchs, who is living as a musician." It's been 10 years since Fuchs (pronounced Fyooks) made her motion picture mark as Sadie, a powerful blues singer, very hip chick and Earth Mother in Across the Universe. Julie Taymor's wonderfully innovative and inexcusably ignored movie set in the 1960s was filled with teen romance, wild imagery and incredibly inventi ...
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Dave Chappelle Wishes 'Internet Troll' Donald Trump Good Luck In 'SNL' Monologue
Huffington Post - 3 months
Dave Chappelle wished President-elect Donald Trump good luck in his “Saturday Night Live” opening monologue. But he did have one condition. After saying America had elected “an internet troll as our president,” the comedian recounted the recent time he was at a BET event at the White House where “everybody in there was black, apart from Bradley Cooper for some reason.”  “I saw how happy everybody was, these people who had been historically disenfranchised, and it made me feel hopeful, and it made me feel proud to be an American, and it made me very happy about the prospects of our country,” said Chappelle, who also touched on anti-Trump protests, Trump’s comments about women, mass shootings and the Black Lives Matter movement in his routine.  “So, in that spirit, I’m wishing Donald Trump luck,” he added. “I’m going to give him a chance, and we, the historically disenfranchised, demand that he give us one too.” Check out Chappelle’s full open ...
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Baby Groot Gets In On The Action In First 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Sequel Teaser
Huffington Post - 4 months
The galaxy still needs guarding, obviously. So goes the first teaser and promotional campaign for Marvel’s hotly anticipated follow-up to the unexpected 2014 hit “Guardians of the Galaxy.” On Wednesday, director James Gunn shared a first look at the adventures to come with a teaser trailer and poster reuniting his lovable band of misfits, including Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) and, of course, Groot (Vin Diesel).  Take a look at the trailer above and try and spot Baby Groot in the poster below:  He’s so tiiiiiiny.  “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” hits theaters May 5, 2017. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Bradley Cooper Tells Michelle Obama Why He Once Went Commando at the White House
Yahoo News - 5 months
Bradley Cooper was full of surprises on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday, where Michelle Obama was on hand as cohost. After DeGeneres and the First Lady struggled to take the perfect selfie, Cooper appeared from offstage to help out, in a nod to his famous Oscars 2014 selfie. Bradley Cooper," the host joked before summoning the actor on stage.
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PHOTOS: Bradley Cooper Sports a Rugged Beard
ABC News - 5 months
Mustaches, beards and more -- these celebs love sporting scruff.
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Lady Gaga Surprises London Club With Live 'Perfect Illusion' Performance
Huffington Post - 5 months
Was it an illusion? Spoiler: no. Lady Gaga surprised a room full of East London clubgoers with a live performance in a shiny crop top early Saturday, just hours after dropping her upcoming album’s first single, “Perfect Illusion.” Guests of the Moth Club heard Gaga perform the new song and some old favorites including 2009’s “Bad Romance,” along with other pop hits. The Daily Telegraph reports that Gaga’s producer, Mark Ronson, warmed up for her performance with a DJ set before the singer took the stage around 1:30 a.m. Segura esse rock! #LadyGaga apresentando #PerfectIllusion AO VIVO pela primeira vez no Moth Club, em Londres. #MarkRonson também está no local. A video posted by RDT Lady Gaga (@rdtladygaga) on Sep 9, 2016 at 6:09pm PDT The upcoming, unnamed album ― a more “analog” production that will feature Florence Welch on one track ― is Gaga’s first solo endeavor since her 2013 album “Artpop.” In the meantime, she worked on a collaborat ...
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"War Dogs": Woofing!
Huffington Post - 6 months
"War Dogs" is a curious breed. The movie is self-consciously anti-war, full of enough cautionaries about greed and profiteering from international conflict to stand as a moral tale. Repeatedly the principals tell us how much they dislike war. Over and again images of Afghan and Iraq War initiators President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are treated derisively. But for every lesson painstakingly etched, Director Todd Phillips can't resist tweaking conventional morality with attempts to draw humor out of the predicaments of his movie's larger than life characters and sympathy to their amoral plight. Phillips has had great success with reductio ad absurdum. His more successful films like "Old School", "Hangover I" and "Hangover II" push conventional limits of embarrassing interactions, painful physical comedy and implausible juxtapositions. The centrifugal force of wild action humor is held together by the contrivances of male bonding. "War Dogs" pushes thi ...
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Roger Ailes Hires Lawyer For Possible Lawsuit Against New York Magazine
Huffington Post - 6 months
Roger Ailes, the co-founder and recently ousted CEO of Fox News, has hired a well-known libel lawyer for a possible suit against New York magazine and its reporter Gabriel Sherman. Ailes has retained Charles Harder, a Hollywood lawyer who most recently helped former pro-wrestler Hulk Hogan win a $140 million lawsuit that bankrupted the news and gossip website Gawker. The hiring was first reported by the Financial Times. A New York magazine spokeswoman confirmed to The Huffington Post that Harder has contacted the publication and Sherman on Ailes’ behalf and has requested they “preserve documents” related to the Ailes stories for a possible defamation suit. “The letter sent by Harder was not informative as to the substance of their objections to the reporting,” the spokeswoman said. “Sherman’s work is and has been carefully reported.” function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('ob ...
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'War Dogs' Tries To Avoid Being Yet Another 'Hangover'
Huffington Post - 6 months
It’s been three years since the third and supposedly final installment of “The Hangover” was released, and it appears director Todd Phillips is putting it all behind him. Kind of. In a luxury hotel room at New York City’s Mandarin Hotel earlier this month, Phillips met with press to discuss his new movie, “War Dogs.” While vaping, Phillips told The Huffington Post that although “War Dogs” takes a stab at political satire, the core still comes from the same DNA as his previous work. The director explained that he likes creating movies about guys who make bad decisions ― certainly the heart of “War Dogs.” “It appeals to me because bad decisions generally lead to mayhem,” said Phillips. “And mayhem is always fun to document.” The movie, which hits theaters Friday, centers around two 20-something friends who become international arms dealers and try to supply the United States Military during the Iraq War. But what sets “War Dogs” apart from Phillips’ past bad-decision films, su ...
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'A Star is Born' again with Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga
Reuters.com - 6 months
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer Lady Gaga and Oscar-nominated actor Bradley Cooper are joining forces to remake classic Hollywood musical drama "A Star is Born," Warner Bros said on Tuesday.
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Bradley Cooper develops HBO miniseries about rise of ISIS militant group
Reuters.com - 7 months
(Reuters) - Actor Bradley Cooper is developing a TV miniseries based on a book about the rise of Islamic State militants, a show the author hopes will help Americans understand how the group came about.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bradley Cooper
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 41
    Cooper has donated to Democratic Party candidates and attended the 2016 Democratic National Convention where Hillary Clinton received the nomination for President.
    More Details Hide Details He was present during a Barack Obama speech and calls him an "an incredible president". Todd Phillips (the director of The Hangover Trilogy) believes that Cooper's on-screen persona contradicts with his personality. "He is ridiculously different in real life. He is very vulnerable — insecure is not the right word... And there's a warmth to him you would never know." A writer for International Business Times adds that Cooper, despite being in his 40s, has a "boyish charm and laid-back personality." Cooper believes that his personality relates to acting: "I enjoy people, that makes this profession a lot easier, and I can sleep anywhere. That's a skill." He cites actor Daniel Day-Lewis, who he thinks is "the World's Greatest Actor", as an influence. As a part of a career analysis, IndieWire's Oliver Lyttelton notes that early in his career, Cooper was typecast as "weaselly boyfriends or best friends in mainstream comedies", but he later became one of Hollywood's most accomplished actors after the success of The Hangover (2009), Limitless (2011), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), The Place Beyond The Pines (2012), American Hustle (2013), and Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). Cooper is known for appearing in a range of films; writing for The Hollywood Reporter, Bill Phelps credits him for "opting for the challenging and provocative, the small and interesting, risking the laid-back image that propelled him to fame."
    As of August 2016, Cooper will voice Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
    More Details Hide Details He will direct his first film, and co-star with Lady Gaga, in a remake of A Star is Born. Cooper's early years in the entertainment industry were marred with difficulties. When his role in the second season of Alias was demoted to a minuscule part, he considered quitting show business: "I would only work three days a week... And then I got even more sidelined." His substance addiction, and doubts about his career, triggered thoughts of suicide. Cooper has abstained from alcohol since 2004, remarking that it would have "sabotaged" his life. In a 2012 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he recalled his struggle with alcohol: I was at a party and deliberately bashed my head on the concrete floor — like, 'Hey, look how tough I am!' And I came up, and blood dripped down. And then I did it again. I spent the night at... hospital with a sock of ice, waiting for them to stitch me up. I was so concerned what you thought of me, how I was coming across, how I would survive the day. I always felt like an outsider. I just lived in my head. I realized I wasn't going to live up to my potential, and that scared the hell out of me. I thought, 'Wow, I'm actually gonna ruin my life; I'm really gonna ruin it.
    In 2016, he had a voice cameo in the thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane, and played a supporting part in War Dogs.
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    In April 2016, he participated in the launch of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy that works for cancer patients.
    More Details Hide Details He will serve as an executive producer for Stand Up to Cancer, a primetime fundraising special scheduled to air in September. In 2009, Cooper took part in an Alzheimer's Association campaign that aimed to increase awareness about Alzheimer's disease. He is also one of the members of Alzheimer's Association Celebrity Champions, an initiative launched for a similar purpose. In 2015, Cooper spoke at The National Geographic Society for the group Got Your 6 to help ensure military veterans are better represented in popular culture.
  • 2015
    Age 40
    Despite the criticism, he was nominated for Choice Movie Actor – Comedy at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards.
    More Details Hide Details In John Wells' drama Burnt, Cooper played a chef who decides to regain his former glory after drug abuse takes a toll on his career. While the film was criticized for its "overdone clichés", Jon Frosch of The Hollywood Reporter wrote of Cooper's performance, "the actor gives a fully engaged performance that almost makes us want to forgive the movie's laziness. Almost." His supporting role in the biopic Joy reunited him with David O. Russell and Lawrence.
    None of Cooper's films released in 2015—Aloha, Burnt, or Joy—performed particularly well at the box office.
    More Details Hide Details He starred in Cameron Crowe's Aloha with Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams. The project became controversial after the Media Action Network for Asian-Americans accused the film makers of whitewashing the cast.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2014
    Age 39
    Also in 2014, Cooper co-produced and starred as United States Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle in American Sniper—a biographical war drama directed by Clint Eastwood.
    More Details Hide Details The film documents the life of Kyle, who became the deadliest marksman in U.S. military history, and is loosely based on the eponymous memoir. To create Kyle's large physique, Cooper underwent extensive training and followed a rigorous diet, gaining of muscles. Cooper's preparation also included lessons with a vocal coach, and studying footage of Kyle. To learn how to use a rifle, the actor trained with US Navy SEAL veteran Kevin Lacz, who served with Kyle. The film received positive critical reviews, and Cooper's performance was considered its prime asset. The critic for Variety wrote, "an excellent performance from a bulked-up Bradley Cooper, this harrowing and intimate character study offers fairly blunt insights into the physical and psychological toll exacted on the front lines." Similar sentiments were expressed by USA Today Claudia Puig who asserted: "It's clearly Cooper's show. Substantially bulked up and affecting a believable Texas drawl, Cooper embodies Kyle's confidence, intensity and vulnerability." With global revenues of $547 million, American Sniper became the actor's greatest commercial success and the third highest-grossing R-rated film of all time. Cooper won an MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor; the film was nominated for Best Picture. With these nominations, Cooper became the tenth actor in history to receive an Academy Award nomination for acting in three consecutive years.
    He returned to Broadway for the 2014 run of The Elephant Man as the severely deformed Joseph Merrick.
    More Details Hide Details Michael Coveney of Whatsonstage.com reviewed his performance: "Cooper avoids every trap of "disability" acting by suffusing this outer appearance with soul and passion. It's a wonderful, and very moving, display." He garnered a nomination for Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play.
    In 2014, Cooper provided the voice of Rocket Raccoon in the Marvel Studios film Guardians of the Galaxy.
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  • 2013
    Age 38
    In March 2013, he began dating English model Suki Waterhouse who is 17 years his junior. According to a report by E!, they broke up in March 2015 because of their age disparity and Waterhouse wanting to focus on her career.
    More Details Hide Details Cooper began a relationship with Russian model Irina Shayk the following month. In November he moved into her apartment in New York's West Village. Cooper shares a close relationship with his family. Two years after the death of his father from lung cancer in 2011, he relocated to Los Angeles with his mother. He says that during his father's diagnosis: "I was in a very lucky position because I was able to put everything on hold in all aspects of my life and completely focus on taking care of him." He has described the process of his treatment as "just simply overwhelming, incredibly stressful, complex and all consuming." The actor has since supported organizations that help fight cancer. In June 2014, Cooper joined board of directors for the charity Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a non-profit organization that serves people coping with cancer.
    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 panned by critics who were particularly disappointed with its darker tone.
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  • 2012
    Age 37
    The picture was filmed in 2012, but was released in 2014 to negative reviews and poor box office returns.
    More Details Hide Details However, Cooper's performance was generally praised by critics. The Canberra Times Jake Wilson said: "Cooper once again proves his value as a leading man who approaches his roles like a character actor."
    The year 2012 saw Cooper star in four films—The Words, Hit and Run, The Place Beyond the Pines, and Silver Linings Playbook.
    More Details Hide Details The mystery drama The Words failed commercially; as did the action comedy Hit and Run. In Derek Cianfrance's critically acclaimed crime drama The Place Beyond the Pines, Cooper plays a rookie police officer, a role Cianfrance specifically wrote for Cooper. He drove five hours to Montreal, Canada to meet with Cooper in order to convince him to take on the role. Cianfrance described Cooper's character as someone "paraded as a hero... But inside him corruption is going on, conflict is raging inside, guilt and shame are buried." A writer from The Independent credited Cooper for "excelling as an archetype, the principled man who is personally rather dislikeable", adding, "I never imagined this actor capable of such layered character work." Despite positive reviews, the film had moderate box office returns. Cooper starred with Robert De Niro and Jennifer Lawrence in David O. Russell's romantic comedy-drama Silver Linings Playbook, an adaptation of Matthew Quick's serio-comic novel of the same name. He was cast as a divorced man with bipolar disorder, a former teacher who finds companionship in a young, depressed widow (Lawrence). Cooper was initially skeptical about playing the part which he thought was out of his depth, but he later accepted the role inspired by Russell's confidence in him. The director was impressed by his performance in Wedding Crashers, citing his "good bad-guy energy" and unpredictability as justification for casting; he also thought that Cooper would be able to demonstrate emotion and vulnerability on screen.
  • 2011
    Age 36
    In December 2011, he was involved in a romantic relationship with Zoe Saldana that ended in January 2013.
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    In 2011, Cooper starred in the techno-thriller Limitless, based on the 2001 novel The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn.
    More Details Hide Details In the Neil Burger-directed film, he plays a struggling writer who is introduced to a nootropic drug that gives him the ability to fully utilize his brain and vastly improve his lifestyle. The box office website Box Office Mojo was apprehensive of the film's financial prospects, but it emerged as a commercial success with a worldwide gross of $161 million. A writer for Variety said: "Cooper makes further strides toward major stardom, spelling excellent early spring returns and socko vid play." Greater commercial success followed with the comedy sequel to The Hangover, The Hangover Part II (2011), which earned over $580 million worldwide. Reviews for the film were generally negative, though the critic for Time complimented him: "Cooper gives a knowing performance: he's both the peacock and the parody of one. He's blessed with good looks and fantastic timing, the kind that makes every line funnier, even the small asides." At the 38th People's Choice Awards, he was nominated for Favorite Comedic Movie Actor.
    His father, Charles Cooper, who died in January 2011, worked as a stockbroker for Merrill Lynch.
    More Details Hide Details His father was of Irish descent and his mother is of Italian ancestry (from Abruzzo and Naples). He has an older sister, Holly. He was raised Roman Catholic. Cooper had cholesteatoma in his ear soon after his birth and punctured it when he started diving at an early age. Describing himself as a child, Cooper has said: "I never lived the life of 'Oh, you're so good-looking. People thought I was a girl when I was little, because I looked like a girl—maybe because my mother would keep my hair really long". He excelled at basketball, and enjoyed cooking: "I used to have buddies come over after kindergarten and I'd cook them food. I prided myself in taking whatever was in the fridge and turning it into lasagna." He initially wanted to attend military academy and move to Japan to become a ninja. At an early age, his father introduced him to films like The Elephant Man (1980), which "floored" him and he "became obsessed with it". It was the film that inspired him to be an actor. Cooper believes that the "acting gene" might have come from his father, whom he thinks was "such a goofball". His parents were initially unsure about his career choice. "They ideally, would have wanted me to do something in finance", he says. They eventually changed their perceptions when they saw Cooper play the part of John Merrick in an excerpt from the play The Elephant Man (1977).
  • 2010
    Age 35
    Cooper appeared as guest host of WWE Raw in June 2010.
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    In 2010, Cooper appeared in the ensemble romantic comedy Valentine's Day, directed by Garry Marshall, co-starring with Julia Roberts.
    More Details Hide Details The film was a commercial success, grossing over $215 million worldwide. He played the part of the fictional character Templeton "Faceman" Peck in the feature film version of The A-Team alongside Liam Neeson, Quinton Jackson, and Sharlto Copley. To prepare for the role, he abstained from consuming sugar, salt and flour, and underwent grueling workouts. The film released to negative reviews and poor box office returns. Tim Robey of The Daily Telegraph wrote, "Cooper confirms his credentials as perhaps the most smugly narcissistic performer", while Empire credited both Cooper and Copley for "aceing swagger and insanity respectively, who best both capture and yet re-forge their iconic characters."
  • 2009
    Age 34
    Also in 2009, Cooper featured in the psychological horror Case 39, a delayed production that was filmed in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details He paired with Sandra Bullock in the comedy All About Steve, a film that was poorly received by critics, failed to attract a wide audience, and earned them a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Combo.
    In February 2009, Cooper hosted Saturday Night Live with musical guest TV on the Radio, portraying actor Christian Bale in one skit.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, he appeared in a supporting role in the film He's Just Not That Into You. Cooper's breakthrough role came in Todd Phillips' comedy The Hangover (2009). He played Phil Wenneck, one of the three friends—alongside Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis—to wake up from a bachelor party in Las Vegas, with no memory of the previous night and the bachelor missing. The Hangover was a commercial success and finished as the fifth-highest-grossing R-rated film in the United States. The New York Times A. O. Scott wrote: "Mr. Cooper... offers the most interesting variation on an old standard, playing his aggressive, cocky frat boy with a snarl of rage that masks an anxiety as hard to account for as it is to miss." For his performance, Cooper received an award at the 13th Hollywood Film Festival and his first nomination for MTV Movie Awards—Best Comedic Performance. The newspaper The Daily Telegraph opined that the success of the film turned Cooper into "a bona fide leading man". However, Cooper stated in a 2011 interview with Shave: "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."
  • 2008
    Age 33
    Cooper next appeared in the fifth season of Nip/Tuck (2007) as Aidan Stone, a television star on the fictional show Hearts 'N Scalpels, and played the best friend to the main character in the 2008 comedies Yes Man and The Rocker.
    More Details Hide Details After a series of small roles, Cooper landed the lead role in the Ryuhei Kitamura-directed feature The Midnight Meat Train (2008) The supernatural horror film is based on Clive Barker's 1984 short story of the same name, and follows a freelance photographer (Cooper) who attempts to track down a serial killer. The dark character was a departure from the actor's previous comedic roles, and he admitted to enjoying the experience. The film received positive reviews from critics, though it earned little at the box office.
  • 2006
    Age 31
    Before his marriage, he met Renée Zellweger while filming Case 39 in 2006. The media speculated about the nature of their relationship in 2009 when the film was released. Although they refused to speak about the romance, they made several appearances together, and in 2011, the media reported about the end of the relationship.
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    In October 2006, Cooper became engaged to actress Jennifer Esposito. The couple married later that December when he was 32 and she was 35. In May 2007, Esposito filed for divorce that was finalized in November. "It was just something that happened.
    More Details Hide Details The good thing is, we both realized it. Sometimes you just realize it", he has since explained.
    In March 2006, he starred as Pip/Theo in Three Days of Rain on Broadway with Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd.
    More Details Hide Details This was followed by an appearance in the film Failure to Launch as a friend of the film's protagonist (played by Matthew McConaughey), and on stage in the 2008 production of Theresa Rebeck's play The Understudy at the Williamstown Theatre Festival alongside Kristen Johnston.
  • 2005
    Age 30
    In September 2005, Fox debuted the sitcom Kitchen Confidential, based on a memoir by chef Anthony Bourdain, with Cooper in the leading role.
    More Details Hide Details Despite positive reviews for the series, the show was canceled after only four episodes due to low ratings.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2003
    Age 28
    He guest-starred in the short-lived TV series Miss Match and played the part of cowboy and race horse trainer Morgan Murphy in the television film The Last Cowboy, which aired on the Hallmark Channel in January 2003.
    More Details Hide Details He later appeared in the film I Want to Marry Ryan Banks with Jason Priestley and as a regular guest star in the WB series Jack & Bobby. Cooper's career prospects improved with a more prominent role in the David Dobkin-directed comedy Wedding Crashers alongside Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Rachel McAdams. In the film, he plays Sack Lodge, the arrogant and aggressive boyfriend of Claire (McAdams) who is obsessed with winning—a role he describes as "kind of a sociopath". Cooper believed that the antagonistic character changed people's perception of him, as he had previously played the "nice guy". With a production budget of $40 million, the film grossed over $285 million worldwide.
  • 2002
    Age 27
    He acted in the 2002 psychological thriller Changing Lanes.
    More Details Hide Details The scenes in which he appeared were edited out of the final cut of the film, but are featured on the film's DVD and Blu-ray releases.
  • 2000
    Age 25
    Cooper initially wanted to pursue a career in diplomacy when he auditioned for the master class graduate degree at the Actors Studio and was selected by James Lipton. In 2000, he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in acting from the Actors Studio Drama School at The New School in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details There, he trained with the coach Elizabeth Kemp of whom he says: "I was never able to relax in my life before her." She has since advised him on many of his films. While studying in New York City, Cooper worked as a doorman at the Morgans Hotel, and briefly interacted with Robert de Niro in a question and answer master class session, which was later featured in an episode of Inside the Actors Studio.
  • 1999
    Age 24
    In his television debut, Sex and the City in 1999, he made a brief appearance opposite Sarah Jessica Parker.
    More Details Hide Details Cooper later served as a presenter in the travel-adventure series Globe Trekker (2000), which took him to such places as Peru and Croatia.
    His career began with a guest role in the television series Sex and the City in 1999 and his film debut came two years later in Wet Hot American Summer.
    More Details Hide Details He first gained recognition as Will Tippin in the spy-action television show Alias (2001–06). His career prospects declined through much of the 2000s, although he achieved minor success with a supporting part in the comedy Wedding Crashers (2005). Cooper's breakthrough role came in 2009 with the comedy The Hangover (2009), which spawned two successful sequels in 2011 and 2013. Critics praised his portrayal of a struggling writer in the thriller Limitless (2011) and a rookie police officer in the crime drama The Place Beyond the Pines (2012). He found greater success with the romantic comedy-drama Silver Linings Playbook (2012), the black comedy crime film American Hustle (2013), and the biopic American Sniper (2014). For his work in these films, Cooper was nominated for four Academy Awards—Best Actor (Silver Linings Playbook and American Sniper), and Best Supporting Actor (American Hustle). He also shared in the nomination of American Sniper for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Cooper became the tenth actor to receive an Oscar nomination in three consecutive years. In 2014, he portrayed Joseph Merrick in a Broadway revival of The Elephant Man, garnering a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play.
  • 1997
    Age 22
    Cooper graduated with honors from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details He was a member of the Georgetown Hoyas rowing team and acted with Nomadic Theatre.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1993
    Age 18
    While attending Germantown Academy, he worked at the Philadelphia Daily News. He says that in school he was neither "the smartest person" nor "the coolest kid" and "really didn't have anything going on!" After graduating from Germantown Academy in 1993, Cooper met Apoorva Walimbe who suggested he attended Villanova University, his father's alma mater, for a year before transferring to Georgetown.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1981
    Age 6
    Cooper's cinematic debut came in the ensemble comedy Wet Hot American Summer (2001), a film that takes place at a fictional summer camp in 1981, and features him as Ben, the love interest of Michael Ian Black's character.
    More Details Hide Details Although the film was critically and commercially unsuccessful, it has developed a cult status over the years. Cooper reprised the role in the film's prequel Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (2015), an eight-episode Netflix series. He filmed all of his scenes on the last day of the series' production in February 2015. The series received positive reviews from critics. Cooper achieved early success playing Will Tippin—a local reporter for a newspaper and the best friend of Jennifer Garner's character, Sydney Bristow—in J.J. Abrams' successful television spy-action drama Alias (2001–06). Garner was one of the first people he met in Los Angeles and was, in Cooper's words, "very maternal... She wanted to take care of me, make sure I was okay all the time."
  • 1975
    Age 0
    Bradley Charles Cooper was born on January 5, 1975 in Philadelphia, and grew up in the nearby communities of Jenkintown and Rydal.
    More Details Hide Details His mother, Gloria (née Campano), worked for the local NBC affiliate.
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