Bradley Cooper is an American actor.
His full name is Bradley Charles Cooper.
He was born on January 5, 1975, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
His father, Charles John Cooper, who was of Irish descent, was a stockbroker and his mother, Gloria (Campano), is of Italian descent, and worked for a local NBC station.
Cooper has an older sister, Holly.
He scored his first acting gig while he was still in school with a guest spot on the popular TV series
“Sex and the City.”
Immediately after Bradley graduated from the Honors English program at Georgetown University in 1997, he moved to New York City to enroll in the Masters of Fine Arts program at the Actors Studio Drama School at New School University. In 2000, he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in acting from the Actors Studio Drama School.
Cooper made his feature film debut in the satirical comedy film Wet Hot American Summer (2001).
He then returned to television as Will Tippin in the spy-action television show Alias (2001–2006).
During his time on Alias, Cooper made the independent drama Carnival Knowledge (2002) and the thriller My Little Eye (2002).
Cooper left Alias in 2003, and appeared in recurring roles on the sitcom Jack & Bobby (2004-05) and
the crime drama Touching Evil (2004).
He appeared in the television film I Want to Marry Ryan Banks (2004) with Jason Priestley.
Cooper’s career prospects improved with a more prominent role in the David Dobkin-directed comedy
Wedding Crashers (2005) alongside Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Rachel McAdams.
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 only four episodes due to low ratings.
In 2006, Cooper starred in a play Three Days of Rain on Broadway with Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd.
This was followed by minor roles in the romantic comedy Failure to Launch (2006) and the satirical
comedy The Comebacks (2007).
In 2008 Cooper appeared in the comedies Yes Man and The Rocke. Also in 2008 he played the leading role in the horror film The Midnight Meat Train.
In 2009 he appeared in a supporting role in the romantic comedy-drama He’s Just Not That Into You.
Cooper’s breakthrough role came in the highly lucrative 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 film was so successful that two sequels were produced in 2011 and 2013.
He paired with Sandra Bullock in the comedy All About Steve (2009), a film that was poorly received by critics, and failed to attract a wide audience; it earned them a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Combo.
In 2010 Cooper starred in the romantic comedy Valentine’s Day, co-starring with Julia Roberts. The
film was a commercial success, grossing over $215 million worldwide.
Than he appeared in a remake of the popular television action series The A-Team, alongside Liam
Neeson, Quinton Jackson, and Sharlto Copley.
In 2011, Cooper starred in the science fiction mystery thriller Limitless, based on the 2001 novel The
Dark Fields by Alan Glynn. The film co-starred Robert De Niro and received favorable reviews.
The year 2012 saw Cooper star in four films — The Words, Hit and Run, The Place Beyond the Pines, and Silver Linings Playbook.
Cooper earned his first Oscar nomination, for his portrayal of a man trying to reclaim his life after a sojourn in a mental institution in Silver Linings Playbook (2012). The dramedy was directed by David O. Russell and costarred Jennifer Lawrence, both of whom became frequent collaborators.
Cooper’s second Oscar nomination was for best supporting actor for his performance as a wacky FBI agent in Russell’s American Hustle (2013), which also featured Lawrence. American Hustle was a critical and commercial success with global revenues of $251.1 million.
Cooper reunited with Lawrence in the Susanne Bier-directed drama Serena (2014) — an adaptation of Ron Rash’s period novel.
In 2014 he starred as Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL sharpshooter, in the biographical war drama American
Sniper, which was directed by Clint Eastwood, and, for his riveting performance, Cooper earned another Oscar nomination.
In 2014, Cooper provided the voice of Rocket Raccoon in the Marvel Studios film Guardians of the
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.
In 2015 he starred in the drama Burnt, about a a chef seeking redemption, and the biographical comedy-drama Joy, in which he reteamed with Russell and Lawrence, and in the romantic dramedy Aloha.
In 2016, he had a voice cameo in the thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane, and played a supporting part in War
Dogs, co-produced under his and Phillips Will’s production company Joint Effort.
In 2017, Cooper again voiced Rocket Raccoon, in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Cooper is one of the ten actors to receive an Academy Award nomination in three consecutive years.
Bradley Cooper has an estimated net worth of $100 million.
Cooper was married to actress Jennifer Esposito from 2006 to 2007. Since then he has had a string of relationships; most notably with Renee Zellweger and Suki Waterhous.
In 2015, he started dating Russian model Irina Shayk. The couple welcomed their daughter, Lea de Seine Shayk Cooper, in March 2017.
Cooper claimed that watching David Lynch’s production of The Elephant Man (1980) on television is what inspired him to be an actor.
For six months prior to filming The A-Team (2010) and during the shoot, he cut out sugar, salt and
flour and underwent grueling two-hour workouts with a trainer every day.
To appear to be as large as Kyle in American Sniper (2014), Cooper underwent extensive training and
followed a rigorous diet, gaining 18 kilograms (40 pounds) of muscle.
He can impersonate Robert De Niro, Owen Wilson, Christopher Walken and Bill Clinton after having met them and/or worked with them.
While he was studying at the New School, Cooper worked as a doorman at the Morgans Hotel.
Cooper considers Daniel Day-Lewis the world’s greatest actor.
In the Steven Spielberg episode of Inside the Actors Studio (1994), Cooper appears in the audience
about 15 minutes into the episode.
Cooper speaks French fluently.
He has contemplated going back to school to receive his Ph.D. in English and teaching literature.