Bradley Cooper is an Oscar-nominated actor who first made a name for himself on the TV series 'Alias' and went on to star in films including 'Silver Linings Playbook,' 'American Sniper' and 'A Star is Born.'
Who Is Bradley Cooper?
Born on January 5, 1975, in Philadelphia, Bradley Cooper made his television debut with a guest spot on Sex and the City. He then acted both on TV and film, in shows such as The Street and Jack & Bobby and films such as Wet Hot American Summer and Carnival Knowledge. But it was the success of 2005’s Wedding Crashers that took Cooper's career to the next level, with subsequent roles in The Hangover, Valentine's Day and several other films. He's also received Academy Award nods for his work in Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, American Sniper and A Star Is Born.
Actor, director and producer Bradley Charles Cooper was born on January 5, 1975, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While he has enjoyed a highly successful career on screen, Cooper initially found fulfillment in the kitchen after developing a love of cooking at an early age. "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 told Entertainment Weekly.
Cooper put his culinary ambitions aside after graduating from Georgetown University in 1997 with an English degree, instead enrolling in a master's degree program at the Actors Studio Drama School in New York City. While a student there, he landed his first television commercial for a fast-food chain.
Early TV and Film Roles
'Wet Hot American Summer,' 'Alias'
Cooper made his TV debut in 1999 with a guest spot on the popular HBO show Sex and the City. He next appeared in the short-lived drama The $treet, set in the financial world. Around this time, he made his first feature film appearance in the 2001 comedy Wet Hot American Summer. Cooper then returned to television to take on a supporting role in J.J. Abrams's popular spy series Alias (2001-06). For three seasons he played Will Tippin, a journalist friend of covert agent Sydney Bristow (played by Jennifer Garner).
'Jack & Bobby,' 'Wedding Crashers'
During his time on Alias, Cooper made the independent drama Carnival Knowledge (2002) and the thriller My Little Eye (2002). He left Alias in 2003, and appeared in recurring roles on the sitcom Jack & Bobby (2004-05) and the crime drama Touching Evil (2004). Back on the big screen, Cooper played a brutish jock in the hit comedy Wedding Crashers (2005), with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn.
That same year, Cooper starred in his own television series Kitchen Confidential (2005-06), based on the book by famed chef Anthony Bourdain. The show received positive reviews, but it did not do well enough in the ratings to stay on the air. Not afraid to take risks, Cooper made his Broadway debut in the 2006 drama Three Days of Rain, with Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd.
'Yes Man,' 'He's Just Not That Into You'
After the success of Wedding Crashers, Cooper landed more comedic film roles. He appeared in the romantic comedy Failure to Launch (2006), with Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker. While that film was met with a tepid response, Cooper enjoyed some box office success with Yes Man (2008), co-starring opposite Jim Carrey. He also appeared in the 2009 comedy He's Just Not That Into You, inspired by the popular self-help book. In the film, Cooper played an adulterous husband.
'The Hangover' and Sequels
Later that year, Cooper further proved his comedic talents with The Hangover. He co-starred with Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis in this buddy comedy. The three actors play friends who travel to Las Vegas for a bachelor-party weekend with their soon-to-be-married pal, played by Justin Bartha. After a night of debauchery, they wake up to find their buddy missing along with their memories of what happened the previous evening. The success of the film led to sequels in 2011 and 2013.
'All About Steve,' 'The A-Team'
Cooper then starred with Sandra Bullock on the 2009 romantic comedy All About Steve, which performed poorly at the box office. His next project fared much better, however, when he played the boyfriend of Eric Dane in the ensemble comedy Valentine's Day (2010), which also featured Garner, Jessica Alba and Patrick Dempsey. Cooper followed up with a remake of the popular television action series The A-Team during the summer of 2010. In addition to Cooper, the cast included Liam Neeson, Quinton Jackson, and Jessica Biel.
'Limitless,' 'The Place Beyond the Pines'
The crossover into more action-packed fare continued with 2011's Limitless, a thriller based on Alan Glynn's 2001 novel The Dark Fields and co-starring Robert De Niro. Cooper subsequently starred in more action roles, such as Hit and Run (2011) and The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)