Bradley Cooper is certainly making his mark in the entertainment industry. Since making his television debut, appearing opposite Sarah Jessica Parker on the popular HBO series “Sex and the City,” this ruggedly handsome and extremely talented actor transitioned into making movies and has become one of Hollywood’s leading men. With a “Best Actor” Oscar nomination now under his belt, Cooper has proven to the world he deserves all the recognition and praise he’s been given for his acting ability.
Bradley Cooper was born January 5, 1975, in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, which is on the outskirts of Philadelphia. He was raised by his mother Gloria, who is Italian-American, and his father Charles Cooper, who was Irish-American and worked as a stockbroker. Cooper has one sister named Holly, and both he and his sister were raised Catholic. Cooper attended Germantown Academy, a K-12 school that is the oldest nonsectarian private day school in the United States. Cooper graduated from Germantown Academy in 1993 and started his freshman year of college at Villanova University.
After completing his freshman year at Villanova, Cooper transferred to Georgetown University, where he completed his undergraduate studies. Cooper graduated from Georgetown with honors in 1997, earning a bachelor’s degree in English. He also became fluent in French while studying at Georgetown and spent six months as a French exchange student. Cooper then went on to attend the Actor’s Studio Drama School at Pace University in New York and graduated in the year 2000 with a master’s degree.
Cooper’s very first acting job was for a fast-food television commercial that never aired. He landed this commercial while still working toward his master’s degree at Pace University. It took two full years for Cooper to land his next acting job, which was the role of a single, straight, handsome smoker named “Jake” in the HBO series “Sex and the City.” Cooper then stared in a couple of low-budget television movies and a short-lived television drama before landing his first movie role in 2001 in the film “Wet Hot American Summer.”
Cooper then returned to television, landing a supportive role on the popular spy series “Alias.” For a total of three seasons, Cooper played the role of a journalist named Will Tippin opposite actress Jennifer Garner. After leaving “Alias,” Cooper landed recurring roles on a couple of television shows, including a crime drama called “Touching Evil” and the sitcom “Jack & Bobby.” However, it was his role as Zachary “Sach” Lodge in the movie “Wedding Crashers” that made Cooper a recognizable figure in Hollywood. In this 2005 movie, Cooper played opposite Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, and many critics considered “Wedding Crashers” to be one of the funniest movies of that year.
Cooper then returned to television, starring in a television series called “Kitchen Confidential.” Although the show’s reviews were positive, its ratings were low, and the show was taken off the air. Cooper then went to Broadway in 2006, appearing opposite Paul Rudd (“I Love You, Man” and “Wanderlust”) and Julia Roberts (“Pretty Woman” and “Erin Brokovich”) in “Three Days of Rain.” Late that same year, he married model, actress, and dancer Jennifer Esposito. However, the couples union did not last long; they divorced after only four months of marriage. Cooper has also been romantically linked to actress Renee Zellweger (“Jerry Maguire” and “Bridget Jones’s Diary”), Cameron Diaz (“My Sister’s Keeper” and “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”) and Zoe Saldana (“Star Trek” and “Vantage Point”).
Cooper continued to add to his acting resume, appearing in “Failure to Launch,” a romantic comedy starring Sarah Jessica Parker (“Honeymoon in Vegas” and “Sex in the City”) and Matthew McConaughey (“Killer Joe” and “Bernie”). He also starred in “He’s Just Not That Into You,” starring Ben Affleck (“Good Will Hunting” and “Argo”), Jennifer Aniston (“The Break-Up” and “Wanderlust”), Drew Barrymore (“Fever Pitch” and “Going the Distance”), and Kevin Connolly (“The Notebook” and “Secretariat”). In 2008, Cooper starred opposite funny-man Jim Carey (“Mr. Popper’s Penguins” and “Bruce Almighty”) in “Yes Man.”
Cooper also starred in “The Hangover,” “All About Steve,” and “Valentine’s Day,” opposite many other A-list Hollywood stars. He received lots of praise for his role in the 2010 movie “The A-Team,” staring Liam Neeson (“Kinsey” and “Battleship”) and Jessica Biel (“Total Recall” and “Hitchcock”). However, it was Cooper’s lead role as Patrizio Solitano in the film ” Silver Lining’s Playbook ” that really showcased Cooper’s gift as an actor. In this film, Cooper brilliantly played a character who suffered from bipolar disorder. He played opposite Robert De Niro (“The Godfather Part II” and “Analyze This”) and Chris Tucker (“Friday” and “Rush Hour”) and received his very first Academy Award nomination for this role. Cooper is set to star in multiple highly anticipated films in late 2013, including “The Place Beyond the Pines” and “Serena.”