Bradley Cooper, born on January 5, 1975, started his career mostly with roles in comedy films and T.V. shows, but since then, he’s proven to be a talented actor in many genres, as well as an outstanding director and producer. From his role as Rocket Raccoon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to his directorial debut in “A Star Is Born,” which he also starred in, Cooper has become a key figure in Hollywood. Celebrate his special day with us.
No matter what genre of film you like, you’ve probably seen Bradley Cooper act at least once. He seems to have made himself pretty hard to miss and continues to amaze millions with his talents. Cooper was born on January 5, 1975, in Abington Township, Pennsylvania. His zodiac sign is Capricorn and his ethnicity is half-Irish, half-Italian. He is the son of Charles Cooper and Gloria (née Campano) Cooper, and he has an older sister named Holly. He was inspired to get into acting by his father who showed him films at an early age. Even though his parents didn’t approve of his decision to pursue acting at first, they changed their minds when they saw him act in an excerpt of the play “The Elephant Man,” one of the films his father had shown him. He moved to New York City and graduated from the Actors Studio Drama School in 2000 with a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts for acting.
Cooper’s television debut was in the hit series “Sex in The City,” in 1999, and his cinematic debut was in “Wet Hot American Summer,” in 2001. He continued to land roles in both film and T.V. throughout the early-to-mid 2000s, as well as performing on stage twice. But his breakthrough didn’t come until 2009 when he starred in the comedy film “The Hangover” alongside Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms, and he reprised his role for the film’s two sequels in 2011 and 2013 respectively. He continued to star in comedies, but also delved into and excelled in more serious roles in films such as “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012), “American Hustle” (2013), and “American Sniper” (2014), all of which earned him nominations for many prestigious awards, including the Academy Awards — one of the very few actors to receive an Academy Award nomination three years in a row!
Cooper joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2014 by lending his voice to the character Rocket Raccoon in the “Guardians Of The Galaxy” saga, as well as appearing in “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame.” Having been an executive producer and producer for many films he starred in, he expanded his career by making his directorial debut in “A Star is Born” (2018), which he also produced, wrote, and starred in alongside famous singer-songwriter Lady Gaga. However, he’s also gone through his fair share of struggles, dealing with substance addiction at the start of his career and losing his father to lung cancer in 2011, but he has learned to rise above these challenges. Cooper has been sober since 2004 and has shown his support to several organizations involved in the fight against cancer. He is also a member of the Alzheimer’s Association Celebrity Champions.
Cooper starts his career on the big screen by appearing in “Wet Hot American Summer.”
After playing several roles in both film and T.V., starring in “The Hangover” is what finally propels Cooper to stardom.
“Silver Linings Playbook,” “American Hustle,” and “American Sniper” all earn him Academy Award nominations in the acting category in the 85th, 86th, and 87th editions of the ceremony.
He plays the part of Rocket Raccoon, a talking, genetically-engineered raccoon mercenary, for the first time in “Guardians of The Galaxy.”
Cooper directs the 2018 remake of “A Star is Born,” which he also writes and stars in alongside Lady Gaga.
Why We Love Bradley Cooper
Cooper is very close with his family
The tragic death of his father made him take some time to be with his family, as he shares a close bond with them. He even relocated to Los Angeles to live with his mother, who has also been his date to many events and award shows.
He supports important causes
Cooper has publicly shown support for associations, non-profit organizations, charities, and more. The causes he’s supported include Cancer, Alzheimer’s, and the environment.
He is open about his struggles
He has talked about the difficulties he faced at the start of his career, including alcoholism and doubts about his future in show business. Luckily, he has been sober since 2004 and has gotten plenty of fulfilling roles.
5 Surprising Facts
Cooper speaks French fluently
Oui, oui, he even gave an interview entirely in French while promoting “The Hangover II.”
He’s a dad
He welcomed his daughter Lea De Seine Shayk Cooper with ex-girlfriend Irina Shayk in 2017.
Cooper has a passion for cooking
Growing up, one of his favorite activities was helping his grandmother in the kitchen, and he maintains a love for gastronomy to this day.
He almost played a D.C. superhero
When his career was just starting, he auditioned for the role of “Green Lantern,” which ended up going to Ryan Reynolds.
He has no social media accounts
Cooper doesn’t like to share his day-to-day life, saying that he thinks it would affect how audiences perceive the characters he plays.
Bradley Cooper FAQs
Is Bradley Cooper in a relationship?
No. Bradley is currently single and co-parenting his daughter with his ex-girlfriend Irina Shayk.
Who is Bradley Cooper’s best friend?
Bradley’s best friend is Dax Shepard, whom he has known since 2006.
Did Bradley Cooper attend college?
He attended three. He attended Villanova University, transferred to Georgetown University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, then attended The New School to become an actor.
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