Hot Guys in Sweaters: Bradley Cooper
Bradley Charles Cooper (born January 5, 1975) is an American actor and producer. He first gained recognition in the spy-action television show Alias and the television drama Jack & Bobby. He later appeared in the romantic comedy films Wedding Crashers (2005), Yes Man (2008) and He’s Just Not That Into You (2009). He achieved fame with his role in the road comedies of The Hangover trilogy (2009–13), later starring in the action-comedy The A-Team (2010), the thriller Limitless (2011), the critically acclaimed romantic comedy-drama film Silver Linings Playbook (2012), the crime drama The Place Beyond the Pines (2013) and the crime comedy dramaAmerican Hustle (2013), and provided the voice of Rocket Raccoon in Marvel’s superhero film Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). His work in Silver Linings Playbook andAmerican Hustle earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively. In 2011, People magazine named him the “Sexiest Man Alive“.
Bradley Cooper was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His mother, Gloria (Campano), is of Italian descent, and worked for a local NBC station. His father, Charlie Cooper, who was of Irish descent, was a stockbroker. He has a sister, Holly. 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. There, he developed his stage work, culminating with his thesis performance as “John Merrick” in Bernard Pomerance‘s “The Elephant Man”, performed in New York’s Circle in the Square. While still in school, Bradley began his professional career, appearing opposite Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City (1998) and in the series, The Beat (2000). His weekends were spent with LEAP (Learning through the Expanded Arts Program), a non-profit organization that teaches acting and movement to inner city school children. The summers took him all across the globe, from kayaking in British Columbia with Orca Whales to ice-climbing in the Peruvian Andes, while hosting Lonely Planet’s Treks in a Wild World (2000) for the Discovery Channel. Bradley had to skip his graduation ceremony from the Actor’s Studio in order to star in his first feature film, Wet Hot American Summer (2001). After finishing his second feature, Bending All the Rules (2002), his plans to relocate to Los Angeles were delayed when Darren Star hired him to star in the series The $treet (2000). Bradley went on to win the role of young law student “Gordon Pinella” in the film Changing Lanes (2002), starring Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson, and also stars as “Travis Paterson” in My Little Eye (2002). He finally decided that it was time to forgo his other New York projects and move to Los Angeles when he was cast in Alias (2001).
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