Who Is Bradley Cooper? The Multi-Talented American Actor

Will somebody please give Bradley Cooper an Oscar?

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Bradley Cooper has been gracing our screens for nigh-on 20 years and in that time, has earned himself a legion of fans. With several blockbuster movie acting credits under his belt, along with some Academy Award nominations for directing and producing, there’s not a lot Bradley Cooper can’t do. He’s even said he will run for Vice President of the United States of American in 2024 with Howard Stern.

So who is Bradley Cooper, what movies has he been in, who is his wife (if anyone) and how much is he worth? We’re going to answer those questions and more, below.

Bradley Cooper Quick Facts

Name: Bradley Charles Cooper
Age: 47
DoB: 5 January 1975
Nationality: American
Height: 6ft 0.5 inches / 1.85m
Relationship Status: Single
Net Worth: $100 million (Estimated)

Who Is Bradley Cooper?

Bradley Cooper is an American actor and filmmaker who was born on 5 January 1975 in Abington Township, near Philadelphia. His parents are Charles and Gloria Cooper, who worked as a stockbroker for Merrill Lynch and a worker for the local NBC affiliate, respectively.

Bradley has an older sister, Holly.

In his younger years, Bradley Cooper was a rather adept basketball player and even loved to cook, admitting that he used to have his kindergarten classmates come over to his house for him to cook them food. Bradley has also admitted he wanted to move to Japan and become a ninja.

However, he passion for acting also came at a young age after his father showed him the film The Elephant Man, much to his parents displeasure, as they wanted him to pursue a career in finance.

Bradley Cooper attended Germantown Academy, originally known as the Union School – which is the oldest nonsectarian school in the United States – and graduated in 1993. He eventually graduated from Georgetown University in 1997 with a degree in English.

He later pursued a degree in acting and received a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2000, from the Actors Studio Drama School in New York City.

Bradley Cooper Movies

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Bradley Cooper made his television debut in a 1999 episode of Sex and the City, and his first film was 2001’s Wet Hot American Summer. He later reprised his role of counsellor Ben in the eventual sequel, West Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp in 2015.

He returned to television from 2001 – 2006 for the series Alias but after being asked to be written out of the show, he landed himself a role in the 2005 comedy, Wedding Crashers, opposite Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.

Other movies starring Bradley Cooper to be released in the early 2000s include Bending All The Rules and I Want to Marry Ryan Banks.

He later appeared in a few more comedic roles before taking on a much darker character for the 2008 movie The Midnight Meat Train.

The Hangover

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Bradley Cooper finally hit the big time when he was cast in 2009’s The Hangover as Phil Wenneck. We feel we don’t need to explain just how successful The Hangover was, nor its two sequel movies. For the first movie, Bradley Cooper received an award at the 13th Hollywood Film Festival and was nominated for an MTV Movie Award.

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Bradley Cooper went on to appear in a few more comedy movies including Valentine’s Day, before being cast in the lead role in the 2011 techno-thriller Limitless, as a man who takes a nootropic drug that allows him to unlock the full potential of his brain power.

Silver Linings Playbook

2012 was a successful year for Bradley Cooper, particularly for his roles in The Place Beyond The Pines and Silver Linings Playbook, starring opposite Jennifer Lawrence. For this role, Bradley Cooper won the MTV Movie Award for Best Performance and was nominated for his first Academy Award.

Bradley Cooper was praised yet again for his role in the 2013 movie, American Hustle, earning another Academy Award nomination.

Guardians of the Galaxy

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In 2014, Bradley Cooper was cast to voice Rocket Racoon in the Marvel Studios movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, which forms part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

More success was to come in 2014 when Bradley Cooper starred in and co-produced the biopic war film American Sniper as United States Navy SEAL sniper, Chris Kyle. For his role, Bradley Cooper won another MTV Movie Award and was nominated once again for an Academy Award, both as an actor and a producer.

A Star Is Born

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In 2018, having voice Rocket Racoon in two more Marvel movies, Bradley Cooper starred in, directed, produced and wrote A Star Is Born, as a remake of the 1937 musical. Lady Gaga was cast to star opposite him. A Star Is Born was released to critical acclaim along with the accompanying soundtrack, which Bradley co-wrote and produced with Lady Gaga.

Bradley Cooper earned several nominations during awards season for the movie, including five at the BAFTAs, becoming the first person to gain five nominations in a single ceremony. He also earned three Academy Award nominations, but failed to win any.

Joker

You may not have known, but Bradley Cooper served as a co-producer on the 2019 movie Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix. He earned yet another Academy Award nomination.

Recent Movies

Bradley Cooper’s most recent movies have been Liquorice Pizza and Nightmare Alley, both of which were released in 2021. Nightmare Alley marked Bradley Cooper’s first full-frontal nude scene in a movie. It was received well by critics, but didn’t perform well commercially.

He is set to star in an upcoming Netflix biopic called Maestro, where he plays Leonard Bernstein. Some early shots of the movie show Bradley Cooper to look almost unrecognisable thanks to the use of prosthetics.

Bradley Cooper Wife & Family

Bradley Cooper with ex-girlfriend Irina Shayk. Image: Glamour

Bradley Cooper has had a number of high-profile relationships during his career. One of his earliest was with actress Jennifer Esposito, with whom he became engaged in 2006, but the couple divorced less than a year later.

He has also reportedly has relationships with actresses Renee Zellweger, Zoe Saldana and Suki Waterhouse.

Bradley then got into a relationship with Russian model Irina Shayk from April 2015 to June 2019. They have a daughter, Lea de Silne, together, who was born in 2017. The couple have remain good friends after their break-up and continue to co-parent their daughter.

Bradley Cooper Net Worth

Bradley Cooper has an estimated net worth of $100 million as of 2022.

For his role in The Hangover, Bradley Cooper split a $1 million payout with his co-stars, owing to the fact the studio didn’t think it would perform particularly well. After its success, Bradley was paid $5 million for the second movie and $10 million for the third.

He allegedly didn’t take a salary for directing A Star Is Born, but instead made his earnings by taking a portion of the $150 million profits. He also earned a considerable salary, plus back-end points for his role as Rocket Racoon in the Marvel movies.

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How old is Bradley Cooper?

Bradley Cooper is 47 years old. His birthday is 5 January 1975.

Who is Bradley Cooper dating?

Bradley Cooper is currently believed to be single. His most recent relationship was with Russian model Irina Shayk, which ended in 2019.

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