Bradley Charles Cooper (born January 5, 1975) is an American actor and producer. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards, three for acting and one for producing, and one Tony Award. He was named the “Sexiest Man Alive” by People magazine in 2011.Cooper has a B.A. in English from Georgetown University (1997) and an MFA in acting from Actors Studio Drama School at The New School (2000). He first gained recognition in the spy-action television show Alias and the television drama Jack & Bobby. He later appeared in supporting roles in the romantic comedies Wedding Crashers (2005), Yes Man (2008), and He’s Just Not That Into You (2009). His breakthrough role came with the comedy franchise The Hangover trilogy (2009–13). Other notable films include the action-comedy The A-Team (2010), the thriller Limitless (2011), the crime drama The Place Beyond the Pines (2013), and the superhero film Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), in which he voiced Rocket Raccoon.Cooper garnered consecutive Oscar nominations from 2013 to 2015 for his roles in the romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook (2012), the comedy-drama American Hustle (2013), and the biographical war drama American Sniper (2014). For producing American Sniper, Cooper also received an Academy Award for Best Picture nomination. For starring in the 2014 Broadway revival of the play The Elephant Man, Cooper garnered a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play nomination.Cooper began his professional acting career with a small guest role in one episode of the television show Sex and the City in 1999 and served as a presenter in the travel-adventure series Globe Trekker. After his film debut in the satirical comedy Wet Hot American Summer, which later garnered a cult following, Cooper played Will Tippin in J.J. Abrams’ successful television spy-action drama Alias and acted in the 2002 psychological thriller Changing Lanes. The scenes in which he appeared were edited out of the final cut of the film, but are featured on the film’s DVD and Blu-ray releases. After leaving Alias in 2003, Cooper guest-starred on the short-lived TV series Miss Match and later returned twice to Alias to reprise his role in guest appearances.Cooper played the part of cowboy and race horse trainer Morgan Murphy in the TV movie The Last Cowboy, which aired on the Hallmark Channel in January, 2003. He also co-starred in the ABC Family film I Want to Marry Ryan Banks with Jason Priestley, and appeared as a regular guest star in the WB series Jack & Bobby. He played evil Sack Lodge in the hit comedy Wedding Crashers and appeared in the film Failure to Launch as Demo, a friend of Tripp (Matthew McConaughey).Cooper at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Woody Allen’s film, Whatever Works in April 2009.In September 2005, Fox debuted the sitcom Kitchen Confidential, based on a memoir by chef Anthony Bourdain, with Cooper in the leading role. Despite positive reviews for the series, the show was canceled after four episodes.In March 2006, he starred in Three Days of Rain on Broadway with Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater.He also appeared on stage as Jake in the 2008 production of Theresa Rebeck’s play The Understudy at the Williamstown Theatre Festival alongside Kristen Johnston.Cooper appeared in Season 5 of Nip/Tuck (2007) as Aidan Stone, a television star on the fictional show Hearts ‘N Scalpels. In 2008, Cooper had roles in Yes Man with Jim Carrey and in The Rocker with Rainn Wilson.
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