Born: 5 January 1975
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Best known as: The buddy who's a schoolteacher in The Hangover
Sandy-haired and politely scruffy actor Bradley Cooper first got notice when he played hapless reporter Will Tippin in the Jennifer Garner series Alias. Cooper, a graduate of Georgetown University (1997), began his stage and screen career in the late 1990s, while a student with the Actors Studio Drama School in New York. He appeared in Sex and the City (with Sarah Jessica Parker) and the Discovery Channel's Treks in a Wild World before landing the best-buddy role in Alias, a part he played for the first two seasons (2001-03). That led to more TV appearances, including starring in the short-lived series Kitchen Confidential (2005, with Jaime King). Cooper made the leap to feature films, with a specialty in comedy: The Wedding Crashers (2005, starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn); Failure to Launch (2006, with Zooey Deschanel); The Rocker (2008); He's Just Not That Into You (2009, with Scarlett Johansson); and the 2009 hit comedy, The Hangover. His other films include The A-Team (2010), Silver Linings Playbook (2012, opposite Jennifer Lawrence) and American Hustle (2013, starring Christian Bale).
In 2006 he co-starred in the play Three Days of Rain, the Broadway debut of Julia Roberts… As his star rose in Hollywood in 2008 and 2009, Cooper became a hit with the tabloids, too, with rumors of romantic ties to Jennifer Aniston and Renee Zellweger.
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