Bradley Charles Cooper was born on January 5, 1975, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Georgetown University in 1997, Cooper moved to New York City to enroll in the Masters of Fine Arts program at the Actors Studio Drama School at New School University. While still in school, Bradley began his acting career. His first role saw him appearing opposite Sarah Jessica Parker on Sex and the City. As we previously reported, the actor landed the role by lying. He said that he knew how to drive a stick shift car when he actually didn’t. For his first film role, Cooper had to miss his graduation ceremony for 2001’s Wet Hot American Summer. After starring in a few other features and television series, Cooper snagged supporting roles in more popular films like 2005’s Wedding Crashers, 2006’s Failure to Launch, and 2008’s Yes Man. By the end of the oughts, Cooper broke out with major roles in He’s Just Not That Into You, The Hangover, and Valentine’s Day.
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Cooper found even more success with starring roles in 2011’s Limitless, 2012’s The Place Beyond the Pines and Silver Linings Playbook, 2013’s American Hustle, and 2014’s American Sniper. Also, in 2014, the actor snagged a role in Guardians of the Galaxy as the voice of Rocket Raccoon. Finally, in 2018, Cooper won an award for his acting after years of nominations in A Star Is Born, which he produced, wrote, directed, and starred in. He won a BAFTA Award and two Grammys. In 2023’s Maestro, Cooper starred, co-wrote, and directed the film. In it, he plays American conductor Leonard Bernstein and spent a whopping six years learning how to conduct just over six minutes of music. His next project will be producing Todd Phillips’ sequel Joker: Folie à Deux, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga.
Take a look below at our list of Bradley Cooper’s best movie roles: