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Who is Bradley Cooper?

by Ratan Srivastava
Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper is an actor and filmmaker from the United States. He has been nominated for eight Academy Awards and a Tony Award, as well as winning two Grammy Awards and a BAFTA Award. Cooper was named to the Forbes Celebrity 100 three times, as well as Time magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most important people in 2015. His films have made over $11 billion worldwide, and he has been ranked among the world’s highest-paid actors four times.

Cooper began his career in 1999 with a cameo part on the television series Sex and the City, and in 2000 he enrolled in the Actors Studio’s MFA programme. In the comedy Wet Hot American Summer, he made his feature debut (2001). He rose to prominence as Will Tippin in the spy drama Alias (2001–2006), and had moderate success with a supporting role in the comedy Wedding Crashers.

The Hangover, a critically as well as commercially successful comedy that inspired two sequels in 2011 and 2013, was his breakout performance in 2009. Critics praised Cooper’s performances as a struggling writer inside the thriller Limitless (2011) as well as a rookie cop in the crime drama The Place Beyond the Pines (2012).

Cooper’s romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook (2012), black comedy American Hustle (2013), and war film American Sniper (2014), that he also produced, were all more successful. He was nominated for four Academy Awards for his role in these films, making him the tenth actor to get an Oscar nod in three years. In 2014, he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his performance as Joseph Merrick in a Broadway revival of The Elephant Man, and he began voicing Rocket Raccoon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Cooper appeared in a version of the musical romance A Star Is Born in 2018, which he produced, wrote, directed, and performed in. For his contributions to the movie’s number one soundtrack as well as its chart-topping lead song “Shallow,” he received three Oscar nominations, as well as a BAFTA Award and two Grammys. He was nominated for another Academy Award for creating Joker (2019).

Cooper is a supporter of various cancer-related causes. He was married to actress Jennifer Esposito for a short time and has a daughter with model Irina Shayk.

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