Actor Bradley Cooper is familiar among TV viewers as Sydney Bristow's friend Will Tippin, a local newspaper reporter turned CIA analyst, on the ABC series starring Jennifer Garner, "Alias" (2001-2006), and Jack Bourdain on Fox's sitcom "Kitchen Confidential" (2005-2006). The actor, who first surfaced on television in 1999 in an episode of "Sex and the City," also appeared in the TV series "The $treet," "Touching Evil," "Jack & Bobby," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Law & Order: Trial by Jury" and "Nip/Tuck."
On the big screen, Cooper could be seen in the films "Wet Hot American Summer" (2001), "My Little Eye" (2002), "Wedding Crashers" (2005), "Failure to Launch" (2006), "The Comebacks" (2007), "The Midnight Meat Train" (2008) and "The Rocker" (2008). He will soon star in the upcoming films "He's Just Not That Into You," "Case 39," "Yes Man," "New York, I Love You," "All About Steve," "The Prince of Providence" and "The Hangover."
A true thespian, Cooper also joined Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd in the 2006 Broadway production of Richard Greenberg's "Three Days of Rain," portraying Pip/Theo.
This 6' 1" player with blue eyes and sandy hair once dated model/actress Jaime King before marrying actress Jennifer Esposito in October 2006. Esposito reportedly filed for divorce in May 2007, citing irreconcilable differences. Cooper was later romantically linked to Cameron Diaz.
Childhood and Family:
"I had size 12 feet when I was 10, so I thought I was going to be 6' 8". My goal was to be able to dunk a basket. I wound up being 6' 1" with size 14 feet. I got the raw end of the deal." Bradley Cooper
Son to an Irish father and an Italian mother, Bradley Cooper was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on January 5, 1975. He attended Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, and graduated in 1993. In 1997, he graduated with a B.A. in English from Georgetown University, in Washington, DC, where he was a medalist on the Men's Heavyweight Crew team. He then moved to New York City to enroll in the Masters of Fine Arts program at the Actors Studio Drama School at New School University. He missed his graduation commencement in order to film “Wet Hot American Summer” (2001).
Cooper, who once dated model/actress Jaime King (born on April 23, 1979), whom he met while working on the Fox series "Kitchen Confidential" in 2005, became engaged to actress Jennifer Esposito in October 2006. After dating for eight months, the couple married in secret on December 21, 2006. Esposito reportedly filed for divorce in May 2007, citing irreconcilable differences.
Cooper has spent many weekends with the Learning through the Expanded Arts Program (LEAP), which is a non-profit organization that teaches inner-city school children acting.
"When I was 12, I saw David Lynch's 'The Elephant Man' and my whole body just cringed at John Hurt's performance. I was like, 'Oh my God, I wanna be in that world!'" Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper, who considers Daniel Day-Lewis to be the world's greatest actor, honed in on his craft at the Actors Studio Drama School at New School University. While there, he worked on his stage performance and his thesis performance with the role of John Merrick in Bernard Pomerance's "The Elephant Man." He then worked with New York’s “STELLA” comedy troupe. He also began appearing on television and was seen in several 1999 episodes of The Travel Channel's documentary show "Treks in a Wild World." That same year, he made a guest appearance in an episode of the HBO multiple Emmy and Golden Globe award–winning popular TV series "Sex and the City."
Entering the new millennium, Bradley was recruited to play the recurring role of Clay Hammond on Fox’s drama series "The $treet." Unfortunately, the episodes never aired as the show was canceled. Afterward, he scored his first big break when he was cast in the regular role of Sydney Bristow's friend Will Tippin, a local newspaper reporter turned CIA analyst, on the ABC series starring Jennifer Garner, "Alias." He stayed on the show from 2001 to 2006.
During his "Alias" tenure, Cooper made his feature film debut with David Wain's cult comedy movie "Wet Hot American Summer" (2001; with Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter, Molly Shannon, and Paul Rudd) and co-starred with Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson in Roger Michell's thriller "Changing Lanes" (2002). He was also cast as Tom Wexler Graham, a love interest for Christine Lahti's character, on the short-lived WB show starring Matt Long and Logan Lerman, "Jack and Bobby" (2004-2005).
Bradley next co-starred as Jason Priestley's manager and old friend Todd in the ABC romantic comedy TV movie "I Want to Marry Ryan Banks" (2004; also featuring Emma Caulfield), was cast as the Anthony Bourdain-inspired chef Jack Bourdain on Fox's sitcom "Kitchen Confidential" (2005-2006), and co-starred with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in "Wedding Crashers" (2005).
In 2006, Cooper was cast alongside Matthew McConaughey in Tom Dey's loose remake of the French film "Tanguy," "Failure to Launch," playing Matthew McConaughey's buddy Demo. He also joined Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd in the Broadway production of Richard Greenberg's "Three Days of Rain," portraying Pip/Theo.
On working with People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” Matthew McConaughey in "Failure to Launch" (2006), Cooper said jokingly, “I had sort of a tough time. The fact that I’m not the same sort of specimen as McConaughey; I’ll never be as tan or as built. I just sort of looked like a potato next to him: a baked potato! We’d be playing basketball next to him, he’d take his shirt off, and then we’d start taking our shirts off while playing and just get really depressed.”
From 2007 to 2008, Cooper played Aidan Stone on the fifth season of FX Networks' Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning medical drama series, "Nip/Tuck." He also appeared in the Tom Brady-directed comedy film "The Comebacks" (2007; with David Koechner, Carl Weathers, and Matthew Lawrence) and filmed Georgina Lightning's dramatic film "Older Than America" (2008) alongside Adam Beach.
Cooper was recently seen in Peter Cattaneo's musical comedy movie "The Rocker" (2008; with Rainn Wilson and Christina Applegate) and Japanese director Ryuhei Kitamura's horror film based on Clive Barker's 1984 short story, "The Midnight Meat Train" (2008), in which he stars as Leon Kauffman, a New York photographer who hunts down a serial killer.
“I read the script for 'Midnight Meat Train' in preparation for a general meeting with Gary Luchessi at (production house) Lakeshore Entertainment. I knew they were batting around the idea of making it and I wanted to put my hat in the ring to play Leon. In the course of the meeting, we both got excited at the prospect and soon after the movie became a reality.” Bradley Cooper
Cooper has recently completed "He's Just Not That Into You" (with Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, and Scarlett Johansson), a romantic comedy by Ken Kwapis adapted from the self-help book by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, and "Case 39," a horror film directed by Christian Alvart and starring Academy Award winner Renée Zellweger and young Canadian actress Jodelle Ferland. He is currently filming Peyton Reed's comedy based "Yes Man" (starring Jim Carrey), the anthology romantic drama "New York, I Love You," and Phil Traill's comedy "All About Steve," in which he plays the title role and stars opposite Sandra Bullock and Thomas Haden Church. He is also working on Michael Corrente's upcoming book-based drama film "The Prince of Providence" alongside Robin Williams and Dermot Mulroney and Todd Phillips' new Las Vegas-set comedy movie "The Hangover.”