Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Bradley Cooper's Rise to Fame

Having first obtained recognition for his role on the television show "Alias," Bradley Cooper has become a well-known actor who has gone on to appear in a number of films. Bradley Cooper was born on January 5, 1975 in Philadelphia. Cooper first attended Germantown Academy and later enrolled in Villanova University before transferring to Georgetown University. As a college student, Cooper spent several months as an exchange student in France and became fluent in French. After graduating from college, he attended the Actors Studio Drama School and received an MFA.

Cooper had previously begun to explore an acting career and launched that career with a role on "Sex and the City." His film debut arrived two years later, in 2001, when he landed a role on "Wet Hot American Summer." Around this time, Cooper was awarded what would become a breakout role for him on the television show "Alias." Although he eventually left the series in 2003, Cooper did return twice as a guest star. In 2002, Cooper was scheduled to appear in the film "Changing Lanes." The footage in which he appeared was later removed from the box office version of the film.

During this time, Cooper's career began to take off, and he appeared in the television movie "I Want to Marry Ryan Banks." The film also starred Jason Priestley. In addition, Cooper landed a role on the television series "Jack & Bobby" as a regular guest star. When Cooper appeared in the hit comedy "Wedding Crashers," his talent as a comedic actor became more widely recognized. Cooper next starred in "Failure to Launch" with Matthew McConaughey. In 2005, he portrayed the leading role on "Kitchen Confidential." The sitcom was based on a memoir penned by Anthony Bourdain. The sitcom received positive reviews, but it was later canceled.

Cooper did not remain idle for long. Within just a few months, he appeared in a Broadway production of "Three Days of Rain" along with Paul Rudd and Julia Roberts. Continuing to demonstrate the breadth of his talent, Cooper also went on to appear in "The Understudy" in a 2008 production at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

By 2007, Cooper had landed the starring role of Aidan Stone in series "Nip/Tuck." The following year, Cooper appeared with Jim Carrey in the film "Yes Man." That same year, he also made an appearance with Rainn Wilson in "The Rocker." In an effort to continue demonstrating his ability to have audiences rolling with laughter, Cooper impersonated Christian Bale during a gig hosting "Saturday Night Live" in 2009. Later that year, Cooper kept busy by starring in three films. Of those films, "The Hangover" proved to be the most successful and ultimately grossed more than $467 million at the box office. Within just a few months, Cooper had been awarded the Hollywood Comedy Award at the Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards.

Following the financial success of his latest film, Cooper found a wealth of opportunities opened for him, including the opportunity to appear in two movies the following year. As part of an ensemble cast that included Jessica Alba, Ashton Kutcher, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Biel, Cooper appeared in "Valentine's Day." The film also provided him with the opportunity to reunite with his former co-star from "Alias," Jennifer Garner. When the movie was released at the box office, it proved to be a massive success and brought in more than $215 million in worldwide sales.

Cooper then took on the role of Templeton Peck in the film "The A-Team." That was rapidly followed up by a starring role in the thriller "Limitless." Returning to comedy and a role that had previously proven to be so successful, Cooper also appeared in "The Hangover Part II." The sequel proved to be just as successful. By 2011, Cooper had become firmly cemented as a well-known celebrity and was named as the Sexiest Man Alive.

In 2012, Cooper appeared in the film "The Words." That year was quite busy for Cooper as he also appeared in what would become a hit film, "Silver Linings Playbook." Within just a few months, it was announced that Cooper would once again reunite with Jennifer Lawrence in the film "Serena." In addition to appearing in "The Place Beyond the Pines" in 2012, Cooper also made significant progress with his production company when he inked a first look deal with Warner Bros.

Bradley Cooper is reportedly single at the moment. He was married for a brief period of time to Jennifer Esposito in 2006. The couple announced their divorce the following year. Cooper has also been involved with Renee Zellweger as well as Zoe Saldana. Cooper is next slated to appear in "American Hustle" and "Jane Got a Gun."

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