|Birthdate:||January 5, 1975|
|Birthplace:||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
Bradley Charles Cooper (born January 5, 1975) is an American actor and producer. He enrolled in the MFA program at the Actors Studio, New York City in 2000. His career began with a guest role in the television series Sex and the City in 1999 and his film debut came two years later in Wet Hot American Summer. He first gained recognition as Will Tippin in the spy-action television show Alias (2001–06). His career prospects declined through much of the 2000s, although he achieved minor success with a supporting part in the comedy Wedding Crashers (2005). Cooper's breakthrough role came in 2009 with the comedy The Hangover (2009), which spawned two successful sequels in 2011 and 2013. Critics praised his portrayal of a struggling writer in the thriller Limitless (2011) and a rookie police officer in the crime drama The Place Beyond the Pines (2012). He found greater success with the romantic comedy-drama Silver Linings Playbook (2012), the black comedy crime film American Hustle (2013), and the biopic American Sniper (2014). For his work in these films, Cooper was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Actor (Silver Linings Playbook and American Sniper), and Best Supporting Actor (American Hustle). He also shared in the nomination of American Sniper for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Cooper became the tenth actor to receive an Academy Award nomination in three consecutive years. In 2014, he portrayed Joseph Merrick in a Broadway revival of The Elephant Man, garnering a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. One of the highest-paid actors in the world, Cooper has also been nominated for two British Academy Film Awards and two Golden Globe Awards. Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2015. Other honors include International Man of the Year by GQ and Sexiest Man Alive by People (both in 2011).