Born on January 5, 1975, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bradley Cooper has become one of Hollywood’s most talented and ruggedly handsome stars. However, unlike most actors, the art of acting was not his first passion but rather the art of cooking.
He explained in an interview with Entertainment Weekly how he started cooking at an early age, saying, “I used to have buddies come over after kindergarten and I’d cook them food. I prided myself in taking whatever was in the fridge and turning it into lasagna.”
After graduating from Georgetown University with a Bachelor’s in English in 1997, Cooper put his love for cooking on the back burner and targeted his efforts on acting. After enrolling in a master’s program at the Actors Studio Drama School in New York City, Cooper was cast in his first commercial for a fast-food restaurant.
Two years later, Cooper made his TV debut with a guest-appearance on HBO’s hit showSex and the City, followed by a minor role in the short-lasting drama series, The $treet, set in the world of finance.
In 2001, Cooper made his first film debut in the comedy Wet Hot American Summer and later returned to television, landing the supportive role as Will Tippin, opposite Jennifer Garner, on J.J. Abram’s spy series Alias. While working on Alias, Cooper made his first independent appearance in the drama Carnival Knowledge (2002), followed by the thrillerMy Little Eye (2003). During that same year, Cooper left Alias and joined the cast of the sitcom Jack & Bobby as well as the crime drama Touching Evil.
Cooper later returned to the big screen, playing an overly competitive and obnoxious jock in the blockbuster hit Wedding Crashers (2005) alongside Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, which put Cooper’s name on the map. During the same time, Cooper starred as the lead in television series Kitchen Confidential, based on renowned chef Anthony Bourdain’s book. Despite positive reviews, the show was canceled due to poor ratings. Cooper then took a huge risk and made his Broadway debut in the drama Three Days of Rain (2006) with Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd.
Following the towering success of Wedding Crashers, Cooper continued his comedic role streak, landing a role in the romantic comedy Failure to Launch with Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew McConaughey. His comedic performances continued with the box office it Yes Man (2008) alongside Jim Carrey, followed by an appearance in self-help book based comedy He’s Just Not That Into You (2009).
Although he had an impressive comedic performance track record, Cooper’s career was launched to new heights when he co-starred with Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms in the mega-hit film The Hangover. The film’s success led to the sequel The Hang Over Part II(2011) and a third is reportedly in the works with hopes of a 2013 release.
In 2009, Cooper appeared alongside Sandra Bullock in the romantic comedy All About Steve, which received dismal reviews, and later made an appearance in the star-packed romantic comedy Valentine’s Day (2010) with Jessica Alba, Patrick Dempsey and Jennifer Garner. In that same year, Cooper assumed the role of Templeton “Face” Peck in the film adaptation of The A-Team.
In 2011, he performed the lead role in Limitless, a film about a man who becomes powerful and wealthy after taking a pill that allows him to use the full capacity of his brain. Cooper continued to expand his reach by landing the lead role in The Words, a film focused on plagiarism, alongside Zoe Saldana. However, the film’s debut resulted in dismal ticket sales and poor critical reviews, loosing out to the horror film The Possession, which made $33.3 million.
In 2012, Cooper’s critically acclaimed performance opposite Jennifer Lawrence in the dramedy Silver Linings Playbook earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
The rising actor’s most recent projects include, The Hangover Part III (2013), the dramaSerena (2013) alongside Jennifer Lawrence, the drama American Hustle (2013) with Jennifer Lawrence and Christian Bale, and the action flick American Sniper (2015).
Is Bradley Cooper Gay?
Gay rumors surrounding Bradley Cooper first developed when the “news” of his love affair with actor Victor Garber hit the Internet. When asked about the rumor, Cooper told The Independent, “People thought we were dating. It was all over the Internet. It was the first time I read a rumor like that about me, and I just thought it was fantastic.”
When the rumor died down, speculators went searching for more proof, turning their focus to a gay sex scene between Cooper and co-star Michael Ian Black in his first major film,Wet Hot American Summer. Cooper even talked about his use of improvisation in the scene, explaining, “I remember saying, ‘What if we wear tube socks, and I’ll go up on the wall, and you’ll come from behind me.’ And I said in the scene, ‘Say my name,’ and Michael says, ‘Ben!’ And I say, ‘No! Say my Christian name,’ and he whispers, ‘Benjamin,’ and that’s when I came.”
After finding out that he was voted one of the Sexiest Men Alive by People magazine, he admitted on The Graham Norton Show that he didn’t think he should have won but rather his hotter co-star Ryan Gosling, saying:
“There was such a backlash to when they announced it and Ryan Gosling, who I love and I just did a movie with him – he’s the greatest – but we were both in Paris this last week and a friend of mine showed me … photographs from the paparazzi – and when I say friend, I mean me, alone in my room, looking at the computer. And it’s like him walking around and he literally looks like he’s in a photo shoot, like he just came off the runway, like the pea coat is like this with the scarf. There are ones of me, and I literally look like the neighbor who never really comes out of his house, and when he does, you’re like, ‘Maybe you should just stay in.”
Rumors exploded following his admittance and have yet to die down regardless of the many women Cooper has been photographed with.
Bradley Cooper Girlfriend & Dating History Timeline
2005 – 2007
Cooper and Jennifer Esposito dated for a few years before tying the knot. Unfortunately, their marriage didn’t work out and the two were divorced after only moths of being married.
August 2007 – January 2008
After spotting Cooper and Cameron Diaz hanging out in New York City on numerous of occasion, rumors erupted that the two were dating. Cooper, who was married to Esposito at the time, told People magazine: “I think she’s great. We’re good friends.” Even after Cooper and Esposito divorced, their relationship was never made official.
April 2008 – April 2009
Cooper and Isabella Brewster, CAA agent and sister of Jordana Brewster (Fast & the Furious), dated for a year but the relationship was hush-hush. Many believe the two continue to hook up from time to time.
2009 – 2009
Cooper and Denise Richards reportedly had a fling. They were first spotted cuddling up together at II Cielo in Los Angeles. Some say that was it while others think not.
June 2009 – July 2009
Cooper took Jennifer Aniston on a romantic date at an Italian restaurant called II Cantinori in Manhattan. But it was one date and done.
July 2009 – March 2011
Cooper and Renee Zellweger, who co-starred in Case 39, had been dating since 2009 before marriage rumors started when Renee was spotted looking for wedding rings in June 2010. Their reps dismissed the rumors and the two broke up in March 2011.
Cooper and just-as-gorgeous Olivia Wilde were rumored to be ‘definitely hooking up’ in early summer of 2011. It was reported that Wilde ‘acted jealous’ when ever another woman would flirt with Cooper at an NYC party.
2011 – 2011
Cooper tried his hardest to keep his ‘friendship’ with Jennifer Lopez secret and out of the media’s hands but was unsuccessful when a cozy picture of them landed on the cover of a national magazine with the headline: “Jen’s Secret Romance.”
2011 – 2012
Cooper’s relationship with Zoe Saldana, both co-stars in The Words, was never hidden from the press. The two were seen on numerous dates and even moved in together. Poor Saldana, unable to keep the sexiest ma in the world happy, the two broke up after a few months.