Bradley Cooper is a successful American actor, director and producer. In spite of his good looks, Cooper proved his acting and filmmaking skills throughout his career. He can also sing. Throughout the course of his career, Bradley Cooper has earned a net worth of $100 million. Here's how Bradley Cooper achieved a net worth of $100 million.
Growing up in Philadelphia
Bradley Cooper was born on January 5, 1975 and grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia. His mom Gloria worked for a local NBC affiliate. His dad Charles worked as a stock broker for Merrill Lynch. Cooper has an older sister Holly. As a child, Cooper played basketball and liked to cook. He also suffered a punctured ear drum. He became interested in acting after watching "The Elephant Man" with his dad. After graduating from Germantown Academy, Bradley Cooper attended Villanova University for a year before transferring to Georgetown University. While at Georgetown, Cooper was a member of the rowing team and studied acting at the Nomadic Theatre. He also studied French and spent six months in France as an exchange student. Cooper graduated from Georgetown University in 1997 with a degree in English.
Despite his parents misgivings, Bradley Cooper chose to try to make a career out of acting. He moved to New York City and enrolled in James Lipton's Actors Studio Drama School. Cooper earned his Masters in Fine Arts Degree and had the privlage of working with Robert DiNiro and Sean Penn. He trained under Elizabeth Kemp and was able to get some small stage roles while working as a doorman at Morgans Hotel.
In 1999 Bradley Cooper got his first role in a television series. He appeared in an episode of HBO's "Sex and the City". Cooper got small roles initially including a presenter on the tourism series "Globe Trekker". He got a break in 2001 with the movie "Wet Hot American Summer", a summer camp parody, starring with Michael Ian Black. Although the movie was not a commercial success, it had a cult following. In 2015 it was turned into a Netflix series. That same year, Cooper got the role of Will Tapin in Alias. He played Jennifer Garner's character's reporter friend on the series through 2006. Cooper also starred in movies including "Changing Lanes" and "Bending the Rules". He also appeared in the Hallmark Channel's "The Last Cowboy". He also appeared in the films "Failure to Launch", "All About Steve", "He's Just Not That Into You" and "Valentine's Day".
Bradley Cooper would go on to have an incredibly successful career as an actor. Cooper starred in the commercially successful "The Hangover" trilogy in 2009, 2011 and 2013. He earned $600,000 for the first movie, $5 million for the sequel, and $15 million for the third. Cooper achieved critical acclaim for his role in 2011's "Limitless". He starred with Robert DeNiro in the movie about a struggling writer who is given a pill to use 100% of his brain's capabilities. The film made Cooper $5 million. In 2012, he starred again with Robert DiNiro in the critically acclaimed and commercial success "Silver Lining Playbook" as a mentally disturbed man trying to get back to his life and reconcile with his wife. The following year, Cooper starred again with Jennifer Lawrence in "American Hustle". Cooper earned $20 million for his role as real life Army Veteran Chris Kyle, one of the Army's greatest snipers in the biographical film "American Sniper" in 2014. Kyle was killed by a fellow veteran suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome. Cooper's most successful film is his latest, which he also directed, "A Star Is Born". He starred alongside Lady Gaga in the 2018 remake of the film. The film's soundtrack was also a success with its 19 original songs. "Shallow" performed by Cooper and Gaga was a number one hit in the USA, UK, Australia, Ireland and Switzerland. It earned 2 Grammy nominations. Cooper and Gaga won for "Best Pop Duo Performance". Cooper was awarded as Best Director by the National Board of Review. The film received many nominations including 2 Golden Globes, 7 BAFTA and 3 Academy Award nominations.
During his early acting career, Bradley Cooper felt that he was typecast as the best friend or the bad boyfriend in roles, and he never was comfortable being typecast for his looks. He truly wanted to act, direct and produce. He had many insecurities and suffered from substance abuse. He gave that up in 2004, and he was taken more seriously as an actor at that point. He married actress Jennifer Esposito in 2006 but divorced a year later. He was rumored to date actress Renée Zellweger. He dated British model Suki Waterhouse before meeting Russian model Irina Shayk. Cooper and Shayk were together for 5 years before breaking up this year. They share a daughter Lea. Cooper is a die hard Philadelphia Eagles fan and has sported their jersey publicly many times and was a notable fan in his successful 2012 film "Silver Linings Playbook".
Bradley Cooper has always stayed humble and appreciates everything he's been given. He has supported several causes during his career. In 2009 he joined the Alzheimer's Association campaign to raise awareness and funds for research. In 2014 Cooper joined the "Hole in the Wall Gang Camp" to raise funds for cancer. He also contributed to the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy and the Stand Up for Cancer's Biennial Telecast fund raiser. After starring in the biography of soldier Chris Kyle in "American Sniper", Cooper joined with Military Vets and spoke out as a part of the National Geographic Society's "Got Your 6" Group (gotyour6.org). Bradley Cooper is also a Democrat, and in 2016 attended the Democratic Convention in support of Hillary Clinton.
Bradley Cooper is one of America's greatest actors and has received many award nominations throughout his career including the Academy Awards, BAFTA, the Golden Globe Awards, the Tony Awards and the Grammy Awards. He has won a BAFTA, a Grammy and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Cooper was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor for his stage role in Broadway's revival of "The Elephant Man" from 2014 to 2015. Cooper's movies have made $11.2 billion internationally. His most successful films include "A Star Is Born", "The Hangover" trilogy, "Guardians of the Galaxy", "American Sniper", "Silver Linings Playbook", "American Hustle", "Limitless" and "Wedding Crashers". Cooper has been named GQ Magazine's "Man of the Year" and Forbes and Time Magazine's "Top 100 Most Influential People".
Written by Garrett Parker
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