Bradley Charles Cooper (born 5 January 1975) is an American actor and filmmaker. He has been nominated for many awards, including eight Academy Awards and a Tony Award, and has won two Grammy Awards and a BAFTA Award. He appeared in Forbes Celebrity 100 on three occasions and Time's list of 100 most influential people in the world in 2015. His films have grossed $11 billion worldwide and he has placed four times in annual rankings of the highest-paid actors in the world.
He began his career in 1999 with a guest role in the television series Sex and the City, but he made his film debut in Wet Hot American Summer (2001). He first gained recognition as Will Tippin in the television show Alias (2001–2006) and achieved minor success with a supporting part in Wedding Crashers (2005). His breakthrough role came in 2009 with The Hangover, which spawned two sequels in 2011 and 2013. His portrayal of a struggling writer in Limitless (2011) and a rookie police officer in The Place Beyond the Pines (2012) drew praise from critics. He found greater success in Silver Linings Playbook (2012), American Hustle (2013), and American Sniper (2014), which he also produced. For his work in these films, he was nominated for four Academy Awards, becoming the tenth actor to receive an Oscar 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, and began voicing Rocket Raccoon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In 2018, he produced, wrote, directed and starred in a remake of the musical romance A Star Is Born. He earned three Oscar nominations for the film, as well as a BAFTA Award and two Grammys for his contributions to its U.S. Billboard 200 number one soundtrack and its chart-topping lead single "Shallow". He gained another Academy Award nomination for producing Joker (2019).
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