Jan. 5th, 1975
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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Cooper graduated from the Honors English program at Georgetown University in 1997, he moved to New York City to enroll in the Masters of Fine Arts program at the Actors Studio Drama School at New School University. There, he developed his stage work, culminating with his thesis performance as John Merrick in 'Bernard Pomerance''s The Elephant Man, performed in New York's Circle in the Square.
While still in school, Bradley began his professional career, appearing opposite 'Sarah Jessica Parker' in Sex and the City (1998) and in the series The Beat (2000). His weekends were spent with LEAP (Learning through the Expanded Arts Program), a non-profit organization that teaches acting and movement to inner city school children. The summers took him all across the globe, from kayaking in British Columbia with Orca Whales to ice climbing in the Peruvian Andes, while hosting Lonely Planet's Treks in a Wild World (2000) for the Discovery Channel.
Bradley had to skip his graduation ceremony from the Actor's Studio in order to star in his first feature film, Wet Hot American Summer (2001). After finishing his second feature, Carnival Knowledge (2002), his plans to relocate to Los Angeles were delayed when 'Darren Star' hired him to star in the series The $treet (2000). Bradley went on to win the role of young law student Gordon Pinella in the film Changing Lanes (2002), starring 'Ben Affleck' and 'Samuel L. Jackson', and also stars as Travis Paterson in My Little Eye (2002). He finally decided that it was time to forgo his other New York projects and move to Los Angeles when he was cast in Alias (2001).
Cooper does not drink alcohol, from which he has abstained since he was 29, saying that it would have "sabotaged" his life. In 2013, Cooper said that during the early part of his career, when he was in Alias, his substance addictions and doubts about his career triggered thoughts of suicide.
Cooper married actress 'Jennifer Esposito' in late 2006. In May 2007, it was announced that Esposito had filed for divorce. Cooper was in a relationship with 'Renée Zellweger' from 2009 to 2011. He dated 'Zoe Saldana' from December 2011 to January 2013. He then dated model-actress Suki Waterhouse, with whom he was first seen publicly starting in March 2013; they attended the Academy Awards together in February 2015, but by the following month media reports said they had broken up. In April 2015, he began dating Russian model Irina Shayk.
- Has an older sister.
- He attended Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania and graduated in 1993.
- His father is of Irish heritage and his mother is of Italian heritage.
- Was a medalist on the Men's Heavyweight Crew team at Georgetown University.
- Friend of 'Dave Bugliari' (qv).
- Speaks French fluently.
- Parents are Charles and Gloria Cooper.
- Considers 'Daniel Day-Lewis' (qv) the world's greatest actor.