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Bradley Cooper


Seven-time Oscar nominee, Bradley Cooper recently made his directorial debut with the Oscar nominated film A STAR IS BORN, which Cooper co-wrote, produced and starred in.  Additional film credits include: Clint Eastwood’s THE MULE, Oscar-nominated films AMERICAN SNIPER, AMERICAN HUSTLE, and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK; Derek Cianfrance’s THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES; THE HANGOVER TRILOGY by Todd Phillips; LIMITLESS; AVENGERS: ENDGAME, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (volumes 1 and 2) WAR DOGS;  David O'Russell's  JOY; WEDDING CRASHERS and WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER.  In 2015, Cooper garnered critical acclaim and a Tony nomination for his portrayal of John Merrick in the five-time Tony nominated revival of “The Elephant Man” on Broadway, directed by Scott Ellis. He also performed this role during a limited run of the play in London in 2015 and originally, at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2012 (also directed by Ellis). Other theater credits include: Joe Mantello’s production of “Three Days of Rain” (2006, Broadway Debut) and the critically-acclaimed Theresa Rebeck play “The Understudy” (2008, Williamstown Theatre Festival). Television credits include: “Wet Hot American Summer: first Day of Camp,” “Alias,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Kitchen Confidential,” “Jack & Bobby” and “Sex and the City.”

In 2012, Cooper entered into a first look deal with Warner Bros and producing partner Todd Phillips to form Joint Effort which has produced the following films; WAR DOGS, JOY, A STAR IS BORN and the upcoming JOKER by Todd Phillips.  

Born in Philadelphia, Cooper graduated with honors in the English program at Georgetown University. After moving to New York City, he obtained his Masters in the Fine Arts program at the Actors Studio Drama School.

In 2013, Cooper started the One Family Foundation to help make a difference in the lives of patients with cancer. Through launching patient navigator programs, working to shift perceptions, and exploring innovations in the field, the Foundation is aiming to improve patients’ experience with cancer throughout their treatment. Cooper has been a longtime partner to Stand Up to Cancer and numerous veteran’s organizations throughout his career.