Bradley Charles Cooper (born January 5, 1975) is an American actor who first gained recognition in the television shows Alias and Jack & Bobby. He later appeared in a supporting role in Wedding Crashers (2005), Yes Man (2008), and He's Just Not That Into You (2009). He achieved fame with his roles in The Hangover trilogy(2009–2013), The A-Team (2010), Limitless (2011), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), The Place Beyond the Pines (2013), and American Hustle (2013). His work in David O. Russell's films Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively.
Cooper was born in Philadelphia and grew up in nearby Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. His mother, Gloria, is of Italian descent and worked for the local NBC affiliate. His father, Charles J. Cooper, was of Irish descent, and worked as a stockbroker for Merrill Lynch. After graduating from Germantown Academy in 1993 he attended Villanova University for his first year, then transferred to Georgetown University, from which he graduated with honors with a BA in English in 1997.