Alias: Bradley Cooper
after Bradley 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 the New School University. There, with
the guidance of such mentors as Ellen Burstyn, Susan Batson
and Elizabeth Kemp, Cooper 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.
still in school, Cooper began his professional career, appearing
opposite Sarah Jessica Parker in "Sex and the City"
and in the series, "The Beat." 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 "Extreme Treks in a Wild World" for the
had to skip his graduation ceremony from the Actor’s Studio
in order to star in his first feature film, "Wet Hot
American Summer," opposite Janeane Garofolo, David Hyde
Pierce and Molly Shannon. After finishing his second feature,
"Carnival Knowledge," Cooper’s plans to relocate
to Los Angeles were delayed when Darren Star hired him to
star in the series, "The $treet," opposite Jennie
Garth, Tom Everett Scott, Adam Goldberg and Jennifer Connelly.
went on to win the role of young law student Gordon Pinella
in the film, "Changing Lanes," starring Ben Affleck
and Samuel L. Jackson; and also stars as Travis Paterson in
"My Little Eye," which will be released in 2002.
finally decided that it was time to forgo his other New York
projects and move to Los Angeles when he was cast in "Alias."
Although he lives in LA, he will never abandon his New York
nightly ritual of watching Charlie Rose, while finishing off
a pint of Cherry Garcia ice cream.