In today's Hollywood, there aren't a lot of leading men who can actually open a movie.
If Bradley Cooper isn't there yet, he's well on his way. Bradley is the kind of guy movie studios dream of: the cool alpha-male with plenty of heart. And on-screen - he's always convincing. Of course, it doesn't hurt that his big break-out film was 'The Hangover', the highest-grossing R-rated comedy ever. It made Bradley more popular than he ever could have imagined.
Growing up in Philadelphia, Bradley idolized actors like Robert De Niro and Daniel Day Lewis. He studied drama at The Actors Studio - the school that has its own TV show hosted by James Lipton. His rise to the top was slow but steady. He played Jennifer Garner's best friend on 'Alias' and body-slammed Vince Vaughn in 'Wedding Crashers'. Then, he fulfilled a lifelong ambition, acting opposite his idol De Niro in 'Limitless'. That film was a surprise hit and confirmed Bradley as a Hollywood high roller.
Now, he's poised to rise even higher with 'The Hangover Part II'. Bradley and the Wolf Pack reunite in Bangkok, then go toe-to-toe with international criminals, kick-ass monks and a drug-dealing monkey.
At the moment, Bradley's filming 'The Place Beyond the Pines' with another actor who's enjoying a moment in the sun, Ryan Gosling.