Bradley Cooper Turns 42! A Look Back at the Sexiest Man Alive and World’s Biggest Movie Star

Bradley Cooper Turns 42! A Look Back at the Sexiest Man Alive and World's Biggest Movie Star
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Happy Birthday to Bradley Cooper, whose age is 42! The American actor and producer celebrates his birthday one day before his pregnant girlfriend, Irina Shayk, who is turning 31. Bradley Cooper’s birthday marks a perfect time to take a look back at the successful actor’s career.

Bradley Cooper has appeared in countless movies and stage roles receiving both nominations and awards for his work on stage and in film. Cooper is one of only ten actors to receive an Academy Award nomination in three consecutive years. Between 2013 and 2015, he was nominated for Best Actor for Silver Linings Playbook and American Sniper; Best Supporting Actor for American Hustle; and Best Picture for American Sniper.

Cooper’s didn’t have an easy ride to the top, as he started out small with a television commercial for a fast food chain. Soon after, he made his TV debut with a guest spot on popular HBO series Sex and the City. From these humble beginnings, he went on to land numerous television roles, and he landed a role in the movie Wedding Crashers which was a turning point for his career.

People’s Sexiest Man Alive

Reaching a milestone in 2011, Bradley Cooper was named People’s Sexiest Man Alive, helping catapult his career even higher. Cooper topped a list of 123 “Super Hot Guys” that included hunks like George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Ty Burrell. “I think it’s really cool that a guy who doesn’t look like a model can have this,” Cooper told the magazine. “I think I’m a decent-looking guy. Sometimes I can look great, and other times I look horrifying.”

Cooper sure is easy on the eyes, and it’s not hard to see why he was picked as sexiest man alive. His dazzling baby blues and killer smile are not the only things that helped Cooper get on the list. He is a Georgetown grad who can whip up dinner, take you for a spin on his motorcycle, and whisper romantic sayings to you in fluent French. Bradley Cooper’s sex appeal has been noted by several media outlets including GQ magazine, who named him International Man of the Year in 2011. He also appeared in AskMen’s 40 most influential men, and ranked tenth on Empire’s list of the 100 Sexiest Movie Stars in 2013.

Since his Sexiest Man Alive cover shoot, Bradley Cooper has come a long way in his career, becoming one of the world’s biggest and highest paid Hollywood stars. Cooper worked constantly, appearing in television roles on such shows as Alias, Jack and Bobby, and Touching Evil.

After his television success, the star turned his career focus to movies. He has been in major blockbuster hits such as Wedding Crasher’s, He’s Just Not That Into You, The Hangover, American Sniper, and War Dogs. He returns to the screen this year as the voice of Rocket in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol II, and is currently filming A Star is Born alongside Lady Gaga.



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