Lin Li-hui, better known by her stage name Shu Qi, is a Taiwanese-Hong Kong actress and model. As of 2014, she was among the highest paid actresses in China. Born in Xindian township, Taipei County, Shu Qi went to Hong Kong at the age of 17 to seek a film career, she came under the management of Hong Kong film producer Manfred Wong, who signed her to several Hong Kong Category III films such as Sex & Zen II. Shu Qi starred in Derek Yee's 1996 film, Viva Erotica, about the erotic film industry in Hong Kong, together with Karen Mok and Leslie Cheung, she received the Best Supporting Actress award for her performance in Viva Erotica at the 16th Hong Kong Film Awards in 1997. Thereafter, she has appeared in Hong Kong films such as Portland Street Blues, City of Glass, the box office hit Gorgeous, Stanley Kwan's The Island Tales and Hou Hsiao-hsien's film Millennium Mambo, making her transition into mainstream acting. In 2002, Shu starred in the French film The Transporter, the first installment of the Transporter franchise.
This marked her first foray into the American market. Shu would go on to star in a small but memorable role in the American romantic comedy New York, I Love You. Among Shu's earlier notable works were The Foliage, a romance film set in Yunnan during the Cultural Revolution, she won the Best Actress award at the 13th Shanghai Film Critics Awards for her performance. Shu again worked with Hou Hsiao-hsien in Three Times, which competed at the Cannes Film Festival and won Shu the Best Actress award at the Golden Horse Awards. In 2006, Shu starred in the third installment of the gangster film, My Wife Is a Gangster alongside Korean actor Lee Beom-soo, she starred alongside Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Takeshi Kaneshiro in the crime drama Confession of Pain. Shu was a member of the jury of the Berlin International Film Festival in 2008 and the Cannes Film Festival in 2009; the same year, she was honored at the Huabiao Awards as Best Actress for the Taiwan and Hong Kong region for her performance in the romantic comedy film, If You Are the One, directed by Feng Xiaogang.
The romantic comedy became the highest grossing Chinese film of the year. Shu starred in Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons, directed by Stephen Chow and loosely based on the Chinese literary classic Journey to the West; the film overtook Lost in Thailand to become the highest grossing Chinese movie. Shu reunited with director Hou Hsiao-hsien in his first wuxia film The Assassin, where she starred as the titular character; the film received overwhelming positive reviews at the Cannes Film Festival, Shu won the Best Actress award at the Asian Film Festival. The same year, she starred in the blockbuster film Mojin: The Lost Legend, adapted from popular adventure novel series Ghost Blows Out the Light. In 2016, Shu starred alongside Feng Shaofeng and Victoria Song in the Chinese remake of My Best Friend's Wedding, she was cast in fantasy comedy The Village of No Return, which premiered at the first day of Spring Festival in 2017. In 2017, Shu starred in Stephen Fung's The Adventurers alongside Andy Lau.
Shu has been cast in the upcoming science fiction film Shanghai Fortress, adapted from the 2006 novel Once Upon a Time in Shanghai and will be released in 2019. From 2006 to 2009, Shu Qi was selected by Kenzo Takada to be part of the third advertising campaign for its successful fragrance Flower by Kenzo, she worked as a spokesperson for Shiatzy Chen. Shu Qi has been representing Frederique Constant in Asia as a brand ambassador since 2008. In 2009, along with Frederique Constant and Paint-a-Smile Foundation, repainted the murals on the walls of the cardiology department at the Beijing Children's Hospital. Shu Qi has been Emporio Armani's Asian ambassador for its Fall/Winter 2010 collection. Shu is the brand Ambassador for Bulgari. Shu married Hong Kong actor-director Stephen Fung in 2016; the two had met on the set of the romance drama Bishonen in 1997, dated for four years. Shu Qi on IMDb
Albert Hughes and Allen Hughes, known together professionally as the Hughes brothers, are American film directors and producers. The pair, who are twins, are known for co-directing visceral, violent, including Menace II Society, Dead Presidents, From Hell and The Book of Eli; the pair did most of their collaboration between 1993 and 2001. Since 2004, when Albert moved to Prague, Czech Republic, the two have only directed one film together, The Book of Eli in 2010, they have been involved in directing and producing film and television projects separately since 2005. The Hughes brothers were born in Detroit, Michigan to an African American father, Albert Hughes, an Armenian American mother, whose family were Iranian Armenians from Tehran. Albert is the older of the twins by nine minutes, their parents divorced. The twins moved with their mother to Pomona, east of Los Angeles, when they were nine, their mother raised her sons alone while putting herself through school and starting her own business, a vocational center.
Supportive of her sons' ambitions as filmmakers, she gave them a video camera when they were 12. As a result, the boys spent their free time making short films; when a teacher suggested that they make a "How To" film for an assignment, they complied with a short film entitled "How to Be a Burglar." After Allen had a son at the age of 18, the twins dropped out of high school and soon began working on music videos as teenagers, directing for artists like Tone Loc and Tupac Shakur. Their first feature film, 1993's Menace II Society premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Centering on black, disenfranchised youth, it was made on a budget of $3.5 million when they were 20 years old. Tyger Williams wrote the screenplay, shared story credit with the brothers, it became a critical as well as a box office success and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. Because of their previous experience in directing music videos, they became the first sibling duo since Jerry and David Zucker allowed a waiver by the Directors Guild of America to take co-credit as directors.
Their second film was Dead Presidents in 1995. Dealing with the black underclass society like their feature film debut, starring Larenz Tate, the film centered on war veterans during the racially charged Vietnam War era; the film, released at the New York Critics Film Festival, failed to make as much of a profit as their first film. They followed Dead Presidents with American Pimp, a feature-length documentary about the underground pimp culture and exploitation of women, it premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. They had set out to do an adaptation of Iceberg Slim's novel Pimp, but someone else acquired the rights; the brothers have stated that the film's perspective was shaped by being raised by their mother, a feminist. In between projects, they filmed several anti-handgun public service announcements. In a departure from their previous material, the Hughes brothers co-directed From Hell, the 2001 film adaptation of Alan Moore's graphic novel of the same name about the Jack the Ripper murders in Victorian England, starring Johnny Depp and Heather Graham.
Considered too violent and gory by some critics, the film had to be edited in order to avoid an NC-17 rating by the MPAA. As described by the film's star, there were sometimes disagreements between the twins regarding the direction of the film. For example, the amount of shown violence was a point of contention between the two, their only film together since 2001's From Hell was the post-apocalyptic drama Book of Eli for Warner Bros., released in January 2010. In 2006, the brothers were announced as directing The Iceman, a film about serial killer Richard Kuklinski, but it was directed by Ariel Vromen, released in 2012, they were slated to direct a film version of the classic TV series Kung Fu. It was announced in 2010 that the brothers were tapped to direct a live-action adaptation of the 1988 manga Akira, but they left the project in 2011; as a team, Allen works with the actors while Albert handles the technical aspects of their films, stemming from Albert's experience of taking classes at Los Angeles City College's film school.
Allen directed a few episodes of the American version of the TV series Touching Evil as well as the 2005 television feature Knights of the South Bronx. In 2009, Allen directed a segment of New York, I Love You, starring Drea De Matteo and Bradley Cooper. Allen Hughes directed the 2013 film Broken City, a crime thriller starring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe, he directed the four-part 2017 HBO documentary miniseries The Defiant Ones, about music producers Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. In 2005, it was announced that Albert would direct a feature film called Art Con, although no further news was reported on its development. In December 2012, Albert Hughes announced that he would be producing an online video series using the Crysis 3 game engine called The 7 Wonders of Crysis 3. In 2018, Albert Hughes directed Alpha; the film was written by Daniele Sebastian Wiedenhaupt, based on a story written by Hughes, holds an approval rating of 79% and is “certified fresh” on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.
Known as much for their frank manner as for their films, the Hughes Brothers have been known to get into altercations. They took the rap artist Tupac Shakur to court in 1994, after he assaulted them during a music video shoot. Shakur
Julie Frances Christie is a British actress. An icon of the "swinging London" era of the 1960s, she has received such accolades as an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, she has appeared in six films that were ranked in the British Film Institute's 100 greatest British films of the 20th century, in 1997 she received the BAFTA Fellowship. Christie's breakthrough film role was in Billy Liar, she came to international attention for her performances in Darling, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, Doctor Zhivago, the eighth highest-grossing film of all time after adjustment for inflation. In the following years, she starred in Fahrenheit 451, Far from the Madding Crowd, The Go-Between, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, for which she received her second Oscar nomination, Don't Look Now and Heaven Can Wait. From the early 1980s, her appearances in mainstream films decreased, though she held roles as Thetis in Wolfgang Petersen's historical epic Troy and as Madam Rosmerta in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
She has continued to receive significant critical recognition for her work, including Oscar nominations for the independent films Afterglow and Away from Her. Christie was born on 14 April 1940 at Singlijan Tea Estate, Assam, British India, the elder child of Rosemary, a Welsh painter, Francis "Frank" St. John Christie, her father ran the tea plantation. She has a younger brother, an older half-sister, from her father's relationship with an Indian woman, who worked as a tea picker on his plantation. Frank and Rosemary Christie separated, she was baptised in the Church of England, studied as a boarder at the independent Convent of Our Lady school in St. Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, after being expelled from another convent school for telling a risqué joke that reached a wider audience than anticipated. After being asked to leave the Convent of Our Lady as well, she attended Wycombe Court School, High Wycombe, during which time she lived with a foster mother from the age of six. After her parents' divorce, Christie spent time with her mother in rural Wales.
As a teenager at the all-girls' Wycombe Court School, she played "the Dauphin" in a production of Shaw's Saint Joan. She studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Christie made her professional stage debut in 1957, her first screen roles were on British television, her earliest role to gain attention was in BBC serial A for Andromeda. She was a contender for the role of Honey Rider in the first James Bond film, Dr. No, but producer Albert R. Broccoli thought her breasts were too small. Christie appeared in two comedies for Independent Artists: The Fast Lady, her breakthrough role, was as Liz, the friend and would-be lover of the eponymous character played by Tom Courtenay in Billy Liar, for which she received a BAFTA Award nomination. The director, John Schlesinger cast Christie only after another actress, Topsy Jane, had dropped out of the film. Christie appeared as Daisy Battles in Young Cassidy, a biopic of Irish playwright Seán O'Casey, co-directed by Jack Cardiff and John Ford, her role as an amoral model in Darling led to Christie becoming known internationally.
Directed by Schlesinger, co-starring Dirk Bogarde and Laurence Harvey, Christie had only been cast in the lead role after Schlesinger insisted, the studio having wanted Shirley MacLaine. She received the Academy Award for Best Actress and the BAFTA Award for Best British Actress in a Leading Role for her performance. In David Lean's Doctor Zhivago, adapted from the epic/romance novel by Boris Pasternak, Christie's role as Lara Antipova became her best known; the film was a major box-office success. As of 2016, Doctor Zhivago is the 8th highest-grossing film of all time, adjusted for inflation. According to Life magazine, 1965 was "The Year of Julie Christie". After dual roles in François Truffaut's adaptation of the Ray Bradbury novel Fahrenheit 451, starring with Oskar Werner, she appeared as Thomas Hardy's heroine Bathsheba Everdene in Schlesinger's Far from the Madding Crowd. After moving to Los Angeles in 1967, she appeared in the title role of Richard Lester's Petulia, co-starring with George C. Scott.
Christie's persona as the swinging sixties British woman she had embodied in Billy Liar and Darling was further cemented by her appearance in the documentary Tonite Let's All Make Love in London. In 1967, Time magazine said of her: "What Julie Christie wears has more real impact on fashion than all the clothes of the ten best-dressed women combined". In Joseph Losey's romantic drama The Go-Between, Christie had a lead role along with Alan Bates; the film won the Grand Prix the main award at the Cannes Film Festival. She earned a second Best Actress Oscar nomination for her role as a brothel madame in Robert Altman's postmodern western McCabe & Mrs. Miller; the film was the first of three collaborations between Christie and Warren Beatty, who described her as "the most beautiful and at the same time the most nervous person I had known". The couple had a high-profile but intermittent relationship between 1967 and 1974. After the relationship ended, they worked together again in the comedies Shampoo and Heaven Can Wait.
Her other films during the decade were Nicolas Roeg's thriller Don't Look Now, in which she co-starred with Donald Sutherland, and
Shekhar Kapur is an Indian film director and producer, known for his works in Hindi cinema and international cinema. Part of the Anand family, Kapur became known in Bollywood with his recurring role in the TV series Khandan in the mid-1980s and his directorial debut in the cult Bollywood film Masoom in 1983, which won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie for that year, before gaining widespread success with the science fiction film Mr. India, he gained international recognition with the 1994 Bollywood film Bandit Queen, based on Mala Sen's biography of infamous Indian bandit and politician Phoolan Devi, which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi and Filmfare Critics Awards for Best Movie and Best Direction for that year. It was premiered in the Directors Fortnight section of the 1994 Cannes Film Festival and was screened at the Edinburgh Film Festival. In international cinema, his historical biopics on Queen Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age, won the BAFTA Award for Best Film and two Academy Awards.
He has been the recipient of the Indian National Film Award, the BAFTA Award, the National Board of Review Award, three Filmfare Awards. In 2010, he served as one of the Jury Members at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival. Shekhar Kapur was born in Lahore, British India to Kulbhushan Kapur, a doctor with a flourishing practice, his wife Sheel Kanta Kapur. Shekhar Kapur's mother played dead and hid both himself and his sister under her body on a train from the newly created Pakistan to India. Reflecting on this, Kapur stated that the partition of India happened through "the blood of one people"; the nephew of famous Indian actor Dev Anand, he was discouraged from getting into films by his father. Sheel Kanta was the sister of actors Chetan and Vijay Anand. Shekhar is the only son of his parents and he has three sisters. One of his sisters, was the first wife of actor Navin Nischol, while another sister, Aruna, is the wife of actor Parikshit Sahni, his third and youngest sister is Sohaila Kapur. Kapur's schooling was at New Delhi.
He studied economics at St. Stephen's College. At 22, Kapur became a Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW in England, having studied accountancy at the behest of his parents. Shekhar Kapur started his career working with a multinational oil company, he moved to the United Kingdom in 1970, spent several years working as an accountant and management consultant. He was married to niece of former Indian Prime Minister I. K. Gujral, they split in 1994. Medha married popular bhajan singer Anup Jalota, she died on November 25, 2014 at a hospital in New York City of liver failure following a second heart and first kidney transplant. Kapur married Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, an Indian actress, writer and singer in 1997, they are divorced. They have a daughter named Kaveri Kapur. Shekhar Kapur started his career as an actor in the movie Jaan Hazir Hai and in Toote Khilone, in Bollywood, he appeared in several Hindi television dramas, such as Udaan, opposite Kavita Chaudhary, Upanyaas opposite Nisha Singh, Masoom opposite Neena Gupta.
He turned director with the family drama Masoom, starring Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi and a young Jugal Hansraj&. The plot followed the story of an illegitimate boy who struggles to find acceptance from his stepmother, he directed the 1987 science-fiction film Mr. India, starring Anil Kapoor and Amrish Puri in his most famous role as the villain Mogambo. Puri's most famous dialogue in this film "Mogambo Khush Hua" is still remembered. In 1994 he directed the critically acclaimed Bandit Queen and played a cameo in the film as a truck driver. Kapur was infamous for abandoning several films he was the director of, he was the director of the 1989 film Joshilaay, which starred Sunny Deol, Anil Kapoor and Meenakshi Sheshadri before leaving the production halfway, its producer Sibti Hassan Rizvi stepped in to complete the film. In 1992, he had shot some scenes for Barsaat, titled Champion and was going to be the debut film of Bobby Deol, but he left the production and was replaced by Rajkumar Santoshi.
In 1992, he was set to direct the science-fiction film titled Time Machine, to star Aamir Khan, Raveena Tandon, Naseeruddin Shah and Rekha, but he abandoned the project halfway through due to financial problems. The film was left incomplete, although there were talks many years that Kapur would revive the project with a new cast, which never happened. In 1995, he directed Dushmani, starring Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff and Manisha Koirala before its producer Bunty Soorma stepped in to complete the film. In an unusual role for him, Kapur provided the voice of Mohandas Gandhi in the Charkha Audiobooks title of The Story of My Experiments with Truth, alongside Nandita Das as narrator. In 2013, Shekhar Kapur hosted. On the show, which aims to bring never-seen-before facets of Indian history, he was the narrator, he served as judge on the reality TV series India's Got Talent, aired on Colors. In 2016, Shekhar Kapur delivers an autobiographical film and documentary about Amma, well known as Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, called "The Science of Compassion".
In 1998, he received international recognition for the second time after Bandit Queen, when he directed the Academy Award-winning period film Elizabeth, a fictional account of the reign of British Queen Elizabeth I nominated for seven Oscars. The 2007 sequel, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, was nominated for two Oscars, he was accused of being anti-British by British tabloids for his portrayal of the British A
Fatih Akin is a German film director and producer. He is of Turkish descent, he has won numerous awards for his films, including the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for his film Head-On, Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival for his film The Edge of Heaven, the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film for his film In the Fade. Akin was born in Hamburg to Turkish parents, he has Cem Akin, who works as an actor. He attended the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg to study visual communications and graduated in 2000. Akin has been married to German-Mexican actress Monique Obermüller since 2004; the couple live in Hamburg-Altona. Akin made his debut as director of a full-length film as early as 1998 with Short Sharp Shock, which brought him the "Bronze Leopard" award at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland and the "Pierrot", the Bavarian Film Award for Best New Director in Munich the same year. Since he has directed feature films such as In July in 2000, We forgot to go back in 2001 and Solino' in 2002.
His fourth film, Head-On, starring Sibel Kekilli, was a major success in 2004 and received several prizes, among them the Golden Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival and the "Best Film" and the "Audience Award" at the 2004 European Film Awards. In 2005, he directed a documentary about the Istanbul music scene, Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul, which includes musicians such as Ceza, Sezen Aksu, Aynur Doğan and Brenna MacCrimmon, it is narrated by a member of a German experimental band Einstürzende Neubauten, Alexander Hacke, who produced music for Head-On. In 2007, Akin's The Edge of Heaven, a German-Turkish cross-cultural tale of loss and forgiveness, won the prize for Best Screenplay at the 60th Cannes Film Festival in 2007. On 24 October 2007 the same film was awarded the first edition of the LUX prize for European cinema by the European Parliament. About the comedy Soul Kitchen he has said he chose this more light-hearted film because he needed a break after making the "tough" films Head-On and The Edge of Heaven before making his next planned film The Devil.
"But", he says, "now I feel ready to finish the trilogy". In 2012, his documentary film Polluting Paradise was screened in the Special Screenings section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, his 2014 film The Cut has been selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 71st Venice International Film Festival. In 2017, his film In the Fade was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. At Cannes that year, Diane Kruger won the Best Actress award; the film was subsequently selected as the German entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards, making the December shortlist. In the Fade won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. In 2006, Akin expressed protest towards the George W. Bush administration when he wore a shirt on set with the letters "BUSH", with a swastika in place of the letter "S". Subsequently, someone filed Akin was investigated by German police. Akin defended the shirt as "more than mere provocation" and emphasized: Bush's policy is comparable with that of the Third Reich.
I think that under Bush, Hollywood has been making certain films at the request of The Pentagon to normalise things like torture and Guantanamo. I'm convinced. I think. 1998 Bavarian Film Awards, Best New Director 2004 Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival 2004 European Film Awards, Best Film, Audience Award 2007 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival Golden Orange Award, Best Director 2007 Bavarian Film Awards, Best Director 2007 LUX Prize for European Cinema awarded by European Parliament 2007 Cannes Film Festival, Best Screenplay 2010 Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for his contribution in depicting the problems of Turkish-Germans. 2018 Golden Globe Award, Best Foreign Language Film Barbara Kosta, "Transcultural Exchanges: Fatih Akin's Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul," in Martinson, Steven D. / Schulz, Renate A. Transcultural German Studies / Deutsch als Fremdsprache: Building Bridges / Brücken bauen, Fatih Akin on IMDb Fatih Akin Bibliography Rocking Istanbul A talk with Daniel Bax on the film "Crossing the Bridge", tour guides and Vikings, music divas and the responsibilities of critical acclaim at signandsight.com
Christopher Walton Cooper is an American film actor. He has appeared in supporting performances in several major Hollywood films, including the drama American Beauty, the biopic about a NASA engineer titled October Sky, the action spy film The Bourne Identity, the biographical sports film Seabiscuit, the biographical film about Truman Capote, the geopolitical thriller Syriana, the action-thriller The Kingdom, the crime drama The Town, the musical comedy film The Muppets, he portrayed Sheriff July Johnson in the acclaimed miniseries Lonesome Dove, which became one of the most successful Westerns in history. Cooper won both the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 2002 film Adaptation, he played a lead role in the historical and political thriller Breach, playing FBI agent and traitor Robert Hanssen. He played Daniel Sloan in the 2012 political action thriller The Company You Keep, supervillain Norman Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, he portrayed Al Templeton on the 2016 Hulu miniseries 11.22.63.
He is a frequent collaborator with director John Sayles, including Matewan, City of Hope, Lone Star, Silver City and Amigo. Cooper was born on July 9, 1951, in Kansas City, the son of Charles and Mary Ann Cooper, he has Chuck Cooper. His father was both a United States Air Force doctor and a cattleman, his mother was a housewife. Both of his parents were from Texas. Cooper grew up in the suburbs of Kansas City, spent his summers at his family's cattle ranch, located about 15 miles west of Leavenworth, Kansas, he was raised in Las Vegas and Houston. While attending high school in Kansas City, Cooper worked for a local theater company: "I had a background in carpentry, so I could build sets and work in the wings and shift scenes in the evening." After he graduated high school, Cooper became the shop foreman for another repertory group. He considered helping his father raise cattle for a living. Cooper avoided getting drafted to serve in the Vietnam War following a stint in the Missouri River Coast Guard.
Cooper attended the University of Missouri and enrolled in the theater program majoring in set design. It was during his sophomore year when Cooper changed his major to acting in order to overcome his "overpowering shyness." Cooper, took acting classes at the University of Missouri. He recalled in a 1996 interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer, "I started going in and watching some shows at the theater department. I auditioned for plays, and once I got into it, it was pretty immediate. I felt right, felt at home." Cooper took dance classes at Stephens College. After he graduated from the University of Missouri, Cooper moved to New York City in 1976. While living in New York, Cooper shared a one-bedroom railroad flat with four other aspiring actors and dancers, he supported himself by renovating apartments. In addition, he served as a janitor and a chauffeur. At the same time, he studied with Wynn Handman. Prior to his film debut with Matewan, Cooper spent the previous twelve years doing stage work with the Actors Theater of Louisville and the Seattle Repertory.
In 1985, Cooper appeared in the London revival of Sweet Bird of Youth. Cooper's early performances include John Sayles' 1987 film Matewan; some of his more notable performances include: Money Train, as a psychotic pyromaniac who terrifies toll booth operators. To get into character, Cooper said. I asked him to go deep. What would this man have done? What would be on his walls? On his desk?"In 2000, Cooper played Colonel Harry Burwell in The Patriot. He was nominated for another Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA Award, won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and a Golden Globe Award in 2003 for playing the role of John Laroche in Adaptation. In 2002, Cooper appeared in The Bourne Identity as a ruthless CIA special ops director, a role he reprised in The Bourne Supremacy. Cooper received another Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for his supporting role as racehorse trainer Tom Smith in 2003's Seabiscuit. In 2004, Cooper starred in Silver City, playing an inept Republican gubernatorial candidate, a character noted for similarities to U.
S. President George W. Bush. Cooper appeared in three acclaimed films in 2005: Jarhead, he acted in the thriller Breach, playing real-life FBI agent and traitor Robert Hanssen. Cooper commented that Breach was "the first studio film where they've considered me the lead ". In 2007, he appeared as a government agent in dangerous territory in the action thriller The Kingdom and voiced the character Douglas in the film adaptation of Maurice Sendak's book, Where the Wild Things Are. At the 2010 Sundance film festival, Cooper appeared alongside Be
Bradley Charles Cooper is an American actor and filmmaker. He has been nominated for many awards, including seven Academy Awards and a Tony Award, has won a Grammy Award and a BAFTA Award. Cooper appeared in Forbes Celebrity 100 on two occasions and Time's list of 100 most influential people in the world in 2015, his films have grossed $7.8 billion worldwide and he was named one of the world's highest-paid actors for three years. Cooper enrolled in the MFA program at the Actors Studio at The New School in New York City in 2000, his career began in 1999 with a guest role in the City. He made his film debut two years in the comedy Wet Hot American Summer, he first gained recognition as Will Tippin in the spy-action television show Alias, achieved minor success with a supporting part in the comedy film Wedding Crashers. His breakthrough role came in 2009 with The Hangover, a critically and commercially successful comedy, which spawned two sequels in 2011 and 2013. Cooper's portrayal of a struggling writer in the thriller Limitless and a rookie police officer in the crime drama The Place Beyond the Pines drew praise from critics.
Cooper found greater success with the romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook, the black comedy American Hustle, the war biopic American Sniper, which he produced. For his work in these films, he was nominated for four Academy Awards, becoming the tenth actor to receive an Oscar nomination in three consecutive years. In 2014, he portrayed Joseph Merrick in a Broadway revival of The Elephant Man, garnering a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play; that year, he began voicing Rocket Raccoon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In 2018, Cooper produced and directed his first film with the musical romance A Star Is Born, in which he starred, for which he gained three more Oscar nominations, he contributed to its US Billboard 200 number one soundtrack. Its lead single "Shallow" earned him a Grammy Award. Cooper was married to actress Jennifer Esposito from 2006 to 2007, he has been in a relationship with Russian model Irina Shayk since 2015, with whom he has a daughter. He supports several organizations.
Cooper was born on January 5, 1975, in Philadelphia, grew up in the nearby communities of Jenkintown and Rydal. His mother, worked for the local NBC affiliate, his father, Charles Cooper, worked as a stockbroker for Merrill Lynch. Cooper's father was of Irish descent, he has an older sister and was raised as a Roman Catholic. He had cholesteatoma in his ear soon after his birth, punctured his eardrum when he started diving at an early age. Describing himself as a child, Cooper has said: "I never lived the life of'Oh, you're so good-looking'. People thought I was a girl when I was little, because I looked like a girl—maybe because my mother would keep my hair long", he excelled at basketball, enjoyed cooking: "I used to have buddies come over after kindergarten and I'd cook them food. I prided myself in taking whatever was in the fridge and turning it into lasagna." He wanted to attend a military academy and move to Japan to become a ninja. At an early age, his father introduced him to films like The Elephant Man, which inspired him to be an actor.
Cooper says that his parents were apprehensive of his career choice, but they changed their perceptions when they saw Cooper play the part of Joseph Merrick in an excerpt from the play The Elephant Man. While attending Germantown Academy, he worked at the Philadelphia Daily News, he says that in school he was neither "the smartest person" nor "the coolest kid" and "really didn't have anything going on!" After graduating from the academy in 1993, Cooper studied at Villanova University for a year before transferring to Georgetown University. Cooper graduated with honors from the latter with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1997, he acted with Nomadic Theatre. Cooper became fluent in French at Georgetown and spent six months as an exchange student in Aix-en-Provence, France. In his television debut and the City in 1999, he made a brief appearance opposite Sarah Jessica Parker. Cooper served as a presenter in the travel-adventure series Globe Trekker, which took him to such places as Peru and Croatia.
Cooper had been interested in a career in diplomacy when he auditioned for the master class graduate degree at the Actors Studio and was selected by James Lipton. In 2000, he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in acting from the Actors Studio Drama School at The New School in New York City. There, he trained with the coach Elizabeth Kemp of whom he says: "I was never able to relax in my life before her." She advised him on many of his films. While studying in New York City, Cooper worked as a doorman at the Morgans Hotel, interacted with Robert de Niro and Sean Penn in question-and-answer master class sessions, which were featured episodes of Inside the Actors Studio. Cooper's cinematic debut came in the ensemble comedy Wet Hot American Summer, a film that takes place at a fictional summer camp in 1981, he played a counselor and the love interest of Michael Ian Black's character. Although the film was critically and commercially unsuccessful, it has developed a cult status over the years. Cooper reprised the role in the film's prequel Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, an eight-episode Netflix series.
In the television series Alias, Cooper achieved some success with the role of Will Tippin, a local reporter for a newspaper and the