Bradley Cooper is 40 years old today, and while he’s officially been walking this earth for four decades, he’s been gracing our television, laptop, and movie screens since the turn of the century. Did you know the Oscar nominee’s first big role was in Sex and the City when he smooched Sarah Jessica Parker? In case you need a refresher, here are some of Cooper’s vintage roles you most likely forgot about.
Sex and the City
Cooper’s first ever TV role came in the form of a chain-smoking badass named Jake. He appeared in the 1999 episode “They Shoot Single People Don’t They?” from Season 2, and hardcore made out with Carrie Bradshaw in a convertible (true badass fashion).
Wet Hot American Summer
With TV under his belt, Cooper made his debut on the big screen in 2001 when he played Ben in Wet Hot American Summer. The comedy, about a group of camp counselors who each have an agenda on the last day of camp, also starred Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks.
Jack & Bobby
From 2004 to 2005, Bradley was in 14 episodes of the fictional documentary TV series Jack & Bobby. He played Tom Wexler Graham, a charming and intelligent teaching assistant.
Law & Order
Bradley appeared on the “Night” and “Day” episodes of Law & Order: Trial by Jury and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2005. He played Jason Whitaker, an estate lawyer who serves as the defense attorney for an alleged serial rapist.
Wedding Crashers wasn’t just all about Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. Though he played a minor role, Bradley was cast as Sack Lodge, Rachel McAdams’ boyfriend who couldn’t play a game of football without getting a little too competitive.
Failure to Launch
Cooper costarred with SJP for a second time in the 2006 film Failure to Launch. He played Demo, bestie to main character Tripp, a 35-year-old dud still happily living with his parents, played by Matthew McConaughey.
From 2001 to 2006, Cooper played Will Tippin, a journalist for a newspaper in Los Angeles who eventually gets recruited by the CIA, on Alias. He ultimately starred in a total of 46 episodes for the series.
Does that eyeliner-wearing, headband-bearing rocker look familiar to you? It’s Cooper in 2008’s The Rocker playing Trash Grace, one of the members of an ’80’s hair band named Vesuvius.
In the 2008 romantic comedy Yes Man, Cooper starred alongside Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel. He played Peter, a man who is constantly being ignored and let down by his best friend, Carl Allen (Carrey).
All About Steve
Not even Sandra Bullock could resist Cooper’s gorgeous face. In the 2009 film All About Steve, Bullock played a crossword puzzler who is infatuated with a CNN cameraman — played by none other than Cooper. She followed him like a lovesick puppy as he traveled around the country in an attempt to make him reciprocate her love for him.
Cooper was a recurring cast member from 2007 to 2009. He played an actor, Aidan Stone, who was one of the stars of a fictional TV series blending love and surgery, Hearts ’N Scalpels.
Cooper hails from the City of Brotherly Love, but his French accent helps him fit right in in Paris. Watch this clip of the Francophone speaking French as if he were a native on Best Morning Ever.
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