Cooper made his directorial debut with the upcoming re-imagining of A STAR IS BORN. Starring alongside Lady Gaga, Cooper produced (under his and Todd Phillips’ production company Joint Effort) and co-wrote the film which will be released by Warner Brothers on October 5th. Additional film credits include AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR; Oscar-nominated films AMERICAN SNIPER, AMERICAN HUSTLE, and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK; Derek Cianfrance’s critically-acclaimed THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES; THE HANGOVER trilogy; LIMITLESS; GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL. 2; WAR DOGS; David O'Russell's JOY; BURNT; WEDDING CRASHERS and WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER. Television credits include Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Alias, Nip/Tuck, Kitchen Confidential, Jack & Bobby, and Sex and the City.
In 2015, Cooper garnered Tony, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League and Drama Desk nominations for his portrayal of John Merrick in the five-time Tony nominated revival of The Elephant Man at the Booth Theater on Broadway, directed by Scott Ellis. He also performed this role during a six-week limited run of the play in London at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in 2015 and originally, at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2012 (both also directed by Ellis). Other theater credits include: Joe Mantello’s production of Three Days of Rain (2006, Broadway Debut) and the critically-acclaimed Theresa Rebeck play The Understudy (2008, Williamstown Theatre Festival).
Born in Philadelphia, Cooper graduated with honors in the English program at Georgetown University. After moving to NYC, he obtained his Masters in the Fine Arts program at the Actors Studio Drama School.