Bradley Cooper

by ethnic on September 27, 2014

Birth Name: Bradley Charles Cooper

Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 5, 1975

*Irish (father)
*Italian (mother)

Bradley Cooper is an American actor, producer, and director. His mother, Gloria (Campano), is of Italian descent, and his father, Charles J. “Charlie” Cooper, was of Irish descent. Bradley has a daughter with his partner, Russian model and actress Irina Shayk.

Bradley was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2011. He is thus far the only man of Italian heritage to have been given this title by the magazine.

Bradley’s paternal grandfather was Charles Francis Cooper, Jr. (the son of Charles Francis Cooper and Margarett/Margaret M. Boyce). Bradley’s grandfather Charles was born in Pennsylvania, to parents who were also born in Pennsylvania, and were of Irish descent. Bradley’s great-grandfather Charles was the son of John William Cooper and Hannah A./B. Roddy or Stack.

Bradley’s paternal grandmother was Anna Mae Cahill (the daughter of Patrick Francis Cahill and Bridget T. Welsh). Anna was born in Pennsylvania, to Irish parents, with her father being from County Donegal.

Bradley’s maternal grandfather was Angelo J. Campano (the son of Angelo Campano and Pasqualina “Lina” Cilla). Bradley’s grandfather Angelo was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Italian parents, with his own mother being from Avellino, Campania, Italy.

Bradley’s maternal grandmother was Assunta R. DeFrancesco (the daughter of Gaetano Defrancesco/Di Francesco and Concetta Malena). Assunta was born in Ripa Teatina, Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy. Gaetano was the son of Angelo Defrancesco/Di Francesco and Albina Ferrara.

Sources: Genealogies of Bradley Cooper –

Bradley’s paternal grandfather, Charles Francis Cooper, Jr. on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Charles Francis Cooper, Jr. on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Bradley’s paternal great-grandfather, Charles Francis Cooper, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Bradley’s maternal grandfather, Angelo J. Campano, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Immigration record of Bradley’s maternal grandmother, Assunta R. DeFrancesco –

Obituary of Bradley’s maternal grandmother, Assunta R. (DeFrancesco) Campano –

Details Magazine interview with Bradley Cooper, 2009 –

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andrew May 23, 2016 at 6:08 pm

Immigration records of Bradley’s maternal grandmother Assunta “Sue” DeFrancesco:

gel May 19, 2016 at 11:42 pm
andrew May 19, 2016 at 5:23 pm

Pasqualina Cilla was born in Avellino, Campania, Italy.

Patrick Francis Cahill was born in County Donegal, Ireland

Capricious October 9, 2015 at 6:03 am

Can see the Italian in him. Something about his eye shape, nose and mouth.

There’s a man who is full blown Lebanese and he looks a lot like Bradly. They have similar eye shape and noses, despite the fair features. Weird…

cwm85 July 30, 2015 at 11:59 pm

Overrated actor and would not have guessed he was half Italian.

The.geneal.guy January 15, 2015 at 8:27 am

When is ‘Cooper’ an Irish name?? I think a little English blood in there somewhere??

follers January 15, 2015 at 8:51 am

Only Irish-born ancestors on his father’s side as far as I could find. If anyone can find any English ones, do name them.

musicfangirl December 28, 2015 at 11:10 am

he probable does lot of Irish do

gel December 28, 2015 at 3:29 pm

You know nothing about the Irish,as you’ve already proved.

Anyway, he’s got the looks of the Irish.

musicfangirl January 1, 2016 at 12:41 pm

All I’m saying is that Irish can have English blood people moved around for work I have Irish ancestries that lived in England and Scotland during the 1800s or they where born there

loiro February 24, 2016 at 5:56 am

No, he clearly looks mainly Italian. His look is more common in Northern Italy and Southern France than anywhere on the British Isles.. just because he has blond hair doesn’t signify that he looks Northern European.

bablah February 24, 2016 at 12:26 pm

I hate guessing people’s ethnicity based on the way they look, but this summer I was on a vacation in Croatia and saw at least four B. Cooper doppelgangers among the tourists and they all unmistakenly spoke Italian.

AdamMartin October 31, 2016 at 10:11 pm

Cooper is an occupational surname so it’s hard to pinpoint an origin for the name.

scott February 6, 2014 at 2:15 am

yea heres another italian Andrew. looks very similar to Bradley Cooper

Alice February 6, 2014 at 7:00 am

Bradley Cooper isn’t full Italian anyway. He would get his appearance from both his parents. What’s the deal with trying to show how Italian he looks?

Alice February 6, 2014 at 7:01 am

:). I should have looked at that before I commented.

andrew February 6, 2014 at 8:36 am

thanks scott!

andrew February 19, 2014 at 6:04 am
J.J. May 6, 2014 at 1:13 am

that alessandro preziosi has gorgeous eyes

Caution January 18, 2014 at 12:15 am

He looks like this one actor from Italy, forgot his name.

Caution January 18, 2014 at 12:12 am

He’s handsome.

ShawntheGod November 2, 2013 at 12:49 am

He looks very Irish, most common phenotype in Ireland is dark hair and blue eyes.

Irish and Italian mixes are very common in America and always have been.

Irish and the Italians emigrated to the United States around the same, lived in the same neighborhoods, and have a similar culture (both Catholics) so they mixed, why not?

Usually the result is something beautiful like Bradley.


J.J. September 16, 2013 at 6:45 am

correction; his eyes are grey/green and his hair is dark brown (brunette) I think it should be listed

andrew October 9, 2013 at 6:09 pm

dark brown? he is a light brown and he was blond when he was younger ( And his eyes are obvioulsly blue. For what it’s worth..

J.J. November 27, 2013 at 12:00 am

correction; his hair is most definitely not light, in the picture above it has been streaked and he’s been streaking it lighter for most of his acting career, many Caucasians who have blonde hair is a child can have dark brown or in rare cases virtually black hair as they get older, and his eyes are definitely not “blue” they look like a misty/icy blue (grey) in that picture however when zoomed in they’re an extremely light green, so no his hair is not light brown and his eyes are not ‘blue’ his hair is dark brown (brunet) and his eyes are grey/green

andrew November 27, 2013 at 5:14 pm
J.J. November 27, 2013 at 10:10 pm

if you pay attention to the sideburns you can clearly see it’s dark underneath and that he’s dyed it

andrew December 21, 2013 at 7:05 pm
andrew December 21, 2013 at 7:07 pm

last pic in particular, same face shape

J.J. December 21, 2013 at 7:19 pm

That Italian mans eyes are gorgeous, I can’t believe a southern European with dark hair can have such intense blue eyes, that’s very rare

andrew December 21, 2013 at 7:21 pm

resemblance with this another Southern Italian (same face shape again and colours)×324/69737.jpg

look twins

andrew December 21, 2013 at 7:41 pm
andrew December 21, 2013 at 7:44 pm

you can see the similar facial traits in these people (Italians)

J.J. December 21, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Italians can have light eyes (incl. blue, grey, green, amber etc) but the lightest you usually see is grey and/or green when it comes to southern Europeans, true ‘blue’ eyes aren’t common at all, especially not among people with dark hair so it is surprising to see southern Italians with dark hair and obvious Mediterranean facial features with true ‘blue’ eyes, it is quite rare

andrew January 22, 2014 at 11:56 am

to J.J.

Check out this Neapolitan waterpolo coach

J.J. January 22, 2014 at 7:07 pm

that coach has light blue (grey) eyes, they only look like an obvious bright blue because the picture was taken in good lighting, and he doesn’t look obviously Mediterranean with his fair skin and all. When I say true ‘blue’ eyes I’m not referring to a transparent light luminous blue because that’s considered more grey, true ‘blue’ eyes are a deep strong blue like the colour babies are born with which is rare for adults to have in general let alone a Mediterranean with them.

andrew February 5, 2014 at 2:52 pm
andrew February 5, 2014 at 3:16 pm
andrew February 5, 2014 at 3:17 pm

mafia boss, obviously

J.J. February 5, 2014 at 5:50 pm

some of those Sicilians have actual blue eyes, some are more to the grey side though, but those aren’t large enough pictures to really examine their eye colour properly but technically speaking grey eyes are a form of blue, I usually use the term ‘light’ when seeing people with blue or green eyes. But nice find Andrew it’s amazing how many Italians have such pretty light eyes

andrew February 19, 2014 at 6:23 am
Alice January 8, 2014 at 10:20 pm

Yes that’s a good picture but his eyes are more grey or grey blue. They are really just a light blue.

andrew February 5, 2014 at 3:06 pm
andrew February 5, 2014 at 3:25 pm
Alice January 8, 2014 at 10:16 pm

His eye colour is blue. I guess you could say light blue. Every site lists his eyes as blue.

J.J. January 9, 2014 at 2:49 am

correction; yes they do look blue but they’re a very misty light blue and look green up close so grey/green is more appropriate than just blue, blue is very brief

Alice January 9, 2014 at 3:18 am

OK but I bet Bradley Cooper lists his eyes as blue.

Bjorn January 15, 2014 at 10:31 am

Geez, dude get a grip. No one is being that anal about this….

You’re splitting hairs that no one cares…. lol

smiley February 1, 2014 at 12:58 am

Yes he has blue eyes.

J.J. February 1, 2014 at 6:11 pm

correction; yes they do look blue but they’re a very misty light blue and look green up close so grey/green is more appropriate than just blue, blue is very brief


BreezyB August 15, 2013 at 7:06 am

He doesn’t even look remotely Italian, I mean when I think of Italians I think of Ariana Grande.

andrew August 15, 2013 at 7:35 am

I presume you’re from US and you have no clue about how Italian ppl are. Cooper is the copy of the this Italian actor (from Naples, South Italy, where part of Cooper family id from), Alessandro Preziosi

Ariana Grande? you can find that type of girl all over the South, it doesnt mean all girls from that vaste area must look like her


latest Miss Italia (from Sicily)

another Miss Italia from Sicily

another two (both Sicilians)

there’s no one look

ashash October 9, 2013 at 11:02 pm

The women you posted were prettier than Ariana, who is rather plain.

andrew October 10, 2013 at 5:26 am

she’s a singer not a beauty pageant titleholder

guurl November 30, 2013 at 12:31 am

There is a noticeable difference between north and southern Italians generally, but of course not all have a stereotypical look.

COOLGUY2012 November 18, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Lol, i think you haven´t seen italians. When i think of italians i think about Peter Facinelli or Richard Crenna.

Jim December 8, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Because you are ignorant and base your opinions of Italians on American stereotypes.

MettaWorkPlease August 10, 2013 at 8:04 am

To me he looks more Italian, than Irish. He’s tanned & blue eyed, I’ve seen a lot more Italian people who look like him than Irish people

theropod June 24, 2013 at 2:57 am

Looks more Irish. His nose is just Italian.

follers June 24, 2013 at 2:59 am

Bradley’s nose is a copy of that of his Irish-American dad’s nose. In fact, he looks quite like him in general.

notional July 25, 2013 at 11:56 am

Hey Follers, can you find out the ‘Viking’ tv series cast’s ethnicity?

follers July 25, 2013 at 1:54 pm

All of them? Giving it a glance, Travis Fimmel seems to be an Anglo-Australian with a German surname, Katheryn Winnick is of Ukrainian descent, Nathan O’Toole is Irish, Clive Standen is English, Gustaf Skarsgård is Swedish, George Blagden might be just English, Jessalyn Gilsig has a Jewish dad, John Kavanagh is Irish, Donal Logue is of Irish descent, and Alyssa Sutherland seems like an Anglo-Australian.

notional August 4, 2013 at 12:51 am

Cool thanks, are you going to make pages for some of the actors/actresses?

follers August 4, 2013 at 2:41 am

I don’t know… ethnic (the administrator) might… :-)

andrew July 25, 2013 at 4:33 pm

@ follers

Yes, I agree. But he looks like this Italian actor (from Naples) too

follers July 25, 2013 at 4:57 pm
andrew March 4, 2013 at 5:48 pm
Labtec February 12, 2013 at 5:28 pm

The surname Cooper is English, not Irish. It’s possible that he came from Ireland, but his ancestry might have been typically Anglo-Irish.

English ancestry is under-reported in the ROI. Not hard to understand why.

Or, maybe he was from Ulster — his ancestry would still be English though.

Labtec February 12, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Yes, his paternal grandpa. I didn’t realize he was born in America.

The Irish and English mixed heavily in the Northern states, so who knows.

andrew February 13, 2013 at 5:58 pm

that’s because England ruled over Ireland for centuries, so many Irish people have English surname but they are Irish

andrew May 8, 2013 at 4:15 pm

James Gandolfini is actually 100% Italian since his parents are both Italian-born (from the North)

andrew May 8, 2013 at 4:29 pm

yeah Gandolfini is better for supporting roles, Cooper is the new Kevin Costner IMO

gottlob February 12, 2013 at 5:18 pm

I was always under the impression that he was Jew.

Labtec February 12, 2013 at 11:41 am

Since when is “Cooper” an Irish name. This guy is clearly of English descent.

andrew May 8, 2013 at 4:10 pm

if you are interested, Italian wikipedia says his maternal grandfather Angelo Campano is a policeman from Naples, while his maternal grandmother, Assunta Campano is from Abruzzo. Bradley has a great resemblance with an Italian actor from Naples, Alessandro Preziosi (search him)

COOLGUY2012 September 11, 2012 at 10:36 pm


LOPAC AGREES March 14, 2012 at 6:40 pm


Masterr March 14, 2012 at 6:54 pm

He’s white,he looks mostly Irish,not italian.look his skin,is LIGHT!

JENNIFER ANISTON IS NOT WHITE March 14, 2012 at 6:56 pm


I love you, Roger Scientist March 15, 2012 at 2:09 am

I change my mind. He is white. Italians are white. I’m not going to let a staunch Nordicist change my opinion.

yayoute April 9, 2012 at 9:33 am

Why some people are saying Italians aren’t white? I don’t understand…
It’s true, sometimes Southern Italians look like Arabs. And Arabs are considered as Whites also, I presume…

andrew April 24, 2012 at 8:24 pm

i’m italian and he really looks like a friend of mine. Get over it

COOLGUY2012 July 25, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Yeah, italians are more pale.

George April 8, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Italian is white you twat

Testing April 9, 2012 at 12:50 am

Italians are not white. Just like Spaniards, Portuguese, and greeks.

bvision April 9, 2012 at 1:40 am

get a life dude

your constant trolling is pathetic and reveals your obsession

im flattered that you’re in love with my ethnicity

but im starting to feel violated

Testing April 9, 2012 at 1:56 am

who the fuck are? And why are you stalking me.

jo March 12, 2012 at 6:19 am

…and where are Italian people from..? EUROPE. He’s white you idiot, Italians are white.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Awaits Lopac’s arrival.

He’s almost hit every board of every actor and actress with Southern European background. It’s only a matter of time before he gets here as well.

Dustin January 11, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Whys he speak French?

ratkom January 9, 2012 at 2:40 am


felicia October 14, 2011 at 3:42 pm

European is hot period !!

isabella July 20, 2011 at 7:17 pm

not every italian guy is hot why do ppl think that and not every irish guys is hot. just because italian guys are hot and tan doesnt mean that irish guys arent ALOT of irish guys are hot alot of people seem to think that italains are better they do have hot hot hot people there but people from ireland have hot people there too!

Myspace Celebrity August 23, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Irish guys are hotter,so what’s your point? lol jk.

lexi April 23, 2011 at 12:04 pm

He’s gorgeous :)

myspace celebrity July 21, 2010 at 5:43 am

Philly has some sexy guys.

man evryone has to have a thing for italian men;) July 19, 2010 at 10:51 pm

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