It was only a matter of time before Bradley Cooper landed the title of People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive. After his breakout performance in 2009's The Hangover, Cooper has been at the forefront of Hollywood both professionally and personally.
Cooper is the successor to 2010's Sexiest Man Ryan Reynolds, whose stellar physique and snappy wit made women swoon. This year, Cooper adds a little versatility to the title. The Philadelphia native is more than just eye candy -- he's a scholar. He graduated from Georgetown University's Honors English program and went on to enroll in the Actors Studio Drama School at New School University. It was there that he honed his craft through intense stage performances such as The Elephant Man.
If his looks and education weren't enough, Cooper is also fluent in French. He proved that he could hang with the natives when he appeared on a French television program and participated in an interview -- without a translator. All that aside, the actor's greatest quality has to be his humble personality. Upon learning of his Sexiest Man title, Cooper immediately thought of his mom.
He told People, the "first thing I thought was, 'My mother is going to be so happy.'" The self-deprecating star also played down his stunning good looks. "I think it's really cool that a guy who doesn't look like a model can have this [title]. I think I'm a decent-looking guy. Sometimes I can look great, and other times I look horrifying."
Cooper is half-Irish, half-Italian and stands at 6'1" with dirty blond hair and sparkling blue eyes. It's no surprise that he's been linked to Hollywood's hottest beauties. After ending a two year relationship with Renee Zellweger, the actor has been spotted with Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Aniston and Olivia Wilde. But Cooper doesn't consider himself a Casanova.
"If you're a single man and you happen to be in this business," said Cooper. "You're deemed a player. But I don't see myself as a ladies' man."
People's Sexiest Man Alive issue hits newsstands Friday.
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