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Bradley Cooper's Late Father Passed in His Arms — He Moved in with His Mom & Became Her Caregiver

Olawale Ogunjimi
Jun 05, 2022
06:30 A.M.
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Bradley Cooper has proven to be an all-rounder. The award-winning actor, whose years in the industry have shown that he is well-grounded in his craft, is also a loving father and son. Despite his fame, he was close to his parents and even held his late dad as he died.


The "A Star is Born" actor, Bradley Cooper, had one of the best upbringings from his parents, and thankfully, he reciprocated the love while allowing the lessons learned to lead his reality.

On January 5, 1975, the actor was born in Philadelphia, PA, to Gloria Campano, of Italian descent, and Charles John Cooper.

Bradley Cooper appearing on 'Alias'. | Source: Getty Images


Despite having busy parents (Gloria worked for a local NBC station, and her husband was a stockbroker), the pair jointly ensured that their son had the best childhood memories.

Bradley's early years were filled with pleasant details. Life was simple, and he never thought about acting. All he wanted was to become a ninja or a soldier.

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Even though the Philadelphia native enjoyed all the love and attention from his parents, whose marriage seemed perfect, his imagination was piqued to understand the "meaning of life and death." According to him:

"So I begged my father to send me to Valley Forge Military Academy. Before that I thought only ninjas understood the meaning of life and death. And so I begged my father to send me to Japan…so I could train to become a ninja."


Bradley Cooper at the 32nd American Cinematheque Award Presentation Honoring Bradley Cooper on November 29, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images


The famous actor always held deep love and respect for his roots. He never allowed time in the limelight to rob him of the beautiful relationship with the older Cooper.

Charles died of lung cancer in 2011, but it was a peaceful death, as the family's patriarch was surrounded by the ones he loved.

Months before he died, the Hollywood star spent time caring for Charles. At some point, Bradley moved into his parents' home and performed brilliantly as a caregiver, placing his career on hold while tending to his sick dad.

Bradley Cooper promotional photo for 'Alias' in 2002. | Source: Getty Images


He later returned to the movie scene but was burdened with thoughts of his father. As soon as filming ended, Bradley hurried home, took Charles out to an Eagles game, and continued caring for him until he passed away two weeks later.

This was one of the most painful memories for the "Nightmare Alley" star, who recalled holding his dad in his arms when the cancer victim took his last breath. In his words:

"It's a whole new world. And it was instantaneous. It wasn't like months later. It was like his last exhale, and I was holding him, and it was like everything changed."

Bradley Cooper on a red carpet. | Source: Getty Images


Caring for his dad was the right thing, but Bradley confessed that it was "overwhelming and extremely stressful." However, he was grateful to be in such a position where he could offer maximum help with the bills and his presence.

Following Charles' passing, Bradley vowed to cherish the memories of his loving father. One of the simplest ways he did that was to keep his dad's wedding ring close to his heart, in a long chain hung around the neck.

Initially, he decided to wear the wedding band as a tribute to his parents' strong bond, but that decision changed in 2018, and the marriage token has since been on his neck.



Bradley Cooper at the "Yes Man" press conference at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 4, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

Bradley's love for his mother intensified after his dad died. He began spending more time with her and even traveled to Europe with her. The actor also invited the widow to live with him in his Los Angeles home.


Many would have guessed that she lived in a guest house, but the "A Star is Born" star said she was in the room next to his. He talked about how close the family was, adding that losing their loved one changed their lives, so they needed each other to get past the pain. Bradley also said:

"We're surviving. Both of us. Let's face it: It's probably not easy for her, by the way, to be living with her son." "It's life."

Actor Bradley Cooper, mother Gloria Campano, Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, and mother Irmelin Indenbirken attend The Weinstein Company & Netflix's 2014 Golden Globes After Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images


Bradley became particularly intentional about guarding his mother as he did with his dad. During the coronavirus pandemic, he had his daughter with him and did not allow visitors.

The actor revealed that Gloria has a colostomy bag and that if she ever caught the virus, it would be deadly.

So he protected his home from visitors and lived happily with his two dogs, mother, and daughter, whom he homeschooled.

Gloria Cooper and Bradley Cooper at the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images


Despite being overprotective of his mother, Bradley does not mind flaunting her to the world on the red carpets, even when she is nervous.

In 2019, the superstar made a stunning appearance with his former lover, Irina Shayk, and his mother as his date to the Oscars.

He repeated the same stunt three years later, but this time, it was only one date — his mother! The pair looked dashing as they twinned in matching colored outfits and posed closely, holding each other on the red carpet.


Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk attend The National Board of Review Annual Awards on January 8, 2019 in New York City


As much as the actor loves his mother, he also creates time for his mini-me, whom he shares with Shayk. Sadly, after dating for a long time, the duo separated but maintained the same focus on nurturing their daughter.

These two have even become very good friends and never had a controversial argument concerning their child. Indeed, they have been handling co-parenting maturely, with both giving their best to their child by mapping a conducive schedule that suits them.

Even though the actor is often busier than his ex-lover, he makes time for Lea and never compromises being present for the family.

Gloria Campano, Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk at the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images


Bradley has been excited from day one, even though he was a first-time parent. The actor told Ellen DeGeneres that the experience of becoming a dad changed him. Bradley added:

"I think, like, every way. It allowed me to embrace my childlike self without any sort of fear of judgment."

Apart from spending time engaging in great plays with his daughter, the father-of-one often thinks about her future and how she would possibly navigate through life's stormy waters.

Bradley Cooper and his mother Gloria Campano arriving at the 94th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood on Sunday, March 27, 2022. | Source: Getty Images


Irrespective of what the future brings, Bradley is confident that he will be present for his little lady because parenting is his dream job. He also mentioned that:

"It has opened me up even more, I guess, to the day, and to be present."

Without mincing words, the award-winning actor pledged his loyalty to the two most important women in his life, his mother and daughter. For now, Bradley is not romantically involved with anybody; still, whatever happens in his love life would not appear to affect his love for his own.