Anderson Cooper

TV host, News anchor, Journalist
With a distinguished head of premature gray hair and a charming onscreen demeanor, newsman Anderson Cooper grabbed audience attention - and the nickname "The Silver Fox" - for his contributions to the field of ... Read more »
Born: 06/02/1967 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (38)

Chappie 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 - 2009, 2011 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Host

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver 2014 (Tv Show)

Special Appearance

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

60 Minutes 2000 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

60 Minutes Sports 2013 (Tv Show)

Correspondent

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Host

The Bully Effect 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Host

The Simpsons 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Anderson 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Host

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Host

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Cameo

CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Host

The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

Dora: The Girl Heard 'Round the World 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jay Leno Show 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Morning 2001 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees 2000 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Host

Real Time with Bill Maher 2000 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Mole 2000 - 2005, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Mole II: The Next Betrayal 2001 - 2005, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jerry Seinfeld: The Comedian Award 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Host

The 2nd Annual Quill Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Big In '04 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Celebrity Hot 100 of Forbes 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Downtown 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

World News Now 1991 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Gloria Vanderbilt: An Heir of Style 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Planet in Peril (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

With a distinguished head of premature gray hair and a charming onscreen demeanor, newsman Anderson Cooper grabbed audience attention - and the nickname "The Silver Fox" - for his contributions to the field of journalism. The clever Cooper won far-reaching respect in an era of backlash against journalists, particularly with his emotional on-the-scene coverage of the devastation in New Orleans following 2005's Hurricane Katrina. His show "Anderson Cooper 360º" (CNN, 2003- ) became essential viewing for a generation often chided for not caring about the news, and Cooper himself its modern-day journalistic authority. The journalist possessed a glamour and charisma rare in the field, from his lineage as heiress Gloria Vanderbilt's son to speculation about his sexuality, which he treated good-naturedly but chose not to comment on publicly. Mixing intelligence, compassion and that impossible-to-define "it" factor, Cooper, unlike so many other famous family scions, earned his own impressive legacy.

Relationships

Carter Cooper

Brother
Took his own life on July 22, 1988 at age 23 by jumping from the 14th floor terrace of their mother Gloria Vanderbilt's NYC penthouse apartment

Wyatt Cooper Screenplay

Father
Born Sept. 1, 1927 Died Jan. 5, 1978 after a series of heart attacks

Leopold Stokowski

Half-Brother
Son of Gloria Vanderbilt and conductor Leopold Stokowski

Christopher Stokowski

Half-Brother
Son of Gloria Vanderbilt and conductor Leopold Stokowski

Cornelius Vanderbilt

Great-Great-Grandfather

Gloria Vanderbilt Actor

Mother
Born Feb. 20, 1924; only child of railroad heir Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt

EDUCATION

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1989

University of Hanoi

Ha Noi, thu do
Studied Vietnamese throught the 1990s

The Dalton School

New York City , New York 1985

Milestones

2011

Voiced the deadpan narrator for the Broadway revival of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"

2011

Hosted the syndicated daytime talk show "Anderson"

2008

Teamed with Lisa Ling for the sequel "Planet in Peril: Battle Lines"

2007

Signed a new contract with CNN, which guaranteed him $4 million a year

2007

Hosted the documentary "Planet in Peril" with Sanjay Gupta and Jeff Corwin on CNN

2006

Published his memoir Dispatches from the Edge

2006

Announced his moonlighting gig for "60 Minutes" (CBS)

2005

Signed a $1 million book deal with HarperCollins to publish his memoir

2005

Temporarily added as co-anchor to Aaron Brown when CNN's "NewsNight" was changed from 60 to 120 minutes

2005

Saw his show "Anderson Cooper 360" expand to 2 hours and shift into the 10pm slot formerly held by "Newsnight"

2003

Hosted top-rated news program "Anderson Cooper 360" on CNN

2002

Became CNN's weekend prime time anchor

2001

Returned to broadcast news to anchor alongside Paula Zahn on "American Morning" (CNN)

2000

Took a job as the host of ABC's reality show "The Mole"

1999

Became the permanent co-anchor of ABC’s "World News Now"

1995

At the age of 28, became the youngest correspondent for "ABC News"

1992

Worked as a fact checker for Channel One, a news program made to air in classrooms

Became a contributing Editor of Details magazine

Filmed stories from a variety of war-torn regions around the globe, including Somalia, Bosnia and Rwanda

Studied Vietnamese at the University of Hanoi

Modeled for Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Macy's from age 10 to 13

Bonus Trivia

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Cooper was photographed as a baby by Diane Arbus for a Harper's Bazaar Valentine issue. Following Arbus' suicide in 1971, the image was selected to open a retrospective of her photography at the Museum of Modern Art in 1972.

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Anderson's older brother Carter took his own life at age 23 on July 22, 1988 by jumping from the 14th floor terrace of Vanderbilt's New York City penthouse apartment. Their mother Gloria Vanderbilt later wrote about her son's death in the book A Mother's Story, in which she expresses her belief that the suicide was caused by a psychotic episode induced by an allergy to the medical prescription drug Proventil.

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Cooper made Vanity Fair's international best-dressed list in 2004.

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In 2005, Cooper was named one of the sexiest men alive by People magazine.

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In a July 2012 letter to Andrew Sullivan of The Daily Beast, Cooper stated, "The fact is, I'm gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud."

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