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Bradley Cooper Went to His High School Reunion Two Weeks Ago

The Maestro star and Jimmy Fallon burst into a dance to celebrate Cooper's classmate (shout out to Bucky!).

By Samantha Vincenty

Bradley Cooper visited The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on December 19 to chat about Maestro, the Leonard Bernstein biopic that Cooper directed and stars in. But promoting the film, which received a slew of Golden Globes nominations (including Best Director and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture for Cooper), is just one of the things Cooper's been up to lately.

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"You went to your high school reunion?" Jimmy Fallon asked Cooper.

"I did," Cooper confirmed. I've gone to a couple of them, bro." Cooper told an incredulous Fallon that he also attended his 20th and 25th reunions. "I just went to 30 like two weeks ago, it was great."

"Really?" Fallon said, speaking for everyone who's had an awkward high school reunion experience (to be fair, most of us aren't A-list movie stars). "Would you lie?  You're being honest?"

"I think I would tell you the truth," Cooper said, adding that he even arrived early to the event. 

"What, did you go to the 29th anniversary?" Fallon joked, as the two dissolved into laughter as Cooper kept trying to tell his story. But the actor couldn't halt his hysterics, so Fallon helped him recount the night. 

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Cooper arrived early, "and I put the sign out front," he said. "Then people came, and I welcomed them, and I put my name tag." Evidently, he was known as 'Brad Cooper' back then, and he felt like an "imposter" attending as a Bradley.

Fallon produced a photo as proof, with Cooper posing with a classmate named Bucky Holmes, whose more exciting name made Cooper "so jealous" back then.

"Does anyone freak out that you're now Bradley Cooper?" Fallon asked.

"No! It was awesome," Cooper said, describing it as "regular," perhaps because he's been to several of them before. "People were just like, 'Yeah, we're good.'" Fallon and Cooper then proceeded to shout Bucky out for several minutes," erupting into a dance to toast the man himself. 

Bradley Cooper on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Episode 1894

Where did Bradley Cooper go to high school? 

Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.

Like his character in 2012's Silver Linings Playbook—and Tonight Show house band The Roots—Cooper proudly hails from the Philadelphia area, growing up in the suburbs of Abington Township and Jenkintown.  

Cooper flexed his Philadelphia pride earlier in December when he was found slinging cheesesteaks in a New York City food truck, under the moniker "Danny & Coop's Cheesesteaks." The pop-up was a joint endeavor between Cooper and Danny DiGiampietro, owner of Philadelphia's Angelo's Pizzeria, with the proceeds donated to charity. Go Phils!