Oliver Cooper is a world-renowned American actor, who rose to prominence for portraying Costa in the Nima Nourizadeh-directed 2012 comedy film “Project X.” He is also famous for his role as Levon in the Showtime drama series “Californication.”
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Oliver J. Cooper was born under the Sagittarius zodiac sign on 2 December 1989, in Sylvania Township, Ohio, which makes him 33 years old as of 2022. He was born to Mike and Oliver Cooper and was brought up alongside his sister Nikki and older brother, Jason, raised in a strict Ashkenazi-Jewish family. He performed his first stand-up comedy in Ohio when he was 17 years old.
Oliver attended a local elementary school, and thereafter joined Northview High School. He matriculated to Arizona State University, but it’s reported that he dropped out of college to start his acting career. He went for his internship at CONAN in Los Angeles, and took acting classes at the same time. Oliver was informed by one of his friends that the American entertainment and film studio, Warner Bros, was searching for new young actors to star in Todd Phillips’ teen comedy, “Project X,”, and was encouraged to audition. He had no representation, so he enlisted his good friend, Shaun Herman Weiss, a former child star famous for his role in the 1995 comedy film “Heavyweights,” to help him book an audition. It was Judd Apatow, who had earlier shared the screen with Weiss, who called the casting agent to help Cooper out.
Hobbies and Interesting Facts
Oliver is a big fan of comedy films and TV series – his favorite entertainers are Jason Bateman, John Goodman and Bill Murray. His best-loved sitcom is “Silicon Valley” and the 2013 black comedy film “Bad Words.”
He is an animal lover, and developed a deep love for canines when he started living with his Los Angeles-based aunt, who had kept four dogs.
Oliver made his film debut in 2011, playing Rick in the video short “Rick White.” In 2012, he starred as Costa in the teen comedy “Project X”, the critically acclaimed film written by Michael Bacall and Matt Drake, sharing the screen with established actors such as Thomas Mann, Alexis Knapp and Miles Teller, which made his fame skyrocket in Hollywood. Having made a name for himself in Hollywood, he was cast in the third installment of the film trilogy “The Hangover,” which was nominated for several awards including a Golden Globe. Subsequently, he played Andrew in “Runner Runner” in 2013, appearing alongside famous names such as Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck. In the same year, he co-wrote and produced the comedy “Four Dogs” together with his frequent collaborator, the writer and director, Joe Burke.
His next roles were in the projects, “Burying the Ex” in 2014, “Office Christmas Party” in 2016, and “The Front Runner” in 2018, among several others. He recently played Dr. Egon Spengler in the third installment of the acclaimed supernatural comedy “Ghostbusters” entitled “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” in 2021. The Jason Reitman-directed film had a box office collection of a whopping $205 million, and was nominated for several awards including a BAFTA and a Saturn.
Cooper made his TV debut aged 20 in the Nickelodeon sitcom “iCarly” in 2009, when he was selected to portray Kato. He made his TV breakthrough in 2014, when he was cast as Wheeler in 25 episodes of the Amazon Prime Video comedy-drama “Red Oaks.” The show was created by Gregory Jacobs and Joe Gangemi and aired for three seasons from August 2014 to October 2017. In 2014, he also appeared in the episode “30 Minutes or Less” of the seventh season of Tom Kapinos’ comedy-drama, “Californication.”
I acted in this really cool short thriller that @JoeBurkeFilm wrote, directed, shot, and edited. A literal one man crew. We did it during the lockdown. Hope you like it. Link: https://t.co/5M5GB81pfl pic.twitter.com/wocPYee0Do
— Oliver Cooper (@TheOliverCooper) June 22, 2020
Oliver later appeared in single episodes of several shows, such as the CBS action-adventure “MacGyver” in 2016, and the period sitcom “The Goldbergs,” (2013- present) in the year that followed. In 2017, he played TMZ Guy in the ninth episode of the first season of the sitcom “White Famous” entitled “Scandal”, appearing together with notable Hollywood actors such as Jaime Foxx, Jay Pharoah and Jacob Ming-Trent. In the same year, Oliver portrayed Streamin’ Semen in the YouTube Red web series “Good Game,” which was created by Jesse Cox and Michele Morrow.
He recently appeared in two TV shows in 2019; in the National Geographic docudrama, “Valley of Boom”, and in an episode of Joe Penhall’s acclaimed drama “Mindhunter,” which has won five awards, including an Online Film & Television Association (OFTA) Award, in addition to receiving 36 nominations.
Cooper has so far been nominated for two awards – both in 2012 MTV Movie Awards for Best Villian and Best Comedic Performance for his performance in “Project X” –.
Oliver is active on Instagram with around 12,500 followers and on Twitter – @TheOliverCooper – with over 1,500 followers.
Oliver is a very secretive person, and hasn’t publicly introduced anyone as his girlfriend. According to the American Sun-Times, hes dating a mysterious woman, and were seen together shopping for wedding rings in September 2022. Those who claim to be close to the duo have said that they are ‘convinced’ that their engagement is inevitable, adding that Oliver is madly in love with his girlfriend. However, Oliver has not talked about this, and his rep did not make any comment regarding the matter when he was asked to confirm the rumor in an interview.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Cooper is of Caucasian ethnicity, and has a pair of dark-brown eyes and black hair. He weighs around 170lbs (77kgs) and is 5ft 7ins (1.70m) tall. His chest, bicep, and waist sizes are approximately 40, 15 and 32ins respectively.
Oliver has appeared in various high-grossing productions such as “Project X,” which had a box-office collection of $103 million against a budget of $12 million, and so made a name for himself, accumulating a substantial net worth of approximately $1.5 million as of late-2022.