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Bradley Cooper's family 'soaking in volatility'

Bradley Cooper gave his parents "hell" in his youth.

The 37-year-old The Silver Linings Playbook actor grew up with passionate relatives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Bradley, who has been sober for nearly a decade now, appreciates his background, although he confesses he wasn't a teenage angel.

"I grew up in an interesting family. My father was Irish, and my mother was Italian. It's a rich tapestry. It's soaking in volatility," he told Esquire magazine.

"But I was raised well. I put them through some hell, of course. I got arrested [for underage drinking] when I was 15.

"My mom [Gloria] always said, 'Just call me. I wanna know where you are. We always had good lines of communication, me and my parents."

Bradley's deceased father Charles really inspired him.

The star's career was shaped largely by his dad.

"My father was viciously smart and intellectually curious," Bradley recalled.

"We lived across the street from a movie theatre. And he would always talk about all these movies, and when I was at the age of being able to appreciate them, he just started throwin' 'em my way."

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