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Nicole Sands
December 15, 2015 07:50 PM

Bradley Cooper will forever make his father proud.

During Barbara Walters’ latest ABC special, “The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2015,” Bradley Cooper opens up about his late father, Charles Cooper, who died in 2011 after battling a long illness.

The actor has been nominated for countless awards, but his role in his most recent Oscar nominated movie, American Sniper, would have made his father especially overjoyed.

“I think he wouldn’t believe it,” Cooper tells Walters. “I really wish, I mean thank God he was alive for so many of the successes, but like the Clint Eastwood thing he would have really loved – that was one of his heroes.”

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Furthermore, Cooper’s lead role in The Elephant Man on Broadway – which went on to be nominated for a Tony Award – brings back childhood memories of his father introducing him to the film version.

“My father sat me down and said, Let’s look at this movie.’ Apocalypse Now and Deer Hunter and Elephant Man and Raging Bull, all these movies, when I was between the ages of 12 to 14. It was crazy,” says Cooper. “He just wanted to share his love of cinema.”

Cooper, who is not married, wears his father’s wedding ring everyday to remind him of the light in his life that will never dim.

Tune in to the ABC News special, “Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2015,” on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

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