Bradley Cooper Produces “Stand Up to Cancer” Telethon
Pacific Palisades resident Bradley Cooper is co-producing the “Stand Up to Cancer” (SU2C) Telethon on Friday, September 7.
Cooper’s dad died from lung cancer in 2011. During his father’s illness, he was quoted as saying: “I was in a very lucky position because I was able to put everything on hold in all aspects of my life and completely focus on taking care of him.”
He has described his father’s treatment as “just simply overwhelming, incredibly stressful, complex and all consuming.”
This sixth live televised show will be at 8 p.m. on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and many cable networks, and include stars/performers Mahershala Ali, Jason Bateman, Kathy Bates, Beth Behrs, Julie Bowen, Josh Brolin, Katie Couric, Kaley Cuoco, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jennifer Garner, Max Greenfield, Jon Hamm, Tony Hale, Mark Harmon, Marg Helgenberger, Ed Helms, Sarah Hyland, Ken Jeong, Adam Klein, Tyler Labine, Diego Luna, Sonequa Martin-Green, Marlee Matlin, Matthew McConaughey, Maria Menounos, Jillian Michaels, Trevor Noah, Dak Prescott, Dave Price, Keanu Reeves, Italia Ricci, Rob Riggle, Tracee Ellis Ross, Winona Ryder, Jimmy Smits, Karla Souza, David Spade, Eric Stonestreet, Alison Sweeney, Bree Turner, Keith Urban, Sofia Vergara and Marlon Wayans.
There will be musical performances by Stevie Wonder, Charlie Wilson and the country vocal group Little Big Town.
A live digital show, via Facebook, YouTube and Twitter starts at 4 p.m.
The televised event is intended to raise funds to accelerate the pace of groundbreaking translational research that will get new therapies to patients quickly.
With help from the entertainment industry, SU2C hopes to generate awareness, educate the public on cancer prevention and help more people diagnosed with cancer become long-term survivors.
One-hundred percent of donations received from the public support will go to Stand Up To Cancer’s collaborative cancer research programs.
Part of the SU2C manifesto is:
The moment is now and the time has come to stand up.
One out of every two men
One out of every three women
will face these diseases we call cancer.
Our sisters, our brothers, our fathers, our mothers,
our husbands, our wives, our children.
Our very best friends and those we’ve yet to meet.
One person every minute, one person in a moment gets lost, gets stolen, gets taken away.
This is where the end of cancer begins. (Visit: standuptocancer.org)
Cooper received an Academy Award nomination in three consecutive years 2013-2015 Best Actor for Silver Linings Playbook and American Sniper and Best Supporting Actor for American Hustle.
With Lady Gaga, he has directed and starred in a remake of the 1954 musical drama A Star Is Born. The film premiered at the Venice International Film Festival last month.
Variety wrote “to say that [Cooper] does a good job would be to understate his accomplishment” and The Evening Standard said, “Cooper has succeeded in giving this dinosaur of a film stomping new life. This is A Star Is Born re-made for the age of the talent contest. It was never going to be subtle.”
The movie opens worldwide in theaters in October.