Happy birthday, Bradley Cooper!

The actor turns 37 Thursday, and what a stellar year he's had -- from starring in "Limitless" and "The Hangover Part II" to being named PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive 2011.

But the past year had its low points for the actor as well. He lost his father, Charles, who passed away Jan. 15, 2011 at age 71 after battling a long illness. A few months later, Cooper split from girlfriend Renee Zellwegger after less than two years together.

Since the split, Cooper has become quite the eligible bachelor in Hollywood and has been linked to stars such as Olivia Wilde, Jennifer Lopez and, most recently, Zoe Saldana.

Sure, he may be the Sexiest Man Alive, but Cooper himself admitted that the coveted title should have gone to his pal, Ryan Gosling.

"He literally looks like he's in a photo shoot, like he just came off the runway." Cooper said about Gosling on "The Graham Norton Show." "I literally look like the neighbor who never comes really out of his house."

Well, we still think you're pretty sexy, Brad. Check out some of our favorite photos of Cooper below!

PHOTOS:

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  • LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Bradley Cooper attends The Moet British Independent Film Awards 2011 at Old Billingsgate Market on December 4, 2011 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

  • Actor Bradley Cooper arrives for the world premiere of 'All about Steve' at the Mann Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California, on August 26, 2009. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Bradley Cooper attends the GQ Men Of The Year Awards at The Royal Opera House on September 6, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

  • HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 08: Actor Bradley Cooper arrives at the premiere of New Line Cinema's 'Valentine's Day' held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on February 8, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

  • UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - OCTOBER 15: Actor Bradley Cooper accepts an award onstage during Spike TV's 'SCREAM 2011' awards held at Universal Studios on October 15, 2011 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • Actor Bradley Cooper arrives on the red carpet for the premiere of the Warner Bros. film, 'The Hangover Part II', at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California on May 19, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Actor Bradley Cooper attends the Cinema Society & Bing screening of 'The Hangover Part II' at Landmark Sunshine Cinema on May 23, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Actor Bradley Cooper arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. 'The Hangover Part II' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on May 19, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Actor Bradley Cooper attends the 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 20: Actor Bradley Cooper looks on during Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs between the Los Angeles Lakers and the New Orleans Hornets on April 20, 2011 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 31: Actor Bradley Cooper attends 'Limitless' (Sin Limites) premiere at Kinepolis Cinema on March 31, 2011 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 18: Actor Bradley Cooper visits 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on March 18, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Actor Bradley Cooper attends the New York Times TimesTalk at The Times Center on March 15, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: Actor Bradley Cooper attends the Maxim screening and Q A of 'Limitless' at Regal Union Square Theatre, Stadium 14 on March 14, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Maxim)

  • NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: Actor Bradley Cooper visits the New York Stock Exchange on March 14, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Actor Bradley Cooper attends Relativity Media's world premiere of 'Limitless' presented by Deleon Tequila at Regal Union Square Theatre, Stadium 14 on March 8, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Relativity Media)

  • NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Actor Bradley Cooper attends Relativity Media's world premiere of 'Limitless' presented by Deleon Tequila at Regal Union Square Theatre, Stadium 14 on March 8, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Relativity Media)

  • Actor Bradley Cooper arrives at the Los

    Actor Bradley Cooper arrives at the Los Angeles Special Screening of 'Limitless' on March 3, 2011 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 03: Actor Bradley Cooper arrives at Relativity Media's Los Angeles Special Screening of 'Limitless' held at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome on March 3, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 03: Actor Bradley Cooper arrives at Relativity Media's Los Angeles Special Screening of 'Limitless' held at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome on March 3, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: Actor Bradley Cooper attends the Tommy Hilfiger 25th anniversary celebration at The Metropolitan Opera House on September 12, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: Actor Bradley Cooper poses at the Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theater at Lincoln Center on September 12, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for IMG)

  • NEW YORK - AUGUST 25: Actor Bradley Cooper attends the Nike Tennis Primetime Knockout event at Pier 54 on August 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

  • TOKYO - AUGUST 16: Actor Bradley Cooper attends the Japan Premiere of 'The A-Team' at Differ Ariake on August 16, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan. The film will open on August 20 in Japan. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)

  • TOKYO - AUGUST 16: Actor Bradley Cooper waves to fans as he attends a stage greeting for the Japan Premiere of 'The A-Team' at Differ Ariake on August 16, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan. The film will open on August 20 in Japan. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)

  • LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Bradley Cooper attends the UK Film Premiere of 'The A-Team' at Empire Leicester Square on July 27, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 26: Actor Bradley Cooper attends 'The A-Team' photocall at ME Hotel on July 26, 2010 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

  • US actor Bradley Cooper poses in a car in front of the Eiffel tower on June 14, 2010 in Paris during a photocall for the release in France of the A-team film, directed by US Joe Carnahan. The movie, to be released on French screens on June 16, 2010, is an adaptation of the eponym serie that was broadcasted from 1983 to 1987 in the US. AFP PHOTO FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 03: Actor Bradley Cooper attends 'The A-Team' Los Angeles Premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on June 3, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 07: Actor Bradley Cooper arrives backstage at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards held at Kodak Theatre on March 7, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Actor Bradley Cooper arrives at the 'Valentine's Day' Los Angeles Premiere at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California on February 8, 2010. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 07: Actor Bradley Cooper poses in the press room at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards held at Kodak Theatre on March 7, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 17: Actor Bradley Cooper signs the Chrysler 300 Eco Style car for Stars for a Cause during the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 17, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. This Chrysler 300 is one of seven in existence. (Photo by Michael Caulfield/Getty Images)

  • HOLLYWOOD - JANUARY 15: Actor Bradley Cooper poses in the press room during the 15th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards held at the Hollywood Palladium on January 15, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for VH1)

  • BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 26: Actor Bradley Cooper poses with the Comedy Award in the press room during the 13th annual Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 26, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for The Hollywood Film Festival)

  • BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 26: Actor Bradley Cooper arrives at the 13th annual Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 26, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for The Hollywood Film Festival)

  • HOLLYWOOD - JANUARY 15: Actor Bradley Cooper presents the Best Actress award onstage during the 15th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards held at the Hollywood Palladium on January 15, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for VH1)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 26: Actor Bradley Cooper arrives at the premiere of Twentieth Century Fox's 'All About Steve' held at Mann's Chinese Theater on August 26, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK - JUNE 15: Bradley Cooper attends the 2009 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 15, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 26: Actor Bradley Cooper arrives at the premiere of Twentieth Century Fox's 'All About Steve' held at Mann's Chinese Theater on August 26, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 11: Bradley Cooper on the red carpet for the Spanish premiere of the Hangover on August 11, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Robert Marquardt/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK - JUNE 17: Actor Bradley Cooper attends the 2009 Whitney Contemporaries Art Party And Auction at Skylight on June 17, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK - JUNE 15: Actor Bradley Cooper attends The High Line's Opening Summer Benefit presented by Calvin Klein Collection at High Line Park on June 15, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

  • LONDON - JUNE 10: Actor Bradley Cooper attends 'The Hangover' film premiere at Vue West End cinema on June 10, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK - JUNE 04: Actor Bradley Cooper attends The Cinema Society's and Details' screening of 'The Hangover' at the Tribeca Grand Screening Room on June 4, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

  • HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 02: Actor Bradley Cooper at the Los Angeles premiere of 'The Hangover' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on June 2, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS - MAY 15: Actor Bradley Cooper participates in a charity poker tournament at Caesars Palace hosted by Warner Bros. Pictures featuring cast members from the film 'The Hangover' to benefit Opportunity Village May 15, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Caesars Palace served as the location for many scenes of the comedy, which opens nationwide in the United States on June 5. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS - APRIL 02: Actor Bradley Cooper, recipient of the Comedy Star of the Year Award, recipient of the Award, arrives at the ShoWest awards ceremony at the Paris Las Vegas during ShoWest, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, April 2, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Actor Bradley Cooper arrives at the 24th Annual Film Independent's Spirit Awards held at Santa Monica Beach on February 21, 2009 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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