Bradley Cooper gets choked up when asked what his late father would think of his success

Bradley Cooper is getting emotional about his late dad.

In a sneak peek of his upcoming interview on Sunday TODAY With Willie Geist, the 44-year-old actor gets emotional when the host asks if he thinks about how his dad would react to his success. Cooper's dad, Charles Cooper, died in 2011 after a battle with cancer.

"Yeah. Sure. Yeah," he confirms through pauses to gather himself emotionally. "I don't know, man. It's part of life."

Cooper then puts his head down and appears to cry.

This isn't the first time the A Star Is Born actor-director has tearfully talked about his father. In an with Oprah Winfrey on her Super Soul Sunday series, Cooper recalls holding his dad as he took his last breath.

"It was everything. It was the biggest gift he gave me. The second biggest gift; having me, bringing me into this life, and then him allowing me to be witness to his passing was equally as huge," he says. "... When he took the last breath, I honestly felt like it went into me."

"I've never seen anything the same since," he continues. "And I stopped sweating stuff that I was sweating before that. I changed the way I was as an actor by, like, the next day. And I just started to live my life in a different way."

Cooper also discussed his dad in an interview with The New York Times last September.

“It’s a new reality,” he said of life after his father's death. “Everything, everything. It’s not even one thing, it’s a whole new world. And it was instantaneous. It wasn’t like, months later. It was like, his last exhale, and I was holding him, and it was like, everything changed.”

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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 24: Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk arrives at the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 24: (L-R) Gloria Campano, Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk attends the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 24: (L-R) Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk attend the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk arrive at JFK airport on February 7, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by ECP/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 08: Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk attend The National Board of Review Annual Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for National Board of Review)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 06: Irina Shayk, Bradley Cooper arrives at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awardsat The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 06: Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper attend the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 06, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 06: Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 06, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/WireImage)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - JANUARY 03: (L-R) Irina Shayk, Bradley Cooper, and Emily Blunt attend the 30th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 3, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Palm Springs International Film Festival )
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk are seen walking in soho on October 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 04: Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk are seen walking in Soho on October 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 04: Actor Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk are seen walking in soho on October 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 30: Bradley Cooper, Irina Shayk and their daughter Lea are seen arriving at the 75th Venice Film Festival on August 30, 2018 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Photopix/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper attend 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination', the 2018 Costume Institute Benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jackson Lee/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk look on prior to the Men's Singles Final match between Andy Murray of Great Britain and Milos Raonic of Canada on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk attend day nine of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 06, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk attend day eleven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 08, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk attend day nine of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 06, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk attend day nine of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 06, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk attend day nine of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 06, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper attend 'Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Actor Bradley Cooper (L) and model Irina Shayk leave the 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 09: Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper attend the Arop Charity Gala At the Opera Garnier under the auspices of Madam Maryvonne Pinault on March 9, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 08: Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk attends the Red Obsession party in Paris to celebrate L'Oreal Paris's partnership with Paris Fashion Week. L'Oreal Paris spokesmodels accessorised with accents of red to celebrate the launch of the new Color Riche La Palette on March 8, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images For L'Oreal)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 08: Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk attend the L'Oreal Red Obsession Party as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2016/2017 on March 8, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 08: Cyril Chapuy, Lewis Hamilton, Bradley Cooper Irina Shayk attend the Red Obsession party to celebrate L'Oreal Paris's partnership with Paris Fashion Week on March 8, 2016 in Paris, France. L'Oreal Paris spokesmodels accessorised with accents of red to celebrate the launch of the new Color Riche La Palette. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images For L'Oreal)
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In the preview for the upcoming Sunday TODAY interview, Cooper also discusses his mom, Gloria Campano, and what she thinks of her son's success.

"My mom's funny because she always thinks everything is going to be a huge hit. I'm always like, 'Mom, no. This one's not going to work.' And she's like, 'No, Bradley, no. I'm telling you.' And I'm like, 'Mom, it's not going to work,'" he says with a laugh. "And so she started being like, 'Oh maybe I'm wrong.'"

"So now she does it with caution, which I kinda dig," he adds. "She's like, 'I don't know. It's tough out there'... She did, like, a total 180."

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