Bradley Cooper visits Boston bombing victim

April 19, 2013 at 11:26 AM ET

Actor Bradley Cooper and New England Patriot wide receiver Julian Edelman visited Jeff Bauman Jr., who lost his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing, at Boston Medical Center on Thursday.

Edelman later tweeted a photo of himself and the actor standing next to Bauman's hospital bed with the words "Visited #survivor#stud#hero Jeffrey Bauman Jr. today. He was looking great and is a true inspiration." Earlier, Edelman had tweeted, "Met a very tough guy today. #inspired."

Cooper also attended the interfaith prayer service held at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston on Thursday. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attended the service as well, with the president delivering a 20-minute speech honoring victims and the city. ABC News reporter Shushannah Walshe tweeted a photo of Cooper at the service.

Cooper is in the Boston area filming his next movie, "American Hustle," about the 1980s Abscam FBI sting operation. The film is scheduled to be released at Christmas.

Bauman, 27, was at the race cheering on his girlfriend. Both of his legs had to be amputated at the knee. After being treated at the hospital, he was interviewed by the FBI and described one of the bombers to law enforcement, his brother said.