Brad Pitt is a multi-talented Hollywood actor from Oklahoma and is most famous for his roles in the hit movies “Thelma & Louise”, “Se7en”, “Fight Club” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”. Pitt also has dabbled in producing, directing, journalism, singing, and fashion design. He’s an Academy Award winner for “12 Years a Slave” and has received three other nominations as well.
About Brad Pitt
As a child, Pitt’s family moved to Kansas City, Missouri where he attended Shawnee Mission South High School. He started his acting career at the age of four when he appeared in one episode of the sitcom “The Andy Griffith Show”. On television, Pitt played a small role in the short-lived ABC series “Wonderful World of Disney” and also appeared on an episode of the TV show “Benson”.
Life of Pitt
Brad Pitt was born William Bradley Pitt on December 18, 1963, in Springfield, Missouri. He is the son of Mary Lee Elaine (née Smith) and William Alvin “Brad” Pitt, a public school teacher who booked his son as an extra for $25 a day. His father encouraged his interest in acting at an early age, taking him to see movies such as “Shane” when he was seven or eight years old.
Brad Pitt’s education
At the age of fourteen, he attended Shawnee Mission North High School. Interested in enrolling in college, he received a scholarship to Missouri State University in Springfield. However, he soon gave up the idea and instead decided to move out of his family’s home and into an apartment with his older brother Doug and his best friend Chris Cline.
In an interview with Details magazine, Pitt said that during this time in his life he lived “in a $140-a-month apartment, next to a roach-infested gas station, but it was heaven for me.
His personal life
Prior to turning sixteen, Pitt had a short-lived romantic relationship with a girl who was two years younger. Later in life, he began dating actress Gwyneth Paltrow, who starred in the hit movie “Shakespeare In Love”. After Paltrow gave birth to their daughter, the couple became engaged. In May 2003, they married.
Brad Pitt’s career
As a teen, Pitt was cast in several movies, including “ Dillinger” and “King of the Mountain”. Upon graduating high school, he moved to Los Angeles with Cline. When he arrived in Hollywood, he took up several small roles on television shows such as “Wonderful World of Disney” and an episode of the TV series “Benson”.
Early work (1987–1993)
In 1987, Pitt was cast in one of the lead roles in “The Dark Side of the Sun” and also appeared in an episode from the third season of “Miami Vice”. He then landed a part as a club fighter in the movie “No Man’s Land”. The following year, he portrayed Jesse V. V. Walton, Jr. in the movie “Too Young to Die?”. This time, he appeared with actor John Lithgow.
In 1989, Pitt had his first major role when he was cast in Sam Peckinpah’s last film “The Killers”. The following year, he took on a bigger role as the star of Thelma & Louise. The film was very successful at the box office and got Pitt nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
In 1994, Pitt took on the role of James “Jim” Croce in “You Don’t Know Jack” alongside Robin Williams. The film was very popular and received positive reviews from critics.
In 1997, Pitt starred in another hit with his portrayal of Paul Kersey in “The Two Jakes”. This time around, he played a by-the-book police detective who is completely insane when it comes to his work and becomes an alcoholic after killing a man who is suspected to have murdered his wife. Pitt then played an ex-cop named Tyler Perry, who was framed for the murder of his wife in the movie “Seven”.
In 1998, Pitt starred as Rusty Ryan in the Michael Bay big-screen adaptation of “The War of the Worlds” alongside Tom Cruise and Kidman. The next year, he played a recovering alcoholic opposite Jennifer Aniston in the romantic comedy “Thelma & Louise” re-make.
Rise to prominence (1999–2003)
In 1999, Pitt landed an Academy Award nomination after his performance in “Twelve Years a Slave” and the following year, he starred opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in the action-adventure movie “Fight Club”. Although he did not win the award, it was still another critical success for him.
In 2001, Pitt starred in “The Mexican” with Sigourney Weaver and newcomer Joshua Jackson. The film was a moderate box office hit but received mixed reviews from critics. The following year, Pitt teamed up with Matt Damon and director Steven Soderbergh for “Ocean’s Eleven”. Although he received a Golden Globe Award nomination for playing Rusty Ryan, it was not as well-received as its predecessor.
In 2003, Pitt starred in “The Cooler”. He earned some of the best reviews of his career for his performance as a man whose job was to disrupt the lives of gamblers who were on a winning streak.
Worldwide recognition (2004–2008)
In 2004, Pitt had another major commercial hit when he co-starred alongside other A-list stars such as Julia Roberts and Cate Blanchett in “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”. The movie grossed $478 million in global sales and was named by “Premiere” magazine as one of the “Greatest Movies of All Time”.
In the same year, Pitt starred opposite Helena Bonham Carter in the critically acclaimed movie “Beyond Borders”. This marked his first collaboration with the director and choreographer Danny Boyle. The movie was a critical and commercial success, grossing $73 million worldwide.
In 2006, Pitt starred alongside Russell Crowe in the action-adventure thriller “Casino Royale”, which was another financial success in his career. He then took on the role of Charlie Babbitt in the fantasy-comedy “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”, which was not as successful as his previous releases. In 2007, Pitt starred as Tyler Durden in the movie “Fight Club” which was re-make alongside Helena Bonham Carter.
In 2008, Pitt took on a supporting role in the comedy-drama “Burn After Reading” and as a professional assassin named Fox in the Quentin Tarantino movie “Inglourious Basterds”.
Established actor (2009–present)
In 2009, Pitt was cast in Brad Furman’s “The Informant!” which was based on the true story of an FBI agent who secretly worked for an international corporate crime syndicate for one year. The film opened at the Cannes Film Festival in May and received mixed reviews from critics. He then played a ship captain named Wilbur Fitzgerald in the movie “Zombieland”. This was Pitt’s second collaboration with director Ruben Fleischer.
In 2010, Pitt starred in the crime drama “Killing Them Softly” which is an adaptation of the novel by George V. Higgins. It was praise by critics and gross nearly $14 million at the box office. In 2011, Pitt had a supporting role in Quentin Tarantino’s movie “Django Unchained”.
In 2012, Pitt starred in the romantic comedy “This Is Where I Leave You” with co-stars Tina Fey and Jason Bateman. This was his first collaboration with director Shawn Levy and earned $39 million worldwide. The following year, he appeared as a paralyzed war veteran named Bill Harford in the movie “The Words” which was based on the novel by Andy Zaltzman.
Humanitarian and political causes
In 2006, Pitt founded his nonprofit organization, the Make It Right Foundation, dedicated to building safe and sustainable affordable housing in the city of New Orleans. By the end of 2008, he had built 100 houses in the city.
In 2013, Pitt and Angelina Jolie co-founded a second charity named “The Jolie-Pitt Foundation”. The organization focuses on humanitarian aid for children in various countries worldwide. Their first mission was to Cambodia, where they planned to build a pediatric hospital. Pitt also spent a significant amount of his own money to build a school in the country.
Pitt and Jolie have previously supported various environmental charities such as the organization “Greenpeace”, which was co-found by Bob Geldof in 1971.
Awards and honor
In 1990, Pitt received a Golden Globe nomination for his role as Joey Gallo in “So I Married an Axe Murderer”. Pitt received a Golden Globe nomination for his role in “Three Kings” in 1995.
In 1997, Pitt won the MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance for his portrayal of Jack in “You Don’t Know Jack”. He won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Action Star and was nominate for the Saturn Awards for Best Supporting Actor in 1998.
In 1999, Pitt won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture for his role in “Twelve Years a Slave”. He was nominate for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role and for the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 2000, he won the People’s Choice Awards for Favorite All-Around Movie Star and Favorite Movie Star Under 25.
In 2001, Pitt won the Hollywood Film Festival Award as well as MTV Movie Award’s Generation Award.