Brad Pitt Biography
Brad Pitt was born on December 18, 1963 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He was brought up in Springfield, Missouri along with his three siblings. He was raised by father, Bill Pitt and mother, Jane Pitt. His father owned a trucking company and her mother worked as a family counselor.
He aspired to become an advertising art director having studied journalism at the University of Missouri. But, this aspiration did not last for long when he decided to leave college and headed to Los Angeles where he pursued his acting career and earned his college degree.
Before his celebrity acting career began, Brad Pitt chauffeured strippers and delivered refrigerators while he was trying to break into the film industry of L.A.
He joined an acting class and went to accompany his classmate on an audition, which later became his stepping stone in the film industry. His acting career began in television where he appeared in episodes of Dallas, Another World, Growing Pains and Glory Days.
In 1989, Brad Pitt played as Billy Canton along with Juliette Lewis in the NBC made-for-television movie Too Young to Die. He dated Lewis who was 16 years old and moved in together.
He made his big screen break in 1989 as he took the role in Cutting Class alongside Donovan Leitch. He played a teen track star in Across the Tracks by Sandy Tung as he started to rise in his quest for stardom.
In 1991, he performed in Thelma and Louise, which grabbed the film industry’s attention despite appearing only a few minutes of screen time. He earned a title as a world-renowned sex symbol.
His acting career slowed down a bit in early 1992 when his few films including The Favor, Johnny Suede and Cool World failed to push him up to his Hollywood career.
In late 1992 however, Brad Pitt shone as a golden boy once more in the movie A River Runs through It, which was the Norman McLean’s autobiography. In 1993, he worked alongside his 3-year girlfriend Juliette Lewis yet again in Kalifornia by Dominic Selas, which barely made money in the box office as it received criticisms from film reviewers who viewed the film as violent and nihilistic.
His next movies went from bad-boy-charming image to the lighter side as he proceeded with his comedic performance in True Romance. He then teamed up with celebrity actor Tom Cruise in Ann Rice’s Interview with the Vampire, which was his next major role receiving some positive reviews from the press. Soon after, his Hollywood career was secured in place despite the criticisms that his roles and film efforts lack in various aspects or dimensions.
Brad Pitt played as Tristan in the Legends of the Fall in 1994, which was an epic family melodrama. Later, he filmed David Fincher’s Seven where he played as a serial killer. He began dating Gwyneth Paltrow at this point, which they both claimed as love at first sight. The relationship didn’t end in Holy Matrimony as they split up in 1997 for no apparent reasons.
In Twelve Monkeys (1995), he played as a mental patient, which earned him a Golden Globe award for best supporting actor. In 1996, he filmed Sleepers, which was another dark thriller and acted alongside Harrison Ford in Devil’s Own before he went to film Seven Years in Tibet in Argentina. It didn’t do well in the box office as it received mixed reviews followed by the not-so-inspiring movie Meet Joe Black where he co-starred with Anthony Hopkins.
The Fight Club was born in 1999 after a brief pause from his acting career. He worked alongside Edward Norton in this film showing his unglamorous version. His following movies in 2001 included Snatch with Benicio Del Toro and The Mexican, which was a romantic comedy co-starring Julia Roberts, Spy Game and worked together with the A-list group including Roberts, George Clooney and Matt Damon in Ocean’s Eleven. He then starred as the Greek hero Achilles in the blockbuster hit movie Troy in 2004.
The following year he worked alongside Angelina Jolie in yet another blockbuster film Mr. & Mrs. Smith, which was a hit in the filming industry earning over $100 million at the box office.
Brad Pitt earned a nomination in the Golden Globe in his movie Babel in 2006 followed by the Ocean’s Eleven sequel, Ocean’s Thirteen in 2007. He teamed up with the Coen brothers in a FBI comedic thriller Burn After Reading in 2008, which earned him two nominations in Golden Globe awards and over $60 million at the box office.
Brad Pitts next movies included the whimsical role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which earned 13 Academy Awards nomination including the Best Actor nomination for Pitt. He then took the Inglourious Basterds and a project with Sean Penn in The Tree of Life.
Brad Pitt won a two-time title as the “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1995 and 2000 and in 1998 he began dating Jennifer Aniston whom he married in 2000 but ended up in a divorce in 2005.
After the separation, Angelina Jolie became the apple of his eye and in May 2006, they had their first baby girl, Shiloh along with their three adopted kids – Maddox, Pax Thien and Zahara. They had their twins in July 2008 – Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline. Currently, he is busy with his career and international humanitarian projects with his wife – Angelina Jolie.