credit: Maggie from Palm Springs, United States
Brad Pitt was born on December 18, 1963
in Shawnee, Oklahoma to Jane and Bill Pitt. He was the oldest
of three children (brother Doug and sister Julie).
He had a normal childhood and was very
active in school plays, sports (tennis), the debate team and church.
His family also moved to Springfield, Missouri when he was a child.
He attended Kickapoo High School in
Springfield and after graduating in 1982, he attended the University
of Missouri-Columbia. He majored in Journalism.
Although, it was never his ambition growing up, he moved to Los
Angeles before graduating to pursue a career as an actor. He
lied to his parents and told them he was finishing up school in
L.A., since he only needed two more classes to graduate.
At first, he did not receive any acting
jobs, however, he took acting lessons by day while working odd jobs
to make money (e.g., delivering appliances, a limo driver for
strippers and wearing a Chicken costume for a fast food restaurant).
His looks and talents eventually earned
him appearances on television, such as Dallas and Another
World. He kept pushing and eventually made his movie debut in
Cutting Class. It was during the filming of this movie that
he met long-time actress girlfriend Jill Schoelen.
After a few more small roles (e.g. Thelma & Louise), he appeared in larger parts such as
World (1992), A River Runs Through It (1992), TrueRomance (1993), Kalifornia (1993) and Interview
With a Vampire (1994 – MTV Awards for Best Male Performance,
Most Desirable Male and nominated for MTV Award for Best On-Screen
Duo with Tom Cruise). Then his
luck changed in 1994 when he appeared in Legends of the Fall
in which he gained international acclaim as an actor and a sex
symbol (especially after People magazine classified him as
the “Sexiest Man Alive”). For this role he received the
Bronze Wrangler Award for Theatrical
Motion Picture and was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best
Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama. While all this
was happening, he also won the 1993 ShoWest Male Star of Tomorrow
He went on to star in many other
box-buster films such as Se7en (1995 – MTV Awards for Most
Desirable Male and nominated for MTV Award for
Best On-Screen Duo w/Morgan Freeman),
Twelve Monkeys (1995 – nominated for an Academy Award for
Best Actor in a Supporting Role and MTV
Movie Award for Best Male Performance, and he won the Golden Globe
for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion
Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor -
Science Fiction and the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor),
The Devil’s Own (1997), Seven Years in Tibet (1997 -
Rembrandt Audience Award for Best Actor),
Meet Joe Black (1998), Fight Club (1999) and Snatch
(2000 – nominated for the Golden Satellite
Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Comedy
In July of 2000, he and
Jennifer Aniston (actress
of Friends fame), after a publicized relationship were
married. He also appeared on the television show and was nominated
for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest
Actor in a Comedy Series.
More more roles came in for Brad Pitt
such as The Mexican (2001), Ocean’s Eleven (2001 –
nominated for the MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team), the
(2001), Troy (2004) and Ocean’s Twelve (2004-
nominated for the BFCA Award for Best Acting Ensemble (shared
Jennifer Aniston filed
for divorce in January 2005, the divorced became official on October
He has also won the
2005 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Leading Man.
Originally Brad Pitt
and Angelina Jolie (whom co-starred in
Mr. and Mrs. Smith)
deny rumors of a romantic relationship, the two "friends" have been
spending a lot of time together after the split from Anniston,
including a trip to Ethiopia (Africa) where Angelina was visiting in
order to adopt a second child.
The rumors of a
Brad-Jolie relationship have been "officially" confirmed with the
January 2006 announcement that Angelina Jolie is pregnant with Brad
Angeline Jolie gave
birth to a baby girl on Saturday, May 27th 2006 in Africa. She and
Brad Pitt have named the child Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt. They have
also adopted five other children: Maddox, Zahara, Pax, Knox, and
He became the sole
owner of Plan B production company in 2006. In 2007, The Departed
won the Academy Award for
Best Picture, which was produced by his company.
Brad Pitt moved with
Jolie and the rest of the family to New Orleans in January 2007.
His acting has been
getting more notice as of 2006 and has garnered a number of awards
and nominations for his roles, such as Richard in Babel
(2006), The Assassination of Jesse James (2007), Burn
After Reading (2007), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
(2007) [Academy Award nomination & won a SAG & Golden Globe], and Inglorious
In 2010, Pitt lent his
voice to the character of Metro Man in the animated movie Megamind. In 2011, he co-starred with
Sean Penn in the critically
acclaimed The Tree of Life. He also received his third
Academy Award nomination for his role as baseball manager Billy
Beane in the movie Moneyball (which he also produced, and was
nominated for Best Picture).
Along with Angelina
Jolie, he is involved in many humanitarian causes around the world,
putting in a lot of time and money to help each cause.
Favorites: movies = Planet of the Apes (original) and
Saturday Night Fever.
Some famous women he
has had romantic relationships with: Jill Schoelen, Geeena Davis,
Juliette Lewis, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robin Givens,
currently involved with Angelina Jolie
(the couple is known as Brangelina or Bradgelina)
Biography by Ian Ripley,
PopStarsPlus.com, Sr. Staff Writer
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