William Bradley "Brad" Pitt
(born December 18, 1963) is an American
actor, film producer, and social activist. He became famous during the mid 1990s
after having starring roles in several major Hollywood films, including
Interview with the Vampire
in 1994 and the thriller Se7en
Pitt was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe Award, both of
which were for his role in Twelve Monkeys
Pitt is consistently
cited as one of the most attractive men alive by celebrity magazines and
abroad (in the poverty-stricken third world).
and is regarded one of the top Hollywood A-listers . His former marriage to Jennifer Aniston and current
relationship with Angelina Jolie have been widely covered in the world media. He
is the father of four children, one biological, all of whom have also received
fevered media coverage. Since his connection with Jolie, he has become
increasingly involved in social issues, both domestically (in Hurricane
Katrina-ravaged New Orleans)
Pitt was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, the son of Jane Etta (née Hillhouse), a
high school counselor, and William Alvin Pitt, a truck company owner.
Along with his brother Doug and sister Julie Neal, he grew up in Springfield,
Missouri, where the family moved soon after his birth. He was raised a Baptist.
He attended Kickapoo High School, where he was involved in sports, debating,
student government, and acting. He attended the Missouri School of Journalism at
the University of Missouri - Columbia where he was a member of Sigma Chi
In 1987, Pitt arrived in Beverly Hills, California. He studied under coach
Roy London for six years. He first appeared in the sitcom Head Of The Class,
for a while dating the show's star Robin Givens. He also guest starred in two
episodes of Growing Pains. Pitt appeared as Chris in the long-running
soap Another World. While auditioning for the show Our House, he
was asked to read for another part, and found himself playing Shalane McCall's
boyfriend Charles on the daytime soap Dallas. He also had a number of
roles in prime-time series, such as thirtysomething, 21 Jump Street,
and Freddy's Nightmares. Pitt appeared uncredited in both Less Than
Zero and Charlie Sheen's No Man's Land before appearing in Cutting
Class, about a maniac stalking cheerleaders. He began dating co-star Jill
In 1988, Pitt had his first starring role, in Dark Side Of The Sun,
where he played a young American taken by his family to the Adriatic to find a
remedy for a skin condition. The movie was shot in Yugoslavia in the summer of
'88 with Pitt being paid $1,523 a week for seven weeks. However, with editing
nearly complete, war broke out and much of the film was lost. The film was
released years later. Pitt won a part in the TV movie Too Young to Die?,
about an abused teenager given the death penalty for murder. Pitt played the
part of a drug addict, Silly Canton, who took advantage of runaway Juliette
Lewis, who Pitt began dating in real life. The pair would be together for three
In 1991, Pitt starred as Joe Maloney in Across the Tracks in which he
portrayed a high school runner with a difficult criminal brother played by Ricky
Schroder. Pitt attracted broader public attention from a supporting role in
Thelma & Louise where he played a small time criminal drifter in a love
scene with Geena Davis.
After Thelma and Louise, Pitt starred in the low budget 1991 film
Johnny Suede as an awkward dreamer who aspired to be a big-haired rock star
alongside Catherine Keener and Nick Cave, directed by Tom DiCillo. Pitt had
agreed to play the part before Thelma & Louise was released. After
appearing in Cool World, Pitt starred in Robert Redford's A River Runs
Through It in 1992, for which Pitt learned fly fishing by casting off of
Hollywood buildings. Then came Kalifornia in 1993, a road movie in which
he played a scruffy serial killer alongside his then girlfriend Juliette Lewis
and X-Files actor David Duchovny.
1994-2000: Mainstream success and acclaim
In 1994, Pitt played vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac in the movie adaptation
of Anne Rice's novel Interview With The Vampire. Pitt played the
eighteenth century vampire which required several hours work in make-up on set
to achieve the white skin of the character and he had to wear a pair of luminous
green eyes, vampire fangs and a shoulder-length hairpiece to complete the
appearance. Pitt worked with the eleven-year-old Kirsten Dunst, as well as Tom
Cruise, Christian Slater and Antonio Banderas. He then starred in Legends of
the Fall and Se7en. In Se7en Pitt starred as the police
detective David Mills alongside Morgan Freeman in the hunt for a serial killer
played by Kevin Spacey.
Pitt was then nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for his
portrayal of Jeffrey Goines in the 1995 film Twelve Monkeys in which he
acted alongside Bruce Willis. In 1997 Pitt played the IRA terrorist Rory Devany
in The Devil's Own alongside Harrison Ford, the first of several films
where he has acted using an Irish accent.
That same year he played the main role of Austrian mountaineer Heinrich
Harrer in the Jean Jacques Annaud film Seven Years in Tibet. Pitt trained
for months for the role which demanded a great deal of trekking and mountain
climbing, working out with co-star English actor David Thewlis by rock climbing
in California and the Alps. Due to the themes of Tibetan nationalism in the
film, the Chinese government banned Pitt and Thewlis from China for life.
In 1998, Pitt starred as the main character in the film Meet Joe Black.
Pitt starred as a personification of Death inhabiting the body of a young man in
order to learn what it is like to be human while informing a billionaire tycoon
that his life on Earth is nearly over. The film gave Pitt another chance to work
alongside Welsh actor Sir Anthony Hopkins whom he had previously worked with in
Legends of the Fall.
In 1999, Pitt starred in Fight Club, based on the novel by Chuck
Palahniuk. Working with his previous director whom he had worked with on
Se7en Pitt portrayed the character of Tyler Durden, a highly colorful and
In 2000 Pitt played the role of Mickey, a gypsy Irish boxer in the gangster
movie Snatch alongside Vinnie Jones and Benicio del Toro. The film was a
wild caper involving a diamond heist, Russian and American mafia and the shady
underground world , that saw Pitt brought in as a ringer by two failing
promoters. The movie saw him moving on from his attempt at the conventional
Devil's Own Northern Irish accent, and perhaps inspired by his co-star Benicio
del Toro's recent performance in The Usual Suspects, Pitt created a
just-barely-intelligible accent suggesting the Irish Gypsies, referred to as
Pikeys in the movie. Pitt continued to train for the role, and honed his boxing
skills at Ricky English's gym in Watford.
2000s: Ascension to the A-list
After his wedding to Friends actress Jennifer Aniston on July 29,
2000, he immediately began filming for Spy Game, a Cold War thriller in
which he starred alongside veteran actor and look-alike Robert Redford playing
the role of his mentor. In 2001 Pitt worked with long-term friend and actress
Julia Roberts in the comical road movie The Mexican. At the end of the
year, Pitt finished filming Ocean's Eleven with George Clooney and Matt
Damon, a remake of the 1960s version which starred Frank Sinatra.
Since then, he has starred in numerous films, including Ocean's Twelve
and the epic Troy, based on the Iliad, in which he portrayed the
legendary hero Achilles. Ironically, during the production of Troy, Pitt
tore his Achilles tendon, delaying production for several weeks.
In 2005, Pitt starred in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, in which he and Angelina
Jolie played husband and wife assassins.
In March 2006, it was announced that Paramount had purchased the rights to
The Sparrow for Pitt's production company, Plan B, and that Pitt would be
playing the lead role of Sandoz. In
June 2006 it was announced that Paramount and Plan B will be working on a new
zombie film called World War Z, based on the book of the same name by Max
Pitt made his return to Hollywood in late 2006, with Alejandro González
Iñárritu's critically acclaimed Babel, starring alongside Cate Blanchett.
The movie garnered a total of seven Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations,
one of which was a Golden Globe nomination for Pitt as Best Supporting Actor in
a Motion Picture. The movie has since become Pitt's highest grossing drama. That
same year, he also produced the eventual Best Picture winner, The Departed.
In 2007, Pitt was listed among Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in
The World. He was listed among artists and entertainers, and was credited with
using "his star power to get people to look at places and stories that cameras
don't usually catch."
Pitt has appeared in television commercials in Asia, such as for Edwin Jeans,
the Toyota Altis, and Japanese canned coffee, ROOTS. He also appeared in a
Heineken commercial which aired during the 2005 Super Bowl. It was directed by
David Fincher, who directed Pitt in the feature films Se7en and Fight
Club. Together with Aniston and Paramount Pictures head Brad Grey, Pitt is
the co-founder of the production company 'Plan B'. Aniston is no longer a
partner in the company, although she is still attached to many projects that
were set up before her divorce with Pitt. The company produced the blockbuster
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory starring Johnny Depp.
He has also had a cameo appearance in an eighth-season episode of Friends,
lent his voice on an episode of King of the Hill where he played
Boomhauer's brother, Patch Boomhauer, and on an episode of MTV's
Jackass, in which he took part in a staged abduction of himself. In a later
episode, he and some cast-members run wild through the streets of Los Angeles in
Pitt has been an active supporter of research into diseases such as AIDS. He
is a knowledgeable fan of architecture, particularly that of Frank Lloyd Wright,
and has helped the National Trust for Historic Preservation raise money.
Brad Pitt is the narrator of the acclaimed Public Television series Rx for
survival. The series discusses current important global health issues. Pitt
is behind Not On Our Watch, an organization that focuses global attention and
resources to stop and prevent mass atrocities such as in Darfur, along with
George Clooney, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, and Jerry Weintraub.
Pitt dated actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Thandie Newton, Robin Givens, Juliette
Lewis and Sinitta during the 1990s.
Marriage to Jennifer Aniston
In 1998, Pitt met Friends actress Jennifer Aniston and married her at
an enclosed wedding ceremony in Malibu on July 29, 2000. The couple were adamant
that the ceremony would be a private affair and hired hundreds of guards to
block out any attempts of invasion by the paparazzi. Only one media picture was
ever released of the wedding. Not long after the wedding, Pitt sued Damiani
International, the company which made the wedding ring he gave Jennifer Aniston,
for selling replica "Brad and Jennifer" rings. According to Pitt, the ring was
his design and was to be exclusive. Under the settlement reached in January
2002, Pitt would design jewelry for Damiani that Aniston would model in ads, and
the company would stop selling the copies.
Though their marriage was, for years, considered the rare Hollywood success,
rumors of trouble began circulating, and the Pitts announced their separation on
January 7, 2005. As Pitt's marriage to Jennifer Aniston drew to a close, he and
Angelina Jolie were involved in a well-publicized Hollywood scandal in which
Jolie was often painted as the "other woman," largely due to their chemistry
during the filming of Mr. & Mrs. Smith. While Jolie and Pitt both denied
any claims of adultery, speculations continued to mount throughout 2004 and
early 2005. In an interview with Ann Curry in June 2005, Jolie explained, "To be
intimate with a married man, when my own father cheated on my mother, is not
something I could forgive. I could not look at myself in the morning if I did
that. I wouldn't be attracted to a man who would cheat on his wife."
The concept of a "troubled marriage" (and arguably his own) inspired Pitt to
cooperate with Steven Klein for a photoshoot in early 2005 entitled "Domestic
Bliss" for W magazine. The spread showed Pitt and Angelina Jolie as a
1963 married couple with children. Pitt expressed the desire to tell a darker,
truer tale, one that explored the "unidentifiable malaise" that often haunts a
seemingly happy couple. "You don't know what's wrong," he remarked, "because the
marriage is everything you signed up for."
For her part, Aniston later cited the shoot as evidence that Pitt has "a
sensitivity chip that's missing."
Aniston filed for a divorce on March 25 the same year. The divorce was
finalized on October 2, 2005.
Relationship with Angelina Jolie
Speculation of a relationship between the two began to be confirmed with the
first private paparazzi photos of Jolie and Pitt emerged April 9, 2005 (and were
reportedly bought for $500,000). They showed Pitt, Jolie and her son Maddox at a
beach in Kenya. During the summer, the pair were seen together with increasing
frequency, and the entertainment media dubbed the couple "Brangelina". Two
months later, the highly-anticipated July 2005 issue of W magazine hit
newsstands, featuring Pitt and Jolie posed as a married couple.
In July 2005 he accompanied Jolie to Ethiopia,
where Jolie adopted a six-month-old girl named Zahara;
later Jolie indicated that she and Pitt made the decision to adopt the girl
together. In December 2005 it was
confirmed that Pitt was seeking to legally adopt Jolie's two children as his (as
part of legal requirements), classified advertisements in the Los Angeles paper
Daily Commerce announcing the name change request.
On January 19, 2006, a judge in California approved this request. The children's
legal surnames were formally changed to "Jolie-Pitt".
During a charity trip to Haiti with Wyclef Jean, rumors began to circulate that
Jolie was pregnant. On January 11, 2006 Jolie confirmed to People
magazine that she was pregnant with Pitt's child.
On May 27, 2006, Jolie gave birth to a daughter, named Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt,
at the Cottage Medi-Clinic Hospital in Swakopmund, Namibia by the couple's Los
Angeles obstetrician, assisted by local staff. Pitt confirmed that their newborn
daughter would have a Namibian passport.
Public interest in the child was immense. In an August 2006 survey, 41 percent
of participating 18 to 24-year-old American adults correctly identified that the
couple had named their baby Shiloh.
Jolie decided to offer the first pictures of Shiloh through the distributor
Getty Images herself, rather than allowing paparazzi to take these extremely
valuable snapshots. People magazine paid more than $4.1 million for the
North American rights, while British magazine Hello! obtained the
international rights for roughly $3.5 million; the total rights sale earned up
to $10 million worldwide – the most expensive celebrity image of all time.
Jolie and Pitt donated all the earnings to an undisclosed charity. On July 26,
2006 Madame Tussauds of New York unveiled a wax figure of two-month-old Shiloh;
it is the first infant re-created in wax by Madame Tussauds.
Pitt and Jolie are not married. In 2006, Pitt said, "Angie and I will
consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be
married is legally able."
The Jolie-Pitt children
- Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt (originally Rath Vibol)
- Born on August 5, 2001;
adopted at 7 months old on March 10, 2002. He was in Cambodia and initially
lived in a local orphanage in Battambang. Maddox's name is Celtic in origin,
usually translated as "beneficent."
His middle name is Khmer for "life" and is shared with a member of the
Cambodian royal family, Prince Sisowath Chivan Monirak.
Maddox has gained considerable celebrity in his own right, and his adoption
is often credited with sparking the celebrity adoption trend of the 2000s.
He appears regularly in the tabloid media, was named the "cutest celebrity
kid" and he is known for this
- Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt (originally Pham Quang Sang)
- Born on November 29, 2003. On March 2, 2007, Vu Duc Long (head of
Vietnam's international adoption department) confirmed that Jolie had filed
papers to adopt a child from Vietnam. On March 16, 2007, Jolie went to
Vietnam (with Maddox) to get her new son. Since the Vietnam orphanage does
not allow unmarried couples to adopt, Jolie adopted Pax as a single parent.
- Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt (originally Tena Adam)
- Born on January 8, 2005; adopted at 6 months old on July 6, 2005. She
was orphaned when her mother died of AIDS.
Jolie adopted her from Wide Horizons For Children orphanage in Addis Ababa.
Shortly after they returned to the United States, Zahara spent time in a
hospital for salmonella-intestinal infection as well as dehydration and
malnutrition. Jolie stated
that "she was six months and not nine pounds. Her skin, you could squeeze
it, it stuck together".
Zahara's name means "flower" in Swahili.
Her middle name "Marley" comes from the late Jamaican reggae superstar Bob
- Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt
- Born on May 27, 2006 at Cottage Medi-Clinic Hospital in Swakopmund,
Namibia. Shiloh was born by a scheduled cesarean section, due to breech
presentation. Her middle name, Nouvel, comes from Jean Nouvel, one of Pitt's
Life in New Orleans
The family divides its time between Los Angeles, California and New Orleans,
Louisiana. In an interview with
the Times-Picayune, while filming The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,
“I can't describe why we're allowed to live a more normal life (in New Orleans).
Living in the French Quarter is a thrill for us. We have some semblance of real
family life. People have been very, very gracious with us. If we're on the front
deck, people go by and say, 'Hi.' Then they go on their way, very friendly.
In 1995, Pitt was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 25 sexiest
stars in film history. Pitt has also twice been named the Sexiest Man Alive by
Pitt was also prominently featured in the December 2006 Art Issue of
Vanity Fair. Pitt appears on the cover in nothing but a pair of white
boxers. The cover promotes an article on the Robert Wilson video portraits, a
production of LAB HD that includes numerous celebrities and noted personalities.
This cover has drawn criticism from Pitt because although he had signed a
release for the image, he did not expect it to end up on the cover of Vanity
Fair more than a year later. The video portrait, which represents Pitt’s
first effort in avant-garde cinema, was exhibited at the 2006 Tribeca Film
||Notes and Awards
||No Man's Land
|Less Than Zero
||First major role
||Too Young to Die?
||With Juliet Lewis
||Across the Tracks
||Athletics teen drama
|Thelma & Louise
||First mainstream film
||Detective Frank Harris
|A River Runs Through It
||Directed by Robert Redford
||With David Duchovny
|Interview with the Vampire
|Legends of the Fall
||The Devil's Own
|Seven Years in Tibet
||Tibetan nationalism saw Pitt banned from China
|The Dark Side of the Sun
||Filmed in 1988 in Yugoslavia
||Meet Joe Black
||Joe Black/Man in the Coffee Shop
||Being John Malkovich
||With Julia Roberts
|Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
||Brad, Bachelor #1
||Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
||Special Thanks to Roy London
|Mr. & Mrs. Smith
||With Angelina Jolie
|Robert Wilson Video Portrait
||The Assassination of Jesse James
by the Coward Robert Ford
|A Mighty Heart
|Burn After Reading
|The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Awards and nominations
- 1993: ShoWest Convention: Male Star of Tomorrow
- 1995: MTV Movie Awards: Best Male Performance for Interview with the
Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
- 1995: MTV Movie Awards: Most Desirable Male for Interview with the
Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
- 1996: MTV Movie Awards: Most Desirable Male for Se7en
- 1996: Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films: Best
Supporting Actor for Twelve Monkeys
- 1996: Golden Globes: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
in a Motion Picture for Twelve Monkeys
- 1996: Sci-Fi Universe Magazine: Best Supporting Actor in a Genre Motion
Picture for Twelve Monkeys
- 1997: Blockbuster Entertainment Awards: Favorite Supporting Actor,
Science Fiction for Twelve Monkeys
- 1998: Rembrandt Awards: Best Actor for Seven Years in Tibet
- 2004: Teen Choice Awards: Choice Movie Actor, Drama/Action Adventure for
- 2005: People's Choice Awards: Favorite Leading Man
- 2006: MTV Movie Awards: Best Fight Scene for Mr. & Mrs. Smith
- 2007: Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup best actor: Best Actor for The
Assassination of Jesse James
People's Sexiest Man Alive
People's Sexiest Man Alive
Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
for Twelve Monkeys
Golden Globe Award
Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
for Twelve Monkeys
Venice Film Festival
Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
- 1995: Golden Globes: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture,
Drama for Legends of the Fall
- 1995: Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films: Best Actor for
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
- 1996: Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Twelve
- 1995: MTV Movie Awards: Best On-Screen Duo for Interview with the
Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
- 1996: MTV Movie Awards: Best Male Performance for Twelve Monkeys
- 1996: MTV Movie Awards: Best On-Screen Duo for Se7en
- 2000: Blockbuster Entertainment Awards: Favorite Action Team for
- 2001: Golden Satellite Awards: Best Performance by an Actor in a
Supporting Role, Comedy or Musical for Snatch
- 2001: Teen Choice Awards: Choice Chemistry for The Mexican
- 2002: Emmy Awards: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for
Friends ("The One with the Rumor")
- 2002: MTV Movie Awards: Best On-Screen Team for Ocean's Eleven
- 2004: Kids' Choice Awards: Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie for
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
- 2005: Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards: Best Acting Ensemble
for Ocean's Twelve
- 2006: MTV Movie Awards: Best On-Screen Kiss for Mr. and Mrs. Smith
- 2007: Golden Globes: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
in a Motion Picture for Babel
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