Who is Brad Pitt? Brad Pitt Biography
Brad Pitt or William Bradley Pitt is a very famous and successful Hollywood actor and producer. He is known for his versatility in his performance and a self-made man. This veteran actor has acted in many excellent and commercially successful movies. So he is considered to be an actor par excellence. He is a successful producer as well and has his own company named Plan B Entertainment.
Brad Pitt Early Life
Brad Pitt was born on December 18, 1963, in Shawnee, Oklahoma, the United States to father William Alvin Pitt and mother Jane Etta. He has two younger siblings, brother Douglas Pitt and sister Julie Neal. He was raised in Springfield, Missouri. He has Irish, Scottish, German, Seminole and Cherokee Indian roots.
He did his schooling at Kickapoo High School and he was very active in his school life with his sports, drama club, debating activities etc. Then he joined the University of Missouri. But just before two weeks of completing his graduation, Pitt packed his bags and headed towards Los Angeles to become an actor. He was so passionate about films that he started doing small and low paying jobs for survival along with acting classes. He had a long-struggling period in his acting career but this man kept on going to make his dream come true.
Brad Pitt Career Growth
His onscreen career started in 1987 with the film Hunk in which his role was uncredited. Later in the same year, he was seen in the films like No Way Out, Less Than Zero and No Man’s Land with minute roles. The same year he played in NBC tele-soap opera Another World in two episodes and also in the ABC sitcom Growing Pains in guest appearance also appeared in CBS series Dallas in its four episodes. He got his first leading role in the film The Dark Side of the Sun in 1988 but not released till 1997 due to the film being held at the outbreak of the Croatian War of Independence. Then in 1989, he played a supporting role in the Motion Picture movie Happy Together and a featured role in the movie Cutting Glass.
Pitt continued doing small roles and guest appearances in his early career until he got the recognition in 1991 film Thelma & Louise, where he played a role of a shirtless criminal. But after this film also his career was not boosted though he played leading roles in films like Johnny Suede in 1991, Cool World in 1992 as those films did not do good.
Then he was starred in the big-budget production biographical drama film A River Runs Through It in 1992. He was praised for his role and performance in this movie and broke his image of a cowboy-hitchhiker hunk. The entertainment industry was slowing recognizing his potentiality. And his career was also slowly rising up with the 1993 films like Kalifornia and True Romance. He also won a ShoWest Award for Male Star of Tomorrow that year.
In 1994, Brad Pitt starred in a movie Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles in which he was screened as a vampire. This movie brought him two MTV Movie Awards. Again in the same year, another movie Legends of the Fall gave him his first Best Actor Golden Globe Award nomination. And in 1995, his role of detective in the thriller movie Seven established his lead role in the industry with its great success. The same year he was seen in the science fiction movie 12 Monkeys in supporting role and was highly praised for his performance. He also won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor from this film. Not only that but he further received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for this film.
In 2000 movie Snatch, Pitt was highly praised for his performance. But in 2001 movie The Mexican pairing with Julia Roberts, he again got a box office success. By that time his career had already taken a flight and he was starred in many big banners movies with established actors and directors, with the mix of commercial success and failure in the box office.
Now he has proved himself as a brilliant actor in the American Film Industry with his varieties of roles with persistent performances. Pitt has received multiple awards and nominations including an Academy Award as a producer under his own company Plan B Entertainment.
Who did Brad Pitt Date?
His Relationship: Brad Pitt Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie Brad Pitt
Then in 1998, Brad met Jennifer Aniston on a blind date, which was set by their agents. They dated for about two years (1998 to 2000) and married in July 2000. But this marriage lasted for only about 5 years until he met Angelina Jolie, his Mr. & Mrs. Smith co-star.Brad Pitt had a romantic relationship with many co-stars and with some of them serious one and long-term as well. His much-known relationship with Seven co-stars Gwyneth Paltrow ran for about three years (1994 t0 1997).
Pitt and Jolie met in the sets of Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2004 and fell for each other. This results in separation of Pitt and Aniston in 2005. So, Jolie was criticized for breaking their marriage. They were not so open about their relationship with the media. Though their pair very much perceived and was named as “Brangelina”. By that time Jolie had already adopted her son Maddox (in March 2002). And in January 2006 Jolie publicly announced that she was pregnant with Pitt child. They were engaged in April 2012 and married in August 2014 in a private ceremony in France.
Soon after about two years of marriage and being in a long relationship for many years, Jolie filed for a divorce in September 2016 citing irreconcilable differences between them. She filed the divorce-seeking sole physical custody of their all six children. The allegations were that Pitt got verbally abusive and physical with their son Maddox after getting drunk in their private plane. But during the investigation, no evidence against Pitt was found and the couple released a joint statement about their effort in resolving their divorce. But in May 2017 Pitt opened up about their divorce. This whole incident created lots of news in the media as everybody was surprised to know the sudden separation of the most liked couple in the Hollywood.
Brad Pitt Children
Pitt and Jolie have six children. Angelina Jolie adopted her first child in Maddox in March 2002 from Cambodia and second child Zahara Marley in July 2005 from Ethiopia. Since Brad was already in a relationship with Jolie by the time when Zahara was adopted, he became the adoptive father of both the children in 2006.
Later in May 2006, their first biological child, daughter Shiloh Nouvel was born in Namibia. She was the first infant whose wax figure was created by Madame Tussauds. Her first picture right was sold to “People” for over $4.1 million for American rights and for approx. $3.5 million to “Hello!” for British Rights. All those funds raised from the sale were donated to charities serving African children.
Again in March 2007, Jolie adopted their son Pax Thien from Vietnam and Pitt adopted him in February 2008. In July 2008, for the second time, they became biological parents of twins son Knox Leon and daughter Vivienne Marcheline in France. And their first image right was sold to “People and Hello!” for $ 14 million, becoming the most expensive celebrity picture ever. The amount was donated to Jolie Pitt Foundation.
Brad Pitt Donations, Brad Pitt as a Humanitarian/Activist/Political Movements
Pitt is quite involved in social works as a humanitarian /activist, especially in the war-affected area. After being together with Jolie, he equally participated in such works along with Jolie. In September 2006, they established the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, a charitable organization which aids humanitarian causes around the world. This foundation made donations to many Foundations and Organizations for several humanitarian causes. Pitt is also one of the founders of Not On Our Watch, an organization that works for global attention on stopping mass atrocities. He supports ONE Campaign which works in combating AIDS and poverty in developing countries. Pitt also supported the same-sex marriage and made donations in support of the campaigns for the same. He also opposes California legislation’s banning such thing. In 2006, he donated $1 million each to the foundations’ Doctors Without Borders and Global Action for Children.
In 2004, Pitt was involved in a presidential election campaign to support John Kerry. And in 2012 he supported a presidential election campaign for Barak Obama.
He also supported the principle of public funding for embryonic stem-cell research and endorsed Proposition 71, a California. He has also worked on environmental issues through his narration Design e2, a PBS television series focused on worldwide efforts to build environmentally friendly structures through sustainable architecture and design. He also co-authored an architectural book on the Blacker House in 2000. In 2006, he founded the Make It Right Foundation, organizing housing professionals in New Orleans to finance and construct 150 sustainable, affordable new houses in New Orleans’s Ninth Ward following the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in which Pitt committed $5 million donations. He also received an award from the U.S. Green Building Council, a non-profit trade organization in September 2009 for this work. Pitt met with U.S. President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi in March 2009 to promote his concept of green housing as a national model and to discuss federal funding possibilities.
Brad Pitt Fan Base and Popularity
Brad Pitt’s has an immense global fan base. His global charm is not limited to his onscreen career but also recognized as a great heart human being with numerous social associations.
In the early days of his career, his image was set as Cowboy Hitchhiker hunk. But later with his better performances he was perceived as a better performer and worked in some of the real deserving movies portraying challenging roles.
His craze was so much that once a 19-year-old lady entered in his home in Hollywood through the open window and dressed Pitt’s clothes and stayed for about ten hours. Later she was banned to meet or be around Pitt for three years.
He is considered to be a style icon and has a greater sex appeal in the mass due to his raw beauty. He is one of the most good looking actors of Hollywood. He was time and again top-ranked in several titles such as one of the sexiest stars or most influential people or sexiest man or the favorite celebrity endorser for brands and products worldwide or most selling faces or most powerful celebrity etc. After the Pitt’s and Jolie’s relationship was confirmed, the Brangelina fever was so hyped that they were the most media reported celebrity during those years.
On June 2, 2015, the minor planet 29132 Bradpitt was named in his honor.
Pitt is not only a better performer but also a solid family man. He prefers to lead his life close to his kids and family. That’s why he was ranked in number 1 position in The Top 10 Hollywood Dads on Hollywood’s Life & Styles list. Similarly, he was ranked 4th on Touch Magazine’s Hottest Hollywood Dads list.
Brad Pitt Health Issues
Pitt has a face blindness problem which is termed as Prosopagnosia. He had said that it’s hard for him to remember people’s face until he sees them consistently. He himself has admitted this in 2013 interview with Esquire where he also mentioned that due to this condition many people hate him as they think he is disrespecting them and he is facing social discomfort.
Brad Pitt Career Achievements
Brad Pitt had been nominated numerous times for his best performances by several juries’ awards, critics’ awards and other awards and had own many of them as well. He won his first Academy Award or Oscar from the movie 12 Years a Slave in the category Best Movie-as producer. But though he has been nominated several times for the Oscar, he had never won the Oscar for his leading roles and performances. But the fact is that though he won the awards or not, his performance graph is always growing.
Brad Pitt Net Worth
It’s believed Brad’s net worth stands at £184 million but that could change when he finalizes his divorce from Angelina Jolie. You can post the comment below if you know the exact net worth of Brad Pitt.
Major Awards Received by Brad Pitt
1995/1996 – Movie:- 12 Monkeys – Best Supporting Actor – Golden Globe Awards/Saturn Awards
2009 – Movie:- Inglourious Basterds – Outstanding performance by the cast – Screen Actors Guild Awards
2011 – Movie:- The Tree of Life/Moneyball – Movie of the Year Award – American Film Institute
2013 – Movie:- 12 Years a Slave – Best Film (As producer) – Academy Awards/British Academy Film Awards
2013:- Movie:- 12 Years a Slave – Best Motion Picture Drama – Golden Globe Award
2013:- Movie:- 12 Years a Slave – Theatrical Motion Picture – Producers of Guild of America
2014:- Movie:- 12 Years a Slave – Movie of The Year Award – American Film Institute (AFI)
Movie:- The Normal Heart – Outstanding Television Movie (Executive Producer) – Primetime Emmy Awards
Movie:- The Normal Heart – Visionary Award/Stanley Kramer Award – Producers Guild of America
2015:- Movie:- The Big Short – Movie of The Year Award – American Film Institute (AFI)
2015:- Movie:- The Big Short – Theatrical Motion Picture – Producers Guild of America
Brad Pitt Movies List / Brad Pitt Filmography
Pitt has acted in several movies with the variety of roles. Some of his all-time best movies are:
Thelma & Louise (1991)
Johnny Suede (1991)
True Romance (1993)
Interview With The Vampire (1994)
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Fight Club (1999)
Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
Spy Game (2001)
Babel (I) (2006)
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Rober Ford (2007)
Burn After Reading (2008)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
The Tree Of Life (2011)
Killing Them Softly (2012)
12 Years A Slave (2013)
World War Z (2013)
The Big Short (2015)
Pitt and Jolie were starred in two movies together with the first one Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2005 and By the Sea in 2015. They also earned $34 million together in a year and took the fifth spot on the Forbes list of Top-Earning Couples. His upcoming movies are the sequel to World War Z, James Gray’s Ad Astra etc.
Interesting Facts about Brad Pitt
During his struggling period in Los Angeles, he did multiple odd jobs which also includes limousine driver, pool boy, Chicken Mascot in El Pollo Loco (wear a Chicken Suit & Dance around to attract customers in the restaurant).
Pitt has a keen interest in architecture and has studied computer-aided design and architectures designing at the Los Angeles offices of renowned architect Frank Gehry.
Once his nude pictures were published in the magazine Playgirl which was taken by the paparazzi. He sued the magazine for the same.
Pitt’s hand and shoe print are embossed in cement outside the TCL Chinese Theatre for his great performance in the movie Ocean’s Eleven along with George Clooney and Matt Damon.
He plays and owns Taylor Guitars. He loves swimming and playing instruments as well.
Pitt named the Sexiest Man Alive by the People’s magazine in 1995 and 2000 becoming the first person to get such title.
Pitt booked a seat in 2010 with Richard Branson to go to space in Branson’s Virgin Galactic shuttle.
He holds a Single Engine Land pilot license.
He owns a $4 million home with amazing architectures and designs.
He rejected the film Apollo 13 to work for Se7en.
Pitt like to live the character’s life he was going to play so that he can justify his roles.
He was banned to enter China as he starred in the film Seven Years in Tibet which is termed as controversial in terms of the Chinese beliefs.
Commercials with his face are banned in Malaysia as the Malaysian authority concluded that their men may feel inferior if Pitt is seen for long in the ads due to his craze.
In 2016 Pitt visited Shanghai China for the premiere of his film Allied.
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