Brad Pitt. biography
Born William Bradley Pitt on December 18, 1963, in Shawnee, Oklahoma, Brad Pitt initially aimed to be an advertising art director and studied journalism at the University of Missouri. His love for films, however, came into play near the end of his college career in which he decided to drop out two credits shy of a degree and move to Los Angeles in hopes of pursuing an acting career. After seven months of odd jobs and acting classes, Pitt had landed an agent and was acting on a regular basis.
Pitt's career started off with several television appearances, including Dallas (1987-1988), 21 Jump Street (1988), the soap opera Another World (1987) and the sitcom Growing Pains (1987-1989). He made his film debut in the horror flick Cutting Class (1989) and later appeared in the NBC made-for-TV film Too Young to Die (1990), where he met his future-girlfriend Juliette Lewis, as well as the sport drama Across the Tracks (1990).
Pitt popped up on Hollywood's star radar when he played a hitchhiker in the adventure drama Thelma and Louise (1991), a role in which he became known as a sex symbol. He went on to appear in the romantic comedy Johnny Suede (1992), but struggled to separate himself from being just another pretty face, until showing off his acting chops in Robert Redford's drama A River Runs Through It (1992).
A year later, Pitt and Lewis co-starred in the crime thriller Kalifornia (1993), which turned out to be a box office failure and led to the couple's split. He then took on a comedic role in Tony Scott's thriller True Romance (1993) prior to landing his breakthrough role opposite Tom Cruise in the horror film Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994). Pitt continued to build a strong resume and gain more popularity with starring roles in the epic film Legends of the Fall (1994) and the mystery thriller Se7en (1995), where he first met his co-star and future-girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow.
A year later, Pitt starred in the psychological thriller Twelve Monkeys (1995) opposite Brue Willis, a performance for which he won his first Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor. He went on to appear in the drama Sleepers (1996) and the crime drama The Devil's Own (1997) alongside Harrison Ford, before starring in the biopic Seven Years in Tibet (1997) and the fantasy drama Meet Joe Black (1998) with Anthony Hopkins, both of which were box-office failures and received dismal reviews. Around this time, Pitt began dating actress Jennifer Aniston and later got married on July 29, 2000, in Malibu, California.
After taking a small break from acting, Pitt returned to the big-screen as a mentally disturbed leader in the cult classic Fight Club (1999) and as a trailer park fighter in Guy Ritchie's thriller Snatch (2000). He then starred in the romantic comedy The Mexican (2001) alongside Julia Roberts, the remake of the Rat Pack heist film Ocean's Eleven (2001) with George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Matt Damon and the blockbuster history film Troy (2004).
In 2005, Pitt and Aniston divorced while he was filming the action film Mr. and Mrs. Smith with Angelina Jolie. Pitt then started dating Jolie, resulting in their first child together, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt (May 2006). They also adopted three children (Pax Thien, Zahara and Maddox) and had fraternal twins in July 2008; Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline.
In that same year, Pitt gave a critically acclaimed performance in the drama Babel (2006) for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Role. He went on to reprise his role in the Ocean's Eleven sequel Ocean's Thirteen (2007), and star in the Coen brothers' dark comedy thriller Burn After Reading (2008).
Pitt received an additional Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of a man aging in reverse in the fantasy film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), followed by his critically praised roles in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds (2009), the fantasy drama The Tree of Life (2011) alongside Sean Penn and an Oscar nominated performance for Best Actor in the biopic Moneyball (2011).
His upcoming projects include, the crime thriller Killing Them Softly (2012) with Ray Liotta, the drama Voyage of Time (2013) alongside Emma Thompson, the action drama World War Z (2013), the history drama Twelve Years a Slave (2013) and the thriller The Counselor (2013) opposite Javier Bardem.