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Also Known As: William Bradley Pitt Died:
Born: December 18, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Shawnee, Oklahoma, USA Profession: actor, producer, chauffeur, delivery man

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Despite his leading man looks and movie star charisma, actor Brad Pitt spent most of his career trying to avoid bloated box office roles in favor of riskier, lower profile work. After achieving heartthrob status with revealing performances showing off his six-pack abs in "Thelma and Louise" (1991) and "Legends of the Fall" (1994), Pitt actively subverted his hunky image by taking on ugly and often crazed characters, most notably in "12 Monkeys" (1995), "Fight Club" (1999) and "Snatch" (2001). While en route to becoming one of the top box office draws of his generation, Pitt generated a substantial amount of tabloid press, particularly for his headline-grabbing romances, which provided ample fodder for supermarket stands across the country. His high-profile marriage to "girl next door" Jennifer Aniston - once considered the Hollywood ideal - publicly imploded after he separated from his wife and began dating proverbial bad girl, Angelina Jolie. The result, however, was a new image of Pitt as multiracial father and globetrotting activist, thanks to Jolie's adoption of impoverished orphans from around the world. It was this transformation that was underscored by strong and mature performances in the...

Despite his leading man looks and movie star charisma, actor Brad Pitt spent most of his career trying to avoid bloated box office roles in favor of riskier, lower profile work. After achieving heartthrob status with revealing performances showing off his six-pack abs in "Thelma and Louise" (1991) and "Legends of the Fall" (1994), Pitt actively subverted his hunky image by taking on ugly and often crazed characters, most notably in "12 Monkeys" (1995), "Fight Club" (1999) and "Snatch" (2001). While en route to becoming one of the top box office draws of his generation, Pitt generated a substantial amount of tabloid press, particularly for his headline-grabbing romances, which provided ample fodder for supermarket stands across the country. His high-profile marriage to "girl next door" Jennifer Aniston - once considered the Hollywood ideal - publicly imploded after he separated from his wife and began dating proverbial bad girl, Angelina Jolie. The result, however, was a new image of Pitt as multiracial father and globetrotting activist, thanks to Jolie's adoption of impoverished orphans from around the world. It was this transformation that was underscored by strong and mature performances in the meditative "Babel" (2006) and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008), as well as more escapist fare like the "Ocean's Eleven" franchise. The public's fascination with the beloved actor both on screen and off proved that beneath the pretty boy exterior, Pitt only improved with age.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 By the Sea (2015)
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 World War Z (2013)
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 Counselor, The (2013)
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 12 Years a Slave (2013)
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 Happy Feet Two (2011)
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 Moneyball (2011)
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 His Way (2011)
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Grew up in Springfield, MO
1986:
Moved to Los Angeles, CA after claiming to his parents that he was attending the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena
1987:
Worked as an extra on the film "Less Than Zero" (also had uncredited role)
1987:
Made television debut on the NBC soap opera "Another World"
1987:
Made primetime TV debut in a guest role on the ABC sitcom "Growing Pains"
1987:
Played the boyfriend of Jenna Wade Ewing's daughter in three episodes of the CBS primetime soap "Dallas"
1988:
Made TV-movie debut in "A Stoning in Fulham County" (NBC)
1989:
Landed feature acting debut in "Cutting Class"
1990:
Co-starred with Juliette Lewis in the fact-based NBC TV-movie "Too Young to Die?"
1991:
Achieved instant sex-symbol status as J.D., a charming hitchhiker who seduces Geena Davis in "Thelma & Louise"
1991:
Cast in first leading role in a feature alongside Catherine Keener and Nick Cave in the low budget, Tom DiCillo directed "Johnny Suede"
1992:
Cast in major film role in the Robert Redford directed "A River Runs Through It"
1993:
Took a dramatic turn as a scruffy serial killer alongside Juliette Lewis and David Duchovny in "Kalifornia"
1993:
Played featured role in Tony Scott's "True Romance"
1994:
First worked with Anthony Hopkins playing one of his sons in "Legends of the Fall"; received a Best Actor Golden Globe nomination
1994:
Co-starred with Tom Cruise (as the vampire Lestat) in the film adaptation of Anne Rice's novel "Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles"
1995:
Co-starred with Morgan Freeman as detectives tracking a serial killer (Kevin Spacey) in David Fincher's "Seven"
1995:
Portrayed mental patient Jeffrey Goines in Terry Gilliam's "Twelve Monkeys"; received a Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination
1997:
Played an Irish revolutionary opposite Harrison Ford in "The Devil's Own"
1997:
Played the main role of Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer in the Jean Jacques Annaud film "Seven Years in Tibet;" film was subject of controversy when it was disclosed that the main character had ties to the Nazis
1998:
Re-teamed with Anthony Hopkins for "Meet Joe Black"
1999:
Again collaborated with David Fincher for "Fight Club," playing the character of Tyler Durden opposite Edward Norton
2000:
Portrayed an itinerant Irish gypsy bare knuckles boxer in Guy Ritchie's gangster film "Snatch"
2001:
Teamed with Robert Redford in "Spy Game," playing the protege of a retiring CIA agent
2001:
Landed featured role in the A-list ensemble of "Ocean's Eleven," which included Julia Roberts, George Clooney and Matt Damon
2002:
Made a guest appearance on the NBC sitcom "Friends" as a man who has a grudge against Jennifer Aniston's character Rachel Green; received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor
2004:
Portrayed fated warrior Achilles in director Wolfgang Petersen's epic "Troy"
2004:
Reunited with the original cast for the sequel "Ocean's Twelve"
2005:
Co-starred with Angelina Jolie, as husband and wife assassins, in Doug Liman's "Mr. & Mrs. Smith"
2006:
Co-starred with Cate Blanchett as a tragedy-stricken American couple in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's critically acclaimed "Babel;" received a Golden Globe nomination for Supporting Actor
2007:
Reprised role along with the original cast for "Ocean's 13"
2007:
Produced "A Mighty Heart," the film based on the book by Mariane Pearl, wife of murdered journalist Daniel Pearl; film featured his partner Angelina Jolie in the lead role
2007:
Portrayed outlaw Jesse James in "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" (also produced)
2008:
Joined an ensemble cast for the Coen's brothers' "Burn After Reading"
2008:
Re-teamed with director David Fincher and actress Cate Blanchett to play the title role in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"; earned Golden Globe, SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Actor
2009:
Starred as a Nazi hunter in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds"
2010:
Voiced Metro Man, Megamind's archenemy in the animated comedy, "Megamind"
2011:
Played a domineering father in Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life"
2011:
Portrayed the Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane in "Moneyball"
2011:
Voiced the character of Will the Krill in the animated sequel "Happy Feet Two"
2012:
Appeared as first male spokesperson for classic fragrance Chanel No. 5
2012:
Starred in crime drama "Killing Them Softly," a feature adaptation of George V. Higgins' novel <i>Cogan's Trade</i>
2013:
Starred in and co-produced the hugely successful zombie movie "World War Z"
2013:
Appeared in the Ridley Scott thriller "The Counselor"
2013:
Featured in and co-produced the lauded period drama "12 Years a Slave"
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Education

Kickapoo High School: Springfield , Missouri -
University of Missouri: Columbia , Missouri - 1982 - 1986

Notes

Pitt was presented with the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival's national achievement award for "personifying the ideals of talent and achievement in the performing arts"

Pitt has the dubious distinction of being named People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" on two separate occasions.

"Next to that kid, we all look like onions." --Dustin Hoffman about Pitt

"We think that success will patch up some kind of hole in our lives and the truth is that it doesn't. But I can say that until I'm blue in the face and no one is going to hear it."---Pitt on achieving a certain level of stardom Times November 20, 1997

"I went and hid for a time, but realised I can't always do that. It means a lot to me if people say that I have just given a great performance on screen or they've seen something that has moved them. I like that. I can't pretend that I don't. As for the paparazzi and intrusions, I just have to grit my teeth and do the best I can to avoid them." --Pitt on his initial success in films to Empire December 1997

"The way I grew up, you don't talk about yourself. You just DO. Your actions define everything for you." ---Pitt to Steven Klein in Interview November 1997

"You shouldn't speak until you know what you're talking about. That's why I get uncomfortable with interviews. Reporters ask me what I feel China should do about Tibet. Who cares what I think China should do? I'm a f---ing actor! They hand me a script. I act. I'm here for entertainment, basically, when you whittle everything away. I'm a grown man who puts on makeup."---Pitt quoted in Time October 13, 1997

"It's all up and down. ... You're talking to a guy who's always had this kind of congenital sadness. I don't know where it comes from. I don't know what it is - the state of the world, the state of yourself. I don't know. I had a very easy childhood, deprived of nothing per se ..." ---Pitt to Rolling Stones October 28, 1999

"I've gotten to the point in my life where I don't even care if the papers make up stuff about me anymore. It can't touch me. I'm at peace with myself."---Brad Pitt quoted by Cindy Pearlman in the Chicago Sun-Times October 10, 1999

"The wedding was one of the coolest things I've ever been to. We've made a pact. Jen and I call it the adventure. We'll see where it takes us."---Pitt, on his marriage to Jennifer Aniston People July 29, 2000

"I don't think he gets credit for being as good as he is," says Soderbergh. "In terms of movie-star performances, I thought he was as good in Snatch as McQueen ever was. It was a really star performance in the best sense of the word, absolutely riveting and charismatic, funny. If another actor had given that performance who didn't look like Brad, it would have been talked about much more. I found him in Ocean's 11 to be a really terrific actor, with really good instincts, a really good sense of timing, and an ease that I don't think you can fake. He's a very secure person," Soderbergh adds. "He would be exactly the same person whether stardom had happened to him or not. He just is who he is, just one of the coolest people on the planet."---Soderbergh on Brad Pitt Vanity Fair December 2001

"I'll tell you about Brad's laugh. I don't know how to explain it except it sounds like a 12-year old boy who just threw a water balloon down on somebody."---Jennifer Aniston to US Weekly September 30, 2002

"I had to quit smoking," says Pitt, "I'm now happy about it because these things were killing me. But at first I was really missing my cigarettes...The withdrawal was so hard that I was ready to kill, which was actually helpful for the role I was playing."---Pitt Extra April 20, 2004

"He's not like 'Look at me, don't I look good?' He morphs himself so easily. He's the perfect muse."---Steven Klein on photographing Pitt on the set of Troy to People May 10, 2004

Pitt made People magazine's 50 most beautiful people for 2004

"He's a humble guy," says Wolfgang Petersen. "He gives everybody the feeling that he's honored to work with them, and that creates a wonderful atmosphere."---Wolfgang Petersen, who directed Pitt in "Troy" quoted in Vanity Fair June 2004

"It's talked about like it failed, I guess because it wasn't flawless. Me, I embrace the messiness of life. I find it so beautiful, actually."---Brad Pitt, speaking to GQ about his marriage to Jennifer Aniston, June 2005.

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companion:
Robin Givens. Actor. Dated briefly in 1988 after working together on episodes of the TV sitcom "Head of the Class".
companion:
Jill Schoelen. Actor. Met on set of "Cutting Class"; (1989); broke up in 1989.
companion:
Juliette Lewis. Actor. Met on the set of the 1990 TV-movie "Too Young to Die?"; together for three years; broke up c. February 1993; reportedly were engaged.
companion:
Jitka Pohlodek. Model. Dated briefly in 1993.
companion:
Gwyneth Paltrow. Actor. Met on set of "Seven" (1994) where they played a married couple; became engaged in November 1996; separated in June 1997.
companion:
Katja von Garnier. Director. German; born c. 1966; dated in 1997.
wife:
Jennifer Aniston. Actress. Began dating in spring 1998; marrried on July 29, 2000 in Malibu, California.
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father:
William Pitt. Trucking company manager.
mother:
Jane Pitt. High school counselor.
brother:
Doug Pitt. Businessman. Owns computer company; born c. 1966.
sister:
Julie Pitt. Born c. 1969; married with at least one child.
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