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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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much discussed slot on MTV's stunt-prank series ¿ and a personal Pitt favorite ¿ "Jackass," where the actor was violently "kidnapped" from L.A.'s Pink's hot dog stand, as several dumbfounded witnesses observed. In 2002, Pitt made brief cameo appearances in Soderbergh's experimental film "Full Frontal" and Clooney's directorial debut, "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind." In 2003, he made the jump to animated features, voicing the title character in the quickly forgotten "Sinbad." After years of downplaying his handsome, heroic looks by appearing in scruffy beards and long hair, Pitt finally took a role that cast him as every bit the Golden Boy, playing legendary Greek hero Achilles in director Wolfgang Petersen's epic, "Troy" (2004), a role that inspired excitement among his male and female fans alike. The actor also agreed to rejoin Clooney, Soderbergh, et al, for the sequel romp "Ocean's Twelve" (2004), this time with his own love interest (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Unfortunately, the male camaraderie was wearing thing and the film lacked much of the charm of the first outing.In early 2005, the film work became secondary, when Pitt found himself at the center of an intense media whirlwind when he...
much discussed slot on MTV's stunt-prank series ¿ and a personal Pitt favorite ¿ "Jackass," where the actor was violently "kidnapped" from L.A.'s Pink's hot dog stand, as several dumbfounded witnesses observed. In 2002, Pitt made brief cameo appearances in Soderbergh's experimental film "Full Frontal" and Clooney's directorial debut, "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind." In 2003, he made the jump to animated features, voicing the title character in the quickly forgotten "Sinbad." After years of downplaying his handsome, heroic looks by appearing in scruffy beards and long hair, Pitt finally took a role that cast him as every bit the Golden Boy, playing legendary Greek hero Achilles in director Wolfgang Petersen's epic, "Troy" (2004), a role that inspired excitement among his male and female fans alike. The actor also agreed to rejoin Clooney, Soderbergh, et al, for the sequel romp "Ocean's Twelve" (2004), this time with his own love interest (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Unfortunately, the male camaraderie was wearing thing and the film lacked much of the charm of the first outing.
In early 2005, the film work became secondary, when Pitt found himself at the center of an intense media whirlwind when he announced he was splitting from Aniston. One of the speculated reasons for the divorce of the dream couple centered on rumors of an on-set relationship with Angelina Jolie during his next film, the Doug Liman-helmed action-fest "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" (2005). Long hours spent choreographing fight scenes and special effects could have done the trick, when onscreen, the actors played a bored married couple surprised to learn that they are each secretly assassins and are ultimately hired to kill each other. Though both actors initially refuted rumors of their affair ¿ and after frequently being photographed together in their private lives, took a less coyer stance later on, with Pitt petitioning to adopt Jolie's two children, Maddox and Zahara ¿ the intense media and public interest in their possible relationship propelled the film to huge box office receipts, thanks in large part to their palpable onscreen chemistry. Their "are they or aren't they?" coupling captivated star watchers and was the most written-about celebrity story of 2005, even prompting the coining of the term "Brangelina." As their relationship gradually emerged in the public eye, Pitt accompanied Jolie on her missions of mercy to third world nations to adopt children. The couple ultimately revealed that they were expecting their own biological child together, daughter, Shiloh Nouvel, while articles trumpeting Aniston's reportedly ongoing anguish over the loss of Pitt continued to propel the spectacle forward. In fact, the public's intense interest in the split-turned-love affair heard round the world eventually came down to camps, with Team Aniston and Team Jolie T-shirts being sold off the shelves that summer. Ultimately, Pitt and Jolie would go on to adopt another child, Pax, a Vietnamese orphan in 2007, and give birth with much fanfare to their biological twins, Vivienne and Knox in 2008. The couple married in France on August 23, 2014.
After a noted absence from the big screen ¿ but not the tabloid pages, which seemed to concoct a new and ridiculous story about Brangelina every week ¿ Pitt returned with a strong and rather mature performance in "Babel" (2006), a dense and heartbreaking look at confusion, fear and the depths of love. Set on different continents Asia, Africa and North America, "Babel" told three separate stories brought together by a single random act of violence. Pitt played an American tourist traveling to Morocco, when a stray bullet from a rifle crashes through a bus window and seriously wounds his wife (Cate Blachett), touching off a series of events. Meanwhile, Pitt reunited with Soderbergh, Clooney, Damon and the rest one final time for "Oceans 13" (2007), the third installment to the hipster caper series that saw the gang exacting revenge on a ruthless Las Vegas casino owner (Al Pacino) after becoming the victims of a double-cross. He then delivered a touching performance in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008), playing a man born in his eighties during World War I who ages backwards into the 21st century. Pitt earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Actor. Also that year, he was the one bright spot in the Coen Brothers¿ black comedy "Burn After Reading" (2008), in which he played a none-too-bright fitness instructor who finds what he believes to be valuable CIA secrets.
Pitt next starred in Quentin Tarantino¿s return to prominence, "Inglourious Basterds" (2009), playing an American officer who assembles a team of Jewish soldiers to hunt down and brutally kill Nazis during World War II. After voicing Metro Man in the animated "Megamind" (2010), Pitt delivered two award-worthy performances in 2011; first in Terrence Malick¿s "The Tree of Life," as a strict 1950s father whose son tries to reconcile their damaged relationship, and then in "Moneyball," in which he played Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland As who turned his small-market team into a playoff winner. Pitt's latter turn earned him a slew of award nominations, including nods at the Golden Globes and Academy Awards for Best Actor. Of course, Pitt was in the spotlight outside the purview of his movies, causing waves when he publicly stated his life was "uninteresting" while with Aniston ¿ leading him to publicly apologize to her ¿ and creating panic when he announced in November that he had an interest in retiring from acting, though he declined to put an end date on his career.
The following year, Pitt had only one film in theaters, the moody crime thriller "Killing Them Softly" (2012), which co-starred James Gandolfini and Richard Jenkins. In 2013, however, he returned to screens with a vengeance, most notably in his long-in-development zombie action movie, "World War Z." Various production issues had created a negative buzz around the film, which Pitt co-produced, but it proved to be a triumph both commercially and critically, resulting in a major win for the actor. Also in 2013, Pitt appeared in two ensemble films that both co-starred Michael Fassbender, "The Counselor" and "12 Years a Slave." The latter movie, a gripping historical drama by British director Steve McQueen, also featured Pitt as a producer and garnered significant awards buzz, culminating in an Oscar win for Best Picture. After starring in World War II drama "Fury" (2014), Pitt reunited on screen with Jolie in the relationship drama "By the Sea" (2015) before producing and co-starring in the financial-sector comedy-drama "The Big Short" (2015), directed by comedy veteran Adam McKay from the best-seller by Michael Lewis."Snatch," he was covered in tattoos. Off-screen, however, Pitt's celebrity status as a hunky Hollywood icon soared into the stratosphere, after his romantic relationship with the equally beautiful and popular "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004) TV star Jennifer Aniston culminated in 2001 with a storybook wedding in Malibu. The golden couple's every move quickly became fodder for entertainment-oriented media outlets everywhere.
In "The Mexican" (2001), Pitt offered a relaxed, loose turn as a somewhat dim, low-level gangster sent south ¿ over the objections of his long-time girlfriend, played by Julia Roberts ¿ to retrieve the title object, an antique pistol that supposedly carried a curse. He remained busy portraying the protégé of a retiring CIA operative (Robert Redford) in "Spy Game" (2001), before joining George Clooney and an equally beautiful ensemble cast for Steven Soderbergh's wildly fun remake of "Ocean's Eleven" (2001). That year, Pitt also made two notable TV guest appearances; first, on his wife's sitcom, "Friends," playing a now-thin high school pal of Monica's (Courteney Cox) who has long harbored an animosity toward Rachel (Aniston); secondly, in a
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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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