Brad Pitt (born William Bradley Pitt 18.12.1963) is one of Hollywood's best-known film stars. He has received two Academy Award nominations and four Golden Globe nominations and is frequently voted as one of the world's most attractive and desirable men.
Childhood: Brad Pitt was born to Jane and William Pitt in Shawnee, Oklahama and grew up in Springfield, Missouri, where he was raised as a Southern Baptist.
After graduating from Kickapoo High School, Brad Pitt attended the University of Missouri, where he majored in journalism & advertising. He had begun acting at university and two weeks before he was due to graduated, he left university and moved to Los Angeles to take acting lessons.
Acting Career: Brad Pitt's screen debut came in 1987, when he had uncredited parts in No Way Out, No Man's Land and Less Than Zero. He also made a guest appearance in the TV sitcom 'Growing Pains'. Between 1987 and 1988, Brad Pitt appeared as the character Randy in 'Dallas'.
Brad Pitt's first leading film role came in 1988 when he starred in the Yugoslavian / US produced The Dark Side of the Sun. The release, however, coincided with the Croatian war so it was shelved until 1997.
In 1990, Brad Pitt played the role of Billy in the NBC TV drama 'Too Young To Die' in which he featured alongside a young Juliette Lewis.
The following year, Brad Pitt got his big break in the acting world, when he appeared in Thelma & Louise, along with Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon and Harvey Keitel. He went on to star in Johnny Suede and Cool World but failed to extract any favourable reviews from the film critics until he starred in the 1992 film A River Runs Through It. The film was directed by Robert Redford and became a career-defining performance for Brad Pitt. The film also starred Brenda Blethyn, Tom Skerritt and Emily Lloyd.
In 1993's Kalifornia, Pitt was reunited on screen with Juliette Lewis in what would become a cult classic portrayal of a serial killer. In a similar vein, True Romance was released in the same year and Brad Pitt's brief appearance in the film was one f the movie's highlights.
1994 became another pivotal moment in Brad Pitt's Hollywood career, when he starred as a vampire in Interview with a Vampire. The film featured an all-star cast, including Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst and Christian Slater. Despite many critics lambasting Pitt's performance in the film it was still a huge financial success.
He went on to star in Legends of the Fall the following year, alongside Anthony Hopkins and earned himself his first Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Tristan Ludlow. Pitt then went on to star in Seven, playing the role of a detective, alongside Kevin Spacey, Gwyneth Paltrow and Morgan Freeman. The film was another huge success and saw him diversifying a little in his acting style. He continued to do this when he landed a role in Terry Gilliam's science fiction movie Twelve Monkeys. His performance in the film - which also starred Bruce Willis and Madeleine Stowe - won him a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor.
After starring in Sleepers, The Devil's Own and Seven Years in Tibet, Brad Pitt's next significant role was in Meet Joe Black; again sharing screen time with Anthony Hopkins. Another key role for Pitt came in 1999 when he starred in Fight Club, playing the role of Tyler Durden in the adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's novel. This was followed with Guy Ritchie's film, Snatch, in which Brad Pitt played the role of a barely-understandable Irish Gypsy boxer, alongside Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones and Benicio del Toro.
Pitt's next venture, The Mexican - in which he starred with Julia Roberts - received mixed reviews but was a box office success nonetheless. After a guest appearance in the TV sitcom friends (with his then-wife Jennifer Aniston), Brad Pitt appeared in Ocean's Eleven with Matt Damon, George Clooney and Andy Garcia. He went on to star in George Clooney's directorial debut, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.
2004 saw Brad Pitt star in Troy, as well as making an appearance in Ocean's Twelve, the sequel to Ocean's Eleven. The following year, Brad Pitt was cast alongside Angelina Jolie in Mr & Mrs. Smith. The career decision would ultimately be a life-changer for Pitt, as he eventually left his wife in order to start a relationship with Jolie.
Pitt's performance in Babel was well-received by the critics and the film received no fewer than seven Academy Award nominations.
After appearing in Ocean's Thirteen, Brad Pitt starred in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. His acting skill this time landed him the Volpi cup at the 64th Venice International Film Festival.
In 2008, Brad Pitt featured in the Coen brothers' comedy Burn After Reading, which also starred Tilda Swinton, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand and George Clooney. Later, he was cast as the title role in the unusual film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, about a man who ages in reverse. The film also starred Cate Blanchett.
Pitt then went on to feature in the Quentin Tarantino film Inglourious Basterds and the Terrence Malik movie Tree of Life. In 2011, he started filming The Lost City of Z, based on David Grann's book of the same title.
Personal Life: Brad Pitt has been romantically linked with a number of his female co-stars, including Juliette Lewis, Robin Gives and Jill Schoelen. He was also once engaged to Gwyneth Paltrow.
In July 2000, Brad Pitt married Jennifer Aniston. Their marriage ended in 2005. His subsequent relationship with Angelina Jolie has been the subject of a huge amount of media attention.
The couple have three adopted children; Maddox, Zahara and Pax Thien. They also have a daughter together, named Shiloh as well as twins, Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline.
These screen heroes became real life heroes when they put their lives on the line.
It's impressive enough when ordinary civilians put themselves on the front line in a dangerous situation to rescue their friends, familiy and even people they don't know. But when celebrities do it, it completely changes the way people view them. And heroism among the elite is not as uncommon as you might think.
Jamie Oliver outside the BBC Radio 2 studios
1. Jamie Oliver - Last week, the celebrity chef pursued a man on foot after he attempted to break into both his London home and a neighbour's, and ended up pinning him to the ground and holding him there until the police arrived on scene. The would-be burglar was described as 'aggressive', but Jamie wasn't about to give in when he had a wife and five children to defend.
The former power couple have been involved in an acrimonious split since Angelina announced their separation in 2016
Right from the beginning, the Brangelina story got those who care about showbiz gossip talking. Despite its two leading stars - Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt - revealing very little about their relationship, plenty of column inches have been filled with rumour, speculation and gossip as they went from co-stars, to parents of six, to newleyweds and finally to a separated couple.
Angelina announced her separation from Brad two years ago
After what has seemed like a particularly acrimonious two years as the pair navigate their way through a divorce, it could be that Ange's stance has changed as she vows to reach a 'peaceful truce' with her former hsuband.
Continue reading: Is Angelina Jolie's Softening Towards Ex Brad Pitt?
Sometimes actors are not acting.
Sometimes acting on a movie gets way too real. Simulations can become real-life sitations - which can be both entertaining for the viewer and traumatic for the stars. Or just a big source of amusement for everyone involved. Winona Ryder recently confessed that she might genuinly be married to her 'Dracula' co-star Keanu Reeves.
Bram Stoker's Dracula
The pair wed as Mina Murray and Jonathan Harker in the 1992 Francis Ford Coppola movie 'Bram Stoker's Dracula', but Winona reckons there nuptials were valid because a real Romanian priest oversaw it at a Greek Orthodox church.
Pitt has rubbished his estranged wife's claims that he's been skimping on child support for their six kids.
The intensity of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s bitter divorce has been ratcheted up a notch after he hit back at his estranged wife’s claim that he has failed to pay “meaningful” child support since they split nearly two years ago.
Pitt’s retort comes after Jolie asserted that she wants their divorce finalised by the end of 2018, also claiming that he had failed to support their six children in any substantial way since they announced their split in September 2016.
On Wednesday (August 8th), his legal team responded by saying that Pitt had in fact paid more than $1.3 million in costs and had loaned Jolie around $8 million to help her buy her new house.
Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Ryan Philippe and Leonardo DiCaprio all turned down the chance to be in 'Brokeback Mountain', says its first-choice director.
As it turned out, the gay romance movie made stars out of both Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal to international stardom. However, Brokeback Mountain’s first-choice director Gus Van Sant revealed in a new interview with IndieWire that he initially had a hard time casting those two main roles, and that quite a few big-name stars refused to star in it.
“Nobody wanted to do it,” said Van Sant, who initially was chosen to direct the film. “I was working on it, and I felt like we needed a really strong cast, like a famous cast. That wasn’t working out. I asked the usual suspects: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Ryan Phillippe. They all said no.”
It seems Pitt has refused to allow Shiloh and Knox to appear in their mother's new film, Maleficent 2
The seemingly bitter custody battle between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt continues to rage on with the father-of-six reportedly refusing to allow their children Shiloh and Knox to appear in Maleficent 2. The sequel to Jolie’s successful 2014 portrayal of Maleficent - an evil fairy who curses an infant Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty - is currently being filmed in London with Elle Fanning and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are reportedly at odds over custody of their six children
After her daughter Vivienne, nine, appeared in the first film, Jolie wanted Vivienne’s twin brother, Knox, and their elder sister, Shiloh, 12, to appear in the second outing of the franchise.
Custody of their six children has been a significant sticking point in their divorce negotiations.
Since they announced their divorce nearly two years ago, Brad and Angelina haven’t completed negotiations on their divorce, with his visitation rights regarding their six children proving to be a sticking point.
43 year old Jolie reportedly wanted to take the kids - Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and nine-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox – to London this summer while she filmed the sequel to Maleficent.
It apparently happened after Weinstein "made a pass" at Paltrow back in 1995.
In a new interview, Paltrow says that the incident took place at the opening night of ‘Hamlet’ on Broadway back in 1995. Allegedly, Weinstein placed his hands upon her, and suggested that they find a bedroom and have massages, she told Howard Stern’s radio show this week.
This was when Paltrow, now 45, was a rising star and had just signed up with Weinstein’s production company to star in Emma and Shakespeare In Love.
They're not dating, but they're certainly enjoying the company.
The rumour has started again with regards to Brad Pitt's love life as the media take an interest in his newfound friendship with the stunning MIT professor and award-winning architect Neri Oxman. Despite their apparent closeness, however, it doesn't seem that romance is in the air just yet.
Brad Pitt at the Allied premiere
The 54-year-old actor, who is still going through divorce proceedings with ex Angelina Jolie, has been spending time with the 42-year-old American-Israeli after the pair were thrust together to work on an architectural project that Brad has been involved with.
Continue reading: Brad Pitt's New Best Friend Is Talented Architect Neri Oxman
DiCaprio and Pitt are now both starring in Tarantino's upcoming ninth film, with the now-confirmed title 'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood'.
Quentin Tarantino’s next movie is set to see two of Hollywood’s most prestigious A-listers going head-to-head on the same billing, as Brad Pitt has now been confirmed alongside Leonardo Dicaprio in the director’s upcoming film about the Manson family murders.
Deadline reported the news on Wednesday (February 28th) that the long-rumoured project, to which Oscar-winner DiCaprio had already been attached, now had an official title and a synopsis. It will be called Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, and “takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood”.
DiCaprio will play the role of Rick Dalton, a “former star of a western TV series”, while the newly confirmed Pitt will portray Cliff Booth, Dalton’s “longtime stunt double”.
Date of birth
18th December, 1963
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