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.
Hollywood royalty met British royalty on Friday when the two couples enjoyed tea at Kensington Palace.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt accepted a very royal invitation on Friday, when they joined Prince William and Kate Middleton, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, for tea and Kensington palace. It was the first time the two couples had sat down together, with the 'informal' meeting being said to have taken months to co-ordinate.
Brad and Angelina enjoyed tea at Kensington Palace on Friday.
A Kensington Palace spokesman confirmed to US Weekly that the meeting took place saying, "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Pitt at Kensington Palace on Friday afternoon."
'War Machine', a satirical comedy about the war in Afghanistan, is heading to Netflix.
Netflix has sensationally nabbed the rights to Brad Pitt's forthcoming movie War Machine, representing the streaming service's biggest film acquisition so far. The satirical comedy is directed by David Michod (Animal Kingdom) and based on Michael Hastings's bestselling book The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan.
Brad Pitt's War Machine is heading to Netflix
Michod also co-wrote the film, which is to be produced by Pitt and his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, alongside World War Z's Ian Bryce.
Continue reading: Netflix Lands Brad Pitt's 'War Machine' - This is a Big One.
The deal, reported to be worth $30 million, is the biggest single investment in Netflix's history.
Netflix has taken a significant step in its evolution with the biggest movie purchase in its history, announcing that it has acquired distribution rights to Brad Pitt’s forthcoming military comedy movie War Machine, due for release in 2016.
The online streaming giant made the announcement on Monday afternoon (June 8th) that it has secured rights to distribute the movie, which stars Pitt in a fictionalised, satirical re-telling of the story of General Stanley McChrystal, the four-star US general who led American forces in Afghanistan between 2009 and 2010.
Brad Pitt's new film 'War Machine' has been acquired by Netflix for exclusive distribution
Continue reading: Netflix Buys Distribution Rights To Brad Pitt's 'War Machine'
The 'World War Z' sequel is on the way.
Brad Pitt and his Plan B production company have committed to the World War Z sequel, with a release date set for June 9, 2017. The movie will hit theaters four years after the original, which took $540 million at the worldwide box-office.
World War Z was a huge hit for Paramount despite endless production problems
Director Juan Antonio Bayona - the Spanish filmmaker best known for The Orphanage and The Impossible - will helm the project, while screenwriter Steven Knight will write the sequel. Knight scored a recent directorial hit with the one-man thriller Locke, starring Tom Hardy. His previous writing credits include Dirty Pretty Things, David Cronenberg's stunning Eastern Promises and Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island.
Continue reading: Brad Pitt Returning for 'World War Z' Sequel, Set for June 9, 2017
'By the Sea', the film in which Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt star together, will be released in November of this year.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's upcoming film, By the Sea, will be released in November. The couple have not been seen on screen together since Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2005. Jolie and Pitt met on the set and soon after began a relationship. Hopefully, in the decade since Mr. & Mrs. Smith, they have retained their brilliant on-screen chemistry.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie star in By the Sea.
'The Good Wife' star Julianna Margulies has been honoured on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
It's a good day for 'The Good Wife', as the face of the hit TV series, Julianna Margulies, has been honoured for her work both on and off camera with a coveted star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
'Good' things come to those who wait: Julianna Margulies at the Walk of Fame
The 48-year-old actress is a supporter of the charity Project ALS, which aims to help find effective treatments and ultimately a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Ryan Gosling is reportedly in talks to star in the 'Blade Runner' movie alongside Harrison Ford.
Ryan Gosling is in talks to star in the sequel to Blade Runner. The 34-year-old actor will be joined by Harrison Ford, who played Rick Deckard in the original 1982 film. Ford will reprise his role but it is uncertain which part Gosling, if negotiations are successful, will play.
Ryan Gosling is in talks to appear in Blade Runner 2.
Continue reading: Ryan Gosling In Talks For 'Blade Runner' Sequel
How does Jolie manage to make every one of her appearances so endearing?
Apparently, Angelina Jolie wants her children to be part of most aspects of her life - case in point: the Kids Choice awards. The By the Sea director has been making the awards rounds this season either alone or accompanied by Brad Pitt, but the Kids' Choice are what marketer would call "fun for the whole family."
Angelina Jolie took the opportunity to dispense some sage advice.
Or at least some of it. According to Us Weekly Jolie hit up the seizure-inducing award ceremony alongside daughters Shiloh and Zahara. The girls cheered her on as Jolie took the stage to accept her Best Villain award. She delivered a sweet speech, encouraging her younger fans to embrace their differences and "cause a little trouble now and then."
The actress had the preventative surgery last week, two years after undergoing a double mastectomy.
Angelina Jolie has made the difficult and brave decision to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed as a preventative measure against ovarian cancer. The actress explained her decision on Tuesday in an op-ed published by The New York Times entitled ‘Diary of a Surgery’.
Angelina Jolie elected to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed last week.
In the piece, Jolie described how she learnt she was at risk for ovarian cancer two weeks ago, after a simple test she has annually to measures the protein CA-125 in her blood, came back showing markers that could be a sign of early cancer.
The 39-year-old actress recently opened up about her and Pitt's intimate French summer wedding, which included all their six children.
Last August Angelina Jolie tied the knot for a third time to her longtime partner, and father to their six children, Brad Pitt, and this will most likely be her last as she has finally found what all women want, a "real man."
Jolie says she found a "real man" in Pitt
During a recent interview with the French magazine Dandy, Jolie opened up about looking for 'Prince Charming,' her and the Hollywood actor's summer French wedding, and if she will let her children get inked like their mother.
The actress has lately been focussing on directing and her humanitarian work.
Angelina Jolie has revealed that she took the decision to turn away from acting following the death of her mother.
In an interview with French magazine Dandy, the 39 year old actress admitted that her real interests laid elsewhere after her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, passed away from ovarian cancer in 2007.
Angelina Jolie spoke to Dandy magazine about her plans for the future
Pitt is going back to World War II for his next project.
It looks as if Brad Pitt’s next project will be a ‘romantic thriller’ coming from Academy Award winning director Robert Zemeckis. The film will be produced by Paramount and New Regency, who confirmed Pitt’s casting on Friday.
Pitt has signed on to the World War II romantic thriller
Little is known about the as yet untitled movie so far, other than that it is set during World War II and is said to be ‘epic’ in scope. The script has been written by Steven Knight who just penned Pitt’s World War Z sequel which is currently in development.
Continue reading: Brad Pitt Set To Star In Romantic Thriller Directed By Robert Zemeckis