Biography, works and achievement of brad pitt
William Bradley Pitt born December 18, 1963 is an American actor and film producer. He has received multiple awards , including two Golden Globe Awards and an Academy Award for his acting, in addition to another Academy Award and a Primetime Emmy Award as producer under his production company, Plan B Entertainment. Pitt first gained recognition as a cowboy hitchhiker in the road movie Thelma & Louise (1991). His first leading roles in big-budget productions came with the drama films A River Runs Through It (1992) and Legends of the Fall (1994), and the horror film Interview with the Vampire (1994).
Pitt was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma , to William Alvin Pitt, the proprietor of a trucking company, and Jane Etta (née Hillhouse), a school counselor. The family soon moved to Springfield, Missouri , where he lived together with his younger siblings, Douglas Mitchell (born 1966) and Julie Neal (born 1969). Born into a conservative Christian household, he was raised as Southern Baptist and later “oscillated between agnosticism and atheism.” He later came back around to just belief in that “we’re all connected”. Pitt has described Springfield as ” Mark Twain country, Jesse James country,” having grown up with “a lot of hills, a lot of lakes.” Pitt attended Kickapoo High School, where he was a member of the golf, swimming and tennis teams. He participated in the school’s Key and Forensics clubs, in school debates, and in musicals. Following his graduation from high school, Pitt enrolled in the University of Missouri in 1982, majoring in journalism with a focus on advertising. As graduation approached, Pitt did not feel ready to settle down. He loved films “a portal into different worlds for me” and, since films were not made in Missouri, he decided to go to where they were made. Two weeks short of completing the coursework for a degree, Pitt left the university and moved to Los Angeles, where he took acting lessons and worked odd jobs. He has named his early acting heroes as Gary Oldman , Sean Penn and Mickey Rourke .
While struggling to establish himself in Los Angeles , Pitt took lessons from acting coach Roy London . Pitt’s acting career began in 1987, with uncredited parts in the films No Way Out (1987), No Man’s Land (1987) and Less Than Zero (1987). In May 1987, his television debut came with a two-episode role on the NBC soap opera Another World . In November of the same year, Pitt had a guest appearance on the CBS sitcom Trial and Error and the ABC sitcom Growing Pains . He appeared in four episodes of the CBS primetime series Dallas between December 1987 and February 1988 as Randy, the boyfriend of Charlie Wade (played by Shalane McCall ). Later in 1988, Pitt made a guest appearance on the Fox police drama 21 Jump Street . In the same year, the Yugoslavian–U.S. co-production The Dark Side of the Sun (1988) gave Pitt his first leading film role, as a young American taken by his family to the Adriatic to find a remedy for a skin condition. The film was shelved at the outbreak of the Croatian War of Independence , and was not released until 1997. Pitt made two motion picture appearances in 1989: the first in a supporting role in the comedy Happy Together ; the second a featured role in the horror film Cutting Class , the first of Pitt’s films to reach theaters. He made guest appearances on television series Head of the Class , Freddy’s Nightmares , Thirtysomething, and (for a second time) Growing Pains .
After years of supporting roles in film and frequent television guest appearances, Pitt attracted wider recognition in his supporting role in Ridley Scott ‘s 1991 road film Thelma & Louise. He played J.D., a small-time criminal who befriends Thelma ( Geena Davis ). His love scene with Davis has been cited as the event that defined Pitt as a sex symbol . After Thelma & Louise, Pitt starred in the 1991 film Johnny Suede , a low-budget picture about an aspiring rock star, and the 1992 live-action/animated fantasy film Cool World , although neither furthered his career, having poor reviews and box office performance. Pitt took the role of Paul Maclean in the 1992 biographical film A River Runs Through It , directed by Robert Redford. His portrayal of the character was described by People ‘s Janet Mock as a career-making performance, proving that Pitt could be more than a “cowboy-hatted hunk.” He has admitted to feeling under pressure when making the film and thought it was one of his “weakest performances … It’s so weird that it ended up being the one that I got the most attention for.
1994 marked a significant turning point in Pitt’s career. Starring as the vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac in the horror film Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles , based on Anne Rice ‘s 1976 novel of the same name , he was part of an ensemble cast that included Tom Cruise , Kirsten Dunst , Christian Slater , and Antonio Banderas. Despite his winning two MTV Movie Awards at the 1995 ceremony, his performance was poorly received.
The following year, he had a role in the legal drama Sleepers (1996), based on Lorenzo Carcaterra ‘s novel of the same name. The film received mixed reviews. In the 1997 film The Devil’s Own Pitt starred, opposite Harrison Ford , as the Irish Republican Army terrorist Rory Devany, a role for which he was required to learn an Irish accent. Critical opinion was divided on his accent; “Pitt finds the right tone of moral ambiguity, but at times his Irish brogue is too convincing – it’s hard to understand what he’s saying”, wrote the San Francisco Chronicle . The Charleston Gazette opined that it had favored Pitt’s accent over the movie.
Pitt’s next leading role came in 2009 with the Quentin Tarantino-directed war film Inglourious Basterds , which premiered at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival . Pitt played Lieutenant Aldo Raine, an American resistance fighter battling Nazis in German-occupied France. The film was a box office hit, taking $311 million worldwide, and garnered generally favorable reviews. The film received multiple awards and nominations , including eight Academy Award nominations and seven MTV Movie Award nominations, including Best Male Performance for Pitt. Pitt visited the University of Missouri campus in October 2004 to encourage students to vote in the 2004 U.S. presidential election , in which he supported John Kerry. Later in October, he publicly supported the principle of public funding for embryonic stem-cell research . “We have to make sure that we open up these avenues so that our best and our brightest can go find these cures that they believe they will find”, he said.  In support of this he endorsed Proposition 71 , a California ballot initiative intended to provide state government funding for stem-cell research.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Pitt was involved in successive relationships with several of his co-stars, including Robin Givens ( Head of the Class ), Jill Schoelen ( Cutting Class ), and Juliette Lewis ( Too Young to Die? and Kalifornia ). In addition, Pitt had a much-publicized romance and engagement to his Seven co-star, Gwyneth Paltrow, whom he dated from 1994 to 1997. Pitt met Friends actress Jennifer Aniston in 1998 and married her in a private wedding ceremony in Malibu on July 29, 2000. In January 2005, Pitt and Aniston announced they had decided to separate. Two months later, Aniston filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. Pitt and Aniston’s divorce was finalized by the Los Angeles Superior Court on October 2, 2005. Despite media reports that Pitt and Aniston had an acrimonious relationship, Pitt said in a February 2009 interview that he and Aniston “check in with each other”, adding that they were both big parts of each other’s lives.
During Pitt’s divorce proceedings, his involvement with his Mr. & Mrs. Smith co-star Angelina Jolie attracted media attention. Jolie and Pitt stated that they fell in love on the set and that there was no infidelity. In April 2005, one month after Aniston filed for divorce, a set of paparazzi photographs emerged showing Pitt, Jolie, and her son Maddox at a beach in Kenya ; the press interpreted the pictures as evidence of a relationship between Pitt and Jolie. During 2005, the two were seen together with increasing frequency, and the entertainment media dubbed the couple ” Brangelina”. On January 11, 2006, Jolie confirmed to People that she was pregnant with Pitt’s child, thereby publicly acknowledging their relationship for the first time. Pitt and Jolie announced their engagement in April 2012 after seven years together. They were married on August 23, 2014, in a private ceremony in Château Miraval , France .
In July 2005, Pitt accompanied Jolie to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia , where she adopted her second child, Zahara Marley. On December 3, 2005, Pitt was in the process of becoming the adoptive father of Zahara, and Jolie’s first adopted child, Maddox Chivan. On January 19, 2006, a California judge granted Jolie’s request to change the children’s surnames from “Jolie” to “Jolie-Pitt”. The adoptions were finalized soon after. Jolie gave birth to daughter Shiloh Nouvel in Swakopmund , Namibia , on May 27, 2006. Pitt confirmed that their newborn daughter would qualify for a Namibian passport. The couple sold the first pictures of Shiloh through the distributor Getty Images ; the North American rights were purchased by People for over $4.1 million, while Hello! obtained the British rights for approximately $3.5 million. The proceeds from the sale were donated to charities serving African children. Madame Tussauds in New York unveiled a wax figure of two-month-old Shiloh; it marked the first time an infant was recreated in wax by Madame Tussauds. On March 15, 2007, Jolie adopted three-year-old Pax Thien from an orphanage in Ho Chi Minh City , Vietnam. Pitt adopted Pax in the United States on February 21, 2008. At the Cannes Film Festival in May 2008, Jolie confirmed that she was expecting twins. She gave birth to son Knox Léon and daughter Vivienne Marcheline on July 12, 2008 in Nice , France .The rights for the first images of Knox and Vivienne were jointly sold to People and Hello! for $14 million the most expensive celebrity pictures ever taken . The couple donated the proceeds to the Jolie-Pitt Foundation. France . On September 19, 2016, Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt, citing irreconcilable differences. On April 12, 2019, the court restored Jolie and Pitt to single status
Pitt has been cited as physically attractive by many sources, including Empire , who named him one of the 25 sexiest stars in film history in 1995. The same year, Pitt was chosen as People’s Sexiest Man Alive, an accolade he received again in 2000. Pitt appeared on Forbes ‘s annual Celebrity 100 list of the 100 most powerful celebrities from 2006 to 2008 placing at numbers 20, 5 and 10, respectively. In 2007, he was listed among the Time 100 , a compilation of the 100 most influential people in the world, as selected annually by Time. The magazine credited Pitt with using “his star power to get people to look [to where] cameras don’t usually catch”. He was again included in the Time 100 in 2009, this time in the “Builders and Titans” list.