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BRAD PITT

180px-BradPittWilliam Bradley “Brad” Pitt (born December 18, 1963) is an American actor and film producer. He has been cited as one of the world’s most attractive men and his off-screen life is widely reported. Pitt has received two Academy Award nominations and has won one Golden Globe Award out of four nominations

Following a high-profile relationship with actress Gwyneth Paltrow, Pitt was married to actress Jennifer Aniston for five years. As of 2009, he lives with actress Angelina Jolie, in a relationship that has attracted worldwide media attention. He and Jolie have three adopted children, Maddox, Zahara, and Pax, as well as three biological children, Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne. Pitt owns a production company named Plan B Entertainment, which has produced, among other films, the 2007 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, The Departed. Since beginning his relationship with Jolie, he has become increasingly involved in social issues, both in the United States and internationally.

Early work

While struggling in Los Angeles, Pitt took various occasional jobs. These jobs ranged from chauffeur,[10] delivery man, and dressing up as an El Pollo Loco chicken to pay for his acting classes. He had began studying with acting coach Roy London.

Pitt had uncredited parts in the 1987 films No Man’s Land and Less Than Zero. In December 1987, Pitt began his acting career with television guest appearances, which included a role on the CBS primetime soap opera Dallas. He portrayed Randy, the boyfriend of Shalane McCall‘s character, Charlie Wade. Pitt described the character as “an idiot boyfriend who gets caught in the hay”.[11] He later said about his scenes with McCall: “It was real sweaty-palms time for me. It was kind of wild, because I’d never even met her before.” His character was featured in five episodes. Following this, Pitt appeared in an episode of the police drama 21 Jump Street in 1988, with additional appearances on the situation comedies Head of the Class and Growing Pains the next year

Pitt was named Sexiest Man Alive by People in 1995 and 2000

Later in 1988, he acted in his first feature role in the drama The Dark Side of the Sun. He portrayed a young American taken by his family to the Adriatic to find a remedy for a skin condition. The movie was later released in 1997.Too Young to Die? in 1990, a story about an abused teenager given the death penalty for murder. Pitt portrayed the part of Billy Canton, a drug addict who took advantage of a runaway young woman, portrayed by Juliette Lewis.[13][14] Entertainment Weekly‘s film reviewer wrote: “Pitt is a magnificent slimeball as her hoody boyfriend; looking and sounding like a malevolent John Cougar Mellencamp, he’s really scary.” Pitt later co-starred in the short-lived 1990 television drama Glory Days, a stint that lasted for six episodes. Two years later, Pitt was cast in the television film

Pitt’s next onscreen appearance was in the 1991 film Across the Tracks. He portrayed Joe Maloney, a high school runner. The character deals with his criminal brother, portrayed by Ricky Schroder. Soon after the film, Pitt attracted broader public attention with a supporting role in the 1991 road film Thelma & Louise. He portrayed J.D., a small-time criminal who befriends Thelma (Geena Davis). His love scene with Davis, which showed Pitt shirtless and wearing a cowboy hat, has been cited as the moment that defined Pitt as a sex symbol.

After the success of Thelma & Louise, Pitt starred alongside Catherine Keener and Nick Cave in Johnny Suede (1991), a low-budget film about an aspiring rock star. He appeared in Cool World in 1992,before starring as Paul Maclean in Robert Redford‘s 1992 biographical film A River Runs Through It.[18] His portrayal of the character has been described a “career-making” performance. In discussion of the film, Pitt admitted he felt a “bit of pressure” when making the film. He added that 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,” said Pitt. When asked about working with Redford, Pitt said, “It’s like tennis: When you play with somebody better than you, your game gets better.”

Pitt reunited with his Too Young to Die? co-star Juliette Lewis in the 1993 road film Kalifornia. He portrayed Early Grayce, a serial killer and the former boyfriend of Lewis’s character.In his review of the film, Rolling Stone‘s Peter Travers described Pitt’s performance as “outstanding, all boyish charm and then a snort that exudes pure menace”.ShoWest Award for Male Star of Tomorrow.Later that year, Pitt won a

Critical success

Pitt’s film career broadened after being cast as vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac in the 1994 film adaptation of Anne Rice‘s novel Interview with the Vampire. He was part of an ensemble cast that included Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst, Christian Slater, and Antonio Banderas. Although Pitt won two MTV Movie Awards, his performance was criticized. Variety commented, “Brad Pitt’s Louis is handsome and personable, but there is no depth to his melancholy, no pungency to his sense of loss. He also doesn’t seem to connect in a meaningful way with any of the other actors”.

Pitt visiting the Incirlik Air Base Hospital in 2001

Following the release of Interview with the Vampire, Pitt starred in Legends of the Fall in 1994. The film is set during the first four decades of the twentieth century. Pitt portrayed Tristan Ludlow, son of Colonel William Ludlow (Anthony Hopkins). Aidan Quinn and Henry Thomas co-starred as Pitt’s brothers. The film was met with a mixed reception by critics, but Pitt received some positive reviews. Janet Maslin of The New York Times said, “Pitt’s diffident mix of acting and attitude works to such heartthrob perfection it’s a shame the film’s superficiality gets in his way.” The Deseret News predicted that Legends of the Fall would “further cement [Pitt’s] big-screen, romantic leading-man status”. Pitt garnered his first Golden Globe Award nomination in the category for Best Actor.

In 1995, he starred alongside Morgan Freeman and Gwyneth Paltrow in the crime film Seven as the police detective David Mills who hunts a serial killer portrayed by Kevin Spacey.Variety noted: “This is screen acting at its best. Pitt turns in a determined, energetic, creditable job as the eager young detective.” The film garnered positive reviews and earned $327 million at the international box office. Following the success of Seven, Pitt portrayed the supporting role of Jeffrey Goines in Terry Gilliam‘s 1995 science-fiction film Twelve Monkeys. The film grossed $168 million worldwide and received positive reviews from critics, and Pitt’s performance was especially praised. Janet Maslin of the New York Times stated that Twelve Monkeys was “fierce and disturbing” and remarked on Pitt’s performance as “giving a startlingly frenzied performance” and concluding that he “electrifies Jeffrey with a weird magnetism that becomes important later in the film.” Pitt won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for the film, and received his first Academy Award nomination.

The following year, Pitt was in the legal drama Sleepers (1996), based on the Lorenzo Carcaterra novel of the same name; the film starred Kevin Bacon and Robert DeNiro. Reception for the movie was mixed, but grossed over $165 million worldwide. Pitt starred opposite Harrison Ford as the Irish Republican Army terrorist Rory Devany in the 1997 movie The Devil’s Own.Pitt was required to learn an Irish accent for the film. In addition, that same year he portrayed the main role of Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer in the Jean Jacques Annaud film Seven Years in Tibet. Pitt trained for months for the role, which demanded significant mountain climbing and trekkingCalifornia and the Alps with his co-star David Thewlis. practice.

Filmography

Actor

Year Film Role Notes and awards
1987 No Way Out Officer at party
No Man’s Land Waiter
Less Than Zero Partygoer
Cutting Class Dwight Ingalls
Dallas Randy TV series
1989 Happy Together Brian
1990 The Image Cameraman TV series
Too Young to Die? Billy Canton TV movie
Glory Days Walker Lovejoy TV series
1991 Across the Tracks Joe Maloney
Thelma & Louise J.D.
Johnny Suede Johnny Suede
1992 Contact Cox
Cool World Detective Frank Harris
A River Runs Through It Paul Maclean
1993 Kalifornia Early Grayce
True Romance Floyd
1994 The Favor Elliott Fowler
Interview with the Vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance
MTV Movie Award for Most Desirable Male
Legends of the Fall Tristan Ludlow Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1995 Seven David Mills MTV Movie Award for Most Desirable Male
Twelve Monkeys Jeffrey Goines Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance
1996 Sleepers Michael Sullivan
1997 The Devil’s Own Francis “Frankie” Austin McQuire/Rory Devaney
Seven Years in Tibet Heinrich Harrer
The Dark Side of the Sun Rick
1998 Meet Joe Black Joe Black/Man in the Coffee Shop
1999 Fight Club Tyler Durden
Being John Malkovich Himself Cameo
2000 Snatch Mickey O’Neil Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
2001 The Mexican Jerry Welbach
Spy Game Tom Bishop
Ocean’s Eleven Rusty Ryan Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Friends Will Colbert Episode: “The One with the Rumor
Nominated – Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
2002 Full Frontal Himself
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Brad, Bachelor #1
2003 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Sinbad Voice actor
Abby Singer Himself Cameo
2004 Troy Achilles Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie Actor, Drama/Action Adventure
Nominated – MTV Movie Awards for Best Male Performance
Ocean’s Twelve Rusty Ryan Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
2005 Mr. & Mrs. Smith John Smith
2006 Babel Richard Palm Springs International Film Festival for Best Cast
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2007 Ocean’s Thirteen Rusty Ryan
The Assassination of Jesse James
by the Coward Robert Ford
Jesse James Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup Best Actor
2008 Burn After Reading Chad Feldheimer Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Benjamin Button Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2009 Inglourious Basterds Lt. Aldo Raine post-production
2010 The Tree of Life Mr. O’Brien post-production
The Lost City of Z Col. Percy Fawcett pre-production

Producer

Year Film Notes
2004 Troy
2006 The Departed
Running with Scissors
2007 Year of the Dog Executive producer
A Mighty Heart Co-producer
The Assassination of Jesse James
by the Coward Robert Ford

2009 The Time Traveler’s Wife
2010 The Lost City of Z
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