William Bradley “Brad” Pitt was born on December 18, 1963 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Being the elder son of William Alvin Pitt, a truck company manager, and Jane Etta, a school counsellor, he spent a wonderful childhood with his family in Springfield, Missouri. Brad Pitt has grown up with a lot of hills and a lot of lakes, which help to build his later life more easeful.
May be his versatility started from his school life, as he attended the golf teams, swimming teams and tennis teams in Kickapoo High School. Besides, he participated in the school’s Key and Forensics clubs, in school debates, and in musicals. Earlier Brad intended to work in advertising and with that pursuit he majored in journalism in University of Missouri in 1982. Just before two weeks of his graduation he realized that was not for him and he left Missouri for Los Angeles, where he took acting lessons. In that time, Pitt supported himself by driving strippers in limos, moving refrigerators and dressing as a giant chicken while working for “el Pollo Loco”.
Before his film career, Brad Pitt acted in several television dramas. Most well-known among them were, NBC soap opera Another World, ABC sitcom Growing Pains, CBS primetime series Dallas, Fox Police Drama 21 Jump Street. He made guest appearances on television series Head of the Class, Freddy’s Nightmares, Thirtysomething, and (for a second time) Growing Pains.
In 1988, 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. 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.
Brad 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 dramas A River Runs Through It (1992) and Legends of the Fall (1994), and Interview with the Vampire (1994). He gave critically acclaimed performances in the crime thriller Seven and the science fiction film 12 Monkeys (both 1995), the latter earning him a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor and an Academy Award nomination. Pitt starred in the cult film Fight Club (1999) and the major international hit Ocean’s Eleven (2001) and its sequels, Ocean’s Twelve (2004) and Ocean’s Thirteen (2007). His greatest commercial successes have been Troy (2004), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), and World War Z (2013). Pitt received his second and third Academy Award nominations for his leading performances in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) and Moneyball (2011). He produced The Departed (2006) and 12 Years a Slave (2013), both of which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and also The Tree of Life, Moneyball, and The Big Short (2015), all of which garnered Best Picture nominations.
As a public figure, Pitt has been cited as one of the most influential and powerful people in the American entertainment industry, as well as the world’s most attractive man, by various media outlets. His personal life is also the subject of wide publicity. Divorced from actress Jennifer Aniston, to whom he was married for five years, he has been married to actress Angelina Jolie since 2014. They have six children together, three of whom were adopted internationally. In September 2016, Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt.
Pitt and Jolie have six children, including two sons and a daughter who were adopted.