William Bradley Pitt, known as Brad Pitt, is an American actor and one of the most famous faces in Hollywood. He was born on December 18, 1963 in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and grew up in Springfield, Missouri. After graduating from high school, Pitt went to college to study journalism. With only a few exams left, he dropped out in 1986 to try his luck in the movie business. After working in television, performing in small roles on the shows Dallas and 21 Jump Street, Pitt got the role of a hitchhiker in Ridley Scott’s film, Thelma & Louise. Three years later, he played a rebellious young man in the romantic drama, Legends of the Fall. The role cemented his position as an undisputed sex symbol in the 1990s. Pitt demonstrated impressive acting skills in Se7en, the 1995 thriller in which he played a young detective on the trail of a serial killer. That same year, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting actor in the film Twelve Monkeys for his role as an insane scientist.
His performance as the alter ego of Edward Norton’s delusional character in the 1999 film Fight Club earned Pitt cult status. After minor successes in subsequent films, he returned to the top playing Rusty, a handsome con man in the film Ocean’s Eleven. The film is about a group of burglars who plan a major heist in Las Vegas. Pitt also acted in the two sequels, Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen. In 2004, he switched genres, playing the hero Achilles in the blockbuster epic, Troy. At the 2008 Venice Film Festival, Pitt presented the Coen brothers’ black comedy, Burn After Reading, costarring George Clooney. In the past, Pitt has often been featured in tabloids for his relationships with beautiful and famous women like actresses Juliette Lewis and Gwyneth Paltrow. Following a 4-year marriage to actress Jennifer Aniston, Pitt became involved with Hollywood star Angelina Jolie. Together, they have has six children, three of whom are adopted. Pitt and Jolie are supporters of numerous humanitarian causes.