Pitt most recently starred in Bennett Miller's Moneyball as Billy Beane, which will be released next year for Sony. Before that, Pitt starred in Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds as Lt. Aldo Raine. Prior to Basterds and Benjamin Button, he appeared in Joel and Ethan Coen's comedy thriller Burn After Reading, which had its world premiere as the opening night attraction at the 2008 Venice International Film Festival. The previous year, he was named Best Actor at Venice for his portrayal of Jesse James in "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" directed by Andrew Dominik.
Born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, he grew up in Springfield, Missouri, and attended the University of Missouri at Columbia where he majored in Journalism. Right before graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to study graphic design, but instead began to pursue an acting career, studying with Roy London. Soon after, he began securing roles in television, including the series Glory Days and the acclaimed telefilms The Image directed by Peter Werner and Too Young to Die? directed by Robert Markowitz.
It was Mr. Pitt's role in Ridley Scott's Academy Award-winning Thelma and Louise that first brought him national attention. He soon went on to star in Robert Redford's Academy Award-winning A River Runs Through It, Dominic Sena's Kalifornia and Neil Jordan's Interview With the Vampire. He has also starred in Tom DiCillo's Johnny Suede, which won the Golden Leopard Award for Best Picture at the 1991 Locarno International Film Festival; Ralph Bakshi's Cool World, Tony Scott's True Romance, Barry Levinson's Sleepers, Alan J. Pakula's The Devil's Own, Jean-Jacques Annaud's Seven Years in Tibet, Martin Brest's Meet Joe Black, and two previous David Fincher films Se7en and Fight Club.
More recent films include Doug Liman's Mr. and Mrs. Smith, which was one of 2005's biggest hits, Wolfgang Petersen's Troy, Patrick Gilmore and Tim Johnson's animated feature Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, Tony Scott's Spy Game, Gore Verbinski's The Mexican, Guy Ritchie's Snatch, as well as cameo roles in Soderbergh's Full Frontal and Clooney's Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.
Pitt's Plan B Entertainment develops and produces both film and television projects. Plan B has thus far produced such films as Martin Scorsese's The Departed, which won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, Michael Winterbottom's A Mighty Heart, for which Angelina Jolie received Golden Globe, Independent Spirit, Critics' Choice, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, Robert Schwentke's Time Traveller's Wife, Rebecca Miller's The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Ryan Murphy's Running with Scissors, Troy and "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
The company's most recent projects were Eat Pray Love," written/directed by Ryan Murphy and starring Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem, and James Franco, and MARV Films and Plan B's Kickass starring Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moritz, and Nicholas Cage for Lionsgate. They are currently in post-production of Terence Malick's Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn.
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Brad Pitt Facts
|Birth Name||William Bradley Pitt|
|Birthday||December 18, 1963 (54... Happy Birthday!)|
|Birthplace||Shawnee, Oklahoma, USA|
|Height||5' 11½" (1m82) How tall is Brad Pitt compared to you?|
|Awards||1996 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture (for Twelve Monkeys)|
|1996 MTV Movie Awards: Most Desirable Male (for Seven)|
|1995 MTV Movie Awards: Best Male Performance (for Interview With The Vampire)|
|1995 MTV Movie Awards: Most Desirable Male (for Interview With The Vampire)|
|Dirty Tricks (2010) as John Dean|
|Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)|
|Ocean's Twelve (2004)|
|Troy (2004) as Achilies|
|Ocean's Eleven (2001)|
|Fight Club (1999)|
|Interview with the Vampire (1994)|
|7 Years In Tibet as Heinrich Harrer|
|Legends of the Fall|