Brad Pitt: Inside the Actor’s History

Illustrated by Jeannette Khouri

Brad Pitt’s movie “Bullet Train” arrived with a $30.1 million opening weekend, according to studio estimates, as the last big movie of Hollywood’s summer recovery. But what is the history of the famous US actor?

 Pitt is an American actor and film producer who has risen to fame in stages and has become one of the most famous Hollywood stars in the entire world. Born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, USA, he spent his childhood and grew up in Missouri. Brad's real name is William Bradley Pitt.

Pitt is the eldest son of his father, William Alvin Pitt, who was a manager in a transportation company in Springfield, Missouri, and his mother, Jane Etta Pitt.

He has one brother, Doug Pitt, and a younger sister, Julie Pitt Neal.

Pitt received his high school education in Missouri, and expressed his energy by participating in high school sports.

 He then enrolled at the University of Missouri where he studied journalism and advertizing. He presented several television shows and his love for the art of acting made him leave his university studies shortly before graduating.

 Pitt decided to move to Los Angeles and enrolled in one of the institutes there in order to receive acting lessons, but at the time he only earned an amount of 325 dollars per month. 

 Therefore, he had to work at several menial jobs at the time in order to save for the institute’s fees.

 He worked as a waiter in restaurants and a limousine driver to transport performing artists. He was lucky and met a television camera for the first time with a small role in the famous American series Dallas in 1987.

 In the same year, Pitt also appeared in the movie No Man’s Land, and, after its director was impressed by Brad's talent, he was set on the path to stardom and began to act in many films. However, these were small roles, until he got the absolute starring role in the movie The Dark Side of the Sun.

 He has received several awards, including the Golden Globe Awards and an Academy Award for his acting, as well as another Academy Award and an Emmy Award as a producer under his production company Plan B Entertainment.

 Pitt starred in Fight Club (1999) and the heist film Ocean's Eleven (2001), as well as its sequels, Ocean's Twelve (2004) and Ocean's Thirteen (2007).

 His greatest commercial successes were Ocean's Eleven (2001), Troy (2004), Mr & Ms Smith (2005), World War Z (2013), and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019), for which he won his second Golden Globe Award and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

 As a public figure, Pitt has been cited as one of the most influential and powerful people in the American entertainment industry.

 For a number of years, he has been designated as the world's sexiest man by various media, and his personal life is the subject of extensive publicity.

 From 2000 to 2005, he was married to actress Jennifer Aniston, and, from 2014 to 2019, he was married to actress Angelina Jolie. Pitt and Jolie have six children together, three of whom have been adopted internationally.

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