William Bradley "Brad" Pitt (born December 18, 1963 in Shawnee, Oklahoma) is an American actor and 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 five Academy Award nominations (three for acting, two for producing), winning once and has won one Golden Globe Award out of five nominations. Besides, he was born in 1963 and still looks like he's in his 30's.
Pitt began his acting career with television guest appearances, which included a role on the CBS soap opera Dallas in 1987. He gained recognition as the cowboy hitchhiker who seduces Thelma in the 1991 road movie Thelma & Louise. Pitt's first leading roles in big-budget productions came with A River Runs Through It and Interview with the Vampire. He was cast opposite Anthony Hopkins in the 1994 drama Legends of the Fall, which earned him his first Golden Globe nomination. In 1995, he gave critically acclaimed performances in the crime thriller Se7en and the science fiction film 12 Monkeys, the latter earning him a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor and an Academy Award nomination. Pitt then starred in the 1999 cult hit Fight Club, the 2000 gangster film Snatch. and the 2001 heist film Ocean's Eleven, a major international hit, and its sequels Ocean's Twelve (2004) and Ocean's Thirteen (2007). He has had his biggest commercial successes with Troy (2004) and Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) (2005). In 2008, he received his second Oscar nomination for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. His next film was Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds (2009). In 2011, he appeared in Terrence Malick's arthouse drama The Tree of Life and Moneyball, based on the true story of baseball manager Billy Beane. He got his third Academy Award nomination for his performance in the latter. In 2013, he played the lead role in the film adaptation of World War Z, which became his highest-grossing film and Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave. He also served as a co-producer for 12 Years a Slave, which won the Oscar for Best Picture. In 2014, he starred in the World War II drama Fury. In 2015, he appeared in The Big Short, a comedy-drama about the 200708 financial crisis.
As a producer, his credits include The Departed, A Mighty Heart, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Kick-Ass, Eat, Pray, Love, The Tree of Life, Moneyball, World War Z, 12 Years a Slave, Selma, The Big Short, Okja, and If Beale Street Could Talk.
Between 2000 and 2005, he was married to Jennifer Aniston of Friends. Since 2005 he lived with actress Angelina Jolie in a relationship that has attracted worldwide media attention. They got married in 2014 after nine years together, but Angelina filed for divorce from him in late 2016. He and Jolie have six children: Maddox, Zahara, Pax, John, Knox, and Vivienne. Since beginning his relationship with Jolie, he has become increasingly involved in social issues, both in the United States and internationally.
Brad Pitt on TV Tropes:
- Dallas (1987)
- No Way Out (1987) — film debut
- Thelma & Louise (1991)
- Contact (1992)
- Cool World (1992)
- A River Runs Through It (1992)
- Kalifornia (1993)
- True Romance (1993)
- Legends of the Fall (1994)
- Se7en (1995)
- 12 Monkeys (1995)
- Sleepers (1996)
- The Devil's Own (1997)
- Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
- Meet Joe Black (1998)
- Fight Club (1999)
- Snatch. (2000)
- Interview with the Vampire (2001)
- The Mexican (2001)
- Ocean's Eleven (2001), Ocean's Twelve (2004), and Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
- Spy Game (2001)
- Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003) (voice)
- Troy (2004)
- Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005)
- Babel (2006)
- The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
- Burn After Reading (2008)
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
- Inglorious Basterds (2009)
- Megamind (2010) (voice)
- Moneyball (2011)
- The Tree of Life (2011)
- Killing Them Softly (2012)
- The Counselor (2013)
- 12 Years a Slave (2013)
- World War Z (2013)
- Fury (2014)
- The Big Short (2015)
- Allied (2016)
- War Machine (2017)
- Deadpool 2 (2018)
- Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)note
- Ad Astra (2019)
Tropes associated with this actor:
- Badass Baritone: Among other roles, Aldo Raine:"That's Sgt. Donny Donowitz. You might know him better by his nickname: "The Bear Jew".
- Big Eater: His characters are frequently shown casually eating during scenes. Taken to iconic levels in the Ocean's series, where it stemmed from his habit of squirreling away food on-set.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: The comic book The Ultimates redesigned Captain America after Pitt's likeness.
- Hunk: He's been an international sex symbol for decades. Just look at the page photo!
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: As Metro Man. Brad himself is also known for his square jaw.
- Mr. Fanservice: Surprisingly, few of his roles play up his looks intentionally, but Thelma & Louise and Troy are this Up to Eleven.
- Uncredited Role: He has a brief uncredited cameo in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, alongside Matt Damon (as the movie is directed by their friend George Clooney).