Brad Pitt arrived in Hollywood nearly two decades ago. Today, he’s one of the most recognisable faces in the world.
While looks may have nabbed him some early roles, it took great ambition, talent, and the ability to swivel between acting and producing to create a career that could stand the test of time.
Pitt has starred in many of the most enduring and beloved movies in entertainment history, including “Thelma and Louise,” “Interview with the Vampire,” “Moneyball,” “A River Runs Through It,” and “Ocean’s Eleven.”
As with any Hollywood heart throb, Pitt’s personal life has sold a great number of magazines. He has been attached to some of the biggest actresses in the entertainment business, from Gwyneth Paltrow to Jennifer Aniston, and soon-to-be-ex-wife Angelina Jolie.
Here’s how this Missouri kid found his way to Hollywood and rose to fame:
Brad Pitt was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma on December 18, 1963 and grew up in Springfield, Missouri. He was the eldest of three children in a conservative household of parents, truck company owner Bill Pitt and family counselor Jane Pitt.
Just two credits shy of a journalism degree at the University of Missouri, Pitt gave in to his love of films and set off for Los Angeles in the late-1980s.
In LA, Pitt worked as a limousine driver for a few months, while taking acting classes. Within seven months, he found an agent and began booking acting work, including the soap opera 'Another World'in 1987, and 'Growing Pains' in 1987 and 1989 (in two different roles).
Pitt's big break was a small, but memorable role in 1991's 'Thelma and Louise,' in which he played a charming hitchhiker and one-night-stand to Geena Davis' character.
After doing a few more films after 'Thelma and Louise,' Pitt landed the part of a gambling, fly-fisher in Robert Redford's 1992 film 'A River Runs Through It.' This would earn Pitt respect in Hollywood for his dramatic acting chops.
His next major career step would be the coveted lead role in 'Interview With the Vampire' opposite one of the hottest actors in Hollywood, Tom Cruise, and a young Kirsten Dunst in 1994.
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Pitt did several big films between 1998 and 2001, including David Fincher's 'Fight Club,' Guy Ritchie's 'Snatch,' 'The Mexican,' opposite Julia Roberts, 'Meet Joe Black,' and Steven Soderbergh's 'Ocean's Eleven,' co-starring George Clooney and Matt Damon.
In 2000, People once again named Pitt its 'Sexiest Man Alive,' making him the first male to hold the title twice.
The 2004 blockbuster 'Troy' would become Pitt's next big role, but its box office didn't meet expectations and it got mixed reviews from critics.
2004 would be a big year in Pitt's life. He began shooting 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith' with Angelina Jolie. At the same time, there were reports of a romance between the co-stars and marital problems between Pitt and Aniston.
Aniston and Pitt announced their separation in January 2005 and their divorce was finalised in October.
Over the next several years, Pitt would star in several well-received films, including 'Babel' (2006), the Coen brothers' 'Burn After Reading' (2008), 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' (2008), Quentin Tarantino's 'Inglorious Basterds' (2011), and 'Moneyball' (2011).
In 2014, Pitt would win his first Oscar for '12 Years a Slave' -- but not for acting. It was for producing the epic historical drama, under his production company, Plan B Entertainment.
In 2015, Pitt co-starred with Jolie in the art house film, 'By the Sea.' Jolie also wrote and directed the film about a couple trying to repair their marriage while staying at a hotel in France.
In 2015, Pitt produced and appeared in 'The Big Short,' a movie about the housing market bubble. The film earned him another Oscar nomination for producing.
In September 2016, Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt after two years of marriage and 11 years together. She requested sole physical custody of their six children.
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