Skip to main content Skip to Search Box
Summary Article: Pitt, Brad
from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

US film actor and producer. His classic good looks and macho characterizations gained him heartthrob status and a host of lucrative film roles from the 1990s. His breakthrough role was in Ridley Scott's road movie Thelma and Louise (1991), and he consolidated his star status with a string of acclaimed performances in dramas such as Robert Redford's A River Runs Through It (1992) and Terry Gilliam's Twelve Monkeys (1995; Academy Award nomination). He collaborated with director David Fincher (1962– ) for the thrillers Seven (1995) and Fight Club (1999), and the drama The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008; Academy Award nomination).

He starred as Rusty Ryan in the popular ‘Ocean's’ film series (2001–07). Other films include Interview with a Vampire (1994), Sleepers (1996), Meet Joe Black (1997), The Devil's Own (1997), Snatch (2000), The Mexican (2001), Spy Game (2001), Troy (2004), Babel (2006), and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), Burn After Reading (2008), and Inglourious Basterds (2009).

Pitt was born in Oklahoma and grew up in Springfield, Missouri. He studied journalism at the University of Missouri, but left just short of his degree in 1986 to pursue his acting career in Los Angeles. He played minor television roles in such shows as Dallas and Growing Pains, and starred in the 1990 series Glory Days; he also featured in the television movie Too Young to Die? the same year. His first starring role in a feature film was in The Dark Side of the Sun (1988).

He was married to US actor Jennifer Aniston 2000–05 and was the partner of US actor Angelina Jolie from 2005. In 2006 he established the Make It Right foundation to build affordable housing in New Orleans for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, and the Jolie–Pitt foundation with Jolie to aid international humanitarian causes.

© RM, 2018. All rights reserved.