Brad Pitt wears many hats, an actor, a father, a fiancé, a philanthropist, world's sexiest man and a furniture designer. Here are some more interesting facts about this heartthrob.
Brad Pitt was born on December 18, 1963 and his full name is William Bradley Pitt.
He was active at school and was involved in the debating society, was in the drama club.
Unfortunately, he didn’t make it into his middle school's basketball team so he got creative. He put together his own unofficial squad whom he jokingly named the team the Cherokee Rejects and even enlisted his father, Bill Pitt, as coach.
Brad was in fifth grade with comedian David Spade.
His high school nickname was Brad the Pitt-Bull.
He was also plagued with acne while growing up. He later avoided scars by turning to the dermabrasion procedure.
His mom, Jane Pitt, was a high school counselor before her retirement. His dad, Bill Pitt, owned a trucking company.
Brad was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity while attending the University of Missouri. He could have become a journalist, but he dropped out of college two weeks shy of graduation.
He moved to Los Angeles in 1986 with $325 in his pocket and slept on Melissa Etheridge's couch.
He did many small, low paying jobs before his acting career took off. Some of the most notable ones include being a dancing mascot for a restaurant, being a pool boy and serving as a chauffeur and drove around stippers.
He went to an acting class with one of the strippers he drove around and met famous acting coach Roy London, which he says set him "on the path to where I am now."
Before they both hit it big, Brad was friends with Beverly Hills, 90210 star Jason Priestley.
Brad worked as an extra was 1987's Less Than Zero as a preppy guy who got into a fight at a party. Robert Downey Jr., James Spader, and Andrew McCarthy starred in the film based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis.
He made a Pringle’s commercial in 1989.
He was only in Los Angeles for seven months before getting an agent.
His first on-screen kiss happened with actress Shalane McCall during his five-episode run on the primetime soap Dallas.
He almost wasn't going to star in Thelma & Louise which was his big break. He got the role when Billy Baldwin dropped out to do Backdraft.
Brad Pitt was banned from entering China due to his controversial role in 1997's Seven Years in Tibet.
He takes his acting career very seriously and is prepared to do anything to best portray his character. Brad voluntarily went to a dentist to have his front teeth chipped for the role of Tyler Durden in Fight Club. His teeth were fixed after he finished making the movie.
Pitt showed his parents the "Chemical Burn" scene from Fight Club to convince them to not watch the film.
To help him get into character for his 1995 movie Twelve Monkeys, he spent a day at a Philadelphia psychiatric ward.
Brad Pitt won The Golden Globe for Twelve Monkeys. The movie starred Bruce Willis and Madelyn Stowe.
During the filming of one of his most popular movies Seven Brad Pitt broke his arm. Instead of delaying the filming due to this unfortunate event, the director had the injury written into the script.
Brad went through a dark time in 1990’s. "I got really sick of myself at the end of the 90s: I was hiding out from the celebrity thing; I was smoking way too much dope; I was sitting on the couch and just turning into a doughnut; and I really got irritated with myself. 'What's the point? I know better than this.” He turned his life around and got back into acting.
Director Tim Burton considered Brad Pitt for the lead in both “Sleepy Hollow” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” However, he ended up giving both roles to Johnny Depp.
He has done work in animation; Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas. King of the Hill and 2010's animated hit Megamind.
Brad injured his Achilles tendon while playing Achilles in Troy in 2004. According to the director Wolfgang Petersen, Brad injured himself while doing a stunt and was "hobbling around for months."
Pitt quit smoking while filming Troy.
He sued Playgirl magazine in 1997 to stop the publication of nude photos of him. The nude photos were taken by paparazzi.
Pitt speaks Japanese, although not fluently, but well enough to carry a conversation.
A 19-year-old girl entered his Los Angeles home through an open window in 1999 and dressed in his clothes and slept in his bed before the alarm went off 10 hours later. She was ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from him for three years.
He was named Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine in 1995 and 2000.
In 2005, he earned $4,500,000 for a Heineken commercial that aired during the 2005 Super Bowl.
Pitt dated some stellar names in Hollywood. Previous love interests include Robin Givens, Christina Applegate and Juliette Lewis. He was engaged to Gwyneth Paltrow and later married Jennifer Aniston.While he was still married to Aniston, he had a guest appearance on Friends during the eighth season of the hit series. He played a guy who had a grudge against Jennifer's character, Rachel.
Brad Pitt helped designer Silvia Damiani create the round diamond ring that he proposed to Jennifer Aniston with in 1999. Unfortunately, the marriage didn’t last after becoming friendly with Angelina Jolie on the set of Mr and Mrs Smith in 2005.
Fan appreciation for Pitt dropped significantly when he connected with Angelina Jolie. Many called Jolie a “homewrecker,” as Aniston withdrew from the public eye.
The couple had their first daughter, Siloh, in Namibia, away from the prying paparazzi.
His partner, Jolie gave birth to twins, Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline, on July 12, 2008, in a seaside hospital in southern France.
The couple sold the rights for the first images of their twins to People and Hello! magazines for $14 million—making them the most expensive celebrity pictures ever taken. The money went to the Jolie-Pitt Foundation.
Brad is a doting father to their six children - Maddox, Pax, Shiloh, Knox, Pax and Zahara. He reportedly wakes up early and makes breakfast for the children.
Brad, Angelina and the younger children share a "family bed" which has extra long sheets and two couch extension to make enough room for everyone.
Pitt believes he suffers from prosopagnosia, the inability to remember faces. Pitt stated he means no disrespect, but remembering people’s face are nearly impossible unless he sees them consistently.
He’s very good friends with George Clooney. Brad once joked during an interview that he would marry Angelina Jolie only when friend and fellow Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney could marry a man, poking fun at the gay rumors surrounding George.
Brad has donated money to support same-sex marriages and opposes California legislation banning such unions.
Despite being engaged to Angelina Jolie, the couple have said they will only get married once gay marriage is legal in the United States.
His children are not allowed to Google him or Angelina Jolie. Brad said, "On all the kids' computers we had our names blocked. They can't Google their mom and dad. I don't want to make myself dependent on what other people think."
Inspired by Angelina’s piloting skills, he also learnt how to fly and has his license.
Just like Angelina, he has also booked a ticket to fly to space on on Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic.
Pitt designed and released his own line of high-concept furniture, which included a marble bathtub for two and a glass dining table with a geometric base.
He is an ambassador for DATA, an advocacy group that champions debt reduction, fair trade and AIDS relief in Africa.
"World War Z" is now Brad Pitt’s highest grossing movie. Paramount Pictures said the zombie flick, which was produced by Brad’s company Plan B, has crossed the $500 million mark, surpassing Troy to become his highest grossing film to date.
Source: Paramount Pictures
He offers pearls of wisdom. "This idea of perpetual happiness is crazy and overrated, because those dark moments fuel you for the next bright moments; each one helps you appreciate the other," he said. "We are all searching for meaning in our lives, love and betterment for ourselves and those around us."
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