Brad Pitt is one of the top attractive Hollywood celebrities. His career has witnessed several ups and downs, but his star status is unaffected.
Brad Pitt is one of the most identifiable and popular stars in Hollywood. His status as a superstar and perfect sex symbol has made him an icon figure among millions of followers from all over the world. However, he was not always a favorite among the movie lovers and he struggled a lot to reach the status what he is enjoying today. His career witnessed struggle for around two decades and several controversies, especially with his co-stars. Now his acting capabilities are not questioned, which is evident from the fact that he has won two nominations of Academy Awards and four nominations of Golden Globe Awards. He is the proud winner of one Golden Globe. Today, he enjoys the label of being one of the most attractive men in the world.
Background of the Star
Brad Pitt was born in Oklahoma’s Shawnee city in the year 1963. The date was December 18 and he is the eldest among three children in a Southern Baptist family. He grew up as a child in a different state, which was Missouri and the name of the city where he grew up was Springfield. Pitt’s mother, Jane, was a counselor for the families and his father used to run a trucking company.
Brad Pitt was a student of journalism and he wanted to become an advertising art director. He was enrolled at the University of Missouri, but he had other desires as well. He secretly dreamt of entering into the world of movies and finally he got a chance during the last semester at his University. He decided to leave the college and packed the bags to pursue his real dream. He went to Los Angeles to start his acting career, when achieving the college degree was not very far.
He was eager to get a break in the acting scene of Los Angeles and for that he started delivering refrigerators and driving chauffeuring strippers to the bachelor parties for several months. During this period he wanted to get admission in the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and he finally joined the classes to get his formal acting training. Within just few months in Los Angeles, Pitt got an agent and started to get regular work of acting.
His Television Stint
Brad Pitt spent a few years working in television. Among his first jobs in television, the notable ones include Dallas, Another World, Growing Pains and Fox Television’s Glory Days. Gradually, his work started to earn recognition and in 1989, his character of Billy Canton in Too Young to Die, which was a television movie by NBC, became hugely popular. He played a drug addicted pimp of a teenager, which was played by Juliette Lewis. Working on this show, both Pitt and Lewis got close and started dating. Though Lewis was nine years younger to Pitt, they still moved on with their relationship.
Beginning of the Movie Career
After his stint in the television, Brad Pitt started his big screen outing with Cutting Class. This movie was released in 1989 and its genre was horror-slasher. He then worked in Sandy Tung's Across the Tracks as a teen track star, but the success was still a bit far away from him. Then in 1991, Ridley Scott's Thelma and Louise was released. Pitt played a traitor whose sweet-word hitchhiker act won him instant attention and created his way to the stardom. Though in the whole movie he has only few minutes of screen time, but he made a huge impact with his bad boyish charisma and his sexual mischievousness. In fact, the hot love making scene with Geena Davis became a rage and he was labeled as a hot sex symbol.
Failures in Movies
In spite of gathering immense popularity, Brad Pitt struggled to establish himself as a good actor. In fact, many people started to write him off by labeling him as just a pretty face. Some of these unsuccessful films in that period include Johnny Suede (1992), half-animated Cool World (1992), and The Favor (1992). In the same year, Redford's A River Runs Through It was released. This movie was adapted from Norman McLean's autobiography and Brad Pitt played the lead character’s brother who used to do gambling and fly-fishing. Pitt did a wonderful job in the film and perfectly balanced the character of self-destructiveness and irresistible charm and won accolades for his performance.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were working together in a spy thriller Mr. And Mrs. Smith and that was time when relationship started brewing up between them. At the box office, the movie earned more than $100 million and the personal chemistry between the lead actors created the brand “brangelina.” That was the time when Pitt was married to Jenifer Aniston and when they got divorced in 2006, it was known that Jolie and Pitt are a couple. On January 11, 2006, Angelina Jolie gave an interview to “People” and revealed that she is going to become mother of Brad Pitt’s child. Now it was clear that both Jolie and Pitt are in a relationship.
In the year 2005, Pitt and Jolie went to Ethiopia and adopted a six month old child called Zahara. By the end of that year, Pitt wanted to adopt two children of Jolie, Zahara and Maddox. The request was granted by the California judge on Jan 19 2006 and the children were given a new surname of “Jolie-Pitt.” In May 2006, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, child of Brand and Angelina was born in Namibia. At the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, Jolie confirmed that she is going to give birth to twins and that actually happened on July 2008 in France. The names of the twins are Knox Léon and Vivienne Marcheline.
Overall, Brad Pitt enjoys a glorious career and his status of being a powerful style icon. His association with Angelina Jolie has given a tremendous boost to the brand value and now people love to chase and create stories on the brand named “Brangelina.”