Brad Pitt is widely recognized as one of the most influential actors in America today. He has acted in over 79 films and television shows during his career. He’s such an amazing actor that he has won 66 awards for his work, including one Oscar in 2014 for Best Motion Picture of the Year, and a Golden Globe in 1996 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.
1. William Bradley Pitt was born on December 18, 1963, in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He is the eldest child of William Alvin Pitt, who ran a trucking company, and Jane Etta, a school counselor. His two younger siblings are Douglas and Julie Neal. Growing up, they moved to Springfield, Missouri where he spent his childhood playing with his siblings, swimming, and playing tennis.
2. He graduated from Kickapoo High School, where he competed on the swimming, tennis, and golf teams, as well as competing on the debate team and performing in musicals! He then went on to attend the University of Missouri where he majored in Journalism, with a focus on advertising. As his graduation grew closer, he came to the decision that this was not the life he wanted, and so, two weeks before graduation, he dropped out and moved to Los Angeles where he took a series of odd jobs, from driving a limo to dressing up in ridiculous costumes for restaurants.
3. Pitt worked on a handful of smaller movies and shows in a series of uncredited roles, such as his parts in "No Way Out" and "Less Than Zero." He then went on to act on the NBC soap opera, "Another World," before moving on to "Growing Pains," "Dallas," and eventually "21 Jump Street". It wasn’t until he got a role in "Thelma and Louise," where he played the criminal, J.D., who befriends Thelma, that he gained true fame and recognition.
4. After starring in the 1997 film, "Seven Years in Tibet," Brad Pitt was banned from entering China! Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, and Jean-Jacques Annaud were all banned from China over the movie. The ban resulted from the movie’s portrayal of the takeover of Tibet by China, and the government also did not like how they painted the 14th Dalai Lama in a good light.
5. Brad Pitt has his pilot’s license! He fell in love with flying after working on a series of War films, and they inspired him to get his single engine land pilot license, which is the most common private license for private pilots, and signifies that he can fly a fixed wing, single-engine plane that lands on the ground as opposed to a seaplane.