William Bradley Pitt is the oldest of three children. He was born on December 18, 1963, in Shawnee, Oklahoma. His mother was a school counselor and his father worked as an executive at a trucking firm. The family moved to Springfield, Missouri, where Brad attended Kickapoo High School. He was named Best Dressed by his classmates.
He met the standards of the All-American Boy - debate team, student government, choir, theater, baseball, tennis, camping - but most of all, Brad was a movie buff.
Brad attended the University of Missouri, majored in Journalism and Advertising, joined the fraternity Sigma Chi, and was a bit of a rabble rouser. He posed for the "Men of Mizzou" pinup calender and, in his senior year in 1987, he left college, two credit hours short of graduation. He hopped in his car named "Runaround Sue" and headed for California. He arrived in Los Angeles with $325.00 in his pocket. His first jobs was handing out free cigarette samples, standing outside El Pollo Loco restaurant in a chicken outfit and also escorting strippers around in a limousine. He also worked as a swimming pool attendant, bus boy and refrigerator boy. The money from these odd-jobs helped to pay for community theater and acting lessons. Slowly, he began to find his way into television and later to his breakout role. But before that he appeared in an awful teen slasher flick, "Cutting Class" in 1989.
Brad was cast in the role of "J.D." a lanky cowboy in the movie "Thelma and Louise." In just fourteen minutes of screen time, Brad created such a memorable character that it launched what will most likely be a long, high-profile film career. He followed up that success with good press in "A River Runs Through It," and then as a vampire in "Interview With The Vampire," where Brad held his own against Tom Cruise. He's also worked with Harrison Ford in " The Devil's Own," Morgan Freeman in "Seven," Bruce Willis in "Twelve Monkeys," and Anthony Hopkins in "Legends of the Fall" and "Meet Joe Black" from Universal Studios Now, young aspiring actors are trying to get roles in Brad Pitt films.
His 1999 film, "Fight Club" with Edward Norton, received mixed reviews for its violent storyline. In 2000 he received good notices and big laughs for his role as an unintelligible boxer in "Snatch". He followed that with a busy 2001, which saw him star opposite Julia Roberts in "The Mexican", George Clooney in "Ocean's Eleven" and Robert Redford in "Spy Game". In May of 2004, Brad appeared in epic movie "Troy".
Befitting a sex symbol, Brad has dated some of Hollywood's leading ladies, including Juliette Lewis, Gwyneth Paltrow (they were engaged at one point) and Jennifer Aniston. Brad and Jennifer were married on July 29th, 2000. Brad’s marriage to Jennifer drew to a close in early 2005, he and Angelina Jolie were involved in a well-publicized Hollywood scandal in which Jolie was often painted as the “other woman”. This is largely due to their chemistry during the filming of Mr. & Mrs. Smith.