BRAD PITT [William Bradley Pitt]
December 18, 1963
The man we know as Brad Pitt is actually William Bradley Pitt. His parents, Bill and
Jane Pitt, lived in Shawnee, OK when their first child was born. Bill worked for a
trucking company; Jane was a school counselor.
Young Brad and his parents moved to Springfield, MO, the city Brad calls home. Two siblings,
Doug and Julie, completed the family. Brad grew up with conservative Christian values which
are seen in his life and reputation today: a strong belief in family and maintaining
friendships; kindness and generosity; self-effacing and considerate. Even though everyone
who knows Brad comments on his smarts and ability to learn quickly, school wasn't about
education. At Kickapoo High School, Brad preferred the tennis and debating teams to the
typical subjects. His love of singing found an outlet in the school choir as his secret
desire of movie stardom got fueled in theater pro- ductions.
College at the University of Missouri was more about dating and fraternity antics than
studying advertising and graphic design. His glowing smile and shy demeanor are remembered
as irresistible to the girls he met and even the teachers who tried to interest him in his
studies. But fame and fortune wouldn't wait. Just before graduation, Brad broke ranks and
left school. With a few hundred dollars and his aptly named Datsun, "Runaround Sue", the
future Golden Boy drove West to Hollywood.
Like the other thousands of young hopefuls who land in Los Angeles every year, Brad worked
odd jobs and shared an apartment with half a dozen guys. Every spare dollar went to pay for
acting lessons with his first teacher and coach, Roy London. Unless you are inclined to
watching reruns of "Dallas", "Growing Pains", "Head of the Class", or "21 Jump Street", you
won't see Brad's early efforts at acting. Occasionally his early movies are seen on obscure
cable movie channels; but he would rather you not waste your time watching!
Most fans do remember the first time they really took notice of that seductive smile and
those distinctive abdominal muscles; in 1991's "Thelma and Louise". Moviegoers didn't know
the name of the young actor, but they didn't forget the scenes with Geena Davis and that
hitchhiker! Brad Pitt's career was launched.
Brad is known for accepting unusual parts whether in major or supporting roles. In "True Romance"
he played a drug addict, "12 Monkeys" a schizophrenic, "Kalifornia" a psychopathic killer,
and "Fight Club" a nihilistic street fighter. Which type does Brad prefer? He would rather
that fans and critics focus on his acting ability than on his natural beauty.
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Bio by Vicki Shinoda from Brad Pitt Zone.
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