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Brad Pitt BiographyBrad Pitt was born in Oklahoma and raised in Springfield, Missouri. His mother's name is Jane Etta Hillhouse. His father, William (Bill) Pitt, worked in management at a trucking firm in Springfield. He has a younger brother, Douglas (Doug) Pitt and a younger sister Julie Neal Pitt. At Kickapoo High School, Pitt was involved in sports, debating, student government and school musicals. Pitt attended the University of Missouri, where he majored in journalism with a focus on advertising. He occasionally acted in fraternity shows. He left college two credits short of graduating to move to California. Before he became successful at acting, Pitt supported himself by driving strippers in limos, moving refrigerators and dressing as a giant chicken while working for "el Pollo Loco."
SalaryInglourious Basterds (2009): $10,000,000
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007): $1,000,000
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005): $20,000,000
Troy (2004): $17,500,000
Ocean's Eleven (2001): $30,000,000 ($10m salary + backend participations)
Spy Game (2001): $17,500,000
The Mexican (2001): $10,000,000
Fight Club (1999): $17,500,000
Meet Joe Black (1998): $17,500,000
Seven Years in Tibet (1997): $10,000,000
The Devil's Own (1997): $8,000,000
Sleepers (1996): $10,000,000
Se7en (1995): $4,000,000
Kalifornia (1993): $500,000
Thelma & Louise (1991): $6,000
Cutting Class (1989): $12,000
TriviaChosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#23).  Posed for a campus calendar in college. Ranked #32 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997] Banned from entering China because of his role in Seven Years in Tibet (1997).  Engaged to actress Gwyneth Paltrow. [20 December 1996] Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world.  Purchased a mansion is Southern California from the actress who portrays "Elvira" (Cassandra Peterson). He reportedly paid $1.7 million for the house. This mansion is filled with antiques and has a "vampirish" look to it.  May 1992: Lived in Southern California with friend Buck Simmonds, who starred with him in A River Runs Through It (1992). He was the third choice for the role of J.D. in Thelma & Louise (1991). William Baldwin, the first choice, left to star in Backdraft (1991). Voted "Best Actor" by viewers of MTV's "The Big Picture" (1988) in 1995. Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1991" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 43.  Dropped out of the University of Missouri School of Journalism (Columbia, Missouri). Belonged to the Key Club and the Forensics Club in High School. He has a brother, Doug, born in 1966 and a sister, Julie Pitt, born in 1969. Was considered for the lead in The Matrix (1999). Sued Damiani International, the company which created the wedding ring he gave Jennifer Aniston. According to Pitt, the ring was his design and was to be exclusive. The company has since been selling replicas and indicating Pitt/Aniston's endorsement of the ring. [18 July 2001] He and ex-wife Jennifer Aniston reached a settlement with Damiani International. The pair claimed the company agreed to never reproduce their wedding rings, but it manufactured and sold "Brad and Jennifer" rings in 18 karat white or yellow gold, featuring either 12 or 13 diamonds and costing about $1,000 apiece. Under the settlement, Pitt will now design jewelry for Damiani that Aniston will model in ads, and Damiani will stop selling the Pitt and Aniston copies. [11 January 2002] Studied acting with the late Roy London. Has a home at Lake Mohawk in Sparta, New Jersey. Is mentioned by name in the Shania Twain hit song, "That Don't Impress Me Much." After watching Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Pitt asked director Guy Ritchie if he could be in his next film. He couldn't master the English accent, so Ritchie gave him the role of Mickey the One Punch Pikey, an Irish fighter, in Snatch. (2000). Tore his Achilles tendon during the production of Troy (2004), in which he plays, ironically, Achilles. His injury caused the production of Ocean's Twelve (2004) to be pushed back to April 2004.  He and ex-wife Jennifer Aniston campaigned in the United States to save "EastEnders" (1985) from being axed there . Got into better shape and eventually gained over 20 pounds of muscle for Troy (2004). He was ranked #6 on VH1's "100 Hottest Hotties." He took Greek language lessons in secret to surprise his ex-wife Jennifer Aniston who is of Greek ancestry. His favorite movies are Planet of the Apes (1968) and Saturday Night Fever (1977). Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2005 Razzie Award nominating ballot. He was listed as a suggestion in the Worst Actor category for his performance in the film Troy (2004). He did not receive a nomination, however. Premiere Magazine ranked him as #50 on a list of the Greatest Movie Stars of All Time in their Stars in Our Constellation feature (2005). He and his ex-wife Jennifer Aniston met on a blind date, which was arranged by their agent Owns and plays Taylor Guitars Owns the rights to the Hong Kong thriller Mou gaan dou (2002). He wanted it to be remade with he and Tom Cruise in the leading roles. The movie was eventually remade as The Departed (2006). Pitt served as a producer on the movie. Is a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Without being asked to, he made an appearance on MTV's "Jackass" (2000) where he did stunts with the cast, dressed in an ape outfit. Broke his arm during the filming of Se7en (1995). The injury was written into the movie. Wanted to play Darcy in Bride & Prejudice (2004), but wasn't able to work out the filming dates. Ranked #15 on Premiere's 2006 "Power 50" list. Had ranked #31 in 2005. The first commercial that Brad Pitt ever booked was through Matrix Talent Agency, Los Angeles. His agent was Linda Olhava, sister of film director Jody Lee Olhava. Occasionally flies a Cessna 208B Caravan belonging to Chivan Productions. Originally cast as Colin Sullivan in The Departed (2006), but later dropped out. He continued to produce the film under his (and his then wife Jennifer Aniston's) production company, Plan B. March 2007 - he and girlfriend Angelina Jolie adopted a 3-year-old boy named Pax Thien from Vietnam (born November 29th 2003). Has been in 7 movies where the title contains the name of the character he plays: Johnny Suede (1991), Meet Joe Black (1998), Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) and Chad Schmidt (2010). Voted #6 in Elle (France) Magazine's "15 Sexiest Men" poll (June 2007). Was trained to handle weapons by renowned Hollywood gun coach Thell Reed, who has also trained such actors as Val Kilmer, Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Sam Elliot, Girard Swan, Ben Foster and Kurt Russell. Used to act at the Vandevort Theater in Springfield, Missouri. He still visits and donates to the theater. In 2005, he earned $4,500,000 for a Heineken commercial that aired during the 2005 Super Bowl. He is a Patron of the Mineseeker Foundation and the Sole of Africa, a campaign dedicated to detecting and removing land mines in Africa. The Foundation's patrons include Nelson Mandela, Sir Richard Branson, Queen Noor, Graca Machel and John Paul de Joria. On July 12th 2008, his longtime girlfriend, Angelina Jolie, gave birth to twins - a boy, Knox Leon, and a girl, Vivienne Marcheline. In Nov. 2005, he visited Pakistan with Angelina Jolie to see the impact of the 2005 Kashmir earthquake. In 2006, Jolie and Pitt also went to Haiti where they visited a school supported by Yéle Haïti, a charity founded by Haitian-born hip hop musician Wyclef Jean. Considers Fitzcarraldo (1982), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) among his personal favorite movies. Auditioned for the role of Mike in Phantasm II (1988) but director Don Coscarelli instead chose James LeGros. Friends with Clint Eastwood. Was in a relationship with singer Sinitta Renay for two years during the 1980s. Ex-son-in-law of John Aniston and Nancy Dow.
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