Brad Pitt – success and fame continues

Posted: Simona Motuzaitė Date: 2013-07-06 11:15

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Brad Pitt, one of the most famous actors in the world has  fascinated women with his appearance for a long time, performed in many films professionally, has started working as a producer and it still has the time for his beloved Angelina Jolie and six children.

Born to a trucking firm owner father and a school counselor mother, William Bradley Pitt is better known as ‘Brad Pitt’. He was born on December 18th, 1963 in Shawnee, Oklahoma, but was raised in Springfield, Missouri. He is the oldest in the family and has a younger brother, Doug (b. 1966) as well as a younger sister named Julie (b. 1969). During his youth, Pitt spent his time studying at Kickapoo High School in Springfield, and graduated in 1982. There, in his high school, Pitt used to be a member of the golf, tennis and swim teams. Besides, Pitt whose high school nickname was the “Pitt-bull” also belonged to his high school municipal council and spoke smoothly and clearly at the debate club. After that, he studied journalism at the University of Missouri focusing on advertising. A short time later, Pitt decided to quit studies and try his luck in Hollywood.

The start was not as easy as it would seem at first. Visiting many auditions with just a few dollars in his pocket he was forced to find additional work. Pitt supported himself by moving refrigerators, working as a waiter, and even driving strippers in limos. He was also  dressing as a giant chicken while working for the restaurant chain El Pollo Loco and inviting clients to it funnily. Brad at the same time worked and studied acting with a teacher Roy London. This way Brad Pitt slowly but surely created a solid foundation for himself in television and film industry. Trying his talent in many third-quality films he played the first successful role as the charming cowboy role of a 1991 film “Thelma and Louise”, on which screen actor stayed only for 14 minutes. But it was enough for the actor to become famous all over the world and star in a number of other well-known films.

Soon afterwards, Pitt’s popularity rose like wildfire thanks to the role he played in „Interview With the Vampire“ (1994). In the same year, Pitt starred in another movie which title was „Legends of the Fall”, after which he was named as the 1994 ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ by People Magazine. One year later, in 1995 Pitt played in “Se7en“. A movie is about a serial killer (Kevin Spacey) obsessed with the seven deadly sins. In that movie, Pitt and his co-star Morgan Freeman act as two detectives in charge of solving the crimes. Gwyneth Paltrow was playing the wife of Pitt’s character.

Most of their time spending in the same movie site led Brad and Gwyneth  to an engagement. As a result of this engagement’s publicity in the press, Pitt became even more  popular. The role in „Seven Years in Tibet“ (1997) had caused him ban to entering China. Behind the scene, Pitt’s romance with Paltrow ended  in June 1997.

After the splitt Pitt tried to hold his fame and career by playing in several other movies, like “Meet Joe Black” (1998), ‘The Mexican” (2001), “Ocean’s Eleven” (2001), and TV series “Friends” (2001 episode as Monica’s friend).

Brad Pitt was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 1995’s 100 Sexiest Stars in Film History, then by „People“ magazine as one of 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1996 and 1997. In addition, Pitt had once listed in People Weekly’s “Most Intriguing People” list, and in Company magazine’s annual 100 Sexiest Men poll in 2004, given the title of “Sexiest Man Alive”.

Pitt’s fame in his acting career took a pause when in the spring 1998 he met Jennifer Aniston who is of a Greek ancestry and for whom he secretly took Greek language lessons to surprise her. The couple got married on July 19, 2000. Yet, Pitt love life did not work as well as his career. In early January 2005, the couple announced divorce which led to hot discussions. Some blamed Angelina Jolie with whom Brad played at that time in the movie “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” , while others said that Brad and Jennifer have different attitudes and values ​​in shaping the family. Anyway, the actors claimed that it has been a long consideration to do this.

About private relationship with Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt opened almost one year later when he revealed to “People” magazine her pregnancy. Brad Pitt has quickly adapted to the father role adopting Jolie’s two adoptive children – son Maddox (from Cambodia) and daughter Zahara (from Ethiopia) giving them the surname of Jolie-Pitt. Angelina and Brad have welcomed a biological daughter named Shiloh Nouvel in Namibia (Africa) on May 27, 2006.  Later, couple adopted a three year old boy from Vietnam on May 15, 2007. Jolie with Brad Pitt have welcomed twins in France on July 12, 2008 – a boy Knox Leon Jolie-Pitt and girl Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt.

Pitt appeared in “Troy” and “Ocean’s Twelve” films in 2004, he also played in a multiple narrative drama „Babel“(2006), which wonderfully scored him a Golden Globe nomination in best supporting actor slot by 2007. The same year he reprised his role of Rusty Ryan in „Ocean’s Thirteen“. At that time, Brad has also played a major role in the film “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”. And in 2008 even five movies often called as package of films came out : “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, “Dirty Tricks”, “Chad Schmidt”, “Dallas Buyer’s Club” and “Burn After Reading”.

Pitt has also become a serious and productive film producer. After the movie “The Departed” (2006) triumphed at Oscars Awards, he effortlessly moved on to produce a number of titles like “Year of the Dog“(2007), “A Mighty Heart”(2007), “The Time Traveler’s Wife”(2009), and “Peace Like a River”(2009).

Lately Brad Pitt played in “Killing Them Softly” (2012), and “12 Years a Slave” (2012). Moreover, grandiose epic film “World War Z” started in Lithuanian cinema screens previous month. During the shooting action film  creative group was accompanied in Europe by scandals. The part of property was stolen from filming area. Later, in Budapest, local police confiscated an arsenal of combat weapons. The film makers had declared these carried weapons as sham hardware. However, despite the difficulties and failures of making the film, there is large interest  which proves a high-quality tension horror story and presents an action thriller in which center of actions Brad Pitt ended up.

According to novel published by Max Brooks’s in 2006, created film of the same name tells the story of humanity devastated by virus which relentlessly break down country after country, continent after continent… Thousands of people around the world die trying to stop the invincible enemy, reminiscent the impending Apocalypse. When Earth appears on the edge of disaster, the United Nations officer Garry Lane, played by actor Brad Pitt, tries to fight against terrible enemy in order to stop the deadly virus fromkilling the entire human race.

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