Pitt made his acting debut in 1987, with minor roles in movies like ‘Less Than Zero’, ‘No Way Out’, and ‘No Man's Land’. He also appeared for two episodes in the sitcom 'Another World', broadcast by 'NBC' television network.
In 1988, he had a cameo role in the movie, '21 Jump Street', after which he was signed on as the main actor for the movie 'The Dark Side of the Sun'. However, the movie, a collaboration of U.S. and Yugoslavian producers, could not be completed in the stipulated time, owing to the 'Croatian War of Independence'
For the next few years, he enacted in small-time roles in movies like 'Cutting Class', 'Happy Together', as well TV series 'Freddy's Nightmares', and 'Growing Pains'. However, it was his performance as criminal 'J.D.' in 'Thelma & Louise', which gave an indication to the world of his potential as an actor.
He gave a few more unimpressive performances in films that were box-office failures. He then bagged a role in Robert Redford's 'A River Runs Through It', where the former played the role of Paul Maclean. The movie as well as his performance was appreciated by critics and audiences alike.
In 1994, he was a part of an ensemble cast comprising Antonio Banderas, Tom Cruise, Christian Slater, and Kirsten Dunst, in the movie 'Interview with the Vampire'.
The same year, he acted as Tristan Ludlow, in an adaptation of Jim Harrison's novel, named 'Legends of the Fall', along with Anthony Hopkins, Juliette Binoche, Aidan Quinn, and Henry Thomas.
The following year, the talented actor was cast alongside actors Gwyneth Paltrow and Morgan Freeman, in 'Seven', as a detective trying to catch a serial killer. The movie was a hit at the box-office, earning $327 million. Next he starred in the 1995 sci-fi movie, '12 Monkeys', directed by Terry Gilliam.
The next few years, he appeared in fairly successful movies like 'Sleepers', ‘Meet Joe Black’, and 'The Devil's Own'. He also played the role of Austrian climber Heinrich Harrer in a movie titled 'Seven Years in Tibet', but the film failed to impress audiences.
In 1999, Brad was cast opposite famous actors Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter, in the movie 'Fight Club'. Though the film opened to mixed reception, Norton's alter-ego, played by Pitt, was the topic of praise.
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Two years later, in 2001, 'The Mexican', a romantic comedy with star Julia Roberts, was a box-office success, leading to Pitt's next role in 'Spy Game'. The thriller, directed by Tony Scott, and co-starring Robert Redford, grossed $143 million.
In December, 2001, the rising star played a major part in 'Ocean's Eleven', with a large cast including Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, and George Clooney. The film proved to a major hit at the box-office with earnings of $450 million across the globe.
In 2003, he began lending his voice to animated movies, like 'Sindbad: Legend of the Seven Seas', and 'King of the Hill'.
The following year, in 2004, the gifted actor played the part of Achilles in the 'Iliad'-inspired film, 'Troy'. For the role, he trained extensively in sword-fighting, and his brief but power-packed performance was highly commendable. The same year, he appeared in 'Ocean's Twelve', which grossed 362 million dollars.
In 2005, action-comedy movie 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith', starring Pitt and Angelina Jolie, was released, and became one of the most successful films of the year, earning $478 million. The next year, he starred in 'Babel', alongside Cate Blanchett—the movie and its actor received numerous 'Academy' and 'Golden Globe' nominations.
In 2006, Pitt's production house, 'Plan B Entertainment' released 'The Departed'. The movie was directed by Martin Scorcese and starred great actors like Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg, and was awarded the 'Oscar' for 'Best Picture'.
A drama, titled 'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford', featuring Brad was released in 2007. The movie, produced by the actor's company, 'Plan B Entertainment', was critically acclaimed.
The remarkable actor was cast in the lead role of 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button', a film directed by David Fincher. In the movie, released in 2008, Pitt plays the role of a man in his eighties who looks younger as he grows older.
In 2009, he appears in Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Inglorious Basterds’, as Lieutenant Aldo Raine. The movie boasts of exceptional performances by all its actors, and was highly appreciated by critics and viewers alike, earning $311 million.
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The following year, he lent his voice once more to animated superhero ‘Metro Man’, in the film ‘Megamind’. In 2011, he gave a commendable performance as Billy Beane, in ‘Moneyball’, directed by Bennett Miller.
In 2013, Brad starred in box-office hits like zombie film ‘World War Z’ and ‘Academy Award’ winning movie ‘12 Years a Slave’. Recently he has acted in the war movie, ‘Fury’.
Personal Life & Legacy
For brief periods of time early in his film career, Pitt dated co-actresses, Robin Givens, Juliette Lewis, and Jill Schoelen. From 1994-97, he was in a relationship with American actress Gwyneth Paltrow.
In 2000, he married actress Jennifer Aniston, of 'Friends' fame. However, after five years of marriage, the two actors decided to separate.
Subsequently after the announcement of his divorce, Brad started dating actress Angelina Jolie in 2004. However, the two, popularly known as "Brangelina", got married on August 23, 2014. After staying together for 12 years, in September Angelina Jolie filed for divorce with Brad Pitt and announced their separation.
Together the couple have a daughter, Shiloh Nouvel, as well as twins, Knox Léon and Vivienne Marcheline. They also have three adopted children, Maddox Chivan, Pax Thien, and Zahara Marley. The three were born in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Ethiopia, respectively.
This gifted actor is also known for his humanitarian activities, especially for causes like stem-cell research, poverty, and AIDS. He is also one of the founder members of an organisation called ‘Not On Our Watch’, along with other actors such as George Clooney, Don Cheadle and Matt Damon.
He has founded another NGO called the ‘Make It Right Foundation’, which provided residential rehabilitation for the victims of ‘Hurricane Katrina’. He has also founded, along with Angelina, the ‘Jolie-Pitt Foundation’, that has made significant monetary contributions to several charitable organizations.