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Birth name: William Bradley Pitt.
Born: December 18, 1963 Shawnee, Oklahoma, USA.
Height: 5 ft 11 IN / 1.80 m.
-Jennifer Aniston (29 July 2000 - 2 October 2005) (divorced).
August 29, 2008: "Brad Pitt Saves A Young Fan From Falling Into A Canal"
Brad Pitt saved a young fan from drowning in Venice, Italy.
The actor grabbed the boy as he tripped while attempting to get an autograph from the Hollywood heartthrob.
As the youngster almost fell into the canal, Brad extended his arm and pulled him to safety.
An onlooker said: "The boy was just desperate to get an autograph. There were loads of paparazzi around Brad and he was trying to get through when he tripped and almost fell. Brad put his reflexes to good use and grabbed him at the last minute."
Following the terrifying incident, Brad signed an autograph for the eager fan before dashing off.
August 28, 2008: "Brad Pitt Wants Two More Children With Angelina Jolie By Next Year"
Brad Pitt wants to have "two more" children with Angelina Jolie by next year.
The actor admits he has no intention of stopping at six kids.
When asked how his twins were, Brad replied: "The twins are fine" before adding, "I'll have two more by next year."
Brad, who is in Venice, Italy, to promote his new movie "Burn After Reading," also revealed he has been sharing his children with friend and castmate George Clooney.
When George was asked if he is planning to marry and have children, he replied sarcastically: "I am so surprised to hear that question. This honestly is the first time I've ever been asked that question. I'm getting married and having children today."
Brad added: "Until then, I'll be sharing mine with him."
August 26, 2008: "Uber Rich Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Eligible To Receive $2.5K A Month In Government Child Benefits In France"
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are eligible for around $2,500 in child benefits.
Brad registered his family at Brignoles town hall just after they moved to the south of France, meaning the couple are eligible for an "orphan allowance" of $508.97 for each of their three adopted children, Maddox, seven, Pax, four, and three-year-old Zahara.
Brad and Angelina could also claim a "nanny payment" of $975.84 a month for new twins Knox and Vivienne and biological daughter Shiloh, two.
A spokesperson for Brignoles council told People magazine: "We do not discuss individual benefits cases. But we can confirm that all resident local families with young children are eligible for certain benefits."
It is not believed the couple will accept the payments.
Meanwhile, it has been reported Brad, 44, has photographed his family for a magazine cover.
Angelina, 33, Brad and their children are to appear on the cover of W magazine in November in pictures taken at their French home by the "Fight Club" actor.
The couple previously posed together in the July 2005 issue of the magazine for a shoot entitled "Domestic Bliss," which featured them in a series of poses as a married couple to promote their movie "Mr. and Mrs. Smith."
August 21, 2008: "Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt To Host A Party For Their French Neighbors"
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are set to host a party for their neighbors.
The Hollywood couple are hoping to become fully integrated into the community of the French village of Brignol by throwing the soiree.
Brad and Angelina live close to Johnny Depp and his long-term partner Vanessa Paradis, who own a vineyard just north of St. Tropez.
A source told Britain's Daily Express newspaper: "They want to get stuck into village life and become real locals. Brad said they want to be like Johnny and Vanessa, who live a quiet life in nearby Plan de la Tour."
The stars were said to have been encouraged to host the event by the mayor.
The source added: "They have met town officials who have said it is a tradition for newcomers to host an early evening drinks reception for everyone who lives in the village."
August 20, 2008: "Awkward! Ex-Couple Brad Pitt And Jennifer Aniston May Meet At The Toronto International Film Festival"
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston could be reunited at this year's Toronto International Film Festival.
The couple may meet on the red carpet at the prestigious annual event as Brad's new movie "Burn After Reading" opens on September 5 while Jennifer's film "Management" premieres on September 7.
A source said: "It could be awkward for them both but I am sure their professionalism will ensure there are no public fireworks."
Although Brad and Jennifer have not been seen in public together since 2005, Jennifer frequently meets up with Brad's mother Jane - a relationship which is said to anger Brad's current partner Angelina Jolie.
Brad and Jennifer tied the knot in Malibu in July 2000.
Rumors of marital problems surfaced in 2004 as Brad filmed "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" alongside Angelina.
Jennifer, 39, filed for divorce in March 2005. A month later, Brad, 44, was seen with Angelina on a beach in Kenya.
Both Brad and Angelina, 32, have denied they were romantically involved before he split from the "Friends" actress.
It was recently reported Brad "despised" Jennifer Aniston after just six weeks of marriage, according to his "Spy Game" co-star Omid Djalili.
Omid revealed: "I did a scene with Brad in the back of a taxi and it was only a few days after he had married Jennifer. I chatted to him for hours giving him advice about the three stages of marriage."
"Stage one is perfection - blind love. Stage two is the difficult stage because you start to despise everything about her. If you can deal with the baggage you can possibly get to stage three - a harmonious marriage."
"After six weeks Brad came up to me and said, 'I'm definitely in stage two Omid!'"
August 8, 2008: "Brad Pitt Helps Son Maddox Celebrate His Birthday"
Brad Pitt took his son Maddox go-karting on Tuesday. The "Ocean's Thirteen" actor and his adopted son were celebrating Maddox's seventh birthday at a track in the south of France.
A source said: "It was just Maddox and Brad. Just father and son time."
Brad and Maddox raced each other around the circuit several times, but it was the birthday boy who managed to cross the finishing line first.
The special outing came three weeks after Brad's partner Angelina Jolie gave birth to twins Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline.
The couple also have adopted children Zahara, three and Pax, four, as well as naturally conceived daughter Shiloh, two.
Meanwhile, it was recently reported that Angelina is considering adopting another child. The "Wanted" actress was so affected by footage of the recent earthquake in China she is contemplating giving a home to a child orphaned in the natural disaster.
A source said: "Angelina is devastated over the earthquake that occurred in China in May. She has been in constant touch with relief workers as part of her UN involvement, and even got her hands on photos of a few orphaned kids."
"She's made overtures offering a home to one earthquake orphan, or even two if they are siblings."
August 5, 2008: "With First Photos Of Twins Released, Are We On Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Overload?"
Just what is it about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie that has us all so obsessed? With the addition of twins Knox and Vivienne to the Pitt-Jolie family, none of us can get enough of the couple or the first glimpse of their crinkly babies that put People magazine out of $14 million.
Sure, babies are precious. But Jolie and Pitt weren't the first to pop out babies this summer. In early June, Jessica Alba gave birth to her daughter. But no one paid Alba $14 million for the first pictures of her baby - OK! magazine bought them for a reported $1.5 mil. And even Jamie Lynn Spears, who gave birth later that month to her baby, did not cause as much of a fuss. OK! reportedly paid $1 mil for the first pics of that baby. We're not obsessed with Jamie Lynn, despite the controversy surrounding her getting knocked up at 16.
So what is it about Knox and Vivienne? Is it because they're twins? (Note - Jennifer Lopez was paid $6 million by People earlier this year for the first pics of her twins.) Is it because they definitely have "beautiful" in their genes? Is it because Brad and Angie come across as such perfect do-gooders? Maybe.
Still, one has to wonder just how happy their perfect family can really be. All that glamour and attention can't be normal at such a young age. Knox and Vivienne are three-weeks old and already are on the cover of People magazine and are a source of gossip and speculation and goggling. And the beautiful, blonde 2-year-old Shiloh can be seen holding Vivenne with her tiny nail-polished hands. That's right, a 2-year-old has pink and yellow nail polish on her fingernails. And if that's not enough, Maddox, who turns 7 today, already has blue hair dye streaked through his hair.
It is obvious that Brad and Angie take pride in their multi-cultural, attractive, perfect family it could be the $14 million, which is going to their charity foundation. Or maybe they do it because they know that we will eat it right up. Maybe we're heading for a Brangelina overload, but for the moment we can't get enough. So until the next publicity stunt, we'll be waiting to hear more about this gorgeous, unique family.
August 4, 2008: "Brad Pitt Compares His Newborn Son To Vladimir Putin"
Brad Pitt says his new son Knox Leon looked like Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin when he was born. The 'Fight Club' actor - who welcomed twins Knox and Vivienne Marcheline with partner Angelina Jolie into the world on July 12 - was surprised by his children's unique looks.
He said: "I dare to say that Vivienne is proving to resemble Angelina in spirit, attitude and physicality. She is quite elegant like her mother. And Knox - he's a bit of me. He likes music like his dad. But when he was born he looked like Vladimir Putin!"
Angelina admits she is finding it hard coping with the babies, but is getting help from the rest of her family.
She added in an interview with Hello! magazine, which has published the first pictures of the twins: "It is chaos, but we are managing it and having a wonderful time. Shiloh calls the twins her babies. She and Zahara pick out their clothes, help change and hold them. It's sweet - they are like little mommies."
July 29, 2008: "People Magazine Wins Bid For Brad and Angelina�s Twins Pictures"
People magazine has secured the first pictures of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie�s twins, Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline.
It is rumored that the winning bid is between $10 million and $15 million. The pictures will come up in a future People magazine issue. The money paid to Brad and Angelina will go to charity.
July 28, 2008: "Brad Pitt And Angelina Jolie Want "A Dozen" Children"
The Hollywood couple have six children, but are determined to continue expanding their brood.
A source said: "Angelina wants one more baby naturally - even if they end up having twins again. Twins would be wonderful. A dozen kids would be their dream."
It was recently revealed Brad and Angelina have asked U2 frontman Bono to be godfather to their new babies after staying at his house in the South of France.
A source said: "Brad and Angelina think the world of Bono. They have been friends for years. Brad is a massive U2 fan and told Bono how much he admired him when they were introduced at a party a few years back."
"Since then, they've become very close, which Brad is thrilled about. Angelina is inspired by Bono's humanitarian work and gets on with his wife Ali Hewson."
Bono was said to be so "thrilled" by the offer he accepted immediately.
July 27, 2008: "Brad Pitt Threatens Legal Action Over Family Photos"
Brad Pitt is threatening legal action against any publication which prints photos of his family at home in France.
The move comes after paparazzi photos of the movie star and his family relaxing at their summer retreat hit the internet earlier this week (beg21Jul08), and Pitt learned the bosses of the agency behind the shots were offering the images to tabloids.
Pitt's lawyer, Yael Holtkamp, has served the agency with a cease and desist order, and claims the photos were "surreptitiously" taken by photographers with "highly powerful telephoto lenses".
The shots feature Pitt with new mum Angelina Jolie, his parents and their children playing in the garden of their rented French chateau.
Pitt and Jolie chose to spend the summer (08) at Chateau Miraval in Provence because of the privacy and exclusivity the wine resort offered.
Holtkamp insists the publication of the photos violates the family's privacy rights.
The paparazzi agency behind the photos has already agreed to stop selling them and the images have been removed from its website.
July 25, 2008: "Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Reportedly Conceived Their Twins Using In Vitro Fertilization"
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt reportedly conceived their twins using in vitro fertilization.
The couple were reportedly so desperate to add to their ever-expanding brood they turned to IVF infertility treatment in a bid to conceive.
A source close to the couple told Us Weekly magazine: "They conceived through in vitro fertilization. They both desperately wanted more babies soon."
Angelina, 33, only had a one percent chance of conceiving fraternal twins naturally, but a 25 percent chance by recipients of the treatment.
The 'Wanted' actress was also keen to have the procedure - which can cost up to $12,000 a time - because she didn't want to have any problems conceiving.
The source added: "She wouldn't have to deal with the stress of trying to get pregnant. They were impatient."
July 14, 2008: "Brad Pitt Emotional During Birth Of Twins"
The birth of twins Vivienne Marcheline and Knox Leon, born to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt on Saturday, was a moving and emotional experience for Pitt. The couple's doctor, Dr. Michel Sussmann, said that Pitt never left Jolie's side and even cut the babies' umbilical cords.
"He was ... perfectly calm, totally determined, very pleased to be at the birth of his children, very moved and very emotional," said Sussmann.
July 9, 2008: "Angeline Jolie and Brad Pitt Employ A Live-In Nanny For Their Growing Family"
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are employing a live-in nanny.
The couple have so far shunned full-time help in bringing up Maddox, six, Pax, four, Zahara, three, and two-year-old Shiloh, but now Angelina is expecting twins, they are looking for extra support.
The 'Tomb Raider' actress revealed: "With two little babies to look after, I guess you reach a point where it becomes a practical question and we'll need full-time help."
Angelina says the decision to hire a nanny has delighted Brad, 44, who has been begging his 33-year-old partner to take it easy during her pregnancy.
She added: "He's only worried when I don't get enough rest or when he sees me picking up Maddox or Pax - my doctor says I'm not supposed to be doing that."
"Brad will just say, 'Let me pick them up'. He's very protective of me and I admire that. It's a good feeling to have your man taking care of you in the sense of worrying about you and wanting to make sure you're OK. I've always been pretty independent but I do like the fact Brad is there for me."
June 26, 2008: "Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Make $1m Donation To Iraqi Children"
The Hollywood couple made the donation via their charity, the Jolie-Pitt Foundation.
The money will go to the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict and willhelp 8,000 children who have lost parents, homes or the opportunity to go to school.
Jolie is known for her charity work and is a goodwill ambassador for the UN�s Refugee Agency. She has visited Iraq twice in the past year.
The actress said in a statement: �These education support programmes for children of conflict are the best way to help them heal.�
The couple hope other Hollywood celebrities will follow their lead and donate a portion of their earnings.
�We hope to encourage others to give to these great organisations,� said Pitt.
During her last trip to Iraq in February, Jolie spoke of the urgent need for aid in the war-torn region.
�There are over two million displaced people and there never seems to be a real coherent plan to help them. There�s lots of goodwill and lots of discussion but there seems to be a lot of talk at the moment and a lot of pieces that need to be put together,� she said.
The 32-year-old Tomb Raider star is currently in France awaiting the birth of twins.
Their arrival will take the couple�s brood to six - they are already parents to Maddox, six, Pax, four, Zahara, three, and Shiloh, two.
Earlier this month it was reported that Jolie had given birth, sparking a worldwide media frenzy, but the story turned out to be a hoax.
June 24, 2008: "Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt Sell Their New Orleans Home"
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have reportedly sold their New Orleans home.
The sale of their $3.5 million home has fueled reports the couple want to settle permanently in Europe.
Brad and pregnant Angelina Jolie are currently living in a leased property in the South of France as they prepare for the birth of their twins. The 880-acre estate boasts 35 bedrooms, a banquet hall, chapel, lake, moat, two pools, a gym and even a recording studio.
June 20, 2008: "Brad Pitt And Edward Norton See Radiohead Concert Together"
Brad Pitt and Edward Norton looked happy and excited as they attended the performance at Milan's Civica Arena in Italy.
Edward has previously spoken about his and Brad's love of the British band, saying: "Brad and I had a mutual fixation on the second two Radiohead albums."
Brad Pitt and Edward Norton were also accompanied by Mariane Pearl, a close friend of Brad and his long-term partner Angelina Jolie since Angelina portrayed her in controversial movie 'A Mighty Heart' in 2007.
Meanwhile, locals in the French village where Brad and Angelina are currently staying are entertaining themselves by playing a new game which involves them making up stories about the Hollywood couple - who are currently expecting twins - for the paparazzi.
Anyone who successfully cons reporters is then treated to a free glass of Pastis, a traditionally French anise-flavored liqueur.
June 19, 2008: "Brad And Angie's Babies Rumored To Be Due By The End Of June"
Reports have been leaking from "remote European papers and Indian blogs" that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's twins should appear by the end of June, according to an InfoWire press release.
The pair confirmed that they would be having twins back in early May.
The release says that August due date "seemed a stretch," citing Angelina's "enormous" belly seen at the Cannes Film Festival.
"If it really had two more months to go, she might need a go cart to get around by August," says the release.
The release goes on to "bet" the baby is really due in June, and it even jokingly suggests to expect triplets.
"The latest has it that Angelina doesn't want a C-Section but hopes to welcome the birth the natural way."
June 10, 2008: "Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt Splash Out On Luxury Nursery For Twins"
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have splashed out $140,000 on a nursery for their twins.
The couple reportedly hired exclusive Los Angeles baby boutique Petit Tresor to design a luxurious suite for the latest additions to their family.
Items purchased by Brad and Angelina are believed to include two pink crystal chandeliers worth $899 each, $3,200 'Versailles-style' cribs and matching $2,800 changing tables, organza bassinets worth $800 and $4,500 French wardrobes.
The couple also splashed out on cashmere baby toys for their unborn babies. A team of three Petit Tresor staff were hired to assemble the nursery, according to the New York Daily News newspaper.
June 3, 2008: "Brad Pitt Spends $50K on Art the Day Before Angelina Jolie�s B-Day"
A day before Angelina Jolie�s 33rd birthday, Brad Pitt dropped more than $50,000 on art in Switzerland.
On Tuesday, Brad Pitt was chauffeured in a BMW to Switzerland�s Art Basel fair, where he spent more than two hours snapping up goodies.
He bought two bronze chairs designed by Max Lamb (at $25,000 a pop!), a fair attendee tells said.
He also scored a foam and fiberglass �Family Lamp� and reportedly a $293,000 table.
�He�s really interested in architecture and design,� the onlooker says of Pitt.
Jolie said Brad Pitt�s passion for arts and architecture first attracted her to him.
�I don�t see him as an actor,� she recently told Vanity Fair. �I see him very much as a dad, as somebody who loves travel and architecture more than being in movies.�
June 3, 2008: "Brad Pitt Designing A Hotel In Dubai!"
Brad Pitt has been named designer of a green hotel and resort in Dubai.
�Whilst acting is my career, architecture is my passion,� Brad Pitt, who is also building affordable, environmentally-friendly homes in New Orleans� Lower 9th Ward, said in a statement. Brad Pitt will be part of a team of design consultants for the 800-room, five-star hotel spearheaded by L.A.-based architecture firm GRAFT.
�Selecting this development as my first major construction project has been a simple decision,� Pitt added. �It will underpin not only my values for environmentally-friendly architecture, but also embrace my career in entertainment.�
April 7, 2008: "Brad Pitt Gets a Hands-on Welcome at American Idol"
Brad Pitt was speechless when he walked onto the American Idol stage Sunday night � literally.
The crowd went wild when the actor took the stage at Hollywood�s Kodak Theater to tape a segment for Fox�s second annual Idol Gives Back special, making talking impossible.
The crowd jumped to their feet for the hunky superstar, whose efforts to help rebuild housing for families who lost everything in 2005�s Hurricane Katrina were recognized by show. (The broadcast will air Wednesday, April 9.)
After nearly 30 seconds of cheers, the 44-year-old Pitt � who was slated to introduce a film clip about former Idol contestant Chris Daughtry�s visit to Uganda � tried to say �thank you,� but his microphone wasn�t working.
That�s when Idol stage manager Debbie McVickers rushed up to see what was wrong.
As McVickers hurried to fix Pitt�s microphone, which had come unclipped from his shirt, she joked to the crowd about her �moment� with Pitt: �I just needed a reason to touch him.�
Then, when a female production assistant came out to make sure the mic was affixed properly, McVickers joked again, �We need more women to touch him.� Once properly wired for sound, Pitt was able to get through the introduction without a hitch.
Last year, the inaugural Idol Gives Back campaign raised more than $75 million for domestic and international charities. This year, producer Nigel Lythgoe told the audience minutes before the taping began that he �could feel� the show would crack the $100-million mark.
In fact, the show has already exceeded that amount thanks to a $200 million pledge by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown who, via a taped message, said the country would pay for 20 million mosquito nets for African families in need.
The impact of the evening was not lost on Miley Cyrus, who, like others in the theater, learned that even ten dollars � the cost of one mosquito net � could make a difference in someone�s life. �There�s people that can give hundreds, thousands,� Cryus said. �[It�s good] to have that self-power and be able to say, �Okay, no matter how much I�m putting in, I�m making a difference.� �
Other big moments of the night include performances by Cyrus, Carrie Underwood, John Legend, Annie Lennox, Gloria Estefan and Mariah Carey. And Fergie�s rendition of �Barracuda� with Heart�s Ann and Nancy Wilson brought down the house.
All of the evening�s music can be purchased on Itunes after the Idol Gives Back telecast.
March 30, 2008: "Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt Are/Aren�t Married?"
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are married, or they aren�t married, depending on which reports you read!
Several reports are claiming that Angelina and Brad tied the knot in New Orleans yesterday.
But a source reportedly said the claims are, �complete and total bulls�t.
�Bottom line, they aren�t even in New Orleans.�
Reps for Angelina and Brad made no initial comment on these latest rumours.
February 29, 2008: "Angelina and Brad is in Texas for Brad's movie"
Brad is in Texas for his new movie Tree of Life where he will act along side with Sean Penn. His family which include Angelina Jolie and his kids are there too.
A local daycare has the following letter which evident refer to them.
�For a short term period beginning in later February, a very high profile family will enroll their preschool children at our center. Over the next few weeks, you may notice extra security around the center. The security is for everyone�s safety. The family has asked that they be treated like everyone else�.�
February 29, 2008: "Brad Pitt Sporting Shorter Haircut!"
Brad Pitt has a new hair style.
Unfortunately Brad resembles Tom Hanks� character with his new Forrest Gump hair cut.
Brad�s new �dodgy do� is thought to be for his next film �Tree of Life�, which is currently in production in Smithfield, Texas.
February 28, 2008: "Brad Pitt Confirms Angelina Is Pregnant With Twins!"
Angelina Jolie is pregnant with twins? Well thats what Brad says!
A friend of Angelina and Brad�s reportedly said, �Brad�s been very quiet about this pregnancy so far but this was the weekend he decided to let the cat out of the bag. He�s telling everybody close to him, because he�s having to change around his work schedule to get ready for the birth. They�re having twins, Angelina is healthy, and he�s thrilled that he�s going to be a father once again. They didn�t exactly plan this pregnancy, but they wanted more children and Brad says Angelina was very willing to have them herself. They want to have these children in Los Angeles or New Orleans. I don�t think Brad wants to isolate himself and the family again like he did when Shiloh was born. But he�s also probably not going to take on a major acting role before the birth either, so he can focus on making sure Angelina is happy, healthy and comfortable.�
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Brad Pitt biography (bio):
William Bradley "Brad" Pitt is an American actor, film producer, and social activist. He became famous during the mid 1990s after having starring roles in several major Hollywood films, including Interview with the Vampire in 1994 and the thriller Se7en in 1995. Pitt was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe Award, both of which were for his role in Twelve Monkeys (1996).
Pitt is consistently cited as one of the most attractive men alive by celebrity magazines and is regarded one of the top Hollywood A-listers. His former marriage to Jennifer Aniston and current relationship with Angelina Jolie have been widely covered in the world media. He is the father of four children, one biological, all who have also received fevered media coverage. Increasingly since his connection with Jolie, he has become heavily involved in social issues, both domestically in Hurricane Katrina-ravaged New Orleans, and in poverty stricken areas of the third world such as Africa.
Pitt was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma to Jane Etta (n�e Hillhouse), a high school counselor, and William Alvin Pitt, a truck company owner. Along with his brother Doug and sister Julie Neal, he grew up in Springfield, Missouri, where the family moved soon after his birth. He was raised a Baptist. He attended Kickapoo High School, where he was involved in sports, debating, student government, and acting. He attended the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri - Columbia where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity.
In 1987, Pitt arrived in Beverly Hills, California. He studied under coach Roy London for six years. He first appeared in the sitcom Head Of The Class, for a while dating the show's star Robin Givens. He also guest starred in two episodes of Growing Pains. Pitt appeared as Chris in the long-running soap Another World. While auditioning for the show Our House, he was asked to read for another part, and found himself playing Shalane McCall's boyfriend Charles on the daytime soap Dallas. He also had a number of roles in prime-time series, such as thirtysomething, 21 Jump Street, and Freddy's Nightmares. Pitt appeared uncredited in both Less Than Zero and Charlie Sheen's No Man's Land before appearing in Cutting Class, about a maniac stalking cheerleaders. He began dating co-star Jill Schoelen.
In 1988, Pitt had his first starring role, in Dark Side Of The Sun, where he played a young American taken by his family to the Adriatic to find a remedy for a skin condition. The movie was shot in Yugoslavia in the summer of '88 with Pitt being paid $1,523 a week for seven weeks. However, with editing nearly complete, war broke out and much of the film was lost. The film was released years later. Pitt won a part in the TV movie Too Young to Die?, about an abused teenager given the death penalty for murder. Pitt played the part of a drug addict, Silly Canton, who took advantage of runaway Juliette Lewis, who Pitt began dating in real life. The pair would be together for three years.
In 1991, Pitt starred as Joe Maloney in Across the Tracks in which he portrayed a high school runner with a difficult criminal brother played by Ricky Schroder. Pitt attracted broader public attention from a supporting role in Thelma & Louise where he played a small time criminal drifter in a love scene with Geena Davis.
After Thelma and Louise, Pitt starred in the low budget 1991 film Johnny Suede as an awkward dreamer who aspired to be a big-haired rock star alongside Catherine Keener and Nick Cave, directed by Tom DiCillo. Pitt had agreed to play the part before Thelma & Louise was released. After appearing in Cool World, Pitt starred in Robert Redford's A River Runs Through It in 1992, for which Pitt learned fly fishing by casting off of Hollywood buildings. Then came Kalifornia in 1993, a road movie in which he played a scruffy serial killer alongside his then girlfriend Juliette Lewis and X-Files actor David Duchovny.
1994-2000: Mainstream success and acclaim:
In 1994, Pitt played vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac in the movie adaptation of Anne Rice's novel Interview With The Vampire. Pitt played the eighteenth century vampire which required several hours work in make-up on set to achieve the white skin of the character and he had to wear a pair of luminous green eyes, vampire fangs and a shoulder-length hairpiece to complete the appearance. Pitt worked with the eleven-year-old Kirsten Dunst, as well as Tom Cruise, Christian Slater and Antonio Banderas. He then starred in Legends of the Fall and Se7en. In Se7en Pitt starred as the police detective David Mills alongside Morgan Freeman in the hunt for a serial killer played by Kevin Spacey.
Pitt was then nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Jeffrey Goines in the 1995 film Twelve Monkeys in which he acted alongside Bruce Willis. In 1997 Pitt played the IRA terrorist Rory Devany in The Devil's Own alongside Harrison Ford, the first of several films where he has acted using an Irish accent.
That same year he played the main role of Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer in the Jean Jacques Annaud film Seven Years in Tibet. Pitt trained for months for the role which demanded a great deal of trekking and mountain climbing, working out with co-star English actor David Thewlis by rock climbing in California and the Alps. Due to the themes of Tibetan nationalism in the film, the Chinese government banned Pitt and Thewlis from China for life. In 1998, Pitt starred as the main character in the film Meet Joe Black. Pitt starred as a personification of Death inhabiting the body of a young man in order to learn what it is like to be human while informing a billionaire tycoon that his life on Earth is nearly over. The film gave Pitt another chance to work alongside Welsh actor Sir Anthony Hopkins whom he had previously worked with in Legends of the Fall.
In 1999, Pitt starred in Fight Club, based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk. Working with his previous director whom he had worked with on Se7en Pitt portrayed the character of Tyler Durden, a highly colorful and complex character.
In 2000 Pitt played the role of Mickey, a gypsy Irish boxer in the gangster movie Snatch alongside Vinnie Jones and Benicio Del Toro. The film was a wild caper involving a diamond heist, Russian and American mafia and the shady underground world , that saw Pitt brought in as a ringer by two failing promoters. The movie saw him moving on from his attempt at the conventional Devil's Own Northern Irish accent, and perhaps inspired by his co-star Benicio Del Toro's recent performance in The Usual Suspects, Pitt created a just-barely-intelligible accent suggesting the Irish Gypsies, referred to as Pikeys in the movie. Pitt continued to train for the role, and honed his boxing skills at Ricky English's gym in Watford.
After his wedding to Friends actress Jennifer Aniston on July 29, 2000, he immediately began filming for Spy Game, a Cold War thriller in which he starred alongside veteran actor and look-alike Robert Redford playing the role of his mentor. In 2001 Pitt worked with long-term friend and actress Julia Roberts in the comical road movie The Mexican. At the end of the year, Pitt finished filming Ocean's Eleven with George Clooney and Matt Damon, a remake of the 1960s version which starred Frank Sinatra. The film established a close friendship between the three, particularly between Pitt and Clooney.
Since then, he has starred in numerous films, including Ocean's Twelve and the epic Troy, based on the Iliad, in which he portrayed the legendary hero Achilles. Ironically, during the production of Troy, Pitt tore his Achilles tendon, delaying production for several weeks.
In 2005, Pitt starred in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, in which he and Angelina Jolie played husband and wife assassins.
In March 2006, it was announced that Paramount had purchased the rights to The Sparrow for Pitt's production company, Plan B, and that Pitt would be playing the lead role of Sandoz. In June 2006 it was announced that Paramount and Plan B will be working on a new zombie film called World War Z, based on the book of the same name by Max Brooks.
Pitt made his return to Hollywood in late 2006, with Alejandro Gonz�lez I��rritu's critically acclaimed Babel, starring alongside Cate Blanchett. The movie garnered a total of seven Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations, one of which was a Golden Globe nomination for Pitt as Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture. The movie has since become Pitt's highest grossing drama.
In 2007, Pitt was listed among Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in The World. He was listed among artists and entertainers, and was credited with using "his star power to get people to look at places and stories that cameras don't usually catch."
Pitt has appeared in television commercials in Asia, such as for Edwin Jeans, the Toyota Altis, and Japanese canned coffee, ROOTS. He also appeared in a Heineken commercial which aired during the 2005 Super Bowl. It was directed by David Fincher, who directed Pitt in the feature films Se7en and Fight Club. Together with Aniston and Paramount Pictures head Brad Grey, Pitt is the co-founder of the production company 'Plan B'. Aniston is no longer a partner in the company, although she is still attached to many projects that were set up before her divorce with Pitt. The company produced the blockbuster Charlie and the Chocolate Factory starring Johnny Depp.
He has also had a cameo appearance in season 8 of Friends, lent his voice on an episode of King of the Hill where he played Boomhauer's brother, Patch Boomhauer, and on an episode of MTV's Jackass, in which he took part in a staged abduction of himself. In a later episode, he and some cast-members run wild through the streets of Los Angeles in gorilla suits.
Pitt has been an active supporter of research into diseases such as AIDS.
Pitt is behind Not On Our Watch, an organization that focuses global attention and resources to stop and prevent mass atrocities such as in Darfur, along with George Clooney, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, and Jerry Weintraub.
Pitt dated actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Thandie Newton and Juliette Lewis during the 1990s.
Marriage to Jennifer Aniston:
In 1998, Pitt met Friends actress Jennifer Aniston and married her at an enclosed wedding ceremony in Malibu on July 29, 2000. The couple were adamant that the ceremony would be a private affair and hired hundreds of guards to block out any attempts of invasion by the paparazzi. Only one media picture was ever released of the wedding. Not long after the wedding, Pitt sued Damiani International, the company which made the wedding ring he gave Jennifer Aniston, for selling replica "Brad and Jennifer" rings. According to Pitt, the ring was his design and was to be exclusive. Under the settlement reached in January 2002, Pitt would design jewelry for Damiani that Aniston would model in ads, and the company would stop selling the copies.
Though their marriage was, for years, considered the rare Hollywood success, rumors of trouble began circulating, and the Pitts announced their separation on January 7, 2005. As Pitt's marriage to Jennifer Aniston drew to a close, he and Angelina Jolie were involved in a well-publicized Hollywood scandal in which Jolie was often painted as the "other woman," largely due to their chemistry during the filming of Mr. & Mrs. Smith. While Jolie and Pitt both denied any claims of adultery, speculations continued to mount throughout 2004 and early 2005. In an interview with Ann Curry in June 2005, Jolie explained, "To be intimate with a married man, when my own father cheated on my mother, is not something I could forgive. I could not look at myself in the morning if I did that. I wouldn't be attracted to a man who would cheat on his wife."
The concept of a "troubled marriage" (and arguably his own) inspired Pitt to cooperate with Steven Klein for a photoshoot in early 2005 entitled "Domestic Bliss" for W magazine. The spread showed Pitt and Angelina Jolie as a 1963 married couple with children. Pitt expressed the desire to tell a darker, truer tale, one that explored the "unidentifiable malaise" that often haunts a seemingly happy couple. "You don't know what's wrong," he remarked, "because the marriage is everything you signed up for."
Aniston filed for a divorce on March 25 the same year. The divorce was finalized on October 2, 2005.
Relationship with Angelina Jolie:
Speculation of a relationship between the two began to be confirmed with the first private paparazzi photos of Jolie and Pitt emerged April 9, 2005 (and were reportedly bought for $500,000). They showed Pitt, Jolie and her son Maddox at a beach in Kenya. During the summer, the pair were seen together with increasing frequency, and the entertainment media dubbed the couple "Brangelina". Two months later, the highly-anticipated July 2005 issue of W magazine hit newsstands, featuring Pitt and Jolie posed as a married couple.
In July 2005 he accompanied Jolie to Ethiopia, where Jolie adopted a six-month-old girl named Zahara; later Jolie indicated that she and Pitt made the decision to adopt the girl together. In December 2005 it was confirmed that Pitt was seeking to legally adopt Jolie's two children as his (as part of legal requirements), classified advertisements in the Los Angeles paper Daily Commerce announcing the name change request. On January 19, 2006, a judge in California approved this request. The children's legal surnames were formally changed to "Jolie-Pitt". During a charity trip to Haiti with Wyclef Jean, rumors began to circulate that Jolie was pregnant. On January 11, 2006 Jolie confirmed to People magazine that she was pregnant with Pitt's child. On May 27, 2006, Jolie gave birth to a daughter, named Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, at the Cottage Medi-Clinic Hospital in Swakopmund, Namibia by the couple's Los Angeles obstetrician, assisted by local staff. Pitt confirmed that their newborn daughter would have a Namibian passport. Public interest in the child was immense. In an August 2006 survey, 41 percent of participating 18 to 24-year-old American adults correctly identified that the couple had named their baby Shiloh. Jolie decided to offer the first pictures of Shiloh through the distributor Getty Images herself, rather than allowing paparazzi to take these extremely valuable snapshots. People magazine paid more than $4.1 million for the North American rights, while British magazine Hello! obtained the international rights for roughly $3.5 million; the total rights sale earned up to $10 million worldwide � the most expensive celebrity image of all time. Jolie and Pitt donated all the earnings to an undisclosed charity. On July 26, 2006 Madame Tussauds of New York unveiled a wax figure of two-month-old Shiloh; it is the first infant re-created in wax by Madame Tussauds.
The Jolie-Pitt children:
Maddox "Mad" Chivan Jolie-Pitt (originally Rath Vibol):
Born on August 5, 2001; adopted at 7 months old on March 10, 2002. He was in Cambodia and initially lived in a local orphanage in Battambang. Maddox's name is Celtic in origin, usually translated as "beneficent." His middle name is Khmer for "life" and is shared with a member of the Cambodian royal family, Prince Sisowath Chivan Monirak. Maddox has gained considerable celebrity in his own right, and his adoption is often credited with sparking the celebrity adoption trend of the 2000s. He appears regularly in the tabloid media, was named the "cutest celebrity kid" and he is known for this Mohawk hairstyle.
Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt (originally Pham Quang Sang):
Born on November 29, 2003. On March 2, 2007, Vu Duc Long (head of Vietnam's international adoption department) confirmed that Jolie had filed papers to adopt a child from Vietnam. On March 16, 2007, Jolie went to Vietnam (with Maddox) to get her new son. Since the Vietnam orphanage does not allow unmarried couples to adopt, Jolie adopted Pax as a single parent.
Zahara "Zee" Marley Jolie-Pitt (originally Tena Adam):
Born on January 8, 2005; adopted at 6 months old on July 6, 2005. She was orphaned when her mother died of AIDS. Jolie adopted her from Wide Horizons For Children orphanage in Addis Ababa. Shortly after they returned to the United States, Zahara spent time in a hospital for salmonella-intestinal infection as well as dehydration and malnutrition. Jolie stated that "she was six months and not nine pounds. Her skin, you could squeeze it, it stuck together". Zahara's name means "flower" in Swahili; her middle name "Marley" comes from the late Jamaican reggae superstar Bob Marley.
Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt:
Born on May 27, 2006 at Cottage Medi-Clinic Hospital in Swakopmund, Namibia. Shiloh was born by a scheduled cesarean section, due to breech presentation. Her middle name, Nouvel, comes from Jean Nouvel, one of Pitt's favorite architects.
Life in New Orleans:
The family divides its time between Los Angeles, California and New Orleans, Louisiana. In an interview with the Times-Picayune, while filming The curious case of Benjamin Button, Pitt said:
� I can't describe why we're allowed to live a more normal life (in New Orleans). Living in the French Quarter is a thrill for us. We have some semblance of real family life. People have been very, very gracious with us. If we're on the front deck, people go by and say, 'Hi.' Then they go on their way, very friendly. �
In popular culture:
In 1995, Pitt was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 25 sexiest stars in film history. Pitt has also twice been named the Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine.
Pitt was also prominently featured in the December 2006 Art Issue of Vanity Fair. Pitt appears on the cover in nothing but a pair of white boxers. The cover promotes an article on the Robert Wilson video portraits, a production of LAB HD that includes numerous celebrities and noted personalities. This cover has drawn criticism from Pitt because although he had signed a release for the image, he did not expect it to end up on the cover of Vanity Fair more than a year later. The video portrait, which represents Pitt�s first effort in avant-garde cinema, was exhibited at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.
In May 2007, Pitt was spotted with a tattoo on his inner left forearm: the outline of Otzi the Iceman, who was found in an Italian glacier in 1991.