AKA William Bradley Pitt
Birthplace: Shawnee, OK
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Sexiest Man Alive
Brad Pitt majored in journalism at the University of Missouri, but dropped out when he decided to become an actor. He told his family he was going to attend art design school in Los Angeles, but that was a lie. Instead he drove to California in his Datsun -- nicknamed "Runaround Sue" -- and suffered through months of failed auditions. As a struggling actor, he worked as a refrigerator deliveryman, limo driver, and wore a chicken suit to promote El Pollo Loco, a chain of Mexican restaurants.
In his first professional role, he appeared in several episodes of Dallas as a bad influence on Priscilla Presley's young daughter, and he later lured Tracey Gold in an episode of Growing Pains. His first film, with a tiny, uncredited role, was Charlie Sheen's 1987 action movie No Man's Land, and after playing Juliette Lewis's pimp in the TV movie Too Young to Die, Pitt and Lewis moved in together when she was just 17. His first starring role was The Dark Side of the Sun, filmed in Yugoslavia in 1988, but most of the film's footage was lost when civil war consumed the area during post-production. The footage was recovered eight years later, by which time Pitt was a big star, and the film was finally released in 1997.
Meanwhile, after several more small parts, Pitt scored big as a sweet-talkin' hitchhiker who wooed Geena Davis in Thelma & Louise, and as the misfit rebel in Robert Redford's A River Runs Through It. Anne Rice stated publicly that she thought Pitt was all wrong for the film of her novel Interview with the Vampire, but she changed her mind when she saw the movie. In his best performances, Pitt played the naïve new detective in the gruesome Se7ev with Morgan Freeman, the mentally disturbed animal-rights activist in Terry Gilliam's Twelve Monkeys, the kid from Hell's Kitchen who became District Attorney in Sleepers with Robert De Niro, the soap salesman who packs a punch in Fight Club with Edward Norton, the boxer with a thick Irish accent in Snatch with Dennis Farina, a poker-playing con man in Oceans Eleven with George Clooney, a prince of Greece in the historical epic Troy with Eric Bana, and the American tourist in Mexico whose wife (Cate Blanchett) is shot in Babel.
In the mid-1990s Pitt was engaged to actress Gwyneth Paltrow, his co-star from Se7en, but she reportedly dropped him when he would not commit to a wedding date. In 2000, Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were married in a glitzy million-dollar ceremony in Malibu. In 2005, as Pitt and Angelina Jolie filmed Mr and Mrs Smith, rumors were rampant that they were having an affair, and months later Pitt and Aniston filed for divorce. He has since adopted Jolie's two children and sired a third, but publicly announced that they would not consider marriage until "everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able", an allusion to laws prohibiting gay marriage.
He has been named People's Sexiest Man Alive twice, in 1995 and again in 2000.
Father: William Alvin Pitt (owns trucking company, b. 1941)
Mother: Jane Etta Hillhouse Pitt (high school couselor, b. 1940, m. 11-Aug-1962)
Brother: Doug Pitt (owns computer service shop, b. 1966)
Sister: Julie Neal Pitt (homemaker, b. 1969)
Girlfriend: Shalane McCall (actress, dated 1987)
Girlfriend: Jill Schoelen (actress, b. 1963, dated 1989)
Girlfriend: Robin Givens (actress, dated 1989)
Girlfriend: Juliette Lewis (dated and cohabited, 1989-93)
Girlfriend: Thandie Newton (actress, dated 1994)
Girlfriend: Gwyneth Paltrow (actress, dated and engaged, 1994-97)
Girlfriend: Sonita Henry (actress, b. 1977, dated 1998)
Wife: Jennifer Aniston (actress, dated 1998-2000, m. 29-Jul-2000, div. 2-Oct-2005)
Mistress: April Florio (actress, b. 1982, 2003 affair, according to her)
Girlfriend: Angelina Jolie (actress, dating since 2005, one daughter)
Son: Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt (Cambodian orphan adopted by Jolie Mar-2002, adopted by Pitt 2006)
Daughter: Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt (Ethiopian orphan adopted by Jolie 2005, adopted by Pitt 2006)
Daughter: Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt (b. 27-May-2006 with Jolie)
Son: Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt (Vietnamese orphan, adopted 2007 with Jolie)
Son: Knox Leon Jolie-Pitt (twin b. 12-Jul-2008 with Jolie)
Daughter: Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt (twin b. 12-Jul-2008 with Jolie)