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Actor and producer Brad Pitt is an Academy Award and Golden Globe winner known for such films as Legends of the Fall, Fight Club, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Moneyball and 12 Years a Slave.
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Brad Pitt's role in Thelma and Louise opposite Geena Davis gave him the chance he needed to succeed in Hollywood
After a string of unsuccessful films, Brad Pitt landed a starring role in Fight Club which put him back on the map.
Just two weeks shy of his college graduation, Brad Pitt dropped out of school and headed out to Los Angeles to achieve his dream of becoming an actor.
A short biography of Brad Pitt who got his big break as a robber cowboy on "Thelma and Louise." After finding love with Angelina Jolie, Pitt has been active in social and environmental issues.
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Then, in 1997, after a seven-month engagement, the couple split for unknown reasons.
In 1995, Pitt starred as a mental patient in Terry Gilliam's psychological thriller Twelve Monkeys, winning a Golden Globe for best supporting actor for his performance. He followed with another dark thriller, Sleepers (1996), and Alan J. Pakula's Devil's Own with Harrison Ford,
before heading to Argentina to film Seven Years in Tibet, an ambitious, $70 million project that met with mixed reviews. Unfortunately, his next film, the three-hour plus Meet Joe Black, co-starring Anthony Hopkins, in which he played a very comely version of death, also inspired little praise.
In 1999, after a brief hiatus from the Hollywood hot list, Pitt re-teamed with Seven director David Fincher to make Fight Club. The apocalyptic film, also starring Edward Norton, presents an unglamorous Pitt in a disturbing role as leader and recruiter of Fight Club, a bloody diversion for young professional males. Next up for Pitt was the British crime-caper Snatch (2001), co-starring Benicio Del Toro and directed by Guy Ritchie. That same year, Pitt starred with Julia Roberts in the romantic comedy The Mexican, teamed with Robert Redford in the thriller Spy Game and joined an A-list ensemble cast, including Roberts, George Clooney and Matt Damon, in Steven Soderbergh's remake of the Rat Pack heist caper Ocean's Eleven. In 2004, Pitt starred as the Greek hero Achilles in the Warner Bros. blockbuster epic Troy.
In 2005, Pitt starred across from Angelina Jolie in the blockbuster film, Mr. And Mrs. Smith. The action flick, about a married couple who are both secretly working as spies, earned more than $100 million at the box office.
Pitt's next film, the critically acclaimed Babel (2006) earned the actor a Golden Globe nomination. The actor moved on to less serious fare in the reprisal of his role as Rusty Ryan in the Ocean's Eleven sequel, Ocean's Thirteen (2007). In 2008, Pitt teamed up with the Coen brothers to star in the FBI comedic thriller, Burn After Reading. The film earned two Golden Globe nominations and grossed more than $60 million at the box office.
Pitt took on a more whimsical role for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, a film based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. In this David Fincher-directed movie, Pitt plays Benjamin Button who is born as a 70-year-old man and ages in reverse. Pitt received an Oscar nod for the film, which won 3 Academy Awards.
In 2009, Pitt starred in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. In 2011, he starred with Sean Penn in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Two years later, Pitt won acclaim for his performance as Gerry Lane in the zombie-apocalyptic thriller World War Z (2013), directed by Marc Forster. He also received raves for his work on 12 Years a Slave that same year. The film, directed by Steve McQueen, tells the true story of a free African American (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor) who is kipnapped and sold into slavery.
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