William Bradley Pitt is an American actor and producer. He has received multiple awards and nominations including an Academy Award as a producer under his own company Plan B Entertainment. Take a look below for 30 more fun and interesting facts about Brad Pitt.
1. Brad Pitt first gained recognition as a cowboy hitchhiker in the road movie Thelma & Louise.
2. His first leading roles in big-budget productions came with the drama movie A River Runs Through It and Legends of the Fall, and horror movie Interview with the Vampire.
3. Pitt gave critically acclaimed performances in the crime movie Seven and the science fiction movie 12 Monkeys, the latter earning him a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor and an Academy Award nomination.
4. He starred in the cult movie Fight Club and the heist movie Ocean’s Eleven and its sequels, Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen.
5. His greatest commercial successes have been Troy, Mr. & Mrs. Smith and World War Z.
6. He received his second and third Academy Award nominations for his leading performances in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Moneyball.
7. Pitt produced The Departed and 12 Years a Slave, both of which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and also The Tree of Life, Moneyball and The Big Short, all of which garnered Best Picture nominations.
8. As a public figure, Pitt has been cited as one of the most influential and powerful people in the American entertainment industry.
9. For many years, he was cited as the world’s most attractive man by various media outlets, and his personal life is the subject of wide publicity.
10. Divorced from actress Jennifer Aniston after five years of marriage, he married actress Angelina Jolie in 2014. In 2016, Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt, which is currently pending.
11. At Kickapoo High School, Pitt was involved in sports, debating, student government and school musicals.
12. He continued his education at University of Missouri School of Journalism, focusing in advertising, but then decided to quit before trying his luck in Hollywood.
13. Before becoming a famous actor, he support himself by driving strippers in limos, moving refrigerators, and dressing as a giant chicken while working for the restaurant chain El Pollo Loco.
14. While struggling to establish himself in Los Angeles, Pitt took lessons from acting coach Roy London.
15. Pitt has English, some Scottish and Irish, along with some small amounts of German, Welsh, Swedish, Dutch and French ancestry.
16. He bought a mansion in Southern California from the actress who portrays Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. He reportedly paid $1.7 million for the house. The mansion is filled with antiques and has a vampirish look to it.
17. After watching Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Pitt asked director Guy Ritchie if he could be in his next movie. He couldn’t get a proper English accent, so Ritchie gave him the role of Mickey the One Punch Pikey, an Irish fighter, in Snatch.
18. He showed his parents the chemical burn scene to convince them not to watch Fight Club.
19. Pitt got into better shape and eventually gained over 20 pounds, or 9 kilograms, of muscle for Troy.
20. He has stated that his favorite movies are the Planet of the Apes and Saturday Night Fever.
21. Athena Rolando, 19, went into Brad Pitt’s Hollywood home shortly after midnight January 7, 1999, and dressed herself in his clothes and stayed there for 10 hours before the alarm went on. She was ordered not to contact the actor and to stay 100 yards away from him for 3 years.
22. Pitt and his ex-wife Jennifer Aniston spent $1 million on their wedding.
23. His high school nickname was Brad the Pitt-bull.
24. Brad Pitt declined to act in American Psycho on the advice of his management.
25. On July 18, 2001, Pitt sued Damiani International, the company that created the wedding ring he gave to Jennifer Aniston. According to Pitt, the ring was his design and was to be exclusive. The company has since been selling replicas and advertising it as Brad Pitt’s ring.
26. In 2003, Pitt tore his Achilles tendon during the production of Troy, in which he plays Achilles. His injury caused the production of Ocean’s Twelve to be pushed back to April, 2004.
27. Pitt was the first man ever to be named “Sexiest Man Alive” twice by People magazine. He was awarded the title in 1994 and again in 2000.
28. On the invitation of Virgin CEO Richard Branson, he visited over 100 orphans affected by HIV at a facility run by The Salvation Army in South Africa, as well as personally meeting Nelson Mandela and discussing Mandela’s 46664 campaign to call attention to South Africa’s AIDS epidemic.
29. Pitt is a big fan of MTV’s reality show Jackass. He even asked the cast if he could join them during one of their stunt jokes. He eventually made an appearance dressed in an ape outfit, in order not to be recognized.
30. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have made it to the fifth spot on the Forbes list of Top Earning Couples. They earned $34 million combined in a span of one year.