March 29th, 2012 11:33 EST
Brad Pitt: One of Today`s Strongest and Most Versatile Film Actors
One of today`s strongest and most versatile film actors, is also a successful film producer. Brad Pitt was an Academy Award nominee for his performance in David Fincher`s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Terry Gilliam`s Twelve Monkeys, for which he won a Golden GlobeÂ® Award. He was also a Golden Globe Award nominee for his performances in Edward Zwick`s Legends of the Fall and Alejandro GonzÃ¡lez IÃ±Ã¡rritu`s Babel.
Brad Pitt stars in and produced Moneyball, appearing as Billy Beane for Bennett Miller. Moneyball (Sony Pictures Releasing) was Produced by Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt. This is the first nomination for Brad Pitt in this category. He was nominated for his supporting role in 12 Monkeys (1995) and for his leading role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). He is also nominated this year for his leading role in Moneyball and The Tree of Life (Fox Searchlight). The previous year, Brad Pitt starred in Quentin Tarantino`s Inglorious Basterds as Lt. Aldo Raine. Prior to Inglorious Basterds, Mr. Pitt appeared in Joel and Ethan Coen`s comedy thriller Burn after Reading, which had its world premiere as the opening night attraction at the 2008 Venice International Film Festival. The previous year, he was named Best Actor at Venice for his portrayal of Jesse James in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford directed by Andrew Dominik. Opposite George Clooney, his Burn after Reading co-star, he also appeared in Steven Soderbergh`s hits Ocean`s Eleven, Ocean`s Twelve and Ocean`s Thirteen with him.
Born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, Brad Pitt grew up in Springfield, Missouri, and attended the University of Missouri at Columbia where he majored in Journalism. Right before graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to study graphic design, but instead began to pursue an acting career, studying with the late Roy London. Soon after, he began securing roles in television, including the series "Glory Days" and the acclaimed telefilms "The Image" directed by Peter Werner and "Too Young to Die?" directed by Robert Markowitz.
It was Mr. Pitt`s role in Ridley Scott`s Academy Award-winning Thelma and Louise that first brought him national attention. He soon went on to star in Robert Redford`s Academy Award-winning A River Runs through It, Dominic Sena`s Kalifornia and Neil Jordan`s Interview With The Vampire. He has also starred in Tom DiCillo`s Johnny Suede, which won the Golden Leopard Award for Best Picture at the 1991 Locarno International Film Festival; Ralph Bakshi`s Cool World, Tony Scott`s True Romance, Barry Levinson`s Sleepers, Alan J. Pakula`s The Devil`s Own, Jean-Jacques Annaud`s Seven Years In Tibet, Martin Brest`s Meet Joe Black, and two previous David Fincher films Seven and Fight Club. More recent films include the massive 2005 hit - Doug Liman`s Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Wolfgang Petersen`s Troy, Patrick Gilmore and Tim Johnson`s animated feature Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, Tony Scott`s Spy Game, Gore Verbinski`s The Mexican, Guy Ritchie`s Snatch, as well as cameo roles in Soderbergh`s Full Frontal and Clooney`s Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.
Brad Pitt`s Plan B Entertainment develops and produces both film and television projects. Plan B has thus far produced numerous outstanding films including Martin Scorsese`s The Departed, which won four Academy AwardsÂ®, including Best Picture and Best Director, Michael Winterbottom`s A Mighty Heart, for which Angelina Jolie received Golden Globe, Independent Spirit, Critics` Choice, and Screen Actors Guild AwardÂ® nominations, Robert Schwentke`s Time Traveller`s Wife, Rebecca Miller`s The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee, and the Oscar-nominated The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford starring Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck, and directed by Andrew Dominik.
Considered one of Hollywood`s most handsome men, the early sex symbol adored by women around the world has evolved today as not only the ruggedly handsome, charming man that he is, but also a massive talent as a notable producer, and powerful, daring actor. Brad Pitt is truly one of the greats of our time in modern cinema, and what is even more remarkable, is that he gets better and better.
An artist who has evolved greatly not only as an actor but as a human being, he once stated, "I believe you make your day. You make your life. So much of it is all perception, and this is the form that I built for myself. I have to accept it and work within those compounds, and itÂ´s up to me." An absolute gentleman, and a star worthy of the title, Brad Pitt is a true class act whose talent has and will continue to lift up audiences around the world for time to come.
Bruce Edwin is editor of The Hollywood Sentinel and President of Starpower Management LLC. Contact Bruce at www.TheHollywoodSentinel.com. Read more stories by Bruce Edwin.