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As the new year begins, the Curious Case of Benjamin Button was released to major worldwide success.For this movie, Brad received best actor nominations from the Golden Globes, SAG, BAFTA and the Oscars. Unfortunately Brad did not win any of these awards. However he and Jolie were the toast of each award red carpet. He did win the Peoples Choice award for Favorite Leading Man . Brad traveled to Thailand with Angelina Jolie to bring awareness to refugees in that country. He also appeared along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic Whip James Clyburn to discuss affordable and environmentally sustainable housing. Brad also had a short meeting with President Obama at the White House about this matter.
To be continued
The beginning of the year finds Brad in mostly in family mode. He does appears as a delivery man in Jimmy Kimmel’s funny video. Bill Clinton helps Brad with the ground breaking of Make It Right” homes. Continuing to promote that project, Brad appears on American Idol Gives Back show and receives a standing ovation. He makes the 2008 Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list. It was also noted that the Jolie Pitt Foundation, which was established in 2006, has given $8 million to charities. Finally going back to his main job of acting, Pitt starts filming Tree of Life with Sean Penn (Terrance Malick directing). In May, Brad agrees to consult with the architecture firm GRAFT on a 800-room luxury hotel in Dubai.
On July 12th, Brad and Angelina Jolie become parents of their twins Knox Leon Jolie-Pitt and Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt, born in Nice, France. Later, it’s reported that brad ordered hundreds of toys for the patients in the hospital where the twins were born, and visited the wards to speak with the younger patients. A few weeks after the birth of the twins, Brad threatens legal actions against anyone publishing recent photographs they say were taken by paparazzi of the actor and his newly enlarged family at their French estate. The Armed Services YMCA of Lawton Fort Sill has received an $114,000 grant in the end of July from the Jolie-Pitt Foundation to fund Operation Hero, a mentoring program that aids military children six to 12 years of age who are experiencing temporary difficulty in school, both socially and academically.
In the beginning of August he signs on to do the Tarantino directed movie Inglourious Basterds in which he will portray Lt. Aldo Raine, the head of the Jewish resistance in the auteur’s World War II movie. Expected to shoot in Germany in October of this year. Together with Kiehl’s (beauty and cosmetics maker owned by L’Oreal), Brad sets up the JFP Eco Systems green charity. Through its collaboration with Brad, the company will launch a new product, Kiehl’s Aloe Vera Biodegradable Liquid Body Cleanser. Apart from having hand-written the product’s label, Brad will have nothing to do with the sale of the product itself. Brad will narrate the already third season of the PBS architecture documentary Design: e2.
In the end of August Brad traveled to Italy and Canada to promote the release of Burn After Reading. Brad accepts the Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival which he won last year for his performance in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward John Ford. He also attends a fundraising for “Not On Our Watch” in Venice, Italy. In September, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s Jolie-Pitt Foundation made a $2 million donation to the Global Health Committee to establish a center to aid children affected by tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie donated $1 million for educational aid to children impacted by the Iraq war in that country and in the United States. Brad also donated $100,000.00 to fight California’s November ballot initiative that would overturn the state Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage. When ask why Brad said “Because no one has the right to deny another their life, even though they disagree with it, because everyone has the right to live the life they so desire if it doesn’t harm another and because discrimination has no place in America, my vote will be for equality and against Proposition 8.” The initiative passed but Brad said whenever asked he would try and help overturn it.
Angelina Jolie graced the cover of W magazine in beautiful photographs taken by Brad. Brad also was on the cover of W, Rolling Stone and Architectural Digest among other publications. Brad Pitt’s Plan B signed a development fund agreement was India’s Reliance Entertainment. The first 6 homes in the Make It Right project have been completed. One of the home owners noted to reporters “I thank God for Brad Pitt”. Brad did many interviews updating MIR developments and thanking the public for their support. He said regardless of the economic problems there will be a 100 homes built by Make It Right. While Brad was in Chicago for his interview with Oprah to promote Benjamin Button, he attended Barack Obama’s presidential victory speech.
The year starts on a sad note, Marcheline Bertrand (Angelina Jolie’s Mother) passed away. In better news, Brad received a Golden Globe nomination for his role in Babel. Also, The Departed (co produced by Brad’s production company: Plan B) won an Oscar for best picture.
In March a new member was added to the Jolie Pitt family, Pax Thien Jolie Pitt was adopted from Vietnam. In May, groundwork started on the “Global Green Design Contest” house. Along with Ocean’s 13, A Mighty Heart opens at The Cannes Film Festival. A Mighty Heart was Brad’s sixth credit as a producer on a feature length film. At the end of June, Brad with Don Cheadle, Matt Damon and George Clooney started an organization called “Not On Our Watch” which donated 1 million to “Save The Children” fund to help in Chad and Darfur. Jury duty called in August but only last two days as the case was settled.
In September, Brad wins Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival for his performance in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward John Ford. During interviews, Brad talks about his and Angelina wish to have their fifth child. Brad starts filming Burn after Reading with the Coen Brothers. At Bill Clinton Global Conference, Brad introduces the “Make It Right” project to help rebuild homes in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. He donates $5 million to the cause. As the year end, Brad concentrates on the rebuilding of New Orleans. Doing a number of interviews to promote the city and ask for donations to build affordable environmentally friendly homes in the area devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Brad also lends his voice to the second series to the PBS architecture documentary Design: e2.
Due to eagerly awaiting the birth of his first biological child with girlfriend Angelina Jolie, Brad took a break from filming for the first half of 2006, and instead went on a travelling tour with his family, staying, among others, in Germany, France, and Namibia, where daughter Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt was born on May 27th. In August Brad filmed Ocean’s 13 in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, with George Clooney, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and the other usual suspects from the Ocean gang reprising their roles as well. Furthermore, production of Brad’s next movie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, an adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald short-story, began in the end of November, filming mainly in New Orleans. Brad’s passion for architecture hasn’t been left fallow this year, either. He lent his voice to the PBS architecture documentary Design: e2, narrating the six-part series, which was released US-nationwide in June. Furthermore, Brad is involved in a sustainable design competition held by Global Green USA, which is aiming at reconstructing New Orleans neighborhoods destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
While Brad was in Namibia, the Cannes film festival took place and Brad’s movie Babel, which is to be released in October 2006, was among the winners, the award for Best Director going to Alejandro González Iñárritu.
2005 was a pretty busy year for Brad: in the beginning of the year after a marriage of 5 years, Brad divorces Jennifer Aniston. Mr. and Mrs. Smith, in which Brad starred opposite Angelina Jolie as married assassins assigned to kill one another, premiered and was hugely successful. Brad also finished filming Babel, a twisted drama from independent film auteur Alejandro González Iñárritu. The film interweaves four stories set in Morocco, Tunisia, Japan and Mexico, starting with a tragedy befalling a holidaying married couple. In addition to this, Brad also filmed The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward John Ford in Canada, shooting finished in November.
Brad continued his support for charity in 2005 by participating in the “Live 8” concert in Hyde Park, London. The “Live 8” concerts were part of the “ONE” Campaign Countdown to the G8 Summit to urge President Bush
and other leaders of the world’s 8 wealthiest nations to save millions of lives when they met together in Scotland, July 5th to 8th. Brad legally adopts Zahara Marley Jolie Pitt and Maddox Chivan Jolie Pitt in December.
After taking a short break from filming movies, 2004 was a big year for Brad. Brad, and the rest of the gang from Ocean’s Eleven teamed up a second time to make Ocean’s Twelve later that year, adding to their cast
Catherine Zeta-Jones. He also does some European promotion for Troy.
Aside from film acting, this year, Brad’s passion for those around the world began to play a big role in his life. He joined the “ONE” campaign, with Bono and many others to fight the emergency of global AIDS and extreme poverty. Brad went to Africa to meet with Nelson Mandela and to offer his support.
Troy, the adaptation of Homer’s great epic, was filmed in Malta and the training for the role of Achilles was demanding. Brad was up to the task and the result was an amazing show of athleticism and powerful fight scenes. In a twist of irony, Brad tore his left achilles tendon while filming the movie. He also lends his voice as the title character of the animated movie, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas.
Brad’s love for architecture took him in a new direction in 2001. He took some time off from movie making, only showing up in cameo roles for Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Full Frontal, Instead he spent most of his time redesigning his Beverly Hills home, and studying up on architecture. Spy Game, Ocean’s Eleven and The Mexican all opened up in theatres this year as well.
2000 proved to be a busy year for Brad. Snatch came out, with Brad’s character of pikey Mickey O’Neal stealing the show. Brad decided to change things up by adding a few comedies to his résumé, his comedic timing very evident as he filmed Ocean’s Eleven and The Mexican. The pairing of Julia Roberts, Brad and James Gandolfini in The Mexican proved a great combination, and later that year Brad and Julia teamed up once again in Ocean’s Eleven. The all star cast also included George Clooney, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and Andy Garcia, and it was a box office hit. Also filmed in 2000 was Spy Game, pairing Brad with Robert Redford for the second time. Brad also marries actress Jennifer Aniston.
October 15 Fight Club, the mega-macho fest starring Brad and new pal Edward Norton, hit theaters in a whirlwind of pre-release buzz. The film, about a pair of disillusioned GenXers who start a chain of underground clubs where men meet to get out their aggression (i.e. beat each other senseless), sparked controversy for its embrace of violence. But Pitt calls his Fight Club role “the best fucking part of my whole fucking career.”
Deciding to take on the role of Death, Brad signed on to play the title character in Meet Joe Black and starred opposite Anthony Hopkins. Brad then began work on another David Fincher film, Fight Club, co-starring fellow Golden Globe winner and Oscar-nominee Edward Norton. And in a bit of method acting gone too far, Pitt had his dentist intentionally chip his front teeth to make his movie injuries appear more authentic.
1997 found Brad playing opposite Harrison Ford in The Devil’s Own, a story of one man trapped by destiny, and another bound by duty. Later that same year, he starred in Seven Years in Tibet, the true story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber. The Dark Side of the Sun, which had been filmed in 1988, was also released to video in 1997.
In 1996 Brad signed on to join an all-star cast, including Kevin Bacon, Robert De Niro, Jason Patric, Dustin Hoffman and Minnie Driver, in the movie Sleepers. The film, directed by Barry Levinson, is based on the controversial book by Lorenzo Carcaterra.
Brad partnered up with director David Fincher and co-starred opposite Morgan Freeman in Se7en, which earned Brad the best notices of his career, including an eventual MTV Movie Award for “Most Desirable Male.” Then donning brown, cross-eyed contact lenses and adopting a psychotic grin, Brad tried to ugly himself up for his Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated role in Terry Gilliam’s quirky, sci-fi adventure Twelve Monkeys.
Anne Rice may not have agreed, but fans and studio execs were excited by the prospect of Brad joining Tom Cruise in Interview with the Vampire. Rice initially blasted the adaptation of her novel, saying it was “like casting Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer.” She changed her tune after a private screening. Interview with the Vampire opened, and Brad’s blood-sucking turn as the reluctant vampire Louis gained him more fans. Add to that Brad’s role as the wild and capricious Tristan Ludlow in Legends of the Fall and you have a star quickly on the rise.
After a string of movies such as Johnny Suede, Across The Tracks, and Cool World, where Brad played a human detective in the cartoon world, director Robert Redford took Brad fishin’ in A River Runs Through It. His sexy turn as Paul Maclean, the rebellious, self-destructive son of a preacher man, added to Brad’s career momentum, and in 1993 Brad delivered memorable performances as a spaced-out druggie in True Romance and creepy ex-con Early Grayce in Kalifornia.
Brad continued his TV work, playing a journalist in the short-lived Fox drama Glory Days. He also scored a gig as the wacko boyfriend in the NBC movie Too Young to Die? as well as a part in the TV movie The Image. Then, in a big break, Brad burned up the screen in his 10 minutes as J.D., the hunky hitchhiker who rings Geena Davis’ bell in Thelma & Louise.
With a few acting classes under Brad’s belt, also by famed acting coach Roy London, the gigs began to mount. After filming his first guest stop on the ABC comedy Head of the Class, Brad did more series work on Growing Pains and ThirtySomething, another movie Happy Together, and a Levi’s TV commercial that got him noticed. It lead to his feature role in Cutting Class.
Soon after arriving in California, Brad landed an appearances on the Growing Pains, Another World, an uncredited appearance in Less Than Zero and No Man’s Land. Plus a five-episode stint as Randy, the beau of Priscilla Presley’s daughter on Dallas. Brad shot a bit part on the Fox series 21 Jump Street and also the television movie, A Stoning in Fulham County. Brad’s first film, The Dark Side of the Sun, was was shot in pre-war Yugoslavia during the summer of 1988. It was not released until 1997 due to lost footage and a civil war that tore apart the region.
Brad attended the University of Missouri School of Journalism where he majored in journalism with a focus on advertising. Brad was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and occasionally acted in fraternity shows. In 1987, two credits shy of graduating with a journalism degree, Brad packed his battered silver Datsun and heads for the Beverly Hills with $375 in his pocket. “Dropping out of college my senior year, I headed for Hollywood with dreams of becoming a rock star. Instead, I wound up in a giant chicken costume, making clucking sounds, trying to lure customers into an El Pollo Loco fast-food restaurant. I got a small step up in the world with my next job as a chauffeur, driving strippers to work in a limo.” This says it all.
In high school, Brad was involved in tennis, basketball, debating, student government, and school musicals. His sense of style was apparent at an early age, as he was named ‘best dressed student’ by his peers.
William Bradley Pitt was born on December 18, 1963 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Brad’s parents, Bill and Jane, later moved the family to Springfield, Missouri where Bill worked in management at a trucking firm and Jane was a school councelor.