brad pitt celebrated his second Oscar win thanks to his role as a stuntman in the Quentin Tarantino “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” movie. Although he previously won Best Picture for producing ’12 Years a Slave’ (2013), the Best Supporting Actor trophy was his first for the game, despite three previous nominations (plus two additional in Picture).
He could easily have become just another Hollywood pretty face – a romantic flash or an action star. However, Pitt studied acting and rose through the ranks to become one of the most versatile and recognized actors in the industry, as well as one of the most influential as the owner of an award-winning production company. to success.
Born in Oklahoma, he grew up in Springfield, MO, where he participated in a variety of sports and activities in high school, and went to college majoring in journalism. However, the hustle and love of cinema prompted him to move to Los Angeles.
Despite his all-American good looks, Pitt was not a star when he arrived in Tinseltown. Throughout the late 1980s, he worked odd jobs playing many uncredited and minor film and television roles. In 1990, he received positive reviews for the made-for-TV movie “Too Young to Die”, in which he played the slimy, drug-addicted boyfriend of a vulnerable young man. Juliet Lewis. Then, in the early 1990s, despite some poor career decisions, he also made a few choices that helped propel him to stardom, endearing himself to critics and audiences alike.
In 1991, Pitt appeared in the blockbuster “Thelma and Louise” in a small role which he made one of the most memorable parts of the film. During this same period, he starred in two films which are widely considered his worst – ‘Johnny Suede’ (1991) and ‘Cool World’ (1992). These two failed so badly they could have derailed his career; however, he proved he could handle meatier roles with “A River Runs Through It” (1992) and could hold his own with blockbusters like Tom Cruise in “An Interview with a Vampire” (1994), and Pitt gradually became one of the most critical and commercial actors of his generation.
Over the past 30 years, Pitt has established himself as a versatile actor, as adept at playing the lead role as he is at playing the supporting character. It has made its presence known in every genre of film, from action thrillers to epics, romantic comedy to dark comedy, historical dramas to futuristic science fiction. In 2001, he co-founded Plan B Entertainment with his then wife Jennifer Aniston and brad graybecoming the sole owner in 2005.
Pitt is also well known as a political and humanitarian activist. He is involved in several causes and is a co-founder of Not On Our Watch, which aims to stop “mass atrocities”. An interest in architecture led him to study the craft and found the Make It Right Foundation in 2006, which helped build new, sustainable and affordable homes in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina. . That same year, he and Angelina Jolie created the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, which helps humanitarian causes around the world.
With his varied interests, talent and business acumen, Pitt has one of the most diverse and impressive resumes in the industry today. Although he won an Oscar as a producer, the coveted statue eluded him in the acting categories despite several strong performances and three nominations for ‘Twelve Monkeys’, ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ and ‘Moneyball’. . That all changed thanks to “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” which earned him trophies at the Golden Globes, Critics Choice, SAG and BAFTA en route to the Oscars.
So celebrate Pitt’s career by visiting our photo gallery of his 26 greatest films, ranked from worst to best.