Brad Pitt: Snapshot

Name
Brad Pitt
Date of Birth
December 18, 1963
Birth Place
Shawnee, Okla.
Known for his rugged good looks (PEOPLE named him Sexiest Man Alive twice), Brad Pitt got his break as the hard-bodied scam artist in Thelma and Louise. But it was his riskier roles as the volatile Tyler Durden in Fight Club and the insane Jeffrey Goines in 12 Monkeys that earned him acclaim and an Oscar nod.

Having famously romanced many high-profile actresses, Pitt married Friends star Jennifer Aniston in 2000, but their union ended in 2005 and he quickly moved on with Mr. & Mrs. Smith costar Angelina Jolie.

The couple, who earned his-and-her lead actor Oscar nominations in 2009, attracted worldwide attention when Pitt adopted Jolie's two adopted children (Maddox and Zahara) and expanded their family with biological daughter Shiloh, adopted son Pax, and twins, a boy, Knox, and a girl, Vivienne. In 2012, the globetrotting parents announced their plans to marry. Two years later, Pitt scored his first Academy Award as a producer for Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave. On Aug. 23, the pair made it official, marrying in front of family at their home in France.

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Time Machine

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Brad Pitt: Five Fun Facts

  1. Toyota Altis ads featuring Brad Pitt were banned in Malaysia after the country's deputy information minister ruled that Pitt's handsome appearance may make Malaysian countrymen feel inferior. "Why must we use their faces in our advertisements?" asked Zainuddin Maidin to London's Guardian. "Aren't our own people handsome enough?"
  2. Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson almost rearranged Brad Pitt's pretty face. While dating Tyson's estranged wife Robin Givens in 1989, Pitt showed up at her house and found Tyson there waiting.
  3. Brad Pitt is a big fan of the MTV reality show Run's House, telling Esquire that the RUN-DMC vet is a "patriarch I can get behind."
  4. Melissa Etheridge has a thing for Brad Pitt's women. The singer has featured Juliette Lewis, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston in her music videos.
  5. Brad Pitt is also a huge fan of late musician Jeff Buckley, and appeared in a 2002 documentary about the alt-rock singer-songwriter, calling his interest "a bit of an obsession."

Brad Pitt: Biography

1969

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Singing his Praises

Even as a 6-year-old choirboy, Pitt turns heads during services at South Haven Baptist Church in his hometown of Springfield, Mo. "You couldn't keep from watching Brad because his face was so expressive," piano accompanist Connie Bilyeu tells PEOPLE. "He would move his little mouth so big with all the words that he attracted everyone's attention."

1987

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December

First Kiss

Pitt nabs a five-episode guest-starring role on the primetime soap ''Dallas''. He plays Randy, the boyfriend of Priscilla Presley's daughter. "It was real sweaty-palms time for me," he tells PEOPLE of his first smooching scene with actress Shalane McCall. "It was kind of wild, because I'd never even met her before."

1989

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Romance Behind the Scenes

After meeting 16-year-old Juliette Lewis on the set of the TV movie Too Young to Die, they begin dating. "We were trying to be Sid and Nancy or something," he says of the relationship, which quickly gets serious when they move into a funky L.A. home together. The two, who star as greasy serial killers in 1993's Kalifornia, break up in February of that year.

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Photo Credits

Top Left: Carlo Allegri/AP

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): splash news; Tracey Poirier/JPI

Edited by Julia Wang

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