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Brad Pitt          

Actor, Producer & Philanthropist; Known for "Fight Club"

Brad Pitt is an American actor known for his roles in "Fight Club," "Troy," "World War Z," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "Mr. and Mrs. Smith." Pitt is also an acclaimed producer, having worked on "The Departed" and "12 Years a Slave," both of which won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Before he became successful in acting, Pitt supported himself as a chauffeur, a furniture mover, and a costumed mascot for the restaurant chain El Pollo Loco. In the late 1980s, Pitt started landing acting gigs on primetime series such as "Dallas," "Thirtysomething," "Growing Pains," and "Head of the Class." In 1988, he finally landed his first starring role in "The Dark Side of the Sun." However, as the film was being edited, civil war tore apart Yugoslavia, where location shooting was taking place. Most of the footage remained lost until 1998, when the film was finally released.

In 1991, Pitt finally got his big break in one of that year's biggest hits, "Thelma & Louise." He was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the 1995 film "Twelve Monkeys." In the same year, he was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 25 sexiest stars in film history. Pitt has also twice been named the Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine. In 1999, he starred in one of his most recognizable roles in the cult classic "Fight Club," based on a novel by Chuck Palahniuk.

Since then he has done numerous films, including "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," in which he starred in the title roles with Angelina Jolie, who became his wife (they are now divorced). In March 2006, it was announced that Paramount had purchased the rights to "The Sparrow" for Pitt's production company, Plan B, and that Pitt himself would be playing the lead role of Sandoz. In 2013, Pitt starred in "World War Z," an apocalyptic horror film about zombies.

Though reluctant to embrace celebrity status, the philanthropic Pitt has been an active supporter of research into diseases such as AIDS. Unlike many Hollywood celebrities, he has remained largely nonpartisan, working with members of both parties to help fight poverty, disease, and improve global environmental conditions. Along with U2 frontman Bono, Pitt has used his celebrity status to campaign for assistance to Africa.


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