Babel: About the Cast – Brad Pitt (Richard)
Starring roles in films such as TROY, FIGHT CLUB, MR. AND MRS. SMITH, SEVEN and TWELVE MONKEYS have made Brad Pitt one of the most prominent actors in the world. With his Plan B Productions, Pitt has also added producer to his credit.
Pitt will next star in THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD as Jesse James, directed by Andrew Dominik, scheduled for release in the fall.
Pitt’s role as the seductive hitchhiker in Ridley Scott’s controversial THELMA & LOUISE first brought him national attention. He then went on to star as the psychopathic serial killer in KALIFORNIA, the charismatic-but-doomed Paul Maclean in Robert Redford’s A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT, and the bloodsucking Louis in Neil Jordan’s INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE.
Pitt has been nominated twice for a Golden Globe Award — for his work as Tristan, the passionate, untamable brother in Tri-Star’s LEGENDS OF THE FALL and for his costarring role in Terry Gilliam’s TWELVE MONKEYS. Pitt won the award for his performance in the later.
Born in Shawnee, Oklahoma and growing up in Springfield, Missouri, Pitt attended the University of Missouri at Columbia where he majored in Journalism with a focus on advertising. Right before graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to study advertising and graphic design, but instead began to pursue an acting career, studying with Roy London. Soon thereafter, he began securing roles in various television projects, including the Fox series, “Glory Days,” HBO’s “The Image” and the critically acclaimed movie of the week, “Too Young To Die.
Pitt’s recent starring roles include Wolfgang Petersen’s TROY, which had a international box office of $481 Million; the hits OCEANS 11 and OCEANS 12 with an ensemble cast that included George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Matt Damon, directed by Steven Soderbergh and Universal’s SPY GAME in which he starred opposite Robert Redford, directed by Tony Scott. He also co-starred in DreamWorks’ THE MEXICAN with Julia Roberts and James Gandolfini for director Gore Verbinski and Guy Ritchie’s SNATCH. He appeared in cameo roles in Soderbergh’s FULL FRONTAL and Clooney’s CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND. Pitt also lent his voice as Sinbad in DreamWorks’ animated motion picture SINBAD: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS. His most recent starring role was as John Smith in Doug Liman’s MR. & MRS. SMITH opposite Angelina Jolie, which was one of 2005’s most successful films, garnering $428 Million worldwide.
Pitt has also starred in JOHNNY SUEDE, which won the 1992 Golden Leopard Award for Best Picture at the Locarno Film Festival, Ralph Bakshi’s COOL WORLD, Tony Scott’s TRUE ROMANCE, SLEEPERS, THE DEVIL’S OWN, Jean-Jacques Annaud’s SEVEN YEAR’S IN TIBET, Marty Brest’s MEET JOE BLACK, and FIGHT CLUB reuniting him with director David Fincher (SEVEN).
Pitt’s Plan B Productions has produced films including TROY and CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY starring Johnny Depp, directed by Tim Burton; and is currently in production on THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD, in which he stars, A MILLION LITTLE PIECES, THE DEPARTED and RUNNING WITH SCISSORS. For television, the company is codeveloping a miniseries adaptation of the Stephen Ambrose book about explorers Lewis and Clark for HBO among other projects.