“I phoned my grandparents and my grandfather said ‘We saw your movie.’ ‘Which one?’ I said. He shouted ‘Betty, what was the name of that movie I didn’t like?” – Brad Pitt
William Bradley (Brad) Pitt, an actor and Academy-award-winning producer, celebrates his birthday on December 18. His acting success has roots in his debating experience in high school. Speaking in pubic is not easy, but it is a good way to immediately judge an audience’s response. In acting, timing is as important as words.
Pitt attended Kickapoo High School, where he was a member of the golf, swimming and tennis teams. He participated in the school's Key and Forensics clubs, in school debates, and in musicals. Following his graduation from high school, Pitt enrolled in the University of Missouri in 1982, majoring in journalism with a focus on advertising. As graduation approached, Pitt did not feel ready to settle down. He loved films—"a portal into different worlds for me"—and, since films were not made in Missouri, he decided to go to where they were made. Two weeks before earning his degree, Pitt left the university and moved to Los Angeles, where he took acting lessons and worked odd jobs. (Wikipedia)
His big break came after a few television roles and a horror film when he was featured in more serious films such as Legends of the Fall and A River Runs through It. The rest is Hollywood history.
Not content to act only before an audience, he has used his name and fame to highlight causes he believes should be recognized. He visited more than 100 HIV-affected orphans in South Africa, highlighting their plight. He met with South Africa’s Nelson Mandela in support of his presidential campaign. He has been to Ethiopia to support a lobby group co-founded by Bono of the musical group U2. His interest in museums is well-known, and he donated significant funds to a children's learning museum in Springfield, Missouri, his hometown. After Hurricane Katrina, he founded the Make It Right Foundation and made a $5 million donation that helped to rebuild New Orleans.
Rather than simply writing checks, Pitt is a hands-on humanitarian; when he speaks, the world listens.
Additionally, Brad Pitt’s Plan B production company is teaming with Annapurna Pictures and Macro Ventures to finance, produce and distribute national college champion debater, Ryan Wash. Wash from Kansas City won two historic national debating championships.
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