Look at the picture above and think ‘younger’, we are about to pull a ‘Benjamin Button’ and bring everyone back to the time of Brad Pitt’s youth. It will definitely be a pleasure to meet a ‘young Brad Pitt’, and yes, folks, we are digging in the past here, so wait and see.
Where It All Started
He did not fall from the sky, he is not the son of a mortal woman and an Olympian (although that is a theory we are willing to explore), he is a human being like you and me. His is a story in which the beginning certainly did not determine the end. William Bradley Pitt was born on December 18, 1963, in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Although he was born in Oklahoma, he spent most of his childhood in Springfield, Missouri.
The actor described his home town to ‘Inside The Actor’s Studio’ as ‘Mark Twain country, Jesse James country’ and he has the weapons to prove it!
The Young Brad Pitt’s Family
When Brad was born, his parents lived a life like any other family, his mother, Jane Etta (née Hillhouse) was a school counselor and his father, William (Bill) Pitt, was part of the management of a truck company in Springfield. Brad is not an only child, in fact, he is the oldest of three children.
His siblings are named Douglas (Doug) and Julie Pitt and are three years apart.
Before we continue, just for the sake of clarity, young Brad Pitt did not attend Springfield Elementary. In fact, we strongly doubt that his ‘Springfield’ is the same as the one depicted in the popular animated sitcom “The Simpsons”.
Now we’ve got that out of the way, Brad attended Horace Mann Elementary, surprisingly, it was at this stage of his life that he owned his first gun. No, the actor was not raised in the ‘Hood’, the actor simply acknowledged that it is a rite of passage to inherit the weapons of his ancestors in Missouri. We’re still undecided about that, but when we were in Rome…
Brad attended Kickapoo High School (apparently you can call his school in Mark Twain Land anything), the kids must have had a few laughs. That didn’t stop young Brad Pitt from taking part in every extracurricular activity there was. He was a member of the tennis, golf and swimming team and took part in school debates and musicals.
We know that this is a little further away than his childhood, but if we want to look at a young Brad Pitt, we might as well examine his life of fame and fortune. The actor graduated from high school in 1982, of course, the college was next on the list. He attended the University of Missouri and studied journalism with a focus on advertising.
Brad also had an active social life and participated in various activities, for example, he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and even starred in some fraternity shows. Four years later, with only two credits left until graduation and $325 in his pocket, he acted on a hunch and dropped out of college on his way to Hollywood. Brad lied to his parents when he told them he was going to art design school in Los Angeles.
That was one of the few times a lie paid off great, OK, not really, but let’s leave it at that for morale’s sake.
Brad Through The Eyes Of Others
Our Hollywood A-lister was obviously born with charisma, piano accompanist Connie Bilyeu remembered when she told for People magazine that during services at South Haven Baptist Church: “You couldn’t help but notice Brad because his face was so expressive, he moved his little mouth so big with all the words that he caught everyone’s attention. Someone has always loved the spotlight.
His high school sweetheart Kim Hubbard (née Bell) told the newspaper: “I think everyone knew he was going to be successful in everything he did. I just knew it. He just had a personality that attracted people, he had leadership qualities and he was sweet and kind.
His current sweetheart, A-list actress Angelina Jolie, said on the subject of her famous husband: “[Brad] has expanded my life in ways I could never have imagined. We have started a family. He’s not just the love of my life, he’s my family. This is very close to my heart. I guess what I learned from Brad is that you have to be able to have a family whose happiness and well-being comes before your own. I am very, very grateful to have such a loving family, and I wouldn’t have without him.