Look at the picture above and think ‘younger’, we are about to pull a ‘Benjamin Button’ of our own and take everyone back to the days of Brad Pitt’s youth. It will definitely be a delight to get to know a ‘young Brad Pitt’, and yes people we are digging into the past here, so sit tight.
Where It All Started
He didn’t 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 look into), he is a human like you and me. His is a story where the beginning certainly did not determine the end. William Bradley Pitt was born in Shawnee Oklahoma, on December 18, 1963. Though he was born in Oklahoma, he spent most of his childhood in Springfield, Missouri.
The actor described his hometown to ‘Inside The Actor’s Studio’ as ‘Mark Twain country, Jesse James country’ and he has the guns to prove it!
The Young Brad Pitt’s Family
When Brad was born, his parents lived life like every other family, his mother, Jane Etta (nee 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, he is in fact the oldest out of three children.
His siblings’ names are Douglas (Doug) and Julie Pitt and they are each three years apart.
Before we move on, just for the sake of clarity, the young Brad Pitt did not attend Springfield Elementary. In fact, we strongly doubt that his ‘Springfield’ is the same as the one portrayed in the popular animated sitcom, “The Simpsons’.
Now we’ve gotten 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 wasn’t raised in the ‘hood’, the actor simply acknowledged that it’s a rite of passage to inherit your ancestors’ guns in Missouri. We are still on the fence about this, but when in Rome…
Brad went on to attend Kickapoo High school (apparently you can name your school anything in Mark Twain country), the kids must have gotten a couple of laughs out of this. It didn’t stop the young Brad Pitt from participating in every extracurricular activity there was. He was a member of the tennis, golf, and swimming team and participated in school debates and musicals.
We know this is a little further down the road than his childhood, but if we are going to look at a young Brad Pitt, we might as well check out his life before fame and fortune. The actor graduated from high school in 1982, naturally, college was next on the list. He attended the University of Missouri and majored in Journalism with a focus on advertising.
Brad also had an active social life and participated in different activities, for instance, he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and even acted in some fraternity shows. 4 years later, with only two credits left to graduate and $325 in his pocket, he acted on a hunch and dropped out of college, en route Hollywood. Brad straight out lied to his parents, telling them he was going to attend art design school in Los Angeles.
This was one of the few times a lie paid off big time, OK, not really, but let’s just go with that for the sake of morality.
Brad Pitt Through The Eyes Of Others
Our Hollywood A-Lister was obviously born with charisma, piano accompanist Connie Bilyeu recalled as she told for People magazine, that during the services at South Haven Baptist Church, ‘You couldn’t keep from watching Brad because his face was so expressive, he would move his little mouth so big with all the words that he attracted everyone’s attention.’ Someone has always loved the spotlight.
His high school sweetheart, Kim Hubbard (nee Bell) told the daily mail, ”I think everybody knew he would be successful in whatever he would do. I just knew. He just had a personality that attracted people, he had leadership skills and he was sweet and kind’.
His present sweetheart, A-list actress, Angelina Jolie said on the topic of her famous husband, ‘[Brad] has expanded my life in ways I never imagined. We built a family. He is not just the love of my life, he is my family. I hold that very dear. I suppose what I’ve learned from Brad is to be able to have the kind of family whose happiness and well-being come before your own. I’m very very grateful to have such a loving family, and I wouldn’t have that without him.
Well, we hope the people we know have such positive feedback about us.