Brad Pitt may look and sound like a "Generation X" slacker, but he has worked hard for most of his adult life. Pitt studied journalism at the University of Missouri, then launched his performing career with such unprepossessing jobs as a chicken-costumed restaurant mascot. After attracting attention as a magazine-ad model for Levi's, Pitt made his TV debut in Dallas and his film bow in Cutting Class (1989). His first film role of note was as the hitchiker in Thelma and Louise (1991). Since that time, Pitt has exhibited a range above and beyond his "Hey dude" demeanor in such films as A River Runs Through It (1993), True Romance (1993), Interview with the Vampire (1994), and Legends of the Fall (1994).
- Dropped out of college two weeks shy of graduation.
- Moved to Los Angeles in 1986 with $325 to his name and landed his first acting job (in an industrial-training film) within a week.
- Slept on Melissa Etheridge's couch when he first arrived in L.A.
- Worked as a limo driver, handed out cigarette samples and dressed up as a giant chicken for a fast-food restaurant while waiting for his big break.
- Unhappy with his audition for A River Runs Through It, he filmed a scene with pal Dermot Mulroney that featured Melissa Etheridge performing the background music.
- Donated $120,000 to the Discovery Center (a children's museum) in Springfield, MO, in 1996.