If I had to make a list of the best actors of our time Brad Pitt would definitely be among the first. Born on December 18, 1963, Pitt’s acting career started in television but he very quickly moved to the big screen, where, luckily for us, he found his true calling. His first memorable performance was in Legends of the Fall (1994), in which he played Tristan Ludlow. From there his career took off and he soon became one of the most appreciated and well-known actors in Hollywood, not for his pretty face but for his superb acting skills.
What I like most about Pitt is that he has never restricted himself to one type of character. In fact, he is perhaps one of the most versatile actors today. Take for example his transition from Fight Club (1999), where he played the aggressive, crazy Tyler Durden, to Seven (1995), where he played Mills, a morally tormented cop. One of his best known parts is probably from Troy (2004), where he played Achilles (although I would not classify this as one of the greatest films of our time). He also did some what seems to me as just-for-fun parts like John in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005). This was also the set where he met, fell in love with, and married Angelina Jolie. Speaking of fun characters, let’s not forget Pitt’s adorable accents and great supporting roles in Snatch (2000), where he played Mickey O’Neil, and Lieutenant Aldo in Inglorious Bastards (2009). It would be impossible to recount all the films Pitt was an essential part of. But I wouldn’t be doing him justice unless I give special notice for his role as Jeffrey Goines in 12 Monkeys (1995), Richard in Babel (2006), and most of all Heinrich Harrer in Seven Years in Tibet (1997), in which he gave one of the most moving and authentic performances I’ve ever seen.
Pitt’s versatility does not stop on the screen. It is exciting to see how he experiments with the role of the producer (i.e. 12 Years a Slave), even though he still can’t resist the urge of making an appearance, short as it may be. This is, of course, great news for us, since we can now look forward to seeing more aspects of his talent.
Unsurprisingly, Pitt’s sophisticated and various acting skills won him several awards, including the Golden Globe (12 Monkeys) and the Screen Actors Guild Award (Inglorious Bastards). Unfortunately, though he was nominated several times he has yet to win an Academy Award for Best Actor (not counting 12 Years a Slave that won him the Academy Award for Best Picture). But I’m not too worried. After all, he is one of the greatest actors of our day, and I’m sure the best is yet to come.