Pitt was born in
, the son of Jane Etta (
William Alvin Pitt, a truck company owner.
Along with his brother Doug and sister Julie Neal, he grew up
, where the family moved soon after his birth. Pitt was raised a Baptist.
Kickapoo High School
, where he was involved in sports, debating, student government, and acting.
He attended the
Missouri School of Journalism
University of Missouri
. He is a member of the
Brad Pitt, who has been named
Sexiest Man Alive
In 1988, Pitt had his first starring role, in
The Dark Side of the Sun
, where he played a young American taken
by his family to the
to find a remedy for a skin condition. The movie was shot in
summer of 1988. However, with editing nearly complete, war broke out and much of the footage was lost;
the film was released years later.
Pitt was then cast in the television movie
Too Young to Die?
, about an
for murder. Pitt played the part of a drug addict, Billy Canton, who
took advantage of a runaway played by
In 1991, Pitt starred, along with Vera Martins, as Joe Maloney in