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40. born to be.

William Bradley Pitt (born December 18th, 1963) is the son of Jane Etta, a school counselor, and William Alvin Pitt, a truck company manager.

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39. Humble roots.

Before he became successful at acting, Pitt supported himself by driving strippers in limos, moving refrigerators and dressing as a giant chicken while working for “El Pollo Loco.”

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38. Sorry, George!

Pitt gained widespread attention with a small part in Thelma & Louise, where he played JD, a sexy criminal.  George Clooney had auditioned for the role of J.D. multiple times before it went to the relatively unknown Brad Pitt. For years, Clooney couldn’t bring himself to watch the film, joking in 2011 that he was still “upset.”

37. Good call.

Brad Pitt declined to act in American Psycho (2000) on the advice of his management. Apparently, the heartthrob’s fan base might not have responded too fondly to him slicing women with a chainsaw.

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36. Oh, Angelina…

In the stylish spy-versus-spy flick Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Brad and Nicole Kidman were initially cast as the happy couple, but Brad pulled out due to a lack of chemistry between himself and the flame-haired Australian. When he learned Angelina was to play the female lead, he signed on immediately.

35. Kicking some butt in the courtroom.

On July 18, 2001, Pitt sued Damiani International, the company that created the wedding ring he gave to Jennifer Aniston. According to Pitt, the ring was his design and was to be exclusive. The company has since been selling replicas and indicating Pitt/Aniston’s endorsement of the ring.

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34. A controversial switcheroo.

It was on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith that Pitt, who married Jennifer Aniston in a highly publicized ceremony in 2000, met his current partner Angelina Jolie. Pitt left Aniston for Jolie in 2005.

33. Sounds like restraining order time…

In 1999, a girl went to Pitt’s Hollywood-area home shortly after midnight and crawled in through an open window, dressed herself in his clothes and stayed for 10 hours before the alarm went off. Athena Rolando, 19, was ordered not to contact the actor and to stay 100 yards away from him for three years.

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