As a Hollywood heartthrob, a dad of six and one half of the biggest celeb couples on the planet, Brad Pitt has crammed a lot into his fifty years.
The actor celebrates his milestone birthday today and while he may be the big 5-0 for many it feels like no time has passed since he first burst onto screens and melted hearts with his role as a hitchhiking cowboy in 1991’s Thelma & Louise.
With Brad separated from his fiancée Angelina Jolie for the past few weeks, who has been busy filming her new directorial project in Sydney, as he worked in England on new movie Fury, the actor will no doubt be looking forward to celebrating leaving his 40s behind.
Born in Oklahoma, the star studied journalism at university before kickstarting his acting career with bit roles in major US TV shows including four episodes of Dallas and the ABC sitcom Growing Pains.
It wasn’t until the age of 27 though that he shot to fame as Geena Davis’ sexy hitchhiker in beloved road movie Thelma & Louise.
The stunning pair came face to face on the set of action movie Mr & Mrs Smith in 2005, with both later admitting that they fell in love on set while playing the husband and wife assassins.
Brangelina was soon born and in January 2006 Angelina confirmed she was pregnant with the couple’s first child Shiloh. With twins Vivienne and Knox following as well as the couples’ adopted children Maddox, Pax and Zahara, Brad has been kept busy as a devoted father of six.
Away from family life the actor has barely stopped working, starring in memorable movies such as 12 Monkeys, Interview with the Vampire and as the enigmatic Tyler Durden in Fight Club.
He’s also starred opposite pals George Clooney and Matt Damon in the Oceans franchise and played everything from a bed hopping gladiator in Troy to a man who ages backwards in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
While he’s so far missed out on that elusive Oscar, the star has been nominated for four Academy Awards and picked up one Golden Globe out of five nods in his 25 year career.
Brad has also found success with his production company who’s latest output, this summer’s zombie thriller World War Z, has become the actor’s highest grossing film to date.
Working with Angelina, the actor has devoted himself to charity projects including the ONE campaign which aims to combat AIDS and poverty in the developing world as well as founding Not On Our Watch with his Oceans co-stars, an organisation that focuses global attention on stopping mass atrocities.
Pitt is also a supporter of same-sex marriage, declaring in a 2006 interview with Esquire that he would only marry Jolie, who he proposed to last year, when everyone in America is legally able to marry.
The actor has recently been hard at work on his new movie, WW2 epic Fury, shooting scenes in the English countryside over the past few months.
While he might be starring alongside younger counterparts like Shia LaBeouf in his new film, the actor recently told Ann Curry on the Today show that he has no problem with the ageing process:
“So far I haven’t minded a bit. So I have no complaints.”
Asked if he is “cool” with it, Brad said he hadn’t put much thought into turning 50 just yet.
“Cool? … I don’t know. We’ll see … I’m busy right now so I haven’t thought about it,” he laughed.