Brad Pitt, one of today's strongest and most versatile film actors, is also a successful film producer with his company Plan B Entertainment.

He was an Academy Award® nominee for his performances in Bennett Miller's MONEYBALL, David Fincher's THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON and Terry Gilliam's TWELVE MONKEYS, for which he won a Golden Globe Award. He was also a Golden Globe Award nominee for his performances in MONEYBALL, Edward Zwick's LEGENDS OF THE FALL and Alejandro González Iñárritu's BABEL.

Pitt recently wrapped WORLD WAR Z for Marc Forster. He starred in and produced the film. He was also a producer on MONEYBALL, which was released by Sony in spring 2011. He starred in and served as producer in Terrence Malick's TREE OF LIFE alongside Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain. This Plan B production won the Palme d'Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival as well as a Best Picture Academy Award nomination. Previously, Pitt starred in Quentin Tarantino's INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS as Lt. Aldo Raine. Prior to BASTERDS, Pitt appeared in Joel and Ethan Coen's comedy thriller BURN AFTER READING, which had its world premiere as the opening night attraction at the 2008 Venice International Film Festival. The previous year, he was named Best Actor at Venice for his portrayal of Jesse James in THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD directed by Andrew Dominik.

Opposite George Clooney, his BURN AFTER READING co-star, he also appeared in Steven Soderbergh's hits OCEAN'S ELEVEN, OCEAN'S TWELVE and OCEAN'S THIRTEEN. Born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, he grew up in Springfield, Missouri, and attended the University of Missouri at Columbia where he majored in Journalism. Right before graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to study graphic design, but instead began to pursue an acting career, studying with Roy London. Soon after, he began securing roles in television, including the series GLORY DAYS and the acclaimed telefilms THE IMAGE, directed by Peter Werner, and TOO YOUNG TO DIE, directed by Robert Markowitz.

It was Mr. Pitt's role in Ridley Scott's Academy Award®-winning THELMA AND LOUISE that first brought him national attention. He went on to star in Robert Redford's Academy Award®-winning A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT, Dominic Sena's KALIFORNIA and Neil Jordan's INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE. He has also starred in Tom DiCillo's JOHNNY SUEDE, which won the Golden Leopard Award for Best Picture at the 1991 Locarno International Film Festival; Ralph Bakshi's COOL WORLD, Tony Scott's TRUE ROMANCE, Barry Levinson's SLEEPERS, Alan J. Pakula's THE DEVIL'S OWN, Jean-Jacques Annaud's SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET, Martin Brest's MEET JOE BLACK and two previous David Fincher films SE7EN and FIGHT CLUB.

More recent films include Doug Liman's MR. AND MRS. SMITH which was one of 2005's biggest hits, Wolfgang Petersen's TROY, Patrick Gilmore and Tim Johnson's animated feature SINBAD: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS, Tony Scott's SPY GAME, Gore Verbinski's THE MEXICAN, Guy Ritchie's SNATCH, as well as cameo roles in Soderbergh's FULL FRONTAL, and Clooney's CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND.

Pitt's Plan B Entertainment develops and produces both film and television projects. Plan B has thus far produced such films as Martin Scorsese's THE DEPARTED, which won four Academy Awards® including Best Picture and Best Director, Michael Winterbottom's A MIGHTY HEART, for which Angelina Jolie received Golden Globe, Independent Spirit, Critics' Choice, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, Robert Schwentke's TIME TRAVELLERS WIFE, Rebecca Miller's THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE, Tim Burton's CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Ryan Murphy's RUNNING WITH SCISSORS, TROY, and THE ASSASINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD.

In 2010, the company released EAT PRAY LOVE, written/directed by Ryan Murphy and starring Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem, and James Franco, and KICKASS alongside MARV Films, starring Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moritz, and Nicholas Cage for Lionsgate. Plan B is currently in pre-production on Rupert Goold's TRUE STORY and Steve McQueen's TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE.


James Gandolfini has made his mark in a variety of roles in film, on the stage and in television. He is currently filming THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE starring opposite Steve Carrell and Jim Carrey. Next, he will be seen in TWYLIGHT ZONES, a film where he was reunited with David Chase for the big screen. Gandolfini finished a successful Broadway and Los Angeles run for the Tony Award-winning play GOD OF CARNAGE, which earned him a Tony nomination for Best Leading Actor. In 1992, Gandolfini made his Broadway debut in the revival of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE with Alec Baldwin and Jessica Lange.

His recent film credits include the Emmy-nominated HBO Film CINEMA VERITE, Geoffrey Fletcher's VIOLET AND DAISY, Spike Jonze's adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic children's story WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, Tony Scott's remake of THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123 and the independent feature IN THE LOOP.

His small screen credits include the HBO Documentary Films WARTORN and the Emmy-nominated ALIVE DAY MEMORIES: HOME FROM IRAQ, on which he served as executive producer. He also starred in the Emmy Award-winning HBO drama series "The Sopranos" portraying the series lead, Tony Soprano. His portrayal of the mob boss brought him three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series. He has also won four Screen Actors Guild Awards, including two for Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama Series and two shared with The Sopranos cast for Outstanding Ensemble Cast.

Gandolfini's other films include: ROMANCE AND CIGARETTES, LONELY HEARTS, ALL THE KING'S MEN, SURVIVING CHRISTMAS, THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE, THE LAST CASTLE, THE MEXICAN, 8MM, A CIVIL ACTION, THE MIGHTY, SHE'S SO LOVELY, FALLEN, NIGHT FALLS ON MANHATTAN, THE JUROR, GET SHORTY, CRIMSON TIDE, ANGIE and TRUE ROMANCE.


Academy Award nominated Richard Jenkins is one of the most in-demand character actors in Hollywood, having made over sixty feature films.

Jenkins received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his highly praised performance in director Tom McCarthy's THE VISITOR. The film premiered to critical acclaim at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival and the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Prix at the 34th Deauville Festival of American Film. Richard's performance as Walter Vale, a disillusioned Connecticut economics professor whose life is transformed by a chance encounter in New York City, made THE VISITOR the independent film hit of 2008 and also earned him Independent Spirit Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.

Jenkins has a number of films set for release in 2012. In April, he appeared in Sony Pictures' release of Lawrence Kasdan's DARLING COMPANION opposite Kevin Kline, Diane Keaton and Dianne Weist. This comedy-drama about a woman's search for her beloved dog in the Rocky Mountains will have its world premiere as the opening night film at the 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Earlier that month, he also appeared in Drew Goddard's highly anticipated horror thriller, THE CABIN IN THE WOODS. The film, also starring Chris Hemsworth and Bradley Whitford, is about five friends who vacation in a remote cabin in the woods and together must discover the truth surrounding the mysterious place. Lionsgate released on April 13, after opening the 2012 SXSW Film Festival.

Later in the year, Jenkins will star in Robert Redford's THE COMPANY YOU KEEP, opposite Redford, Nick Nolte, Shia LaBeouf and Susan Sarandon. In addition, he appears opposite Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen and Allison Janney in Radnor's film, LIBERAL ARTS, which premiered to rave reviews and a standing ovation at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. He recently completed production on Christopher McQuarrie's film, ONE SHOT, opposite Tom Cruise and Robert Duvall.

In 1997 Jenkins received an Independent Spirit Award nomination as Best Supporting Male for his performance in David O. Russell's comedy, FLIRTING WITH DISASTER, appearing with Ben Stiller, Tea Leoni, Josh Brolin and Lily Tomlin.

In 1986, Richard had his first starring film role in Oscar-winning writer Horton Foote's ON VALENTINE'S DAY. Numerous film roles followed, including George Miller's THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK, opposite Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon, Cher and Michelle Pfeiffer; Richard Benjamin's LITTLE NIKITA opposite River Phoenix and Sidney Poitier; SEA OF LOVE with Al Pacino and Ellen Barkin; Mike Nichols' WOLF, appearing again with Jack Nicholson; with Charlize Theron in 2005's NORTH COUNTRY; opposite Jim Carrey and again with Tea Leoni in the Judd Apatow comedy FUN WITH DICK & JANE; and in Peter Berg's 2007 film, THE KINGDOM.

More recent credits include Overture's LET ME IN, written and directed by Matt Reeves; Ryan Murphy's EAT, PRAY, LOVE alongside Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem; Will Gluck's FRIEND'S WITH BENEFITS opposite Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis; Lasse Hallstrom's DEAR JOHN, based on the Nicholas Sparks novel; the Coen Brothers' BURN AFTER READING, with George Clooney, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich and Frances McDormand (his third collaboration with the writing / directing duo); and Adam McKay's hit comedy, STEP BROTHERS, alongside Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Mary Steenburgen.

Over the years Richard Jenkins has worked with such esteemed filmmakers as Clint Eastwood in ABSOLUTE POWER; the Farrelly Brothers in THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY, ME, MYSELF & IRENE and HALL PASS; and Sydney Pollack in RANDOM HEARTS opposite Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas.

In 2001, Jenkins began collaboration with Joel and Ethan Coen when he appeared with Billy Bob Thornton, James Gandolfini and Scarlett Johansson in THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE. He went on to work again with the Coen Brothers in 2003's INTOLERABLE CRUELTY opposite George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

On television, Jenkins is best remembered as Nathaniel Fisher, the deceased patriarch of the Fisher family on HBO's immensely successful drama, "Six Feet Under." His occasional appearances as the heart of this often-dysfunctional family help earned the cast a Screen Actors Guild nomination in 2002 for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. He also appeared in numerous made-for-television films, including SINS OF THE FATHER and the Emmy-winning HBO film, AND THE BAND PLAYED ON.

In theater, Richard has amassed an impressive list of credits as a company member for 14 years at Rhode Island's Trinity Repertory Company and served an additional 4 years as its Artistic Director.


With more than 60 feature films to his credit, Ray Liotta has chosen diverse and challenging roles in both comedies and drama. Liotta started his career with a Golden Globe nominated performance in Jonathan Demme's SOMETHING WILD and followed this playing the title character of Eugene opposite Tom Hulce in DOMINIC AND EUGENE, and then the iconic role of Shoeless Joe Jackson in the Oscar-nominated, FIELD OF DREAMS.

But perhaps the film that brought Liotta his most widespread acclaim was his portrayal of real-life mobster Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese's GOODFELLAS starring opposite Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. His performance helped the film earn a Best Picture Academy Award nomination and solidified Liotta's status with critics and the public alike.

Liotta continued to create notable performances in films like COPLAND opposite Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel for director James Mangold, HANNIBAL opposite Anthony Hopkins for director Ridley Scott, HEARTBREAKERS with Sigourney Weaver, and BLOW opposite Johnny Depp. Liotta then produced and starred in the intense cop drama NARC for director Joe Carnahan. The film received critical acclaim, and earned Liotta an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his searing performance as 'Henry Oak'.

Liotta will next be seen in THE DETAILS opposite Tobey Maguire, for The Weinstein Company. Also completed is a co-starring role opposite Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper in THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES directed by Derkek Cianfrance. Liotta also recently shot a fun cameo in the Judd Apatow production of WANDERLUST with Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston.

Other recent films include SON OF NO ONE opposite Al Pacino and Channing Tatum, DATE NIGHT opposite Tina Fey and Steve Carell, OBSERVE AND REPORT opposite Seth Rogen, YOUTH IN REVOLT opposite Michael Sera, WILD HOGS opposite Tim Allen and John Travolta, and SMOKIN' ACES opposite Ryan Reynolds which would reunite him with director Joe Carnahan. Liotta made a guest appearance on the television drama ER, which ignited the series ratings and was the most talked-about episode earning him an Emmy Award win for Best Guest Actor. Also on television, Liotta starred in HBO'S THE RAT PACK, playing Frank Sinatra. His portrayal would earn Liotta a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Best Actor.

For his 2004 Broadway debut opposite Frank Langella in Stephen Belber's MATCH, Liotta received a Distinguished Performance honor at the 70th Annual Drama League Awards.

A New Jersey native, Liotta began acting while a student at the University of Miami. He now resides in Los Angeles, California.

Three dumb guys who think they're smart rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. Brad Pitt plays the enforcer hired to track them down and restore order. KILLING THEM SOFTLY also features Richard Jenkins (THE VISITOR), James Gandolfini ("The Sopranos"), Ray Liotta (NARC), Scoot McNairy (MONSTERS), Ben Mendelsohn (ANIMAL KINGDOM), and Vincent Curatola ("The Sopranos"). Max Casella, Trevor Long, Slaine and Sam Shepard also make appearances.

KILLING THEM SOFTLY is written for the screen and directed by Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), and is based on the George V. Higgins novel, "Cogan's Trade." Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz, and Anthony Katagas produced the film, with Roger Schwartz, Matthew Budman, Will French, and Douglas Saylor Jr. serving as co-producers. Director of photography Greig Fraser, and production and costume designer Patricia Norris led the creative behind-the-camera team. Casting for KILLING THEM SOFTLY was handled by Francine Maisler, and Brian A. Kates, A.C.E., served as editor. Executive producers are Megan Ellison, Marc Butan, Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Adi Shankar and Spencer Silna.

The Weinstein Company and Inferno present a Plan B Entertainment Production in association with Annapurna Pictures and 1984 Private Defense Contractors of KILLING THEM SOFTLY. The film is distributed domestically by The Weinstein Company, and Inferno is representing international sales.


Scoot McNairy is an actor and producer. He was nominated for Best Actor at the 2010 British Independent Film Awards for his work in the critically acclaimed film MONSTERS from director Gareth Edwards. Other prestigious nominees included Colin Firth and Jim Broadbent. His film IN SEARCH FOR A MIDNIGHT KISS, which he both starred in and produced, won the John Cassavetes award at the 2009 Independent Spirit Awards.

Most recently Scoot starred in the upcoming Ben Affleck directed ARGO starring Bryan Cranston, Ben Affleck, and John Goodman. Next he is filming a co-starring role in Kathryn Bigelow's UNTITLED INTERNATIONAL THRILLER, her much anticipated follow up to her Oscar winning THE HURT LOCKER.

His film THE OFF HOURS premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Scoot also starred in ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL from director Terry Zwigoff and opposite John Malkovich. He has also appeared on TV on many hit shows such as SIX FEET UNDER, BONES, MY NAME IS EARL, THE SHIELD, and HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER.

Scoot and his longtime friend and Manager John Pierce formed The Group Films. Currently The Group Films is in production on FRANK AND CINDY, the theatrical adaption of the award-winning documentary of the same name, starring Rene Russo. Filming of FRANK AND CINDY is slated for September 2012.


Ben Mendelsohn is widely recognized as one of Australia's most outstanding actors. Ben is currently filming Derek Cianfrance's THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES with Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper and will soon resume shooting Christopher Nolan's THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, opposite Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway as well as Gary McKendry's action thriller THE KILLER ELITE, with Clive Owen, Jason Statham and Robert de Niro.

In 2010, Ben starred opposite Guy Pearce in David Michod's highly acclaimed feature ANIMAL KINGDOM (winner of the Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Jury Prize). His performance in the film earned him both of Australia's top awards - an AFI Award and an IF Award for Best Lead Actor.

His other recent work includes Rachel Ward's feature debut BEAUTIFUL KATE alongside Rachel Griffiths (for which he received an AFI Award nomination for Best Lead Actor), David Caesar's PRIME MOVER, Alex Proyas' KNOWING starring Nicholas Cage and Rose Byrne and Baz Luhrmann's AUSTRALIA.

Ben's other credits include VERTICAL LIMIT, BLACK AND WHITE, MULLETT, COSI, IDIOT BOX, METAL SKIN, SPOTSWOOD, THE BIG STEAL, THE YEAR MY VOICE BROKE and Terrence Malick's THE NEW WORLD.

Ben has received multiple nominations for his role as 'Lewis' in "Love My Way" (including a Logie nomination for Most Outstanding Actor and an AFI nomination for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama) and he has played guest lead roles in some of Australia's most acclaimed television productions including "Halifax F.P.," "GP," "Police Rescue," "The Secret Life of Us" and "Tangle." For his role in "Tangle," Ben won the 2010 ASTRA award for Most Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor and was nominated for the 2010 Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Actor.

Over the years, Ben has devoted a substantial amount of time to theatre including the roles of 'Mark Anthony' in JULIUS CAESAR and 'Tom' in THE GLASS MENAGERIE for STC. His other theatre credits include 'Paul Peplow' in MY ZINC BED, 'Lewis' in COSI for Belvoir Street Theatre and 'Andy Pettigrew' in THE SELECTION FOR MTC.


I saw THE FRIENDS OF EDDY COYLE on television and was immediately struck by the realism of the characters, situations and dialogue. I looked up George V Higgins on the internet and discovered that he had been a prosecuting attorney in Boston for 20 years, and at this point I got interested... here was a person who knew what he was writing about, had written another 20 novels, all of which, it seemed, were now out of print. Knowing Hollywood logic, the powers that be would have written Higgins off after THE FRIENDS OF EDDY COYLE failed to make a splash at the box-office, and here was a potentially untapped treasure trove of material. I ordered about ten of the books from second-hand booksellers and read them as they arrived in my mailbox. "Cogan's Trade" was the third one in line, and it seemed immediately suitable for filmic treatment: great characters, great dialogue and very simple plot.

I originally imagined the film as a drama but as I got into it, it struck me that this was a story of an economic crisis; a crisis in a criminal economy supported by gambling, and the problem was caused by a failure to regulate. In other words: a microcosm of the larger story unfolding in America at the time.

And then I started thinking about "Red Alert", the book that was both the basis of FAILSAFE, a worthy but forgettable drama about a nuclear accident, and DR. STRANGELOVE, which was a comedic treatment of exactly the same plot. Kubrick gave us an opportunity to laugh at our fears, and I began to think that maybe I could provide a way for people to laugh at the economic crisis that brought the world to the brink of disaster.

I've always felt that crime dramas are essentially about capitalism, since they show the capitalist idea functioning in its most base form. It's also the only genre where it's completely acceptable that the characters are motivated only by a desire for money. None of this 'family values,' 'follow your dream,' moral compass bullshit.

I saw a film populated by people in pursuit of a buck, who had absolutely no idea how unhappy they were, who found their jobs to be a total drag, who were victim to indecisive, incompetent bosses, anesthetizing themselves with drugs, sex, and alcohol, who never want to look their victims in the eye, and I thought: this has to be a comedy.

I contacted Brad and explained the basic idea by text; I was trying to gauge his interest before I moved on. I assumed at the time that he had bigger fish to fry and wouldn't be interested in doing a modestly budgeted movie on such short notice, but he responded immediately and 45 minutes later he had not only agreed to do it, but we had a deal hammered out. All that was left to do was notify the agents, call Dede (Gardner), and choose a financier. I actually had one at the time, but this budget for a Brad Pitt movie seemed too good to be true, so he pulled out. Hollywood is a crazy town, and if you try and do someone a favor there, they are likely to run away screaming.

The rest was pretty straightforward. We wanted to shoot a collapsed economy in a state that offered the best rebates. New Orleans seemed more practical than Detroit, so we hired as many of the key principals from THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD as we could, and the best actors who were available, and went there and made a movie. The result is KILLING THEM SOFTLY.




I loved the script from the first word. It is a script that has a deep reservoir of love for what people say and how they say it. Andrew is only interested in rendering people as they really sound, as they really speak. One would be surprised at what a sense of relief this inspires.

Working with this group of actors was like going to a reunion you actually want to attend – it was old home week and yet, full of discovery.

Reuniting with Patti (Norris) was a joy and also a very private and treasured nod to our experience on THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD. Having Patti with us was obviously a boon to the film, and she came up the saviour time and time again. The fact that Andrew and I even had this opportunity was a surprise – you make JESSE JAMES and you think you will never work again and then the world saysotherwise. It's worth a smile at the least.

We were both enormous fans of Greig Fraser's work. Andrew knew him from Australia and they knew many people in common. He's fearless and a madman and awesome. He stepped into a group of people who knew each other and raised the bar yet again. What more can you ask?

I believe with every fiber of my being that Andrew is one of the great filmmakers working today. I know this in my bones. Maybe the world agrees in our lifetimes and maybe it does not, but for me, working with Andrew gives definition to what I have chosen to do for a living, to produce. He is a joy – complicated, nonsensical, hilarious, profound – and he is always only about the film. The fact that in the wake of this there is a friendship I cherish is icing on the cake. What I know above all else is that I feel lucky, I have learned and I feel proud. We are older and we are wiser, and we love each other more than we did. What more could one ask of a relationship with another human being?

I think the work speaks for itself. If I learned one thing from Terry (Malick), it's that you already know what you think. What matters is what someone new thinks. That's when what you do, what you have done, is open ended and that's the only reason to keep doing it.


Brad Pitt, one of today's strongest and most versatile film actors, is also a successful film producer with his company Plan B Entertainment.

He was an Academy Award® nominee for his performances in Bennett Miller's MONEYBALL, David Fincher's THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON and Terry Gilliam's TWELVE MONKEYS, for which he won a Golden Globe Award. He was also a Golden Globe Award nominee for his performances in MONEYBALL, Edward Zwick's LEGENDS OF THE FALL and Alejandro González Iñárritu's BABEL.

Pitt recently wrapped WORLD WAR Z for Marc Forster. He starred in and produced the film. He was also a producer on MONEYBALL, which was released by Sony in spring 2011. He starred in and served as producer in Terrence Malick's TREE OF LIFE alongside Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain. This Plan B production won the Palme d'Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival as well as a Best Picture Academy Award nomination. Previously, Pitt starred in Quentin Tarantino's INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS as Lt. Aldo Raine. Prior to BASTERDS, Pitt appeared in Joel and Ethan Coen's comedy thriller BURN AFTER READING, which had its world premiere as the opening night attraction at the 2008 Venice International Film Festival. The previous year, he was named Best Actor at Venice for his portrayal of Jesse James in THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD directed by Andrew Dominik.

Opposite George Clooney, his BURN AFTER READING co-star, he also appeared in Steven Soderbergh's hits OCEAN'S ELEVEN, OCEAN'S TWELVE and OCEAN'S THIRTEEN. Born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, he grew up in Springfield, Missouri, and attended the University of Missouri at Columbia where he majored in Journalism. Right before graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to study graphic design, but instead began to pursue an acting career, studying with Roy London. Soon after, he began securing roles in television, including the series GLORY DAYS and the acclaimed telefilms THE IMAGE, directed by Peter Werner, and TOO YOUNG TO DIE, directed by Robert Markowitz.

It was Mr. Pitt's role in Ridley Scott's Academy Award®-winning THELMA AND LOUISE that first brought him national attention. He went on to star in Robert Redford's Academy Award®-winning A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT, Dominic Sena's KALIFORNIA and Neil Jordan's INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE. He has also starred in Tom DiCillo's JOHNNY SUEDE, which won the Golden Leopard Award for Best Picture at the 1991 Locarno International Film Festival; Ralph Bakshi's COOL WORLD, Tony Scott's TRUE ROMANCE, Barry Levinson's SLEEPERS, Alan J. Pakula's THE DEVIL'S OWN, Jean-Jacques Annaud's SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET, Martin Brest's MEET JOE BLACK and two previous David Fincher films SE7EN and FIGHT CLUB.

More recent films include Doug Liman's MR. AND MRS. SMITH which was one of 2005's biggest hits, Wolfgang Petersen's TROY, Patrick Gilmore and Tim Johnson's animated feature SINBAD: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS, Tony Scott's SPY GAME, Gore Verbinski's THE MEXICAN, Guy Ritchie's SNATCH, as well as cameo roles in Soderbergh's FULL FRONTAL, and Clooney's CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND.

Pitt's Plan B Entertainment develops and produces both film and television projects. Plan B has thus far produced such films as Martin Scorsese's THE DEPARTED, which won four Academy Awards® including Best Picture and Best Director, Michael Winterbottom's A MIGHTY HEART, for which Angelina Jolie received Golden Globe, Independent Spirit, Critics' Choice, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, Robert Schwentke's TIME TRAVELLERS WIFE, Rebecca Miller's THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE, Tim Burton's CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Ryan Murphy's RUNNING WITH SCISSORS, TROY, and THE ASSASINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD.

In 2010, the company released EAT PRAY LOVE, written/directed by Ryan Murphy and starring Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem, and James Franco, and KICKASS alongside MARV Films, starring Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moritz, and Nicholas Cage for Lionsgate. Plan B is currently in pre-production on Rupert Goold's TRUE STORY and Steve McQueen's TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE.


Cogan's Trade is the top-notch crime novel rated by the New Yorker as the "best" from "the Balzac of the Boston underworld." Crackling dialogue, mordant humor, and unremitting tension drive the suspenseful stakes of the game higher in Boston's precarious underworld of small-time mobsters, crooked lawyers, and political gofers as George V. Higgins, the writer who boiled crime fiction harder, tracks Jackie Cogan's career in a gangland version of law and order. For Cogan is an enforcer; and when the Mob's rules get broken, he gets hired to ply his trade—murder. In the gritty, tough-talking pages of Higgins's 1974 national best-seller, Cogan is called in when a high-stake card game under the protection of the Mob is heisted. Expertly, with a ruthless businessman's efficiency, a shrewd sense of other people's weaknesses, and a style as cold as his stare, Cogan moves with reliable precision to restore the status quo as ill-conceived capers and double-dealing shenanigans erupt into high-voltage violence.

"Higgins writes about the world of crime with an authenticity that is unmatched."
    — Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post