William Bradley Pitt is born in Shawnee, Oklahoma to a devout Baptist household. His father William Alvin Pitt manages a trucking company, and his mother Jane Etta (née Hillhouse) works as a school counselor. The eldest of three children, he has a brother named Doug and a sister named Julie. Soon after his birth, his family moves to different towns in Missouri and settles in Springfield, where he attends Kickapoo High School.
My father came from a very poor background, but I was very fortunate in the sense that we were never in need. He wanted to give us more opportunity than he had, a better shot at a better life. He did that for us. I had a very supportive family environment that gave me room to explore and discover things about myself.