Chris Pratt

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Chris Pratt
Chris Pratt - Guardians of the Galaxy premiere - July 2014 (cropped).jpg
Pratt at the Guardians of the Galaxy premiere in July 2014
Born Christopher Michael Pratt
(1979-06-21) June 21, 1979 (age 35)
Virginia, Minnesota, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Anna Faris (m. 2009)
Children 1

Christopher Michael "Chris" Pratt (born June 21, 1979)[1] is an American actor. He is known for television roles, including Bright Abbott in Everwood (2002–2006), and Andy Dwyer in Parks and Recreation since 2009, as well as for his film performances as Scott Hatteberg in Moneyball (2011), U.S. Navy SEAL Justin in Zero Dark Thirty (2012), Paul in Her (2013), Brett in Delivery Man (2013) and as Peter Quill / Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). He also provided the voice of Emmet Brickowski in the 2014 computer animated film The Lego Movie.

Early life[edit]

Pratt was born in Virginia, Minnesota, the son of Kathy (née Indahl), who worked at a supermarket, and Dan Pratt (deceased), who worked in gold mining and later remodeling houses and also chain smoked leading to his death.[2][3][4] He was raised in Lake Stevens, Washington, where he placed fifth in a state wrestling tournament as a high school student.[5]

Pratt dropped out of college after a single semester, and after working as a coupon salesman and a day time stripper, he ended up homeless in Maui, sleeping in a tent on the beach. Pratt told The Independent, "It's a pretty awesome place to be homeless. We just drank and smoked weed and worked minimal hours, just enough to cover gas, food, and fishing supplies."[6]

Career[edit]

Pratt was waiting tables at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company restaurant in Maui, Hawaii, when he was discovered by actor-director Rae Dawn Chong; she cast him in the horror film Cursed Part 3.[1][7] Pratt's first regular television role was on the series Everwood, where he co-starred as Harold Brighton "Bright" Abbott.[8] After Everwood's cancellation, Pratt joined the cast of The O.C. for its fourth season, playing Ché, an activist.[7] He also had an appearance in the action film Wanted. He read for the lead role of Captain James T. Kirk in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek, which eventually went to Chris Pine.[7]

Pratt has portrayed the dimwitted but lovable Andy Dwyer in NBC's Parks and Recreation since 2009. Originally meant to be a temporary character, Pratt proved to be so likable that producers asked him back as a series regular. This led to his character being written much more sympathetically at the start of season two.[9] He portrayed Scott Hatteberg in the film Moneyball. Prior to the release of Moneyball, Pratt was typecast as youthful and somewhat immature characters. In Moneyball, he had the opportunity to play a father as well as a dejected baseball player who once feared his career was over, and who had the difficult task of learning an entirely new defensive position. Pratt says he believes he lost 30 pounds for the role.[10]

In February 2013, Pratt was cast in the lead role of Peter Quill in Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy, which was released in 2014.[11] In November 2013, he revealed that he has signed a multi-film deal with Marvel.[12] On March 28, 2014, Pratt won the CinemaCon Award for Breakthrough Performer, for his highly anticipated work in Guardians of the Galaxy.[13] In November 2013, he replaced Josh Brolin for the film Jurassic World and was in early negotiations for the lead role.[14][15] Ron Howard tweeted in January 2014 that Pratt had a starring role in the film,[16] which Pratt later confirmed.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Pratt married actress Anna Faris in Bali on July 9, 2009.[18] They have a son named Jack (born 2012).[19]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Cursed Part 3 Devon Short film
2003 The Extreme Team Keenan
2005 Strangers with Candy Brason
2005 Path of Destruction Nathan McCain Television film
2007 Walk the Talk Cam
2008 Wieners Bobby
2008 Wanted Barry
2009 Bride Wars Fletcher
2009 Deep in the Valley Lester Watts
2009 Jennifer's Body Roman Duda
2011 Take Me Home Tonight Kyle Masterson
2011 Moneyball Scott Hatteberg
2011 What's Your Number? Disgusting Donald
2011 10 Years Cully
2012 Five-Year Engagement, TheThe Five-Year Engagement Alex Eilhauer
2012 Zero Dark Thirty Justin
2013 Movie 43 Doug Segment: "The Proposition"
2013 Mr. Payback Darren Short film
2013 Delivery Man Brett
2013 Her Paul
2014 The Lego Movie Emmet Brickowski Voice
2014 Guardians of the Galaxy Peter Quill / Star-Lord CinemaCon Award for Breakthrough Performer of the Year
Nominated – Young Hollywood Award for Super Superhero
2015 Jurassic World Owen

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Huntress, TheThe Huntress Nick Owens Episode: "Who Are You?"
2002–2006 Everwood Bright Abbott 89 episodes
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Sidekick (2004, 2005)
2006–2007 O.C., TheThe O.C. Winchester "Che" Cook 9 episodes
2008 Batman, TheThe Batman Jake Voice
Episode: "Attack of the Terrible Trio"
2009–present Parks and Recreation Andy Dwyer Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2013)
2010–2011 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Cooper Daniels Voice
2 episodes
2013 Timms Valley Donovan Timms Voice
Pilot

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction Cooper Daniels Voice
2012 Kinect Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi Voice
2014 The Lego Movie Videogame Emmet Brickowski Voice

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Chris Pratt: Biography". TVGuide.com. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ Fine, Audrey. "Getting to Know: Chris Pratt". Seventeen. Retrieved August 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Charles William Indahl". Find a Grave. 
  4. ^ Cara Buckley (July 23, 2014). "Chris Pratt Is a Superhero in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'". The New York Times. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ Sandy Ringer (February 14, 2011). "Lake Stevens wrestlers try to pin down storybook ending for documentary". The Seattle Times. Retrieved March 30, 2014. 
  6. ^ Oliver Lyttelton (August 2, 2014). "Journey to the Star-Lord: How Chris Pratt Became a Movie Star". Yahoo!. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c Hulten, Kevin (August 29, 2007). "Lake's Chris Pratt found success in Hollywood, and now he plans on bringing it home". Lake Stevens Journal. Archived from the original on January 26, 2014. Retrieved August 25, 2012. 
  8. ^ Pierce, Leonard (November 3, 2009). "Interview: Chris Pratt". The A.V. Club. Retrieved August 25, 2012. 
  9. ^ Sepinwall, Alan. "Parks and Recreation: Interviewing co-creator Mike Schur". The Star-Ledger. Newark, N.J. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  10. ^ Rosen, Christopher (August 29, 2011). "The Very Busy Chris Pratt on Preparing for Moneyball, Goofing in What's Your Number? and Ten Year". Movieline. Retrieved August 25, 2012. 
  11. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (February 5, 2013). "Chris Pratt Getting 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Lead". Deadline.com. Archived from the original on February 5, 2013. Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  12. ^ Ryan, Mike (November 18, 2013). "Chris Pratt on Heartbreak, 'Delivery Man' and Gearing Up for 'Guardians of the Galaxy'". HuffingtonPost.com. Archived from the original on November 18, 2013. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Chris Pratt Loving The 'C' On His CinemaCon Award". Access Hollywood. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  14. ^ Sneider, Jeff (November 13, 2013). "'Guardians of the Galaxy' Star Chris Pratt Circling Lead in 'Jurassic World' (Exclusive)". TheWrap.com. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  15. ^ Kit, Borys (November 13, 2013). "Chris Pratt in Early Talks to Star in 'Jurassic World'". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  16. ^ "Bryce and Chris meet....". Ron Howard verified Twitter page. January 13, 2014. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  17. ^ Tilley, Steve (January 26, 2014). "Chris Pratt confirms 'Jurassic World': 'Jurassic Park was really kind of my Star Wars'". Toronto Sun. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Anna Faris Is Married!". People. August 12, 2009. Retrieved August 25, 2012. 
  19. ^ Garcia, Jennifer (August 25, 2012). "Anna Faris Welcomes a Baby Boy". People. Retrieved August 25, 2012. 

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