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

Chris Pratt (born June 21, 1979) 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), and Brett in Delivery Man (2013). Throughout his early career, he was known for playing supporting characters, which changed in 2014 when he voiced Emmet Brickowski in the 2014 computer animated film The Lego Movie, and starred as Peter Quill / Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy, which became the #3 and #1 highest-grossing feature films that year, respectively.

Early life[edit]

Chris Pratt was born June 21, 1979[1] in Virginia, Minnesota, the son of Kathy (née Indahl), who worked at a Safeway supermarket, and Dan Pratt, who died in June 2014, who worked in gold mining and later remodeling houses. [2][3][4][5] Pratt was raised in Lake Stevens, Washington, where he placed fifth in a state wrestling tournament as a high school student.[2][6] His wrestling coach recalled asking Pratt what he wished to do with his life. Pratt relates, "I was like, 'I don't know, but I know I'll be famous and I know I'll make a shit ton of money.' I had no idea how. I'd done nothing proactive. It was as dumb as someone saying, 'I'll probably be an astronaut. I'm sure I'll stumble into an astronaut suit and end up in space one day.'"[2]

Pratt dropped out of a local community college after one semester, and after working as a coupon salesman and a day time stripper, he ended up homeless in Maui, sleeping in a van and 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."[2][7]

Career[edit]

Pratt was waiting tables at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company restaurant in Maui, when the 19-year-old was discovered by actor-director Rae Dawn Chong. She cast him in her directorial debut, the horror film Cursed Part 3, which was filmed in Los Angeles.[1][2][8] Pratt's first regular television role was on the series Everwood, where he co-starred as Harold Brighton "Bright" Abbott.[2][9]

After Everwood's cancellation, Pratt joined the cast of The O.C. for its fourth season, playing Winchester "Ché" Cook, an activist.[2][8] He also had an appearance in the 2008 action film Wanted. He read for the lead role of Captain James T. Kirk in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek, and for Jake Sully in James Cameron's Avatar, but did not get either part.[2][8] The latter audition was particularly humbling for Pratt, who recalls, "They said they want somebody that has 'that thing', that 'It factor'. I walked into that room knowing that I did not have that thing, and I walked out thinking I would never have that thing, probably." Pratt resolved to rethink his career ambitions, commenting, "I figured, I'll find a way to make money and if that means I'm playing character roles, that's terrific. People have to work. I just don't want it to be at a fucking restaurant."[2]

Pratt met his future wife, Anna Faris while filming Take Me Home Tonight[2] in 2007 (though Universal Studios would not release the film until 2011).[10]

In 2009 Pratt began portraying the dimwitted but lovable Andy Dwyer on the NBC TV series Parks and Recreation. 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.[2][11]

He portrayed real-life Oakland Athletics first baseman/catcher player Scott Hatteberg in the 2011 film Moneyball. Pratt was initially told that he was too fat to play Hatteberg, having gained 40 lbs. since he began dating Faris, which Pratt attributes to Faris' cooking. Deciding to lose weight, Pratt worked out continuously, regularly checking to see if the part was cast, losing a total of 30 pounds. When he felt he had lost enough, he sent a photo of himself to the casting director and won the part. Prior to the release of Moneyball, Pratt was typecast as youthful and somewhat immature characters. In Moneyball, he had the opportunity to play a dramatic role as 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.[2][12] Pratt gained back the weight he had lost to appear in the Channing Tatum film 10 Years, then lost it again to portray a Navy SEAL in Zero Dark Thirty.[2]

In 2013, Pratt initially turned down the opportunity to play Peter Quill in Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy, explaining, "I didn't want another Captain Kirk or Avatar moment." Guardians casting director Sarah Finn suggested Pratt to director James Gunn, who had struggled to cast that role, and who dismissed the idea. Despite this, Finn arranged for a meeting between the two, at which point Gunn was immediately convinced that Pratt was perfect for the role. Pratt also won over Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, despite having gained weight again for the Vince Vaughn comedy Delivery Man.[2][13] The role was part of a multi-film deal that Pratt signed with Marvel.[14]

In March 2014 Pratt was awarded the CinemaCon Award for Breakthrough Performer.[15][16]

Although Pratt had become known until that point for playing supporting characters,[2] and was best known as his portly Parks & Rec character, that changed in 2014, when he headlined two feature films, the first of which was The Lego Movie, in which he played lead character Emmet Brickowski.[2][7] The film went on to become the third highest-grossing film of 2014. This was followed that August by Guardians of the Galaxy, which went on to become the highest grossing film of 2014, making Pratt the star of two of the top three highest-grossing films of that year.[17] Pratt was the featured cover story of the July 18 Entertainment Weekly, which documented the evolution of Pratt's physique over the course of the previous 12 years, going from 220 lbs. for his role on Everwood to 295 lbs. for Delivery Man, to 225-230 lbs. for his roles in Zero Dark Thirty and Guardians.[2]

In November 2013, Pratt, an avid fan of the film Jurassic Park who refers to that film as "my Star Wars",[2] replaced Josh Brolin for the film Jurassic World and was in early negotiations for the lead role.[18][19] Ron Howard tweeted in January 2014 that Pratt had a starring role in the film,[20] which Pratt later confirmed.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Pratt met actress Anna Faris on the set of the film Take Me Home Tonight in 2007.[2][10] At the time, Faris was married to actor Ben Indra, though their marriage had been experiencing problems for the previous two years. Pratt and Faris were engaged two years later.[2] They married in Bali on July 9, 2009.[22] In August 2012 their son Jack was born.[23]

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
Episode: "Pilot"
2014 Saturday Night Live Host Episode: "Chris Pratt/Ariana Grande"[24]

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. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Collis, Clark (July 18, 2014). "The Next Movie Star". Entertainment Weekly. pp. 24-31
  3. ^ Fine, Audrey. "Getting to Know: Chris Pratt". Seventeen. Retrieved August 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Charles William Indahl". Find a Grave. 
  5. ^ Cara Buckley (July 23, 2014). "Chris Pratt Is a Superhero in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'". The New York Times. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  6. ^ Sandy Ringer (February 14, 2011). "Lake Stevens wrestlers try to pin down storybook ending for documentary". The Seattle Times. Retrieved March 30, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Oliver Lyttelton (August 2, 2014). "Journey to the Star-Lord: How Chris Pratt Became a Movie Star". Yahoo!. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Pierce, Leonard (November 3, 2009). "Interview: Chris Pratt". The A.V. Club. Retrieved August 25, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Fleming, Mike (December 17, 2010). "Hot Trailer: 'Take Me Home Tonight'". Deadline.com. 
  11. ^ Sepinwall, Alan. "Parks and Recreation: Interviewing co-creator Mike Schur". The Star-Ledger. Newark, N.J. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ "CHRIS PRATT TO RECEIVE 'CINEMACON® BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR AWARD'". CinemaCon. Retrieved September 10, 2014.
  16. ^ "Chris Pratt Loving The 'C' On His CinemaCon Award". Access Hollywood. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  17. ^ "2014 DOMESTIC GROSSES". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 10, 2014.
  18. ^ Sneider, Jeff (November 13, 2013). "'Guardians of the Galaxy' Star Chris Pratt Circling Lead in 'Jurassic World' (Exclusive)". TheWrap.com. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  19. ^ Kit, Borys (November 13, 2013). "Chris Pratt in Early Talks to Star in 'Jurassic World'". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  20. ^ "Bryce and Chris meet....". Ron Howard verified Twitter page. January 13, 2014. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  21. ^ 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. 
  22. ^ "Anna Faris Is Married!". People. August 12, 2009. Retrieved August 25, 2012. 
  23. ^ Garcia, Jennifer (August 25, 2012). "Anna Faris Welcomes a Baby Boy". People. Retrieved August 25, 2012. 
  24. ^ Reed, Ryan (September 10, 2014). "Ariana Grande, Chris Pratt Set for 'Saturday Night Live' Premiere". Rolling Stone.

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