Chris Pratt

Last updated on 19 October 2017

Christopher Michael Pratt (born June 21, 1979) is an American actor. Pratt came to prominence with his television roles; he is best known for his roles as Peter Quill in Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy", Owen Grady in Jurassic World, Jim Preston in Passengers and Andy Dwyer in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation from 2009–2015, for which he received critical acclaim and was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2013. He also starred earlier in his career as Bright Abbott in The WB drama series Everwood (2002–2006). His early film career began with supporting roles in such mainstream films as Wanted (2008), Jennifer's Body (2009), Moneyball (2011), The Five-Year Engagement (2012), Zero Dark Thirty (2013), Delivery Man (2013), and Her (2013).

Pratt achieved leading man status after starring in two commercially successful films in 2014: computer-animated adventure comedy The Lego Movie and Marvel Studios superhero film Guardians of the Galaxy as Star-Lord.

In 2015, he starred in Jurassic World, the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise, which is his most financially successful film to date, earning $1.6 billion at the box office. Later that year, Time named Pratt one of the 100 most influential people in the world on the annual Time 100 list.[1] Pratt continued his leading man status with The Magnificent Seven and Passengers. He reprised his role as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and will play the character again in Avengers: Infinity War and its untitled sequel.

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Chris Pratt by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg

Early life

Christopher Michael Pratt[2][3] was born on June 21, 1979[4] in Virginia, Minnesota,[4] the youngest child of Kathleen Louise (née Indahl), who worked at a Safeway supermarket, and Daniel Clifton Pratt (died in 2014 from multiple sclerosis),[5] who worked in mining and later remodeling houses.[6][7][8] His mother is of Norwegian descent.[9] When Pratt was three years old, the family moved to Lake Stevens, Washington. Pratt later placed fifth in a high school state wrestling tournament,[6][10] recalling that when his wrestling coach asked him what he wished to do with his life, "I was like, 'I don't know, but I know I'll be famous and I know I'll make a s- ton of money.' I had no idea how. I'd done nothing proactive."[6] He graduated from Lake Stevens High School in 1997.[11]

Pratt dropped out of community college halfway through the first semester and, after working as a discount ticket salesman and daytime stripper, he ended up homeless in Maui, Hawaii, sleeping in a van and a tent on the beach. He 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][12] He recalled listening to the Dr. Dre album 2001 daily, to the point where he knew every lyric; years later, he rapped Eminem's verses from the song "Forgot About Dre" extemporaneously during an interview.[13]

Career

2000–2012

At 19 years old, Pratt was waiting tables at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company restaurant in Maui when he was discovered by actress and director Rae Dawn Chong. She cast him in her directorial debut, the short horror film Cursed Part 3, which was filmed in Los Angeles.[6][14][15]

Pratt's first regular television role was as Harold Brighton "Bright" Abbott on the series Everwood.[6][16] After Everwood's cancellation, he joined the cast of The O.C. for its fourth season, playing activist Winchester "Ché" Cook.[6] He also had an appearance in the 2008 action film Wanted.

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Pratt at the premiere of Parks and Recreation in April 2009

In 2009, Pratt began playing Andy Dwyer on the NBC comedy series Parks and Recreation. Originally meant to be a temporary character, producers liked Pratt so much they asked him to become a series regular.[6][17]

Pratt portrayed Oakland Athletics first baseman/catcher Scott Hatteberg in the 2011 film Moneyball. He was initially told that he was too fat to play Hatteberg, as he had gained 40 pounds (18 kg), which Pratt attributed to the cooking of his then-girlfriend, actress Anna Faris. Deciding to lose weight, he worked out continuously, regularly checking to see if the part was cast, losing a total of 30 pounds (14 kg).

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 played a dramatic role as a father and dejected baseball player who once feared his career was over and who had the difficult task of learning an entirely new defensive position.[6][18]

He gained back the weight he had lost to appear in the film 10 Years (2011), then lost it again to portray a Navy SEAL in the film Zero Dark Thirty (2012).[6] He played the co-worker of Joaquin Phoenix character in Spike Jonze's sci-fi romance Her in December 2013.[19]

2013–present

In 2013, Pratt initially turned down the opportunity to play Peter Quill / Star-Lord in Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy, explaining that he did not "want another Captain Kirk or Avatar moment". The film's casting director, Sarah Finn, suggested Pratt to director James Gunn, who had struggled to cast that role and dismissed the idea.

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Pratt at the premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy in July 2014

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 comedy film Delivery Man.[6][20] The role was part of a multi-film deal that Pratt signed with Marvel.[21]

Although Pratt had been known until that point for playing supporting characters,[6] and was best known as his portly Parks and Recreation character, that changed in 2014 when he headlined two feature films, the first of which was The Lego Movie.[6][12] The film became the third-highest-grossing film of 2014 in North America.

This was followed that August by Guardians of the Galaxy, which became the highest-grossing film of 2014 in North America, making Pratt the star of two of the top five highest-grossing films of that year.[22] Bruce Diones of The New Yorker noted, "Pratt, overflowing with charisma, plays the leader of the pack of misfits, and his blissed-out space cowboy (with a love for seventies music) is so full of good will that he buoys the film and its requisite whizbang special effects."[23]

In March 2014, Pratt was awarded the CinemaCon Award for Breakthrough Performer.[24][25] Also in 2014, he was ranked as #2 on People magazine's annual list of Sexiest Men Alive.[26] 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 pounds (100 kg) for his role on Everwood to 295 pounds (134 kg) for Delivery Man, to 225–230 pounds (102–104 kg) for his roles in Zero Dark Thirty and Guardians.[6] Pratt himself poked fun at his fluctuating physique in a musical number he performed during his monologue when he hosted the September 27, 2014, episode of Saturday Night Live.[27]

In November 2013, Pratt, an avid fan of Jurassic Park, who has referred to that film as "my Star Wars",[6] replaced Josh Brolin as the lead in the film Jurassic World (2015). He played Owen Grady, who works training velociraptors.[28][29][30][31] Jurassic World grossed $652.3 million in North America and $1.018 billion overseas for a worldwide total of $1.670 billion.[32] He will reprise his role in the sequel, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which is scheduled to be released on June 22, 2018.[33]

His next film role was as Josh Farraday, a gambler, in the remake of the 1960 Western The Magnificent Seven, in which he starred alongside Denzel Washington. The film was released on September 23, 2016.[34] Pratt's second 2016 release was Passengers, a science fiction film which opened in December, and co-starred Jennifer Lawrence. Pratt played a character described as "a mechanic, who wants to get off an Earth that no longer seems to value a guy who works with his hands".[35]

Pratt reprised his role as Peter Quill / Star-Lord in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which was released in May 2017. The film focuses on Quill's and his team's search for his father.[36] Pratt will also portray the character in Avengers: Infinity War in May 2018.[37]

On April 21, 2017, Pratt received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his achievements in motion pictures, located at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard.[38][39]

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Pratt with wife Anna Faris at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival

Personal life

In 2007, on the set of Take Me Home Tonight, Pratt met actress Anna Faris, who played his love interest in the film.[6][40] They were engaged in late 2008[41] and married in Bali on July 9, 2009,[42] eloping on a whim after a friend's wedding.[43] They live in Hollywood Hills, California.[44][45] Their son, Jack, was born in August 2012.[46] Pratt stated that the birth of his preterm son "really defined" his faith in God, after both he and his wife "prayed a lot" as they were initially afraid of the baby's prognosis.[47]

Pratt was raised Lutheran and later worked for Jews for Jesus,[48] eventually becoming a non-denominational Christian.[49]

On August 6, 2017, Pratt and Faris announced their legal separation.[50][51]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Cursed Part 3 Devon Short film
2003 The Extreme Team Keenan
2005 Strangers with Candy Brason
2007 Walk the Talk Cam
2008 Wieners Bobby
2008 Wanted Barry
2009 Bride Wars Fletcher Flemson
2009 Deep in the Valley Lester Watts
2009 Jennifer's Body Roman Duda
2009 The Multi-Hyphenate Chris Short film
2011 Take Me Home Tonight Kyle Masterson
2011 Moneyball Scott Hatteberg
2011 What's Your Number? Disgusting Donald
2011 10 Years Cully
2012 The Five-Year Engagement Alex Eilhauer
2012 Zero Dark Thirty Justin Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2013 Movie 43 Doug Segment: "The Proposition"
Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Combo (shared with Anna Faris)
2013 Mr. Payback Darren Short film
2013 Delivery Man Brett
2013 Her Paul
2014 The Lego Movie Emmet Brickowski (voice) Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Voice
2014 Guardians of the Galaxy Peter Quill / Star-Lord CinemaCon Award for Breakthrough Performer of the Year
Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
Saturn Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actor in an Action Movie
Nominated—Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Breakthrough Artist
Nominated—Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Male Action Star
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Hero
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Musical Moment
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Shirtless Performance
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Acting
Nominated—Young Hollywood Award for Super Superhero
2015 Jurassic World Owen Grady MTV Movie Award for Best Action Performance
Nominated—Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actor in an Action Movie
Nominated—Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actor
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance
Nominated—People's Choice Award for Favorite Action Movie Actor
Nominated—People's Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actor
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer Movie Star: Male
2015 Jem and the Holograms Himself Cameo
2016 The Magnificent Seven Joshua Faraday Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: AnTEENcipated
2016 Passengers Jim Preston Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor
2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Peter Quill / Star-Lord Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Ship (shared with Zoe Saldana)
2018 Avengers: Infinity War Peter Quill / Star-Lord Post-Production
2018 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Owen Grady Post-Production
2019 Untitled Avengers film Peter Quill / Star-Lord Filming
2019 The Lego Movie Sequel Emmet Brickowski (voice) In-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Huntress Nick Owens Episode: "Who Are You?"
2002–2006 Everwood Bright Abbott Main role, 89 episodes
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Sidekick (2004–2005)
2005 Path of Destruction Nathan McCain Television film
2006–2007 The O.C. Winchester "Ché" Cook Recurring role, 9 episodes
2008 The Batman Jake (voice) Episode: "Attack of the Terrible Trio"
2009–2015 Parks and Recreation Andy Dwyer Main role, 117 episodes
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) TV Special
2014 Saturday Night Live Himself (Host) Episode: "Chris Pratt/Ariana Grande"[52]
2017 Mom Nick Banaszak Episode: "Good Karma and the Big Weird"

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction Cooper Daniels
2012 Kinect Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi
2014 The Lego Movie Videogame Emmet Brickowski Archive footage
2015 Lego Jurassic World Owen Grady
2015 Lego Dimensions Emmet Brickowski / Owen Grady

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