Who is Chris Pratt - "Avengers" star: Biography, Career, Personal Life and Everything to Know
Chris Pratt's Biography
Christopher Michael Pratt is an American film and television actor who came into the limelight with his television roles like Bright Abbott in Everwood (2002-06) and Andy Dwyer in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation (2009-15). The Lego Movie, a computer-animated adventure comedy, and Guardians of the Galaxy, a superhero film are two of his most successful movies, which also got him worldwide popularity.
Born on June 21, 1979, in Virginia, Minnesota, Chris Pratt`s mother Kathleen Louise worked at a supermarket, and his father Daniel Clifton Pratt, who died in 2014, remodeled houses. He has two older siblings, Cully and Angie. Chris Pratt grew up in Lake Stevens, Washington, and as a high school student stood fifth in a state wrestling tournament. The actor dropped out of a local community college halfway through the first semester, post which he worked as a discount ticket salesman and then a daytime stripper. After that, he ended up homeless in Maui, when he met actress and director Rae Dawn Chong, who cast him in the 2000 short film Cursed Part 3. This worked out well for the actor as he got a role in the 2002 series Everwood as an athlete Bright Abbott.
Chris Pratt's Personal life
In 2009 Pratt married fellow actress Anna Faris, known for her roles in films like Scary Movie and the sitcom Mom. The couple met in 2007 on the set of the film Take Me Home Tonight. Their son, Jack, weighed less than four pounds when he was born nine weeks premature in August 2012, but has continued to make strides toward a healthy childhood, Biography.com cited.
After eight years of marriage, Pratt and Faris announced they were getting separated on August 6, 2017. Pratt posted about their separation on social media: "Anna and I are sad to announce we are legally separating. We tried hard for a long time, and we’re really disappointed. Our son has two parents who love him very much and for his sake, we want to keep this situation as private as possible moving forward. We still have a love for each other, will always cherish our time together, and continue to have the deepest respect for one another." In December of that year, Pratt officially filed for divorce.
The leading man subsequently spent much of his downtime with his son, though he was spotted on a date with Arnold Schwarzenegger's oldest daughter, Katherine, the following spring. In June 2019, a few months after Pratt announced their engagement on Instagram, the couple married in Montecito, California. The pair welcomed their first child, daughter Lyla Maria, in August 2020.
He has been more open about his Christian faith, leading his Instagram bio with Philippians 4:13 (“I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me”) and saying on Twitter, “I love my family, friends, jokes, Jesus, movies, stories, outdoors, golf.” Pratt reportedly attends Zoe Church in Los Angeles and has said he’s been a committed Christian since he was introduced to Jesus Christ by a stranger when he was a teen.
Movie Career of Chris Pratt
Chris Pratt debuted in the year 2000 when he was just 19-years-old, with the short horror film Cursed Part 3. This was also actress and director Rae Dawn Chong`s directorial debut movie. From 2003 to 2008, he worked on various movies including Leslie Libman`s The Extreme Team that revolves around how a secret Black Ops rescue team set out to New Zealand to save a former member who has been kidnapped. During this time, he also appeared in Walk the Talk, Wieners, and Wanted.
2009 was an excellent year for the actor with many projects to work on. His most notable films in the year were Bride Wars as Fletcher who is an accountant, and Jennifer`s Body as officer Roman Duda. He was also seen in Christian Forte`s Deep in the Valley as Lester Watts.
Moneyball, a 2011 film, saw Pratt play the role of Oakland Athletics first baseman/catcher Scott Hatteberg. He was considered fat for the role and so worked out regularly to lose weight and eventually won the part. In the movie, he played a dramatic role as a father and also a dejected baseball player. He then worked in the film 10 Years for which he gained back the weight he had lost. Post this, he had to again lose weight to portray Navy SEAL in the 2012 film Zero Dark Thirty. His other films in these two years were Take Me Home Tonight, What`s Your Number, and The Five-Year Engagement. In the following year, he was seen in the anthology comedy film Movie 43 co-directed and produced by Peter Farrelly in one of the segments alongside Anna Faris and J. B. Smoove.
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The actor was known for playing mainly supporting characters, but this changed with his 2014 releases. He voiced the main character in the animated The Lego Movie - the third-highest-grossing film of 2014 in North America. Another big project for the actor in the year was the humorous sci-fi adventure Guardians of the Galaxy - the highest-grossing film of 2014 in North America. This movie was based on the Marvel Comics series of the same name, where Pratt played Peter Quill with co-stars like Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel. These two successful releases made Pratt a star. For Guardians of the Galaxy, he won CinemaCon Award for Breakthrough Performer of the Year and Saturn Award for Best Actor and was nominated for Critics` Choice Movie Award for Best Actor in an Action Movie, Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Breakthrough Artist, MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance, MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance and MTV Movie Award for Best Shirtless Performance. Also in this year, Pratt was ranked as #2 on People magazine`s annual list of Sexiest Men Alive, according to Book My Show.
Next, in 2015 Pratt starred as the lead in the film Jurassic World. He played Owen Grady, a Navy veteran and a Velociraptor expert and trainer at Jurassic World. This won him the MTV Movie Award for Best Action Performance and nominated for MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance and Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer Movie Star: Male. He made a cameo appearance in 2015 Jem and the Holograms. His 2016 projects are Antoine Fuqua`s The Magnificient Seven alongside Denzel Washington and Vincent D`Onofrio and Morten Tyldum`s Passengers co-starring Jennifer Lawrence.
Chris Pratt is also popularly known as a television actor, having worked in quite a few television series. He started off with appearing in one episode in The Huntress in 2001 and then played the role of Harold Brighton "Bright" Abbott from 2002 to 2006 in the American drama television series Everwood in all the seasons. Pratt was also nominated for the Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Sidekick (2004-2005). In 2005, the actor appeared in Stephen Furst`s television film Path of Destruction where he played the role of a scientist, Nathan McCain. In the same year, he appeared in the television series Strangers with Candy. He gave voice to the character of Jake in The Batman series for one episode in 2008.
In the year 2009, Pratt essayed the role of Andy Dwyer, the trolly Troller, in the NBC comedy series Parks and Recreation. When he was cast for the role, it was supposed to be a temporary character, but he was really liked by the producers and was taken in as a series regular. He worked in this series till 2015 and got nominated for the Critics` Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2013). For the series, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Pratt gave his voice for the character Cooper Daniels in two episodes. In 2014, he hosted one episode of the television show Saturday Night Live. His 2020 release includes Onward.
Twitter's trending #RIPChrisPratt hashtag
Late Wednesday morning, Guardians of the Galaxy actor Chris Pratt began trending on Twitter under the hashtag #ripchrispratt, and soon after a series of faked racist and sexist tweets from his Twitter account began circulating. Only one of the tweets was real, a photo that Pratt posted in October 2012 of a Bank of America pen with the label “Made in China” stamped on it. “I feel like somebody smarter than me could make a joke about this,” Pratt wrote. It’s unclear what sparked the hashtag, but it didn’t take long for the memes to start flowing, including ribs at Pratt’s Marvel Cinematic Universe co-stars rushing to defend him last October, said The Daily Beast.
Back in October, Pratt - known for his roles in “Guardians of the Galaxy” as well as “Parks and Recreation” - was slammed by social media platform after he didn’t join his fellow Avengers in a fundraiser for Joe Biden, according to the Deseret News. Social media thought his absence was evidence that he supported President Donald Trump. All of that discussion spiraled into a conversation about Pratt’s Christian faith and the church he attends. At the time, people also compared Pratt to the other Chris celebrities on social media, like Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, and Chris Pine.
In response, Marvel star actor Robert Downey Jr. ripped cancel culture in defense of Pratt, according to The Washington Times. “What a world,” Downey Jr. wrote on social media. “The ‘sinless’ are casting stones at my #brother, Chris Pratt. A real #Christian who lives by #principle, has never demonstrated anything but #positivity and #gratitude. AND he just married into a family that makes space for civil discourse and (just plain fact) INSISTS on service as the highest value.”
Unlike some of his fellow Avengers, Pratt has never spoken publicly about who he supports, although it’s been reported that he donated money to President Barack Obama’s campaign in 2012, according to Newsweek magazine. And Pratt’s wife, Katherine Schwarzenegger, is supporting Biden, according to multiple news outlets. (If the name sounds familiar, that’s because she’s the daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver.) That didn’t absolve Pratt, though. Twitter users appeared to be on the hunt for evidence of Trump's support, seemingly combing through the accounts he follows on Twitter in search of a smoking gun.
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