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Chris Pratt in Moneyball.

About Chris Pratt (1979 – )

Christopher Michael "Chris" Pratt was born in Virginia, Minnesota, the son of Kathleen Louise "Kathy" (née Indahl), who worked at a Safeway supermarket, and Daniel Clifton "Dan" Pratt (died 2014), who worked in mining and later remodeling houses. His mother is of Norwegian descent, and his father was of English, German, Swiss-German and French Canadian ancestry.

Pratt was raised in Lake Stevens, Washington, where he placed fifth in a state wrestling tournament as a high school student. 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.'"

Pratt dropped out of a local community college halfway through the first semester and, after working as a discount ticket salesman and a daytime stripper, he ended up homeless in Maui, sleeping in a van and in 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." He recalled listening to the Dr. Dre album 2001 daily to the point where he knew "every word to that album". Years later, he was able to perform Eminem's vocals from the song "Forgot About Dre" during an interview.

Pratt was waiting tables at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company restaurant in Maui when the 19-year-old 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.

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

Pratt read for the lead role of Captain James T. Kirk in the 2009 film Star Trek, and for Jake Sully in the 2009 film Avatar. 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. "People have to work," he said. "I just don't want it to be at a fucking restaurant."

In 2009, Pratt began playing the dimwitted but lovable Andy Dwyer on the NBC comedy series Parks and Recreation. Originally meant to be a temporary character, Andy was so likable that producers asked Pratt back as a series regular. This led to the character being written much more sympathetically at the start of season two.

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 and now-wife, 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. He gained back the weight he had lost to appear in the film 10 Years, then lost it again to portray a Navy SEAL in the film Zero Dark Thirty.

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. 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. The role was part of a multi-film deal that Pratt signed with Marvel.

Although Pratt had been known until that point for playing supporting characters, 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. 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.

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 for his role on Everwood to 295 pounds for Delivery Man, to 225–230 pounds for his roles in Zero Dark Thirty and Guardians. Pratt himself poked fun at his fluctuating physique in a musical number he performed during a monologue when he hosted Saturday Night Live.

In November 2013, Pratt, an avid fan of Jurassic Park, who has referred to that film as "my Star Wars", replaced Josh Brolin as the lead in the film Jurassic World (2015). He played Owen Grady, who works training Velociraptors.

Pratt met actress Anna Faris on the set of the film Take Me Home Tonight in 2007. They were engaged in late 2008, and were married in Bali on July 9, 2009. They live in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles, California. Their son, Jack, was born in August 2012.

Pratt is a Christian, who stated that the birth of his preterm son "restored my faith in God not that it needed to be restored, but it really defined it", after both he and his wife "prayed a lot" as they were initially afraid of the baby's prognosis.

Chris Pratt's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
2000 Cursed Part 3 Devon
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
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 The Five-Year Engagement Alex Eilhauer
2012 Zero Dark Thirty Justin
2013 Movie 43 Doug
2013 Mr. Payback Darren
2013 Delivery Man Brett
2013 Her Paul
2014 The Lego Movie Emmet Brickowski
2014 Guardians of the Galaxy Peter Quill / Star-Lord
2015 Jurassic World Owen Grady
2015 Jem and the Holograms Himself
2016 The Magnificent Seven Josh Faraday
2016 Passengers Jim Preston
2017 Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.2 Peter Quill / Star-Lord

Chris Pratt's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
2001 The Huntress Nick Owens
2002–
2006
Everwood Harold Brighton "Bright" Abbott
2005 Path of Destruction Nathan McCain
2006–
2007
The O.C. Winchester "Ché" Cook
2008 The Batman Jake
2009–
2015
Parks and Recreation Andrew Maxwell "Andy" Dwyer
2010–
2011
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Cooper Daniels
2014 Saturday Night Live Himself

Memorable Quotes by Chris Pratt

“[on dating Everwood co-star Emily VanCamp] We've pretty much gotten used to the response of, "Eww, that's weird. That's creepy." The people who know us are happy, and probably expected it to happen eventually. But yeah, every once in a while we get that one person that's like, "That's really creepy. You just kissed your sister." We thought it was weird for six months, but it had more to do with just trying to hide our relationship from the set. I don't know why, and looking back on it, it was foolish. But we were trying to stay secretive and didn't want it to get out there. It never really weirded us out that we played brother and sister, because, you know, it's all fiction.”

“The only way physical comedy works is if you don't see it coming. And the harder the fall, the funnier it is. You have to really take some shots, and I've walked away with some bumps and bruises.”

“I know this may come as a shock to most of you, but I've decided to quit acting. I will not be auditioning for anything anymore, and if I get offered something like a role in a movie or a commercial or something, I will graciously turn it down. It's been great, but its just not for me anymore.”

“Being in good physical shape is the best way to combat depression. You just have endorphins running around your body. It is the best anti-depressive that there is.”

“With comedy, it's a combination of knowing the comedic beat was good - it made you laugh, it made people on the crew laugh. With drama, you do something deep and if your stuff was really effective, the ultimate result is silence. Silence is not necessarily... that would also be the result if you sucked.”

“You get to a point where you have to start planning, when you cross that line where you have enough value to get someone's movie made if you attach yourself to it, you have to be very thoughtful and have to plan. When you're starting out, you're willing to do anything.”

Things You May Not Know About Chris Pratt

He is an avid fisherman and hunter.

Chris and his wife, Anna Faris, each had dead bug collections before they met. They have since combined them.

His father had English, German, Swiss-German, and French-Canadian ancestry. His mother is of entirely Norwegian descent.

Appeared in a film that was Oscar-nominated for Best Picture for three consecutive years; Moneyball, Zero Dark Thirty and Her.

He's starred in two films with Morgan Freeman about ordinary individuals, abducted by tough women, to fulfill an extraordinary destiny: Wanted and The Lego Movie.

Chris Pratt in Delivery Man (2013)...
With Vince Vaughn in pictures one, three and four.
Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)...
With Zoe Saldana, second picture from top.
Chris Pratt with Joaquin Phoenix in Her (2013).
Pratt with Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried in Jennifer's Body (2009).
Pratt in Jurassic World (2015)...
With Bryce Dallas Howard in picture three.
As Scott Hatteberg in Moneyball (2011).
Chris with Anna Faris in Movie 43 (2013).
Pratt in the movie 10 Years (2011).
Chris Pratt (third from left) with Emily Blunt, Jason Segel,
and Alison Brie in The Five Year Engagement (2012).