Chris Pratt is an American actor. He came to prominence from his television roles, including Bright Abbott in Everwood (2002–2006) and Andy Dwyer in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation (2009–2015).
Let’s see some amazing facts about him!
1. Christopher Michael “Chris” Pratt was born June 21, 1979 in Virginia, Minnessota.
2. He is the son of Kathleen Louise “Kathy, who later worked at a Safeway supermarket, and Daniel Clifton “Dan” Pratt (died 2014 from multiple sclerosis), who worked in mining and later remodeling houses.
3. Pratt was raised in Lake Stevens, Washington, where he placed fifth in a state wrestling tournament as a high school student.
4. 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.”
5. 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.
6. He told The Independent: “It’s a pretty awesome place to be homeless.
7. We just drank and smoked weed and worked minimal hours, just enough to cover gas, food, and fishing supplies.”
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. She cast him in her directorial debut, the short horror film Cursed Part 3, which was filmed in Los Angeles.
11. Pratt’s first regular television role was as Harold Brighton “Bright” Abbott on the series Everwood.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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: “People have to work. I just don’t want it to be at a fucking restaurant.”
15. In 2009, Pratt began playing Andy Dwyer on the NBC comedy series Parks and Recreation.
16. Originally meant to be a temporary character, Andy was so likeable 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.
17. Pratt portrayed Oakland Athletics first baseman/catcher Scott Hatteberg in the 2011 film Moneyball.
18. 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.
19. 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).
20. When he felt he had lost enough, he sent a photo of himself to the casting director and won the part.
21. Prior to the release of Moneyball, Pratt was typecast as youthful and somewhat immature characters.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. 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”.
25. The film’s casting director, Sarah Finn, suggested Pratt to director James Gunn, who had struggled to cast that role and dismissed the idea.
26. 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.
27. The role was part of a multi-film deal that Pratt signed with Marvel.
28. In March 2014, Pratt was awarded the CinemaCon Award for Breakthrough Performer. Also in 2014, he was ranked as #2 on People magazine’s annual list of Sexiest Men Alive.
29. 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.
30. 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.
31. Bruce Diones of the 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.
32. 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.
33. 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.
34. 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).
35. Jurassic World grossed $652.3 million in North America and $1.018 billion overseas for a worldwide total of $1.670 billion. He will reprise his role in a sequel, which is scheduled to be released on June 22, 2018.
36. His next film role was starring as Josh Farraday, a gambler, in the remake of the 1960 Western The Magnificent Seven.
37. The film was released on September 23, 2016. December 2016 will see Pratt star alongside Jennifer Lawrence in the science fiction film Passengers.
38. His character is described as “a mechanic, who wants to get off an Earth that no longer seems to value a guy who works with his hands”.
39. He will reprise his role as Peter Quill / Star-Lord in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in May 2017.
40. The film focuses on Quill’s and his team’s search for his real father. Pratt will also portray the character in Avengers: Infinity War in May 2018.
41. Pratt met actress Anna Faris on the set of the film Take Me Home Tonight in 2007, in the film, their characters were love interests.
42. They were engaged in late 2008, and were married in Bali on July 9, 2009.
43. They live in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles, California.
44. Their son, Jack, was born in August 2012. Pratt 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.
45. He and his wife Anna Faris are both bug collectors.