Birthdate : June 21, 1979
Birthplace : Virginia, Minnesota, USA
Emerging as one of Hollywood’s most likable new stars, Chris Pratt (birthname: Christopher Michael Pratt) has become a fan favorite in especially the running franchises, MCU’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World. Discovered by actor-director Rae Dawn Chong while he was serving at Bubba Gump restaurant, Chris Pratt was cast in Chong’s short film Cursed Pt. 3 (2000).
Most of his early work was in television, with occasional small parts in movies like Matthew Allen’s Walk the Talk (2007), with Cary Elwes and Ileana Douglas. Still, his major career turn was being cast, as Andy, in the ensemble of the hit NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation (2009-2015).
Pratt’s major turning point in feature films was landing a key supporting dramatic role in Bennett Miller’s Oscar-winning baseball movie Moneyball (2011), with Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Pratt continued an unexpected run of acting in Best Picture Oscar-nominated movies with Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty (2012), with Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, and Joel Edgerton, followed by a role opposite Joaquin Phoenix in Spike Jonze’s science-fiction Her (2013), with Amy Adams and Scarlett Johansson.
Chris Pratt entered the realm of blockbusters in 2014, voicing the role of Emmet Brickowski in Phil Lord’s and Christopher Miller’s The Lego Movie and as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, the affable pilot in Marvel’s mega-hit action comedy, Guardians of the Galaxy, both earning a combined $1.24 billion worldwide box office. Pratt’s next blockbuster topped even that outstanding gross, as he replaced Josh Brolin as Owen in the Jurassic Park reboot, Jurassic World (2015), with Bryce Dallas Howard and Vincent D’Onofrio.
Pratt had lead or co-lead roles in three of the most successful franchises simultaneously—Guardians of the Galaxy, and the associated Marvel Comics Universe, The Lego Movie, and Jurassic World. These three ongoing tentpoles provided Pratt with the lion’s share of his roles from 2014 to 2022, with notable departures, such as Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven (2016), the Morten Tyldum-directed science fiction drama, Passengers (2016), with Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Sheen, and Laurence Fishburne, and star of Amazon’s The Tomorrow War (2021), with Yvonne Strahovski and J.K. Simmons.
Chris Pratt’s busy MCU presence as Peter Quill and Star-Lord includes not only Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023) but the mega-grossing Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019) and Thor: Love and Thunder (2022). His busy 2019 was the same year he returned as Emmet (as well as the new character Rex Dangervest) in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.
Pratt resumed his character of Owen in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018), again with Bryce Dallas Howard, followed by Jurassic World Dominion (2022), with Howard and Jurassic Park alum Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum. Expanding his franchise portfolio to include the Super Mario Brothers, Pratt is starring as the voice of Mario in the untitled Super Mario Brothers movie set to be released in 2023, with co-stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Jack Black, Keegan-Michael Key, and Seth Rogen. Pratt also voices the crafty cat Garfield in Garfield (2023) with Samuel L. Jackson.
Born in the Minnesota town of Virginia, Chris Pratt was raised by Daniel and Kathy Pratt. He has two siblings, Cully and Angie. His family moved to Lake Stevens, Washington when he was seven years old, and graduated from Lake Stevens High School. He attended the local community college, then dropped out. Pratt was married to actor Anna Faris from 2009 to 2018; the couple had one son, Jack. He is currently married to author Katherine Schwarzenegger; the couple has two daughters, Lyla and Eloise. Pratt has three children. He is 6’ 2”.
Day Jobs: Among his jobs, before he became an actor, Chris Pratt worked in a Bubba Gump restaurant in Hawaii, and as a daytime stripper.
Homeless: Struggling for work on the Hawaiian island of Maui, Pratt experienced periods of homelessness and lived out of a van on a beach.
Bugged Out: Chris Pratt and his future wife Anna Farris both collected dead insects and then combined their collections.
Award-Winner: Among Pratt’s various awards, he won the 2019 Kids’ Choice Award for “Favorite Butt Kicker,” for his performance in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Fusion: Chris Pratt fused two of his franchise roles, voicing Owen in the video game Lego Jurassic World (2015).
Family Ties: Pratt is a member of both the Kennedy family and the Schwarzenegger family through marriage.