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December 19, 2022

Rare Portraits of a Young Brad Pitt in a Yellow Tank Top, ca. 1988

Brad Pitt in Los Angeles before he became a household name. The actor was was raised in Springfield, Missouri by conservative Baptist parents and dropped out of college in 1986 to head west to make a name for himself.

In 1988, Pitt landed his first role as “boy on the beach” in the aptly titled Hunk. He started out in the industry with uncredited walk-on roles, followed by guest appearances on sitcoms. Pitt started dating Shalane McCall soon after moving to LA and is believed to have met McCall on the set of Dallas. It was his second-ever credited role and he played McCall’s character’s boyfriend, Randy, in a four-episode arc.

In June 1988, Pitt stepped out with a new girlfriend, Jill Schoelen, at the Los Angeles premiere of Red Heat. The couple met on the set of Cutting Class, making it Pitt’s second time he fell in love with a costar. In 1989, Pitt and Schoelen got engaged, but it only lasted three months. In a 2011 interview, Pitt revealed that he went to visit his then-fiancĂ©e in Budapest where she was filming a movie. When he got there, she revealed that she’d fallen in love with the director of her movie and the two called it quits. Pitt later said that Schoelen was his first big heartbreak.

Here, some rarely seen photographs of a young Brad Pitt posed for a portrait wearing a bandana, sunglasses, a tank top, sweat pants and tennis shoes in circa 1988 in Los Angeles, California.


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