Pitt was born December 18, 1963 in Shawnee, OK. Following his high-school graduation, he enrolled at the University of Missouri where he studied journalism and advertising. However after discovering his love of acting, he dropped out of college two credit hours before he could graduate and moved to Hollywood. Fearful of his parents' reaction, he told them he was going to Pasadena to study at the Art Center College of Design. His first break came when he landed a small recurring role on Dallas, and a part in a teenage-slasher movie, Cutting Class.