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Christopher Michael Pratt (born June 21, 1979) is an American actor. He rose to prominence for playing Andy Dwyer in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation (2009-2015). He also appeared in The WB drama series Everwood (2002-2006) and had supporting roles in the films Wanted (2008), Jennifer's Body (2009), Moneyball (2011), Zero Dark Thirty (2012), and Her (2013).

Pratt established himself as a Hollywood leading man by starring in two lucrative film series. He played Star-Lord in superhero films set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), +more_2'>Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019). He has also starred as Owen Grady in the action adventure film Jurassic World (2015), and its sequels Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) and Jurassic World Dominion (2022).

Pratt's other starring roles were in The Magnificent Seven (2016), Passengers (2016), and The Tomorrow War (2021), and the action thriller television series The Terminal List (2022). In 2015, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

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Early life

Christopher Michael Pratt was born on June 21, 1979, in Virginia, Minnesota. His mother worked at a +more'>Safeway supermarket, and his father worked in mining and later remodeling houses. Pratt's father died in 2014 from multiple sclerosis. His mother is of Norwegian descent. When Pratt was seven years old, the family moved to Lake Stevens, Washington. Pratt placed fifth in a high school state wrestling tournament. He also was a shot putter for his high school's track team. He later recalled that when his wrestling coach asked him what he wished to do with his life, he said 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. " He graduated from Lake Stevens High School in 1997.

Pratt dropped out of community college halfway through the first semester and, after working as a discount ticket salesman and daytime stripper, he ended up homeless in Maui, Hawaii, sleeping in a van and a tent on the beach. He told The Independent, "It's a pretty awesome place to be homeless. +more 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 lyric; years later, he rapped Eminem's verses from the song "Forgot About Dre" extemporaneously during an interview. During his time in Maui, he worked for Christian missionary organization Jews for Jesus.

Career

2000-2013: Early work and breakthrough

When Pratt was age 19, he waited tables at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company restaurant in Maui when he 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. +more Pratt's first regular television role was as Harold Brighton "Bright" Abbott on the series Everwood. After Everwood 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, where James McAvoy hits him with a keyboard.

In 2009, Pratt began playing Andy Dwyer on the NBC comedy series Parks and Recreation. Originally meant to be a temporary character, producers liked Pratt so much they asked him to become a series regular. +more This proved to be his breakthrough role.

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 lbs, which Pratt attributed to the cooking of his then-girlfriend, actress Anna Faris. +more Deciding to lose weight, he worked out continuously, regularly checking to see if the part was cast, losing a total of 30 lbs. When he felt he had lost enough, he sent a photo of himself to the casting director and won the part. Before 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 a new defensive position.

He gained back the weight he had lost to appear in the film 10 Years (2011), then lost it again to portray a Navy SEAL in the film Zero Dark Thirty (2012). He played the co-worker of Joaquin Phoenix character in Spike Jonze's sci-fi romance Her in December 2013.

2014-present: Franchise work and worldwide recognition

While Pratt had been known to this point for playing supporting characters and he was best known for his portly character on Parks and Recreation, 2014 marked a turning point in his career when he headlined two major studio films: Emmet Brickowski in The Lego Movie, which grossed $469. 1 million; and Peter Quill / Star-Lord in Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy, which grossed $773. +more3 million. Pratt had initially turned down the role of Peter Quill, explaining he did not "want another Captain Kirk or Avatar moment" (after humbling auditions for both). The film's casting director, Sarah Finn, suggested Pratt to the director James Gunn, who had struggled to cast that role and dismissed the idea. In spite of this, Finn arranged for a meeting between the two, at which point Gunn was 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. Bruce Diones of 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. ".

In November 2013, Pratt, an avid fan of Jurassic Park (1993) who has referred to the film as "my Star Wars", replaced Josh Brolin as the lead in Jurassic World (2015). He played Owen Grady, who works training Velociraptors. +more Jurassic World grossed $652. 3 million in North America and $1. 018 billion overseas for a worldwide total of $1. 670 billion. His performance was praised, with Peter Travers of Rolling Stone stating that Pratt "ace[d] it as an action hero and invests his sexual banter with a comic flair the movie could have used more of. " He reprised the role in the sequel, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which was released on June 22, 2018. Although a commercial success, the sequel received mixed reviews, with Brian Lowry of CNN criticizing the film for "largely neutralizing [. ] Pratt's charm and comedic skills. ".

His next film role was as Josh Faraday, a gambler, in The Magnificent Seven, a remake of the 1960 Western with the same name, in which he starred alongside Denzel Washington. The film was released on September 23, 2016. +more Pratt's second 2016 release was Passengers, a science fiction film which opened in December, co-starring Jennifer Lawrence. Pratt played Jim Preston, "a mechanic, who wants to get off an Earth that no longer seems to value a guy who works with his hands".

Pratt reprised his role as Peter Quill / Star-Lord in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. +more 2, which was released in May 2017. The film focuses on Quill's and his team's search for his father. Pratt also reprised the character in Avengers: Infinity War, which was released in April 2018, and in Avengers: Endgame, which was released on April 26, 2019.

Additionally, Pratt reprised the voice role of Emmet in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part along with another character Rex Dangervest. In August 2017, Pratt was confirmed to star in the western drama The Kid. +more He is also set to appear as Duncan in the action film Cowboy Ninja Viking alongside Priyanka Chopra. Initially the movie was decided to be released in June 2019, however, on August 7, 2018, the film was pulled from the release list, nullifying the previous release date. In March 2020, Pratt had a lead voice role in the Disney/Pixar animated feature film Onward, alongside his Avengers co-star Tom Holland.

In May 2021, Pratt and Parks and Recreation announced the upcoming release of a new album based on Pratt's character Andy Dwyer. In June 2021, they officially released a pair of singles, "The Pit" and "Two Birds Holding Hands". +more The album, which is called Mouse Rat: The Awesome Album, was released in August 2021. In September 2021, it was announced that Pratt would be voicing the Nintendo mascot Mario in The Super Mario Bros. Movie based on the video game series of the same name. In November 2021, it was announced that he would be voicing the titular cat of the upcoming animated film Garfield, being directed by Mark Dindal from a script by David Reynolds. In June 2022, he was announced to star in The Electric State alongside Millie Bobby Brown.

Public image

In March 2014, Pratt was awarded the CinemaCon Award for Breakthrough Performer. In 2014, he was ranked at number two on People magazine's annual list of Sexiest Men Alive. +more Pratt was the featured cover story of the July 18 issue of Entertainment Weekly, which documented the evolution of his physique over the course of the previous twelve years, going from 220 lb for his role on Everwood to 295 lb for Delivery Man, to 225 - for his roles in Zero Dark Thirty and Guardians of the Galaxy. Pratt 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. On April 21, 2017, Pratt received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the motion picture industry, located at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard.

Personal life

In 2007, on the set of Take Me Home Tonight, Pratt met actress Anna Faris, who played his love interest in the film. They were engaged in late 2008 and married in Bali, Indonesia, on July 9, 2009, eloping on a whim after a friend's wedding. +more They lived in the Hollywood Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. Their son was born in 2012, nine weeks premature and weighing only 3 lb. Pratt stated that the birth of his preterm son "really defined" his faith in God, after both he and his wife "prayed a lot" as they were initially afraid of the baby's prognosis. The couple split in 2017 and finalized their divorce the following year.

Pratt began a relationship with author Katherine Schwarzenegger in June 2018. On January 13, 2019, Pratt announced that he and Schwarzenegger were engaged. +more They were married on June 8, 2019, in Montecito, California. In 2020 their first child was born. Through his marriage to Schwarzenegger, he is a member of the Kennedy family. In May 2022, their second daughter was born.

Pratt was raised Lutheran and later worked for Jews for Jesus, eventually becoming a non-denominational Christian. Pratt reportedly attends the Zoe Church in Los Angeles, which is affiliated with the Hillsong Church and has been criticized by some as anti-LGBTQ. +more He responded by saying, "It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which 'hates a certain group of people' and is 'infamously anti-LGBTQ. ' Nothing could be further from the truth. I go to a church that opens its doors to absolutely everyone. " Brian Houston of Hillsong has denied that Pratt was ever a member of his church. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn also defended Pratt, stating that he "know[s] the church he currently goes to" and scolded those wishing to have him recast as Star-Lord. Pratt addressed the controversy in a 2022 Men's Health interview, stating, "Maybe it was hubris. For me to stand up on the stage and say the things that I said, I'm not sure I touched anybody. Religion has been oppressive as fuck for a long time. I didn’t know that I would kind of become the face of religion when really I'm not a religious person. " He said that he still had a strong belief in God but was never a member of Hillsong, having chosen not to denounce them at the time so as not to "throw a church under the bus".

Politically, Pratt has stated he does not feel represented by either side of the political spectrum and has expressed a desire to find common ground. He donated over $1,000 to Barack Obama's 2012 campaign.

Philanthropy

In 2015, Pratt and Anna Faris donated $1 million to a charity which provided eyeglasses to underprivileged children. The donation was allegedly inspired by Pratt's son who was born premature and visually impaired. +more They also donated to neonatal intensive care unit of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and also supported March of Dimes which works to end premature births, birth defects and infant mortality.

In December 2016, Pratt donated $500,000 to a teen center in his hometown of Lake Stevens. The teen center was named in memory of his father.

In February 2021, Pratt donated $20,000 to fight hunger in South Carolina. The donation was part of a fundraiser by Pratt and an organization to raise $650,000 in order to fight food insecurity amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. +more Pratt also helped create the charity Feed Thy Neighbor to which he donated $100,000. Also in February 2021, he donated $10,000 to the Edmonds Food Bank as part of his organization and also donated to the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce and Edmonds Waterfront Center in Washington state.

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
2000Cursed Part 3DevonShort film
2003The Extreme TeamKeenan
2005Strangers with CandyBrason
2007Walk the TalkCam
2008WienersBobby
2008WantedBarry
2009Bride WarsFletcher Flemson
2009Deep in the ValleyLester Watts
2009Jennifer's BodyRoman Duda
2009The Multi-HyphenateChrisShort film
2011Take Me Home TonightKyle Masterson
2011MoneyballScott Hatteberg
2011What's Your Number?Disgusting Donald
201110 YearsCully
2012The Five-Year EngagementAlex Eilhauer
2012Zero Dark ThirtyJustin
2013Movie 43DougSegment: "The Proposition"
2013Mr. PaybackDarrenShort film
2013Delivery ManBrett
2013HerPaul
2014The Lego MovieEmmet Brickowski (voice)
2014Guardians of the GalaxyPeter Quill / Star-Lord
2015Jurassic WorldOwen Grady
2015Jem and the HologramsHimselfCameo
2016The Magnificent SevenJoshua Faraday
2016PassengersJim Preston
2017+more_2'>Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Peter Quill / Star-Lord
2018Avengers: Infinity WarPeter Quill / Star-Lord
2018Jurassic World: Fallen KingdomOwen Grady
2018Emmet's Holiday PartyEmmet Brickowski (voice)Short film
2019The Lego Movie 2: The Second PartEmmet Brickowski / Rex Dangervest (voices)
2019The KidGrant Cutler
2019Avengers: EndgamePeter Quill / Star-Lord
2020OnwardBarley Lightfoot (voice)
2021The Tomorrow WarDan ForesterAlso executive producer
-2022Jurassic World DominionOwen Grady
Thor: Love and Thunder2022Peter Quill / Star-Lord
2023The Super Mario Bros. MovieMario (voice)Post-production
2023Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3Peter Quill / Star-LordPost-production
2024GarfieldGarfield (voice)In production
2024The Electric StateKeatsFilming
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Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2001The HuntressNick Owens1 episode
2002-2006EverwoodBright AbbottMain role, 89 episodes
2005Path of DestructionNathan McCainTelevision film
2006-2007+more'>The O. C. Winchester "Ché" CookRecurring role, 9 episodes
2008The BatmanJake (voice)1 episode
2009-2015, 2020Parks and RecreationAndy DwyerMain role, 126 episodes
2010, 2011Ben 10: Ultimate AlienCooper Daniels (voice)2 episodes
2014Saturday Night LiveHimself (host)Episode: "Chris Pratt/Ariana Grande"
2017MomNick Banaszak1 episode
2022The Terminal ListJames ReeceMain role, 8 episodes; also executive producer
2022The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday SpecialPeter Quill / Star-LordTelevision special, Post-production
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Video games

YearTitleVoiceNotes
2010Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic DestructionCooper Daniels
2015Lego Jurassic WorldOwen Grady
2015Lego DimensionsEmmet Brickowski / Owen Grady

Theme park attractions

2017Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission Breakout!Peter Quill / Star-LordDisney California Adventure
2019Jurassic World: The RideOwen GradyUniversal Studios Hollywood
2021VelociCoasterOwen GradyUniversal's Islands of Adventure
2022Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic RewindPeter Quill / Star-LordEpcot

Awards and nominations

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
2004Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV SidekickEverwoodNominated
2005Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV SidekickEverwoodNominated
2012+more_Area_Film_Critics_Association_Awards_2012'>Washington D. C. Area Film Critics AssociationBest Acting EnsembleZero Dark ThirtyNominated
2013Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesParks and RecreationNominated
2014CinemaCon AwardsBreakthrough Performer of the YearGuardians of the GalaxyWon
2014Young Hollywood AwardsSuper SuperheroGuardians of the GalaxyNominated
2014Detroit Film Critics SocietyBest EnsembleGuardians of the GalaxyWon
2014Detroit Film Critics SocietyBreakthrough PerformanceGuardians of the GalaxyNominated
2015Critics' Choice Movie AwardsBest Actor in an Action MovieGuardians of the GalaxyNominated
2015MTV Movie AwardsBest Male PerformanceGuardians of the GalaxyNominated
2015MTV Movie AwardsBest Shirtless PerformanceGuardians of the GalaxyNominated
2015MTV Movie AwardsBest Musical MomentGuardians of the GalaxyNominated
2015MTV Movie AwardsBest Comedic PerformanceGuardians of the GalaxyNominated
2015MTV Movie AwardsBest HeroGuardians of the GalaxyNominated
2015Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Male Action StarGuardians of the GalaxyNominated
2015Saturn AwardsBest ActorGuardians of the GalaxyWon
2015Teen Choice AwardsChoice Summer Movie Star: MaleJurassic WorldNominated
2016People's Choice AwardsFavorite Movie ActorJurassic WorldNominated
2016People's Choice AwardsFavorite Action Movie ActorJurassic WorldNominated
2016Critics' Choice Movie AwardsBest Actor in an Action MovieJurassic WorldNominated
2016Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Movie ActorJurassic WorldNominated
2016MTV Movie AwardsBest Male PerformanceJurassic WorldNominated
2016MTV Movie AwardsBest Action PerformanceJurassic WorldWon
2016Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie: AnTEENcipated ActorThe Magnificent SevenNominated
2017Saturn AwardsBest ActorPassengersNominated
2017Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actor: Sci-FiGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Won
2017Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie: Ship (with Zoe Saldana)Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Nominated
2018MTV Movie & TV AwardsMTV Generation AwardN/AWon
2018Teen Choice AwardsChoice Liplock (with Zoe Saldana)Avengers: Infinity WarNominated
2018Teen Choice AwardsChoice Summer Movie ActorJurassic World: Fallen KingdomWon
2018People's Choice AwardsThe Male Movie Star of 2018Jurassic World: Fallen KingdomNominated
2018People's Choice AwardsThe Action Movie Star of 2018Jurassic World: Fallen KingdomNominated
2019Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Butt-KickerJurassic World: Fallen KingdomWon
2019People's Choice AwardsThe Animated Movie Star of 2019The Lego Movie 2: The Second PartNominated
2020Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Male Voice from an Animated MovieThe Lego Movie 2: The Second PartNominated
2021Critics' Choice Super AwardsBest Voice Actor in an Animated MovieOnwardNominated
2021Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Voice from an Animated MovieOnwardNominated
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