It’s hard to find a person on the planet who hasn’t heard of Brad Pitt. Since the era of the heartthrob, this old man has been a household name. ‘90s, known as much for his high-profile romances as his gritty leading man roles. But what many people may not know is that the Fight Club star has a younger brother who is just as successful as he is. Here’s the inside scoop on Brad Pitt’s brother, Doug Pitt.
Missouri’s Pitt Brothers Shared a Happy Childhood
Brad Pitt was born on December 18, 1963, in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Soon after his birth, Brad moved with his parents—William, a trucking business owner, and Jane, a school counselor—to Springfield, Missouri. In 1966, the Pitts welcomed Brad’s younger brother, Douglas Mitchell, into the world. Julie Neal was born in 1969.
The Pitt siblings were the children of Southern Baptist ministers. They had a modest childhood and spent a lot of time outside. “We grew up surrounded by cornfields—which is weird because we always had canned vegetables,” Brad Pitt spoke in 2017 to GQ. “I never could figure that one out! Anyway, ten minutes outside of town, you start getting into forests and rivers and the Ozark Mountains. Stunning country. I grew up in caves. We had a lot of caves, fantastic caverns.”
Brad left his home to pursue an acting career, but Doug decided to become a businessman. Today, he lives in Springfield with Lisa, his wife for more than 30+ years. They have three children: Landon, Sydney and Reagan. And while Doug may not be a household name, he’s just as accomplished as his famous older brother.
Doug has founded multiple successful businesses
In 1991—while Brad was getting noticed for this star-making turn in Thelma & Louise—Doug Pitt was just starting his business career. He started a computer company called ServiceWorld that he managed to grow for over two decades. He sold the company in 2013, and one year later, he founded the Pitt Development Group. This real estate firm is still his flagship. It began as a developer and operator of strip malls and apartment complexes. Now, the company focuses on land and medical office space.
Doug bought ServiceWorld again in 2017 and renamed them the Pitt Development Group. “It’s a little surreal, but it’s a good thing,” Doug spoke about taking back control of the company. “Obviously I’m sentimental to something I started out of thin air 26-year ago, so to have some control over that, that’s neat.”
The entrepreneur added that his goal in the acquisition was to refocus the company’s customer service practices. “Our industry has gotten a little lazy and we’re not as attentive to the customer needs and unfortunately the customer is not getting the best value out of that. We want to change that to the way we did things before.”
He’s Known For His Philanthropy
Charity Starts at Home
Doug Pitt is a successful entrepreneur and businessman. He also gives back to the community. He’s the founder of Take the time to learnThe foundation is a non-profit that helps impoverished children in Missouri. Since its inception, the foundation has served more than 38 schools districts. It has helped meet the hygiene and hunger needs of over 1,500,000 students.
“It can be a $3 meal. It can be a $3,000 hearing aid,” Doug shared his thoughts with the Spingfield News Leader The wide range of services that the organization offers children in need. “If it’s health, hunger, and hygiene, we ask two questions: Is it keeping a child out of a classroom or is it disrupting the classroom experience? If the answer is yes, we fund it.”
International Charitable Work
Doug is a director and member of the board. WorldServe International, a non profit that supplies clean drinking water to East Africa communities. Many initiatives have been spearheaded by the organization. This includes raising over $750,000 for clean drinking water projects in Tanzania, cycling down Mount Kilimanjaro along with a group climbers. He is also the Goodwill Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania.
“The ride from the summit of Uhuru peak along the ridge to Stella Point took just minutes, but has to be one of the most magical rides in existence with the famous glaciers of Kilimanjaro below you—amazing doesn’t cover it,” Pitt spoke of the adventure. “I would do it all again to provide clean water, a luxury we as Americans sometimes take for granted.”
Doug is also a former chairman of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce. He has also served on the boards of several other prestigious organisations, such as the Red Cross and Make-A-Wish Foundation. He’s also a past Chairman of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, and has been honored as a Rotary Volunteer of the Year and a Humanitarian of the Year by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. He was inducted into Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame for 2019
He’s Got A Great Sense Of Humor
Despite all his success, it can’t be easy being the younger brother of one of the most envied stars in Hollywood. Doug Pitt manages to take it all in stride. He’s learned to poke fun at his role as Brad Pitt’s sibling, starring as the “second most-famous Pitt”Virgin Mobile Australia has a funny 2012 ad.
He also appeared in a 2019 ad for Mother’s Brewing’s Doin’ Good orange wheat ale, parodying his brother’s famous role in the hit thriller Se7en.
The 55-year old philanthropist admits that he has fun with tabloids when they ask him questions about his celebrity sibling. After years of sticking to a simple approach, he now believes in a simpler way. “no comment”Doug claims that he now gives the press fake stories to see if they will get published. “And I’ve started taking photographs of them, and they don’t like it,”He added in a 2014 interview with St, Louis magazine. “I just started that recently. Doing things more on my terms.”
As for his true feelings about his brother, Doug says he’s thrilled for his success, even if he does tire of talking about it. “I couldn’t be more proud of him,”Doug told St. Louis magazine. “I think the monotony of it is, I’ve answered the same questions now for 25 years. ‘How is he doin’?’ ‘Do you see him?’… I understand their excitement, but if you were asked every week for 25 years the same question, your eyes would kind of glaze over.”
Doug also says he doesn’t envy Brad’s role as a tabloid target, though he thinks his big brother handles the intense media attention pretty well. “Brad does a good job of staying normal,”Doug told St. Louis magazine. “His way of handling all the publicity is, he doesn’t read it. He doesn’t look. I’ll ask him about something, and he’ll have no idea what I’m talking about.”