About Chris Pratt
Born in Virginia, MN on June 21, 1979 but raised in Lake Stevens, WA, Christopher Michael Pratt was an athlete in high school with a fondness for hunting and fishing. After graduation, he moved to Hawaii and began waiting tables at Maui's Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. Fate intervened when he waited on actress Rae Dawn Chong, charming her with his sense humor so much that she cast him in the comic horror movie she was writing-directing, "Cursed Part 3" (2000). Although the movie never quite saw the light of day, the experience convinced Pratt to stay in Los Angeles, where he bought a used car, landed an agent, and hit the audition rounds. He earned his SAG card on an episode of the Annette O'Toole bounty hunter series, "The Huntress" (USA Network, 2000-01), and then nabbed a regular series role on the Treat Williams drama "Everwood" (The WB, 2002-06).
Following the families and competing practices of two local doctors in a small Colorado town, the heartfelt show cast Pratt as Bright Abbott, an intricately wound football player who struggled to find acceptance from his doctor father. For his fan favorite-performance, Pratt received two Teen Choice Award nominations. On the show, his sister was played by Emily VanCamp, and the two actors fell in love off-screen, causing a minor scandal that bothered fans more than those who actually worked on the show. The two would break up a few years later. During the run of "Everwood," a pilot Pratt had shot in 2001 finally aired as a TV movie, "The Extreme Team" (ABC, 2003), which cast him as a snowboarder recruited as a secret agent for the U.S. government.
Alongside Danica McKellar, a bespectacled Pratt starred as a scientist intent on stopping a nanotechnology disaster in the aptly-titled "Path of Destruction" (Syfy, 2005), but fared better as the blond Brason in the big-screen version of the Comedy Central series, "Strangers with Candy" (2005), whom the grotesque Jerri Blank (Amy Sedaris) tried to seduce. After "Everwood" ended, Pratt's next series television venture came with the last season of the teen drama "The O.C." (FOX, 2003-07). As the would-be protestor Winchester "Che" Cook, he had odd flirtations with both Summer (Rachel Bilson) and Seth (Adam Brody), the show's supercouple. Pratt made a strong comic impression in the massive Angelina Jolie action hit "Wanted" (2008) as James McAvoy's undermining best friend, and offered pleasant support as the underwritten fiancé of Anne Hathaway in the critically maligned but box office hit "Bride Wars" (2009).
The handsome-yet-rough-around-the-edges Pratt wrung a few laughs out of his brief appearance in Diablo Cody's comic-tinged horror movie "Jennifer's Body" (2009) as Megan Fox's small-town ex-boyfriend, but his engagement and marriage to movie star Anna Faris - in a July 9 ceremony in Bali - made more of an impression on the American public. Professionally, he broke through to his widest audience yet when he earned the role of Andy Dwyer on the Amy P hler sitcom, "Parks and Recreation" (NBC, 2009- ).
As the lovesick, bumbling ex-boyfriend of Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones), Pratt was originally intended only to be a guest star for six episodes, but his sweet, goofy performance won over critics, fans and the staff of the show, and he was promoted to a series regular. Over the course of the series, the childlike Andy provided an increasing number of the show's funniest - and most touching - moments. His budding relationship with deadpan college student April (Aubrey Plaza) surprised with its poignancy and fans rooted for the unlikely twosome to make things work. In fact, the puppyish Pratt charmed so completely that he quickly became indispensable to the show, with the actor finding himself more in demand than he had ever been before.
|Anna Faris. Announced engagement in January 2009; married July 9, 2009 in a small ceremony in Bali, Indonesia|
|Emily VanCamp. Co-starred on "Everwood" (The WB, 2002-06)|
|Lake Stevens High School|
|Played a U.S. Navy SEAL opposite Jessica Chastain in Kathryn Bigelow directed "Zero Dark Thirty," based on the hunt for Osama bin Laden|
|Co-starred with Jason Segel and Emily Blunt in romantic comedy "The Five-Year Engagement"|
|Once again acted opposite Faris in romantic comedy "What's Your Number?"|
|Played a supporting role in the biographical drama "Moneyball," starring Brad Pitt|
|Co-starred with Topher Grace and real-life wife Anna Faris in "Take Me Home Tonight"|
|Cast in supporting role opposite Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried in "Jennifer's Body," written by Diablo Cody|
|Played dim bulb Andy on NBC comedy series "Park and Recreation," which starred Amy Poehler as the deputy director of the Parks and Recreation department in a small Indiana town|
|Co-starred opposite Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson in Gary Winick directed romantic comedy "Bride Wars"|
|Mainstream feature film debut, "Wanted" opposite Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy|
|Cast in a recurring role on Fox's "The O.C."|
|Breakout role as Bright Abbott on The WB family drama "Everwood"; nominated at the Teen Choice Awards for Choice TV Sidekick (2004, 2005)|
|Landed lead role in Rae Dawn Chong's directorial debut "Cursed Part 3"; Chong reportedly discovered Pratt while he worked as a server in Maui, HI|