Born June 21, 1979, native Minnesotan actor Chris Pratt scored his first big break on television as the troubled physician's son Bright Abbott on the WB series drama Everwood, opposite Treat Williams and others, and segued into film with a prominent role in the biting satire Strangers with Candy (2005) alongside Amy Sedaris and Stephen Colbert. Successive features included Deep in the Valley (2008), Wanted (2008), and Bride Wars (2009) (as the ineffectual fiancé of Anne Hathaway). In 2009, Pratt joined the NBC sitcom Parks & Recreation as a guest star, but his turn as the dim-witted Andy Dwyer was so well-received that he was promoted to series regular for season 2. While on the show, Pratt also juggled some major movie roles, co-starring with Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill as baseball player Scott Hatteberg in the blockbuster Moneyball (2011) and appearing as a Navy SEAL in 2012's controversial Zero Dark Thirty.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Once lived in his car in Hawaii.
- Discovered by actress-director Rae Dawn Chong while he was working at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. on Maui.
- Was nominated twice for Teen Choice Awards for his portrayal of Bright Abbott on the TV series Everwood.
- Originally signed on for NBC's Parks and Recreation for a six-episode guest spot, but his character's popularity prompted the producers to make him a regular in Season 2.
- Made a bet with Chris Evans over who would win Super Bowl XLIX; as a result, both actors visited children's hospitals in Seattle and Boston, dressed in their superhero regalia.