Chris Pratt is an American actor and comedian. He got his start on the television series “Everwood” in which he played the role of Andy Brown for six years. He is best known for his roles as Andy Dwyer in the NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation” and Peter Quill/Star-Lord in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film series “Guardians of the Galaxy“.
He has also worked as a voice actor in animated shows, including “The Simpsons”, “American Dad!”, and “King of the Hill”.
In addition to his voice work, Pratt is leading man for motion picture blockbusters, including “Guardians of the Galaxy”, “Jurassic World”, “Passengers”, “The Magnificent Seven”, and the upcoming sequel to Marvel’s “Avengers” franchise.
His success has earned him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, two MTV Movie Awards for Best Comedic Performance and Best On-Screen Duo with Anna Faris, a People’s Choice Award, and Teen Choice Awards for Film – Choice Actor and Movie – Choice Actor.
Pratt was born in Virginia, Minnesota, to Kathleen (née Indahl), who worked at a Safeway supermarket, and Daniel Clifton Pratt (1951–2009), who worked in mining and later managed a convenience store; they divorced in 1990. He has three sisters, two older (Ann and Jane) and one younger (Lorraine).
Pratt was raised in Lake Stevens, Washington, where he placed fifth in a high school state wrestling tournament. He is a 2001 graduate of Lake Stevens High School in Washington. During his time there, he was an athlete, and active in theatre productions; he has described himself as a drama-club “dork”. Pratt dropped out of community college, eventually earning a blue certificate diploma in acting from the University of Washington’s Professional Actors Training Program with emphasis on film.
Pratt started his career as Josh Nichols in the NBC comedy series “Everwood” (2002–06). He made his feature film debut in the comedy action film “Take Me Home Tonight” (2011); he was cast partly because of his resemblance to star Topher Grace.
In 2007, Pratt began playing Andy Dwyer on the NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation”, for which he received critical acclaim. “TIME” named Pratt one of 100 people who most affect our world, with the Arts and Entertainment category. In 2009, Pratt started gaining a following through his comedic roles in online shorts for “Pratt’s Extra Mile”, an extension video series of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”. He also had supporting roles in two mainstream films, sci-fi comedy “Moneyball” (2011) and comic book superhero film “Heroes Reborn” (NBC, 2015).
In 2016, Pratt headlined two blockbuster films: the Marvel Comics action-adventure movie “” and its sequel.
He reprised his role as Star-Lord in 2017’s sequel “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”, and its 2018 sequel “”. He also played Emmet in Warner Bros.’ live-action remake of “The Lego Movie”. In 2016, Time named Pratt one of the 100 most influential people in the world on the annual “Time 100” list; he was also included in Forbes’ 30 Under 30, a list honoring the most influential young people in 20 different fields.
Pratt was raised in the LDS Church, but he said that he has “letted go to the dogma” and is no longer religious; he stated that religion is very important to him on an emotional level, having been a source of comfort during difficult times. Pratt stated:
“I believe in God. I am a Christian and I’m proud of it.” Pratt’s father died in 2014, after suffering from multiple sclerosis for many years.
Pratt married actor Anna Faris in 2009. They announced their separation on August 6, 2017. They have one son together, Jack (born 2012). Pratt stated that he and Faris are still “very close, and love each other.” Pratt was engaged to actress Katherine Schwarzenegger.