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Pratt at the Japan premiere of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in 2018
Christopher Michael Pratt

(1979-06-21) June 21, 1979 (age 44)
Occupation Actor
Years active 2000–present
Children 3
Relatives Schwarzenegger family (in-laws)
Kennedy family (in-laws)
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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), 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.

Early life

Christopher Michael Pratt was born on June 21, 1979, in Virginia, Minnesota. His mother worked at a 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 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, 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. 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.


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. Pratt's first regular television role was as Harold Brighton "Bright" Abbott on the series Everwood. After Everwood's 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.

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Pratt at the premiere of Parks and Recreation in April 2009

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. 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 pounds (18 kg), which Pratt attributed to the cooking of his then-girlfriend, actress Anna Faris. Deciding to lose weight, he worked out continuously, regularly checking to see if the part was cast, losing a total of 30 pounds (14 kg). 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 $773.3 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. 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 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."

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Pratt at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con

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. 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. 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. 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". 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. 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 pounds (100 kg) for his role on Everwood to 295 pounds (134 kg) for Delivery Man, to 225–230 pounds (102–104 kg) 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

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Pratt and his ex-wife Anna Faris at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.

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. They lived in the Hollywood Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. Their son was born in 2012, nine weeks premature and weighing only 3 pounds 12 ounces (1.7 kg). 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. 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. 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 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.


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. 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. 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.


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Year Title Role Notes
2000 Cursed Part 3 Devon Short film
2003 The Extreme Team Keenan
2005 Strangers with Candy Brason
2007 Walk the Talk Cam
2008 Wieners Bobby
Wanted Barry
2009 Bride Wars Fletcher Flemson
Deep in the Valley Lester Watts
Jennifer's Body Roman Duda
The Multi-Hyphenate Chris Short film
2011 Take Me Home Tonight Kyle Masterson
Moneyball Scott Hatteberg
What's Your Number? Disgusting Donald
10 Years Cully
2012 The Five-Year Engagement Alex Eilhauer
Zero Dark Thirty Justin
2013 Movie 43 Doug Segment: "The Proposition"
Mr. Payback Darren Short film
Delivery Man Brett
Her Paul
2014 The Lego Movie Emmet Brickowski (voice)
Guardians of the Galaxy Peter Quill / Star-Lord
2015 Jurassic World Owen Grady
Jem and the Holograms Himself Cameo
2016 The Magnificent Seven Joshua Faraday
Passengers Jim Preston
2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Peter Quill / Star-Lord
2018 Avengers: Infinity War
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Owen Grady
Emmet's Holiday Party Emmet Brickowski (voice) Short film
2019 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Emmet Brickowski / Rex Dangervest (voices)
The Kid Grant Cutler
Avengers: Endgame Peter Quill / Star-Lord
2020 Onward Barley Lightfoot (voice)
2021 The Tomorrow War Dan Forester Also executive producer
2022 Jurassic World Dominion Owen Grady
Thor: Love and Thunder Peter Quill / Star-Lord
2023 The Super Mario Bros. Moviedagger Mario (voice) Post-production
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3dagger Peter Quill / Star-Lord Post-production
2024 Garfielddagger Garfield (voice) In production
The Electric Statedagger Keats Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Huntress Nick Owens 1 episode
2002–2006 Everwood Bright Abbott Main role, 89 episodes
2005 Path of Destruction Nathan McCain Television film
2006–2007 The O.C. Winchester "Ché" Cook Recurring role, 9 episodes
2008 The Batman Jake (voice) 1 episode
2009–2015, 2020 Parks and Recreation Andy Dwyer Main role, 126 episodes
2010, 2011 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Cooper Daniels (voice) 2 episodes
2014 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "Chris Pratt/Ariana Grande"
2017 Mom Nick Banaszak 1 episode
2022 The Terminal List James Reece Main role, 8 episodes; also executive producer
2022 The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special Peter Quill / Star-Lord Television special, Post-production

Video games

Year Title Voice Notes
2010 Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction Cooper Daniels
2015 Lego Jurassic World Owen Grady
Lego Dimensions Emmet Brickowski / Owen Grady

Theme park attractions

Year Title Role Venue
2017 Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission Breakout! Peter Quill / Star-Lord Disney California Adventure
2019 Jurassic World: The Ride Owen Grady Universal Studios Hollywood
2021 VelociCoaster Universal's Islands of Adventure
2022 Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Peter Quill / Star-Lord Epcot

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2004 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Sidekick Everwood Nominated
2005 Choice TV Sidekick Nominated
2012 Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Acting Ensemble Zero Dark Thirty Nominated
2013 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Parks and Recreation Nominated
2014 CinemaCon Awards Breakthrough Performer of the Year Guardians of the Galaxy Won
Young Hollywood Awards Super Superhero Nominated
Detroit Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Won
Breakthrough Performance Nominated
2015 Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Actor in an Action Movie Nominated
MTV Movie Awards Best Male Performance Nominated
Best Musical Moment Nominated
Best Comedic Performance Nominated
Best Hero Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Male Action Star Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Actor Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer Movie Star: Male Jurassic World Nominated
2016 People's Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actor Nominated
Favorite Action Movie Actor Nominated
Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Actor in an Action Movie Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actor Nominated
MTV Movie Awards Best Male Performance Nominated
Best Action Performance Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: AnTEENcipated Actor The Magnificent Seven Nominated
2017 Saturn Awards Best Actor Passengers Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Won
Choice Movie: Ship (with Zoe Saldana) Nominated
2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards MTV Generation Award N/A Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Liplock (with Zoe Saldana) Avengers: Infinity War Nominated
Choice Summer Movie Actor Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Won
People's Choice Awards The Male Movie Star of 2018 Nominated
The Action Movie Star of 2018 Nominated
2019 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Butt-Kicker Won
People's Choice Awards The Animated Movie Star of 2019 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Nominated
2020 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Male Voice from an Animated Movie Nominated
2021 Critics' Choice Super Awards Best Voice Actor in an Animated Movie Onward Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie Nominated

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