The son of Jane Etta (née Hillhouse), a high school counselor, and William Alvin Pitt, a truck company owner, Pitt was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Along with his siblings Doug (born 1966) and Julie Neal (born 1969), he grew up in Springfield, Missouri, where the family moved soon after his birth. He was raised as a conservative Southern Baptist.
Pitt attended Kickapoo High School, where he was a member of the golf, tennis and swimming teams. He participated in the school’s Key and Forensics clubs, in school debates, and in musicals.
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