April 19th, 2010
04:04 PM ET

Brad Pitt grounded by volcano's impact

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Add Brad Pitt to the list of celebrities grounded from appearances due to the volcano.

The actor was scheduled to appear this evening in New York at a tribute dinner, sponsored by the government of Tanzania, in honor of his brother Doug Pitt's humanitarian work.

But Brad Pitt was traveling from Europe - or trying to. His plane has been grounded, like thousands of others, thanks to the power of the volcano beneath Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull glacier.

Doug Pitt, a professional photojournalist, is a director of Africa 6000 International, which has been active in supplying fresh water to those in need, according to its Web site.

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete is scheduled to honor Doug Pitt.

Filed under: Brad Pitt • Celebrities

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  1. Barabara Sell

    They could borrow my son.....he's in NYC and gets stopped on the street several times a day and is told he looks like Brad Pitt........

    April 20, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Melissa

    ibelieve25: Thank you for clarifying what Doug Pitt actually does for a living. I was just curious being a fellow Missourian. As he is a business owner/humanitarian it makes this situation sound more real for those of us who live in the mainstream. I'm sure he is well-deserving of his award and I'm even more certain his brother, Brad Pitt would be proud to watch him receive it.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Matteo

    awwwwww that's the pitts

    April 20, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Flip

    This is God's punishment for all the liberal socialists...haha

    April 20, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. heyamy

    or Harry Pitt : )

    April 20, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sasha

    This is news? Lots of people are grounded and I'm supposed to worry about Brad Pitt?

    April 20, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. christian champagne

    Maybe Brad could like adopt the volcano and then everything would be groovey

    April 20, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Traveler

    Is the US doing anything to bring our stranded travelers home? Boats for instance? No one seems to have a plan in mind. I assume they thought this would not last so long, but it has. Would be interested to know.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. suzy diamond

    Awwwwwwwww.......and why do we care?

    April 20, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. guestHawk

    and I care if Pitt is grounded because.... ?????

    April 20, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ibelieve25

    Doug owns his own Computer Company in Springfield, MO, that has been very successful. This is not the only charity he is involved in. He began Care to Share, a program that locally helps out students in schools who may not be fortunate to have the money for basic things like school supplies, shoes, or even toothbrushes. He also has helped with the something that hits even closer to home, having to do with his mother Jane Pitt. The Jane Pitt Cancer fund donated a large sum of money for child cancer patients. Doug is very active when it comes to giving back to his community. This is very well deserved for you Doug..congrats! Although I have not seen any of his photography, I am aware that he does so in his free time.

    April 20, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. marcphila

    are we supposed to care that brad pitt is grounded? is his life more important than the common person? i think not!

    April 20, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Glenn

    That volcano name just rolls off the tongue. Let's Fonzify it and shorten it to 'ey'

    April 20, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. buffalo

    I'm sure if the volcano knew that it was inconveniencing BRAD PITT it would halt all volcanic activity immediately!

    April 20, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  15. Josh

    I bet Brad has a comfy hotel room to wait out the grounding, and is not sleeping on the floor of some airport terminal.

    April 20, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  16. Melissa

    Gee last I heard Doug Pitt was a bank officer or financial/stockbroker something or another in Southern Mo. Where did the professional photojournalist come from? Has anyone seen his work nationally?

    April 20, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  17. Daniel Troppy

    The only difference is that since Brad is stuck in Europe he can just camp out at one of his many homes he owns, unlike most of the other travelers.

    April 20, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  18. Marlena

    Let's see – Brad Pitt, Doug Pitt – is their brother Dirk Pitt? 🙂

    April 20, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  19. marjorie m. gera

    Wow thats so cool! Brad has a brother and not only that he is following Angelins humanitarian efforts. I know I sound scarcastic but really I'm not. However I do think it is a shame we hear about A-B all the time but some one who is not in the lime light goes un-noticed untill famous brother gets stranded. Now thats scarcasem!

    April 20, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  20. Sharon M.

    If he really wanted to be there, he of all people has the financial means to have made alternate travel arrangements. No matter where he is in the world, he could've gotten (without flying) to a country unaffected by volcanic ash, and flown to NY. I'm appalled to hear a whiny, pitiful story about how a rich celebrity is stranded in Europe, when I know damn well he's not stranded. Truth is he doesn't want to be in NY to support his brother. Because, if he wanted to, he would be.

    April 20, 2010 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  21. misty

    too sad for Pitt....oh i mean Doug still there is always a next time for Brad to appear.

    April 20, 2010 at 5:14 am | Report abuse |
  22. tresa

    Haters got to hate them!!!!

    April 20, 2010 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
  23. Mike

    Not Brad Pitt, anyone but Brad Pitt

    April 20, 2010 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  24. L

    Good God. This is news? What importance is this that he has been stranded? Do these bloggers have some king of unnatural fixation on actor types or something and live for every moment they can report some useless bit of info? There are millions of people that have been stranded. So, if PItt has been stranded, soooooo what?

    April 20, 2010 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  25. Lilarose

    We put up with this ash thing when Mt. St. Helen's exploded in May, then again in July of wheneveritwas.

    Ash causes problems with cars, too.

    April 20, 2010 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  26. To David

    Brad and Angelina, their 6 kids, and his Mom and Dad are in Venice Italy and have been for over a month. Angelina is making a film there. So what break are you talking about?

    April 20, 2010 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  27. David

    Nice break from Angelina...bet he hopes for a month ash clouds.

    April 19, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Linda

    @ Ohhh Dear- I thought he was looking pretty scruffy lately too, but discovered the beard & hair were for a movie, so I gave him a pass for now.

    April 19, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Ohhhhh Dear

    Ohhhhhhhhh Dear Me .... NO! Ma Nature would dare to slight Brad Pitt! Geeee, do you suppose he'll now have time to get a hair cut, trim that gawdawful looking growth on his face and at least look like he's bathed once in the past month??? The guy is getting pretty darned scruffy looking – no wonder Ma Nature could care less if she
    erupted all over his plans !!

    April 19, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  30. jeannie gallaway

    I agree with "what now?"

    April 19, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Notoj

    The last time this volcanow errupted, it did so for 2 years. Hope these people have an over night bag or 600.

    April 19, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Jingky

    M0ther nature is asking now 4 her share!

    April 19, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  33. whatnow?

    So when do the other countries start to kick in money to feed these poor people who have been standed in airports for days with no way home, and have run out of money (in an airport, oh how could this happen?). The USA has put out so much money to hurricane, typhoon, earth quake, flood and drought victims, when is it time for OUR stranded, amongst others to get some help? They are virtually helpless by an act of God (oops) and we always seem to come to the rescue of everyone, so I think it may be time for someone else to feed the weary and tired, not to mention, broke and HOMELESS!

    April 19, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Martha

    Doug Pitt is better than Arm Pitt.

    April 19, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  35. ScrapSupply

    go mother nature!!

    check out this!!!!!!


    April 19, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Mar

    mother nature is in charge. We think we are in control but we sure are not.

    April 19, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  37. ScrapSupply

    Thats unfortunate. Tonnes of people are stranded and its no good. The volcano itself and the ash in the air is additionally important.


    April 19, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Head Diva In Charge

    There is a Doug Pitt?

    April 19, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  39. laura TJ

    Something we have no conrol over. Better safe ,than sorry.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |

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