Johnny Knoxville

Actor, TV host, Director
In one of the more non-traditional paths to stardom, Johnny Knoxville established a screen career by subjecting himself to humiliating, painful, and often dangerous stunts and pranks as creator and star of the MTV ... Read more »
Born: 03/10/1971 in Tennessee, USA

Filmography

Actor (55)

Guys Choice 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Guest

2014 American Comedy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

Guys Choice 2014 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Maron 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014 (Movie)

Leonardo (Voice)

Conan 2011, 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa 2013 (Movie)

Irving Zisman (Actor)

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Loiter Squad 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Movie 43 2013 (Movie)

Pete (Actor)

Small Apartments 2013 (Movie)

Tommy Balls (Actor)

The Last Stand 2013 (Movie)

Lewis Dinkum (Actor)

Nature Calls 2012 (Movie)

Kirk (Actor)

Nitro Circus The Movie 3D 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Ryan Dunn Tribute Special 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

SpongeBob SquarePants 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

2010 MTV Video Music Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Father of Invention 2011 (Movie)

Troy Coangelo (Actor)

Ridiculousness 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Performer

Jackass 3D 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2006, 2010 (Tv Show)

Guest

Nitro Circus 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Goode Family 2009 (Tv Show)

Voice

King of the Hill 2006, 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Unhitched 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Jackass: Number Two 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Daltry Calhoun 2005 (Movie)

Daltry Calhoun (Actor)

Lords of Dogtown 2005 (Movie)

Topper Burks (Actor)

Reel Comedy: The Dukes of Hazzard 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2005 MTV Movie Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2005 MTV Video Music Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dukes of Hazzard 2005 (Movie)

Luke Duke (Actor)

The Ringer 2005 (Movie)

Steve Barker/Jeffy (Actor)

Viva La Bam 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Dirty Shame 2004 (Movie)

Ray-Ray Perkins (Actor)

Grand Theft Parsons 2004 (Movie)

Phil Kaufman (Actor)

Introducing Graham Norton 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Walking Tall 2004 (Movie)

Ray Templeton (Actor)

The 2002 MTV Video Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2003 MTV Movie Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Trouble 2002 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

Deuces Wild 2002 (Movie)

Vinne Fish (Actor)

Jackass: The Movie 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Men in Black II 2002 (Movie)

Scrad/Charlie (Actor)

The 2001 MTV Video Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Andy Dick Show 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Life Without Dick 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 2001 MTV Movie Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Coyote Ugly 2000 (Movie)

College Guy (Actor)

Jackass 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Fruitcake (Movie)

(Actor)
Producer (10)

Being Evel 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

30 for 30 2010 (Tv Show)

Producer

Dudesons in America 2010 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Jackass 3D 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Nitro Circus Launch Special 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Steve-O: Demise and Rise 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Jackass: Number Two 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jackass: The Movie 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (4)

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa 2013 (Movie)

(Story By)

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jackass: Number Two 2006 (Movie)

Concepts (Other Writer)

Jackass: The Movie 2002 (Movie)

Concepts (Other Writer)

Biography

In one of the more non-traditional paths to stardom, Johnny Knoxville established a screen career by subjecting himself to humiliating, painful, and often dangerous stunts and pranks as creator and star of the MTV franchise "Jackass" (MTV, 2000-02). But it was Knoxville's comic energy and breezy slacker persona - rather than his sadomasochistic tendencies - that led to a film career. After he became a favorite with the teen crowd, he was cast in the lead in popular mainstream features like "The Dukes of Hazzard" (2005) and more offbeat indie fare like John Waters' "A Dirty Shame" (2004). His big screen spin-offs of "Jackass" continued to be solid performers at the box office, and with his fan base of rowdy teen boy imitators, swooning young ladies, and a peculiar bit of hip cache among sophisticates, Knoxville was hard to categorize but possessed undeniable appeal as a Hollywood personality.

Relationships

Lemoyne Clapp

Mother

Melanie Cates

Wife
Married May 15, 1995 in Las Vegas, NV Announced separation in February 2007 Divorced July 28, 2009

Phil Clapp

Father

Madison Clapp

Daughter
Born c. 1996; mother, Melanie Clapp

Rocko Clapp

Son
Born Dec. 20, 2009; mother, Naomi Nelson

Arlo Clapp

Daughter
Born Oct. 6, 2011; mother, Naomi Nelson

Naomi Nelson Assistant

Wife
Began dating in 2008 Married Sept. 24, 2010

EDUCATION

South-Young High School

Knoxville , Tennessee 1989

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

Pasadena , California
Briefly attended on scholarship, but dropped out within two weeks

Milestones

2013

Co-starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger in action feature "The Last Stand"

2010

Produced third film in series "Jackass 3D," which marked 10th anniversary of the franchise

2010

Hosted three-part online video for Palladium Boots titled "Detroit Lives"

2010

Co-produced "The Dudesons in America" on MTV

2009

Once again produced "Nitro Circus" as a regular series for MTV

2006

Co-produced miniseries "Nitro Circus" for Fuel TV

2006

Produced (also starred in) "Jackass: Number Two"

2005

Cast opposite Seann William Scott, as Luke and Bo Duke, in big-screen adaptation of "The Dukes of Hazzard"

2005

Cast in Catherine Hardwicke's "Lords of Dogtown"; film based on story of "The Z-Boys," an influential group of skateboarders who revolutionized the sport in Venice, CA during the 1970's

2004

Cast opposite The Rock in "Walking Tall"

2004

Starred with Tracey Ullman and Selma Blair in John Waters' comedy "A Dirty Shame"

2004

Appeared in Disney live-action feature "Around the World in 80 Days"

2004

Starred in low budget comedy "Grand Theft Parsons"

2002

Joined ensemble cast of comedy "Big Trouble"

2002

Starred with original cast of MTV series in "Jackass" feature film

2002

Featured in period drama "Deuces Wild"

2002

Co-starred as an alien in anticipated sci-fi comedy sequel "Men in Black 2"

2001

Appeared in "Life Without Dick"; aired on Encore in lieu of a theatrical release

2000

Made film acting debut in "Coyote Ugly"

2000

Created, co-produced, hosted, and participated in stunts on MTV's breakout daredevil series "Jackass"

1990

Relocated to Los Angeles

Raised in South Knoxville, TN

Worked as a commercial actor, appearing in spots for Mountain Dew and Coors Light

Became object of bidding war between MTV and Comedy Central

Moved to Los Angeles, CA briefly to attend American Academy of Dramatic Arts

Reportedly offered a spot on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC), which he turned down

Became an underground cult hit for his videotaped stunts including getting hit by a car and shooting himself with pepper spray; released as part of the "Big Brother Video Trilogy" an offshoot of Big Brother magazine

Bonus Trivia

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"My dad's name is Phil, too, and he was always pulling pranks on me when I was growing up. When I was seven or eight, he would get a hot dog and microwave it for ten seconds, get it lukewarm and flaccid, and run it through my lips when I was sleeping. I'd wake up and he'd be, like, zipping up his pants. I'd be, 'What're you doing?' And he'd explode with laughter. He's his own biggest fan. It's great. He's amazing. His personality is huge. My old man." – Knoxville, on the source of his humor to Rolling Stone magazine, Feb. 1, 2001

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"It's a real wonderful, sadistic feeling, and it gets your cockles up. I don't know. People love sports bloopers, car wrecks, train wrecks, car chases because you don't know what's going ot happen. That's the same reason you watch our show." – Knoxville to The Los Angeles Times, March 20, 2001

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"I don't feel responsible. It's upsetting that the kid had to get hurt, but every interview I've ever given, I say, 'Don't try this at home.' And there are verbal warnings on the show; there's written warnings on the show. It's merely a source of entertainment.""Even with my daughter, my wife will watch shows with her and there's some cartoons that Melanie doesn't want her to watch because she's not at that age yet. It's just a matter of, you know, being responsible and paying attention to what your kid's doing. So, no, it's a shame he had to get hurt, but I don't feel responsible and I don't think I have anything to apologize for." – Knoxville on the January 2001 incident involving the injury of a Connecticut teen who copied a "Jackass" stunt, which once again brought the show under fire by parents' groups and Sen. Joseph Lieberman, quoted in Mean magazine, July 2001

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Knoxville on his success: "It's pretty bizarre. I don't really think about it too much. My parents get more of a kick out of it than I do. It's not that I don't appreciate what's happened, it's just that they really get a kick out of it. My old man wears his 'Jackass' hat everywhere. My mom called and told me he was selling my autograph, but she was just bullsh*tting me." – quoted in Interview magazine, September 2002

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Seann William Scott, Knoxville's co-star in "The Dukes of Hazzard" on Knoxville's appeal: "Like when Nicholson really hit it in the 70's, I think John's that kind of guy. There's nobody out there like him. He's undeniably charming, the kind of actor that guys want to hang out with and girls want to f*ck." – from GQ magazine, August 2005

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