Hollywood Heavyweights: The Cast of ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’

Three of today’s fastest rising stars–Jessica Simpson, pop princess and reality TV star; Johnny Knoxville, the Jackass himself; and Seann William Scott, our all American boy–are together for the rip-roarin’, speed chasin’ hoedown of the summer, The Dukes of Hazzard.

Jessica Simpson

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Real Name:Jessica Simpson
Birthday: Born in Dallas, Texas on July 10,1980.
Family:Her father Joe Simpson was a minister and psychologist but now manages both his daughters careers. Sister Ashlee is following in her sister’s footsteps with her own record deal and reality show on MTV. Jessica’s mother Tina Simpson is also a major fixture in her career.
Education: Jessica attended Richardson North Junior High in Richardson, Texas and graduated in 1995.
The Early Years: Jessica auditioned for the Mickey Mouse Club when she was younger but was beat out by the likes of Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake. Jessica began her musical career by singing for a gospel record label.
First Feature: The Dukes of Hazzard is Jessica’s feature film debut.
Best Quote: “Is this chicken or is this fish? I know it’s tuna. But it says chicken of the sea.”–on asking husband, Nick Lachey, to explain what a can of Chicken of the Sea really meant.
Up Next: She is signed on to star as a spoiled young heiress in Room Service, a big-screen adaptation of the novel by Beverly Brandt.
Settling Down? For now, she is still married to her sweetie, former boy bander Nick Lachey. But there seems to be trouble brewing–at least, that’s what the tabloids keep saying.

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Johnny Knoxville

Johnny Knoxville

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Real Name:Phillip John Clapp
Birthday: Born in Tennessee on March 11, 1971.
Family: Father Phil and mother Lemoyne. Johnny is married to Melanie Clapp, the mother of his daughter Madison, born in 1996.
Education: Johnny attended American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California on scholarship. He left, however, after just two weeks.
The Early Years: Before his Jackass days–turning practical jokes and over-the-top stunts into an art form–Knoxville was offered a spot on Saturday Night Live, which he turned down.
First Feature: 2000’s Coyote Ugly.
Best Quote: “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 to happen. That’s the same reason you watch our show.” –on the appeal of his show, Jackass, to Los Angeles Times .
Up Next: Johnny just finished filming The Ringer, in which he plays a down and out corporate runner who pretends to be intellectually challenged so he can enter the Special Olympics. It’s set to be released later this year.
Settling Down? Johnny is seemingly happily married but has had to nixed with some nasty rumors about a fling with Simpson on the Hazzard set. Oh, those tabloids.

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Seann William Scott

Seann William Scott

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Real Name:Seann William Scott (funny how that works)
Birthday: He was born in Cottage Grove, Minnesota on July 12, 1977.
Family: Scott’s mother Pat and father Bill got divorced in 2001.
Education: Seann attended Park High School in Cottage Grove, Minnesota and graduated early in 1996.
The Early Years: He was discovered in a talent competition in Los Angeles and subsequently headed to New York City to audition for the ABC soap All My Children. He eventually starred in such sitcoms as Unhappily Ever After and Something So Right, before getting his big break in the American Pie series.
First Feature: As the obnoxious Stifler in the popular 1999 teen sex comedy American Pie.
Best Quote: “Even in junior high, people used to call me Church Boy.”–on how he is different from his oversexed American Pie character
Up Next: Seann is set to star in upcoming films Mr. Woodcock, with Billy Bob Thornton, and Southland Tales, with Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Settling Down: Seann used to date model Jacqui Smith, but they are no longer together. He’s back on the market!

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