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Johnny Knoxville

Johnny Knoxville

Johnny Knoxville


Johnny Knoxville (born Philip John Clapp on March 11, 1971 in Knoxville, Tennessee) is an American comic actor and daredevil. Knoxville has been featured in a number of films, but is best known as the co-creator and principal star of the MTV series Jackass and its subsequent films. After graduating from South-Doyle High School in 1989 in Knoxville, Tennessee, Clapp moved to California to become an actor, and at first appeared in commercials and as an extra. Read more on Last.fm
Johnny Knoxville (born Philip John Clapp on March 11, 1971 in Knoxville, Tennessee) is an American comic actor and daredevil. Knoxville has been featured in a number of films, but is best known as the co-creator and principal star of the MTV series Jackass and its subsequent films. After graduating from South-Doyle High School in 1989 in Knoxville, Tennessee, Clapp moved to California to become an actor, and at first appeared in commercials and as an extra. Not getting the big break he had hoped for, he began writing and pitching article ideas to various magazines. He also attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts on a scholarship, but dropped out within two weeks. An idea to test self-defense equipment on himself was picked up by the Jeff Tremaine-helmed skateboarding magazine Big Brother, and the stunts were filmed and included in Big Brother's Number Two video.

Knoxville's antics became a staple for Big Brother, whose colorful cast of contributors also included Chris Pontius, Steve-O and Dave England. Eventually, Knoxville, Tremaine, Sean Cliver and Dave Carnie produced a pilot that used Big Brother footage along with footage from Bam Margera's CKY videos, and with help from Tremaine's friend, film director Spike Jonze, they pitched a series to various networks. A deal was made with MTV and Jackass was born. Knoxville also participated in the Gumball 3000 for Jackass along with co-stars Steve-O and Chris Pontius and Jackass director Jeff Tremaine and producer Dimitry Elyashkevich. Prior to Jackass landing on MTV, Knoxville and company turned down an offer from Saturday Night Live to perform similar stunts for the show on a weekly basis. (Knoxville eventually did host SNL in 2005.) Knoxville has a daughter named Madison (born in 1996), whose name is tattooed on his chest. They both can be seen in the credits for Jackass Number Two.

On February 1, 2007, Knoxville and his wife of eleven years, Melanie, filed for legal separation. Shortly afterwards, they filed for divorce. Knoxville is 6'1" (1.85 m) tall. He is the cousin of singer-songwriter Roger Alan Wade. Knoxville was able to make friends with two of his heroes, Johnny Cash, and Hunter S. Thompson before their respective deaths, even buying a cabin and other possessions from Cash. Read more on Last.fm.

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