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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