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Also Known As: Dax Randall Shepard Died:
Born: January 2, 1975 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Milford, Michigan, USA Profession: actor

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Thanks to being adept at comedy, particularly improvisation, actor Dax Shepard developed his natural gifts into a substantial career in a short period of time. His skills as an improviser led to his breakout role in the hidden camera prank show, "Punk'd" (MTV, 2002-07), starring co-creator Ashton Kutcher in a series that sought to pull practical jokes on unwitting celebrities. Though only on the show for one season, Shepard quickly turned into a cult celebrity overnight and soon branched out into other projects. He parlayed his success into substantial roles in "Zathura" (2005) and "Idiocracy" (2006), though he stumbled a bit with rather lame comedies like the woeful "Let's Go to Prison" (2006). Shrugging off the setback, Shepard bounced back nicely with a supporting part in "Baby Mama" (2008) and followed it up with a regular role on the hit television series "Parenthood" (NBC, 2010- ), which helped establish him as a rising star worthy of attention.Born on Jan. 2, 1975 in Milford, MI, Shepard had a routinely uneventful life until his junior year at Walled Lake Central High School, when he read a copy of Jack Kerouac's On The Road, which prompted him to ditch his college plans and roadtrip with a...

Thanks to being adept at comedy, particularly improvisation, actor Dax Shepard developed his natural gifts into a substantial career in a short period of time. His skills as an improviser led to his breakout role in the hidden camera prank show, "Punk'd" (MTV, 2002-07), starring co-creator Ashton Kutcher in a series that sought to pull practical jokes on unwitting celebrities. Though only on the show for one season, Shepard quickly turned into a cult celebrity overnight and soon branched out into other projects. He parlayed his success into substantial roles in "Zathura" (2005) and "Idiocracy" (2006), though he stumbled a bit with rather lame comedies like the woeful "Let's Go to Prison" (2006). Shrugging off the setback, Shepard bounced back nicely with a supporting part in "Baby Mama" (2008) and followed it up with a regular role on the hit television series "Parenthood" (NBC, 2010- ), which helped establish him as a rising star worthy of attention.

Born on Jan. 2, 1975 in Milford, MI, Shepard had a routinely uneventful life until his junior year at Walled Lake Central High School, when he read a copy of Jack Kerouac's On The Road, which prompted him to ditch his college plans and roadtrip with a friend in a beat-up Mustang for the next five months. But he soon learned the value of a college education, and eventually attended the University of California at Los Angeles, where he earned his degree in anthropology, even though he had always had his sights set on becoming an actor. Displaying a knack for comedy, Shepard joined the renowned Groundlings Theater, which led to landing several commercials, including an appearance as a golfer in a lawnmower spot and a guy who nearly gets his head knocked off by Evander Holyfield in a popular beer ad.

Meanwhile, Shepard made his feature film debut in "Hairshirt" (1998), a low-budget romantic comedy that won several awards at the 2000 Slamdunk Film and Video Festival. His next feature role was in the independent and virtually unknown "Boyz-N-The-Burbs" (1998), which he followed with his breakout role as Ashton Kutcher's field agent for the first season of the popular hidden camera show, "Punk'd," which attempted to trap various celebrities in practical jokes. A series of smaller roles on television and in film soon followed. Shepard appeared on "Life with Bonnie" (ABC, 2002-04), playing a young commercial director who desires something other than Bonnie's wholesome image to sell her favorite childhood soup in one episode, and a plastic surgeon who leaves his mark on Bonnie's face before she goes on air in another.

Continuing his track on the small screen, Shepard provided his voice for "King of the Hill" (FOX, 1996-2009), which he followed with a small role on the big screen in "Cheaper By the Dozen" (2003), a remake of the 1950s Clifton Webb family comedy. He next appeared in the Nick Lachey music video "Shut Up," which led to a subsequent appearance on the short-lived "Making the Video" (MTV, 2000-02). Shepard had his first starring role in "Without a Paddle" (2004), a buddy comedy co-starring Seth Green and Matthew Lillard about three misfit friends who embark on a childhood dream of finding a legendary bank robber's secret stash of $200,000. Instead they find trouble in the form of wild rapids, vicious Rottweilers and disgruntled deep-woods marijuana farmers. Somewhat satirizing John Boorman's classic "Deliverance" (1972), the movie found Shepard working alongside that film's star, his childhood idol Burt Reynolds.

Shepard's star continued to rise when he signed on to appear in "Zathura" (2005), the sequel to the surprisingly successful "Jumanji" (1995). He next played the knuckleheaded lawyer of a man (Luke Wilson) whose participation in a scientific experiment transports him to the year 2505, where he becomes the world's smartest man in Mike Judge's "Idiocracy" (2006). In the raunchy prison comedy, "Let's Go to Prison" (2006), he played a three-time convict who opts for a fourth go-round on the inside in order to exact revenge against the son of a judge (Will Arnett).

Following a small role in the sports parody "The Comebacks" (2007), Shepard earned a degree of off-screen notoriety when, not long after beginning to date actress Kate Hudson, her ex-boyfriend Owen Wilson attempted suicide around the same time pictures of Shepard and Hudson kissing were splashed across tabloid covers. While Wilson never publically commented as to the reasons for such desperation, the press deemed him lovesick over his ex moving on with Shepard. Not long after the fracas, the newly minted couple broke up. Shepard went on to appear in a small role in the Tina Fey-Amy Poehler comedy, "Baby Mama" (2008) and was a narcissistic male model in the romantic comedy, "When in Rome" (2010), which starred his future finance, Kristen Bell. Turning back to television, he landed as a regular on the small screen version of "Parenthood" (NBC, 2010- ), an ensemble comedy-drama that was adapted from Ron Howard's 1989 feature film.

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  Hit and Run (2012)

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 Judge, The (2014)
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 Hit and Run (2012)
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 When in Rome (2010)
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 Freebie, The (2010)
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 Smother (2008)
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 Baby Mama (2008)
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 Comebacks, The (2007)
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 Idiocracy (2006) Frito
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Began performing at the Groundlings comedy troupe in Los Angeles, CA
1998:
Made acting debut in "Hairshirt" and the independent film "Boyz-N-The-Burbs"
2003:
Cast as part of Ashton Kutcher's crew on the first season of MTV's hidden camera show "Punk'd"
2003:
Played a small role opposite Steve Martin in "Cheaper by the Dozen"
2003:
Appeared in Nick Lachey's "Shut Up" video and on his MTV reality series "Newlyweds"
2004:
Landed first lead role in the comedy "Without a Paddle," playing a lovable boozer and pothead
2005:
Cast in the Jon Favreau directed "Zathura," a sequel to1995's "Jumanji"
2006:
Co-starred with Luke Wilson in the Mike Judge sci-fi comedy "Idiocracy"
2006:
Co-starred with Dane Cook and Jessica Simpson in the comedy "Employee of the Month"
2008:
Cast opposite Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in the comedy "Baby Mama"
2008:
Co-starred alongside Liv Tyler and Diane Keaton in "Smother"
2010:
Cast as one of Kristen Bell's suitors in "When in Rome"
2010:
Cast as Crosby Braverman on NBC's updated version of the 1989 film "Parenthood"
2010:
First dramatic film role, "The Freebie"
2010:
Made feature writing and directorial debut with "Brother's Justice"; co-directed with David Palmer
2012:
Co-starred with Kristen Bell and Bradley Cooper in action comedy "Hit and Run"; also wrote screenplay and co-directed with Palmer
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Education

Walled Lake Central High School: Walled Lake , Michigan -
University of California, Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California - 2000

Notes

"I actually made the transition from acting to anthropology and then back to acting," he says. "Basically, my mom would pay my rent while I was a struggling actor if I went to college. So it was my job to go to UCLA."---Shepard quoted to TV Guide, August 16, 2004.

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