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Also Known As: P.J. Clapp, Phil Clapp, Phillip John Clapp, Phillip John, John Phillip Clapp Died:
Born: March 11, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Tennessee, USA Profession: actor, TV host, director

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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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Movie 43 (2013)
4.
 Last Stand, The (2013)
6.
 Nature Calls (2012)
7.
 Small Apartments (2012)
8.
 Mississippi Wild (2012)
9.
 Jackass 3.5 (2011)
10.
 Jackass 3D (2010)
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Raised in South Knoxville, TN
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Moved to Los Angeles, CA briefly to attend American Academy of Dramatic Arts
1990:
Relocated to Los Angeles
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Worked as a commercial actor, appearing in spots for Mountain Dew and Coors Light
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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 <i>Big Brother</i> magazine
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Reportedly offered a spot on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC), which he turned down
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Became object of bidding war between MTV and Comedy Central
2000:
Made film acting debut in "Coyote Ugly"
2000:
Created, co-produced, hosted, and participated in stunts on MTV's breakout daredevil series "Jackass"
2001:
Appeared in "Life Without Dick"; aired on Encore in lieu of a theatrical release
2002:
Joined ensemble cast of comedy "Big Trouble"
2002:
Featured in period drama "Deuces Wild"
2002:
Co-starred as an alien in anticipated sci-fi comedy sequel "Men in Black 2"
2002:
Starred with original cast of MTV series in "Jackass" feature film
2004:
Cast opposite The Rock in "Walking Tall"
2004:
Appeared in Disney live-action feature "Around the World in 80 Days"
2004:
Starred in low budget comedy "Grand Theft Parsons"
2004:
Starred with Tracey Ullman and Selma Blair in John Waters' comedy "A Dirty Shame"
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
2005:
Cast opposite Seann William Scott, as Luke and Bo Duke, in big-screen adaptation of "The Dukes of Hazzard"
2006:
Produced (also starred in) "Jackass: Number Two"
2006:
Co-produced miniseries "Nitro Circus" for Fuel TV
2009:
Once again produced "Nitro Circus" as a regular series for MTV
2010:
Hosted three-part online video for Palladium Boots titled "Detroit Lives"
2010:
Co-produced "The Dudesons in America" on MTV
2010:
Produced third film in series "Jackass 3D," which marked 10th anniversary of the franchise
2013:
Co-starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger in action feature "The Last Stand"
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Education

American Academy of Dramatic Arts: Pasadena , California -
South-Young High School: Knoxville , Tennessee - 1989

Notes

"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 comic sensibilites to Rolling Stone February 1, 2001

"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 on the appeal of "Jackass", to Los Angeles Times March 20, 2001

"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 to 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 teenaged boy who copied a "Jackass" stunt which once again brought the show under fire by parents' groups and Senator Joseph Lieberman to Mean July 2001

On 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 bullshitting me."--Knoxville Interview September 2002

"It's always funny to see somebody get broke, There's nothing funnier than an untalented stuntman, in my opinion"---Knoxville

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Melanie Clapp. Designer. Married c. 1997 in Las Vegas; mother of Madison.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Phil Clapp. Tire store owner.
mother:
Lemoyne Clapp.
daughter:
Madison Clapp. Born c. 1996.

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