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Johnny Knoxville

Johnny Knoxville (born Philip John Clapp; March 11, 1971) is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, film producer, and stunt performer. He is best known as a co-creator and cast member of the MTV series Jackass. Knoxville was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, the son of Lemoyne and Philip Clapp. His father worked as a car salesman. Knoxville credits a copy of Jack Kerouac's On the Road, given to him by his cousin Roger Alan Wade, with giving him the acting bug. After graduating from South-Young High School in 1989 in Knoxville, he moved to California to become an actor and 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. An idea to test self-defense equipment on himself was picked up by Jeff Tremaine's skateboarding magazine Big Brother, and the stunts were filmed and included in Big Brother's "Number Two" video. Knoxville, Jeff Tremaine, Sean Cliver, and Dave Carnie produced a pilot that used Big Brother footage and footage from Bam Margera's CKY videos; with help from Tremaine's friend, film director Spike Jonze, they pitched a series to various networks. A deal was made with

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Johnny Knoxville -- I Got DRUGGED at Frat House ... It Was Awesome!

Johnny Knoxville
I Got DRUGGED at Frat House ... It Was Awesome!

SOMEONE DRUGGED JOHNNY KNOXVILLE AT A FRAT HOUSE ... so says Johnny Knoxville, but he ain't exactly complaining about it. Knoxville says someone slipped an ecstacy pill into his beer during a… READ MORE >

Johnny Knoxville to Al Roker -- Wanna SHART In the Next 'Jackass' Movie?

Knoxville to Al Roker:
Wanna Shart in the Next 'Jackass' Movie?

Al Roker's crazy pants-pooping hijinks have impressed the master of all things dung ... and now Johnny Knoxville says he's inviting the weatherman to SHART in the next "Jackass" project. Knoxville… READ MORE >

- 651 days ago
Johnny Knoxville on Ryan Dunn: I'm Emotional, Upset

Johnny Knoxville on Ryan Dunn:
I'm Emotional, Upset

Johnny Knoxville says he's been running through a gauntlet of emotions since his friend and "Jackass" co-star Ryan Dunn died last week ... ranging from mind-numbing sadness to anger directed… READ MORE >

- 1212 days ago
Johnny Knoxville: 'I Lost My Brother Ryan Dunn'

Johnny Knoxville:
'I Lost My Brother Ryan Dunn'

Johnny Knoxville just took to Twitter -- expressing his sadness over the death of his friend, Ryan Dunn -- saying "Today I lost my brother Ryan Dunn. My heart goes out to his family and his… READ MORE >

- 1219 days ago
Bam Margera -- Check Out My Bloody, Stapled Head

Bam Margera:
Check Out My Bloody, Stapled Head

When Bam Margera claimed that doctors had to literally staple his head back together after a woman allegedly cracked him with a bat a few days ago -- he wasn't kidding. Bam was hanging poolside in… READ MORE >

- 1589 days ago
Johnny Knoxville -- Tough Nut to Crack

Johnny Knoxville
Tough Nut to Crack

Johnny Knoxville is putting his friend's genitals directly in harm's way -- so yeah, nothing new to see here.If it looks like Knoxville is on a Ferris wheel trying to throw a basketball at a… READ MORE >

- 1591 days ago
Knoxville Claims He Was Set Up

Knoxville
Claims He Was Set Up

Johnny Knoxville is a self-confessed jackass -- but says even he wouldn't knowingly bring a grenade into an airport.In a statement on his website, Johnny says the wardrobe gal from a commercial… READ MORE >

- 2104 days ago
Knoxville Pinned in Airport Grenade Incident

Knoxville Pinned in
Airport Grenade Incident

UPDATE: We've learned the "grenade" found in Knoxville's bag was the real deal -- but had no explosives. In other words, it was not a toy.Only a jackass brings a grenade to an airport -- and cops… READ MORE >

- 2105 days ago
Johnny Knoxville Straps Down a Panda

Johnny Knoxville
Straps Down a Panda

Hold the orange chicken -- "Jackass" star Johnny Knoxville is running his own panda express! The whack job was caught driving around L.A. with a seat-belted stuffed animal panda in his passenger… READ MORE >

- 2478 days ago
Johnny Knoxville -- Village People Reject

Johnny Knoxville
Village People Reject

"In the Navy, yes, you can sail the seven seas. In the Navy, yes, you can put your mind at ease!" // Johnny Knoxville showed up to upscale eatery Orso yesterday -- dressed in his best Navy uniform… READ MORE >

- 2597 days ago

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