Johnny Knoxville is a many-sided American entertainer popularly known as the co-creator and star of Jackass, a reality television show which aired on MTV from October 1, 2000, to February 3, 2002. He also featured, alongside his Jackass co-stars, in the Jackass film series released in 2003, 2006, 2010, and 2013, and has gone on to appear in many television series and shows, in addition to starring in many films.
Johnny Knoxville’s Age and Early Life
Known professionally by his stage name Johnny Knoxville, the actor was born as Philip John Clapp on March 11, 1971, in Knoxville, Tennessee.
He attended South-Doyle High School from where he graduated in 1989. According to him, he caught the acting bug after he came in contact with a copy of the novel On the Road, written by Jack Kerouac’s, given to him by his cousin, singer-songwriter Roger Alan Wade.
Consequently, after he graduated from high school, he moved to California to pursue a career in acting. He started off by making appearances mostly in TV adverts and also appeared in several screens works as an extra. Sadly, the big break he wanted so much never came so he decided to create opportunities for himself by writing and pitching article ideas to different magazines.
Eventually, Johnny Knoxville was able to draw the interest of Jeff Tremaine’s skateboarding magazine Big Brother, following his idea to test self-defense equipment on himself. The stunts were filmed and included in the “Number Two” video of Big Brother.
Knoxville is credited for being the brain behind many of the ideas in the show Jackass as well as the de facto leader of the group. Apart from him, the show also featured Jeff Tremaine, Sean Cliver, Spoezy, and Dave Carnie. It was the latter who made a pilot using footage from Big Brother and CKY videos.
They pitched a series to different networks with the help of Spike Jonze, a film director who was also a friend of Tremaine. MTV bought into the idea and the reality television show Jackass came to be. The show aired for three seasons between October 1, 2000, and February 3, 2002.
Before the Jackass was premiered on MTV, Johnny Knoxville and his group were offered to perform their stunts for Saturday Night Live every week but they turned it down. However, in 2005, Knoxville later hosted an episode of the show. He also represented Jackass in the Gumball 3000 alongside co-stars Steve-O, Chris Pontius among others.
As an actor, Johnny Knoxville has featured in several films but he is most popular for playing the role of Luke Duke in the 2005 film The Dukes of Hazzard, a film adaptation of the television series of the same title.
A year after the reality show Jackass stopped airing, Knoxville, alongside his co-stars, came back together for the filming of the first installment in the Jackass film series Jackass: The Movie. This was followed later by the release of the second and third installments, Jackass Number Two (2006), and Jackass 3D (2010) which marked the 10th anniversary of the franchise).
Three years after the release of the third installment, which marked the 10th anniversary of the franchise, the fourth Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa was also released and it was the first in the film series with a storyline. In it, Johnny Knoxville starred as his Jackass character Irving Zisman.
He has also featured in other films such as Men in Black II (2002) where he acted the role of a two-headed alien name Scrad / Charlie. He was also in the 2004 film A Dirty Shame and in the same year, he played a supporting character to The Rock in Walking Tall.
In 2005, Johnny Knoxville starred in Daltry Calhoun and The Ringer, playing the title character in the former. In the latter movie, he portrayed the role of Steve Barker, an office staff who pretends to have a disability and as a result, joins the Special Olympics in a bid to raise money and pay for his office janitor’s surgery. Still in the same year, he also starred in Lords of Dogtown in the role of Topper Burks.
The actor has appeared in many other films such as Coyote Ugly, Father of Invention, Nature Calls, Fun Size, The Last Stand, Movie 43, Small Apartments, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Elvis & Nixon, Skiptrace, Half Magic, Rosy, Above Suspicion, and Polar.
Apart from films, the actor has also featured in several television series and shows, including The Dudesons in America, which he co-produced. He also acted in 10 episodes of the now-canceled Nitro Circus and was the creator and executive producer of the show, which aired on MTV. He has also appeared on SexTV, King of the Hill, Adventures in Hollyhood, Jackassworld.com: 24 Hour Takeover, Dancing with the Stars, Ridiculousness, Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory, and Drunk History among others.
In addition to his other involvements in the entertainment business, Johnny Knoxville also co-owns a production company known as Dickhouse Productions with Jeff Tremaine and Spike Jonze of the Jackass franchise. Together with the Executive Producer of Jackass, Derek Fred, Johnny also made a formal announcement in May 2014 about the establishment of a new production company, ‘Hello Junior’.
Johnny Knoxville has been active in the entertainment industry for many years now and has garnered a net worth of $75 million according to a reliable online source. He is said to be paid not less than $5million for every movie he appears in and because he has a healthy bank account, he lives comfortably in a house worth $1.8 million in Dayton Beach.
What to Know About His Wife and Kids
The son of Philip and Lemoyne Clapp, Johnny’s father, who died in 2018, was a tire/car salesman while his mother, who died in 2017, was a Sunday school teacher.
On the 15th of May 1995, Johnny tied the knot with Melanie Lynn Clapp and their union was blessed with a daughter named Madison, who was born on May 15, 1995. Sadly, their marriage hit the rock, leading to a separation in July 2006 and a subsequent divorce in March 2008. Their divorce arrangements were finalized in July of the following year with the couple sharing custody of their daughter.
Johnny Knoxville had already moved on even before his divorce from his first wife was over. He got into a relationship with another lady named Naomi Nelson and on August 18, 2009, he announced that they had a baby on the way. Naomi Nelson eventually gave birth to a baby boy, Rocko Akira Clapp, on December 20, 2009, in Los Angeles.
On September 24, 2010, the duo got married and by the following year, they welcomed their second child, daughter Arlo Lemoyne Yoko Clapp, on October 6, 2011.
The talented entertainer is quite on the tall side. He stands at 6 feet 1 inch (1.85m) and weighs 170lbs (77kg). The stunt performer also wears shoe size 11 (US- 44 EU).