Josh Duhamel is one actor that many people look forward to viewing his work. He is tall and handsome; add this to his awesome acting skills and you have all the ingredients of what a good Hollywood actor is supposed to be. His best-known works are his role in the Transformers film series as well as the NBC TV series, Las Vegas.
But long before Duhamel kickstarted his acting career, he worked as a model. He would later go on to gain more fame for marrying his celebrity crush, singer Fergie. Although the marriage ended faster than their fans expected, it endured for close to eight years. Both have since moved on with their lives and the gifted actor has continued to upgrade his profile in the entertainment industry through his numerous modeling and acting gigs.
Josh Duhamel Launched His Modeling Career Immediately After College
After leaving college, Josh Duhamel left his hometown of Minot, North Dakota for Northern California with an ex-girlfriend in a bid to launch his modeling career. He did a number of odd jobs to survive before he later caught his big break when he won the title of Male Model of the Year in an International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) competition in 1997. He notably beat Ashton Kutcher, who finished runner-up.
Josh would go on to bag a few modeling jobs, appearing in many fashion magazines and rising to fame. He appeared nude in Greg Gorman’s photography book entitled “As I See It” in 2000. Later in 2004, he made the list of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in The World. He has also been featured on the cover of many magazines in the past years, including Haute Living, DaMan, and AugustMan, and has also appeared in ad campaigns for brands such as Sharper Image, GHMumm Champagne, and Corona Extra. In December 2014, he appeared in an eyewear ad for T-Charge and then featured in a Taco Bell ad for Web of Fries in 2018.
He Made His Acting Debut in Grand Style in 1999
Josh Duhamel’s exposure to the fashion world must have given him a glimpse into the amazing opportunities that the entertainment industry held. After spending just a few years in Northern California, he moved to Los Angeles to try his hands in acting. In 1999, he had his earliest acting roles in the music video of Christina Aguilera‘s Genie in a Bottle. In that same year, he also featured in Donna Summer’s I Will Go With You music video before landing a role in the soap opera, All My Children.
Duhamel’s role in All My Children proved to be his breakthrough as the series brought him to the limelight; especially after he won one out of the three Daytime Emmy Award nominations he received. He was named Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2003. Meanwhile, in 2002, he appeared as Richard Reed in an episode of Ed. The next year, he was cast as Danny McCoy in the TV series, Las Vegas, which spanned 5 different seasons. He played the main role in 106 episodes of the series and walked home with two Teen Choice Award nominations.
After this initial success, Josh Duhamel seemed to be landing the right movies every step of the way with roles opposite well-known Hollywood faces.
Duhamel Became a Hollywood Star With His Role in Transformers
In 2004, the actor was seen alongside actress Kate Bosworth in Win a Date With Tad Hamilton after making his cinematic debut in The Picture of Dorian Gray the same year. His portrayal of the character of Tad Hamilton got him nominated twice for Teen Choice Awards. He further played Alex in the 2006 film, Turistas, which equally earned him a Teen Choice Award nomination.
Josh Duhamel then starred as Captain William Lennox alongside Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox in the hit action film, Transformers, in 2007. He reprised his roles in the sequels; Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), and Transformers: The Last Knight (2017). His performance in the first movie landed him another Teen Choice Award nomination.
Having garnered widespread fame with his role of Captain William Lennox, Duhamel has gone on to appear in several films and TV series, including The Romantics (2010), Life as We Know It (2010), Safe Haven (2013), Scenic Route, (2013), 11.22.63, (2016), Love, Simon (2018), Veronica Mars (2019), The Lost Husband (2020), Think Like a Dog (2020), and Jupiter’s Legacy (2020).
Besides acting in both lead and minor roles, Duhamel did voice-over works in the animated series, Jake and the Never Land Pirates.
Josh Duhamel Has Accumulated a Fortune From His Work in the Entertainment Industry
The Transformers star is full of strength and vigor and still has quite a number of years to put into his career. He has so far lasted for more than a few years, a time during which he has appeared in many successful projects; over 45 movies/TV shows. He has also been able to bag mouth-watering modeling gigs, all of which have contributed to his earnings as he is estimated to have a net worth of around $18 million.
Working as a Director and Producer Has Also Bolstered His Earnings
Beyond being recognized for his acting prowess, Josh Duhamel has also made exploits in the arena of directing and producing. He made his directorial debut in the 2019 movie, Buddy Games, which he also wrote, produced, and featured in. His extraordinary directing talent earned him an Achievement in Filmmaking Award, as well as a Best Genre Film Award at the Mammoth Film Festival.
Outside entertainment, Duhamel is a successful businessman who serves as the co-founder of 10 North Main, a restaurant situated in his hometown of Minot, North Dakota.
Facts About His Marriage And Divorce From Fergie
Josh Duhamel had the opportunity to come in contact with his long-time celebrity crush, then Black Eyed Peas member Fergie, in 2004 on the set of the Las Vegas show. They started dating in September 2004.
After dating for a five-year period, Duhamel and Fergie got married on January 10, 2009. Not long after, the storm that shook their marriage came. Infidelity allegations were laid against Duhamel, but despite this, their marriage remained strong after going for therapy sessions. Four years later in August 2013, their son Axl Jack was born.
But despite all they had gone through to remain together, the couple announced their separation in 2017. They remained separated for a two year period before filing for divorce in June 2019. Divorce proceedings were later finalized in November 2019.
Josh Duhamel and Fergie’s marriage reportedly crashed as a result of individual differences, with their tight working schedule playing a part. The two realized that they weren’t so compatible and decided to part ways amicably, agreeing on joint legal and physical custody of their son without any demands of child support from either partner.
Josh Duhamel Has Since Been Dating Audra Mari
Soon after separating from his estranged wife in 2017, Josh Duhamel got romantically connected with Spanish actress Eiza Gonzalez but the affair was short-lived. He then began dating former beauty queen Audra Mari in 2019. The lovebirds were first sighted together at Nobu in Malibu before being spotted again sharing a smooch at Toronto Airport in October of the same year. The duo have continued to wax strong as a couple, making multiple public appearances in 2020.
Duhamel’s lady love is a quarter Filipina model and TV host who has won many beauty pageant titles such as Miss North Dakota USA in 2014 and Miss World America in 2016. She also finished second place at the Miss Teen USA competition held in 2011.