Who is Johnny Knoxville?
Johnathan “Johnny” Frank Knoxville (born January 9, 1971) is an American comedian, daredevil, and actor. He is best known as a co-creator and principal cast member of the MTV reality stunt show Jackass, which aired for three seasons from 2000 – 2002.
Start of career
Knoxville had begun to perform with his father’s puppet shows at fairs and birthday parties, leading up to performing stand-up comedy routines at bars at age 16. He began working for magazines as a photojournalist, eventually moving into television commercials. At the age of 18 he moved out of his parent’s house and worked as an intern for Jeff Tremaine’s skateboarding magazine Big Brother before quitting college to work full time as a production assistant on various reality shows.
At first he tried to buy the rights to the show and pitch it to various networks, but later came back to Spike and asked if they would consider buying it. During this time Jackass had already become a huge hit around the world and he did not want to sell it off because of his love for his crew.
Start of a solo career
During the Jackass Number Two tour he briefly left the group and started a solo career. The first appearance of this period was an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where he appeared as Bryan Callen from MAD tv during the week of March 15–19, 2005, although that skit was a parody of Tom Green’s guest spots on RAW in which he played a character called “Buddha Jones”. Johnny later returned to the group after being convinced by Doug Pray who wanted him for a movie project he was working on at the time.
Morgan Spurlock chose Johnny to star in his first feature-length documentary called The Dudesons Movie about four average guys from Finland who perform crazy stunts for an MTV show. After seeing Knoxville’s audition tape, he was put on the plane to Helsinki with cameras rolling immediately after saying goodbye to his wife and newborn son. The movie wasn’t successful but had eventually led to him getting cast on the hit series Jackass.
TV show of Johnny
Johnny had later acquired a 50% stake in Big Brother Magazine through his exploits with the Jackass Crew who appeared in its pages frequently. Knoxville was also the owner of a public-access television cable TV show called “The Johnny Knoxville Show” that later went on to become “Action Sports World.”
According to Celebrity Net Worth, the star has an estimated net worth of $75 million as of 2016. Additionally he earned upwards of $12 million from movie acting alone during that year; it appears that most of this amount came from performances in his two biggest blockbusters, Jackass 3D (2011), which took the box office by storm with a jaw-dropping $117.0 million in sales, and Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013), which grossed $102.2 million.
Stunt causes injury to Johnny
During its filming Knoxville had broken one of his molars while performing a stunt in which he crashed into a hundred-foot wave on purpose; after the accident he decided that the scene was too dangerous and left it out of the episode. He also broke two ribs while shooting an episode with Steve-O trying to break dance by launching themselves into walls while wearing night vision goggles.
He has stated in interviews that he often mistaken for Tom Green, another famous prankster who had a similar show on MTV. Knoxville was inspired to start his own show after watching The Tom Green Show presented by his friend, Steve-O.
Trouble in teenage
During his teens he got into trouble with law enforcement on more than one occasion, the most infamous of which occurred in December 1995 when he was arrested for assault after taking part in a fight during his high school lunch break. He had been jumped by four Marines from Camp Pendleton, who took him behind their barracks where they proceeded to beat him until an off-duty policeman came along and broke up the attack. In September 2005 Johnny was arrested yet again due to alcohol consumption while under the influence of nitrous oxide during a night out in Columbus, Georgia and spent the night at Muscogee County jail with a $1,000 bond.
Friendship with Bam Margera
He also became close friends with Bam Margera after they first met during the filming of a street stunt for Jackass where Bam crashed his bicycle into a snake and broke three ribs, an episode which ended up turning into a home video called Ryan Dunn vs. the World since Ryan decided to go ahead with shooting stunts as planned despite being in that condition.
Since then they have appeared together in numerous movies throughout the 2000s, usually as loveable best buddies although this was not meant to be part of their real life relationship until much later on. In 2010 Knoxville stated that he would have been cast as Fred Flintstone or Barney Rubble for The Flintstones (1994) if it had been a live action movie instead of an animated one.
Johnny’s other favorite pastime includes going out with his friends and having fun which he has done on several occasions; in 2005 he went zip-lining and parasailing in Cancun with Bam Margera, Wee Man and Preston Lacy while other activities have included bungee jumping, skydiving, hiking the Grand Canyon, playing paintball with The Dudesons and rescuing kittens from trees.
His other favorite sports are surfing, skateboarding, wakeboarding and snowboarding which he enjoys doing whenever time allows since he considers himself to be a workaholic who is so committed to being active that his friends have called him “hyperactive”.
Films of Knoxville
Knoxville has acted in several films, including Men in Black II (2002), The Dukes of Hazzard (2005), and The Ringer (2005). In 2007 he hosted and produced the VH1 series True Reasons with Johnny Knoxville while also producing and starring in Bam’s Unholy Union on CMT. He starred in Bad Grandpa , which was released on October 25, 2013.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is Johnny still famous?
Yes, he is still famous and also gets a lot of achievements.
- At which age he start his career?
He started his career at very young age. At the age of 16 he started this.