ELVIS & NIXON
JOHNNY KNOXVILLE (Sonny) rapidly gained fame as the creator and
star of the MTV reality series "Jackass"and is one of Hollywood's most
sought-after talents. He starred in and produced the box-office hits Jackass
(2002), Jackass Number Two (2006) and Jackass 3D (2010). The latter film opened
No. 1 at the box office, earning $50 million and setting a record for biggest
October debut. Jackass 3D was the third-straight No. 1 opening for the
Knoxville then starred in Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013), which opened at
No. 1 in its first weekend and earned more than $150 million worldwide. The film
was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, becoming
the first installment in the series to be nominated for an Oscar. An unrated and
extended version of the film titled Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5 premiered
on MTV before being released on Blu-ray.
The actor can be seen in the upcoming action-comedy Skiptrace, co-starring
Jackie Chan, and the drama Weightless, alongside Julianne Nicholson.
Other credits include action film The Last Stand, opposite Arnold
Schwarzenegger; crime drama Small Apartments, alongside Billy Crystal and James
Caan; comedy Nature Calls, with Patton Oswalt; comedic actioner Fun Size,
opposite Victoria Justice and Chelsea Handler; comedy The Ringer, opposite
Katherine Heigl; action-comedy The Dukes of Hazzard, with Seann William Scott;
biopic Lords of Dogtown, co-starring Heath Ledger and Emile Hirsch; comedy A
Dirty Shame, with Tracey Ullman and Selma Blair; action film Walking Tall,
opposite Dwayne "The Rock"Johnson; and sci-fi sequel Men in Black II, alongside
Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.
In addition to the Jackass franchise, Knoxville and his Dickhouse Production
partners Jeff Tremaine and Spike Jonze have produced several shows for MTV,
including "Nitro Circus,""Rob and Big"and "Dudesons in America."He also
produced the critically acclaimed documentaries The Wild and Wonderful Whites of
West Virginia and Birth of Big Air (about famed BMX biker Matt Hoffman).
Knoxville and his cousin Roger Alan Wade host a Sirius Radio show on Channel 60
called "The Big Ass Happy Family Jubilee."Knoxville can also be heard as the
voice of Leonardo in the 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles feature film and its
forthcoming sequel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.
In 2014 Knoxville started his own venture with Hello Junior Productions, which
signed an exclusive two-year first-look deal with Paramount Pictures. Most
recently, Knoxville finished producing and released Being Evel, a documentary
based on the real story behind the myth of American icon Robert "Evel"Knievel
and his enduring legacy.
Born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, Knoxville (born Philip John Clapp)
became interested in acting at an early age. At the age of 18 he moved to
California to pursue his acting career and supported himself through appearing
in commercials and occasionally writing for magazines such as Blunt, Bikini and
Big Brother. In 1997 Knoxville, Jeff Tremaine and Spike Jonze pitched their idea
for "Jackass"to MTV and thus began his acting career.
Knoxville currently lives in Los Angeles.
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