Philip John Clapp (better known as Johnny Knoxville), the 32 year old 6'1" host of MTV' Jackass, was born on March 11, 1971 and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Johnny Knoxville rapidly gained fame as the creator and star of the controversial MTV reality series "Jackass," is one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents. Johnny starred in and produced the box-office hits, "Jackass," "Jackass Two" and "Jackass 3D". On October 15, 2010 "Jackass 3D" was #1 at the box office earning $50 million dollars during its opening weekend setting a record for biggest October debut. "Jackass 3D" was the third-straight #1 opening for Paramount's franchise. He has also been seen in "The Ringer" for the Farrelly Brothers opposite Katherine Heigel, and starred as Luke Duke in Warner Bros hit "Dukes of Hazaard" with Seann William Scott.
Before that he was seen in "The Lords of Dogtown" directed by Catherine Hardwicke and co-starring Heath Ledger and Emile Hirsch. Prior to "Lords of Dogtown", Knoxville starred in a wide variety of films including the John Waters ensemble comedy, "A Dirty Shame" with Tracey Ullman, Chris Isaak and Selma Blair. He was also seen in MGM's box-office hit "Walking Tall," starring opposite Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, as well as Barry Sonnenfeld's sequel "Men In Black 2."
Johnny and his Dickhouse Production partners, Jeff Tremaine and Spike Jonze have produced shows for MTV including Nitro Circus, Rob and Big, and The Dudesons. 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 also co-stars in the action film "The Last Stand" with Arnold Schwarzenegger set to release in January 2013. He also co-stars in "Small Apartments" starring alongside Billy Crystal and James Caan directed by Jonas Åkerlund. He also stars in the comedy Fun Size opposite Victoria Justice and Chelsea Handler.
Currently, Knoxville and his cousin Roger Alan Wade host a Sirius Radio Show on Channel 60 called "The Big Ass Happy Family Jubilee". Knoxville's show airs Saturdays at 8pm ET.
Born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, Johnny 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.