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.
Biography by Contactmusic.com
Johnny Knoxville, Kimberly Muller and Kelly Sawyer Patricof - Celebrating the launch of SHYP (shyp.com) held at a private residence in Beverly Hills at Beverly Hills - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 20th May 2015
Johnny Knoxville and Rocko Clapp - Founder and star of the American franchise 'Jackass' Johnny Knoxville was snapped as he took his family to the Studio City Farmers Market in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 18th January 2015
Johnny Knoxville, Philip John Clapp, Naomi Nelson and Arlo Lemoyne Yoko Clapp - Johnny Knoxville takes his family to the Studio City Farmers Market where he watches his son, Rocko try ascending and descending on a climbing wall at Studio City - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 18th January 2015
The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is heading for a $50 million plus opening at the U.S box office this week, and is set to overtake Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy and nab the top spot.
Despite the fact it has been panned by critics and holds a dismal 20% 'Certified Rotten' on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the cinematic reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise looks like it's headed to the top of the U.S box office.
It'll be pizza and shakes all round at Paramount then
Projections estimate the Michael Bay-produced film will take over $50 million in its opening week, meaning it is on course to overtake current number one at box office, Guardians of the Galaxy, which shot to the top spot last week with an opening of $92 million and is still projected to take a healthy $40 million+ this week.
The TMNT reboot has its Los Angeles premiere - but will it be good enough to shake off the critics of this remake?
The stars of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot were out in full force on Sunday 3 August for the film’s premiere in Los Angeles. Megan Fox, who plays intrepid reporter April O’Neil, stepped on to the red carpet with her fellow co-stars Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Alan Ritchson and Johnny Knoxville, as well as the film’s producer, Michael Bay.
Megan Fox wows at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles premiere
The Jonathan Liebesman-directed action movie was screened at the Regency Village Theatre where Fox and her co-stars stopped to pose with fans and for a whole cast line up picture.
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Most of Hollywood ventured out for a nostalgia hit as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles enjoyed its Los Angeles premiere on August 1.
The film’s stars, Megan Fox, William Fichtne, Alan Ritchson, Johnny Knoxville and Will Arnett, were all in attendance but it was for former, and most marketable star whom left the premiere with the headlines following her critique of the critics, who haven’t been as impressed with TMNT as a certain other summer blockbuster.
On the subject of the film’s less than desirable critical conclusion, Fox decided the reviews and the people who wrote them could “f*ck off”, alluding to Transformers: Age of Extinction, which faired poorly with the critics but scored big at the box office.
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Will this affect the movie's release in any way? Unlikely.
Following severe backlash, Paramount Pictures have pulled the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles poster, bearing an image of the Turtles jumping from a burning building in an unfortunate combination with the 9/11/2014 release date. While online sleuths have already released screenshots of the image, the studio made a full apology and tried to minimize the circulation of the Australian promo poster.
TMNT - Leonardo's new look wasn't the biggest controversy to come out of this film.
"We are deeply sorry to have used that artwork for the marketing materials promoting the September 11 opening in Australia," Paramount Pictures Australia said in an emailed statement to Reuters. The statement continued: "Combining that image and date was a mistake. We intended no offence and have taken immediate action to discontinue its use."
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The top grossing film of the weekend was the latest Marvel/Disney outing, which absolutely dominated the box office
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Chris Hemsworth is back as the God of Thunder
Benefiting from the global blockbuster that was Marvel's The Avengers, much like Iron Man 3 did earlier this year, the estimated weekend takings of Thor 2 prove that there is still a great deal of life left in the superhero genre and despite lukewarm reviews, the film still has a keen and dedicated audience. The domestic performance from Thor 2 mirrors the similar successes enjoyed by the film in the international market, where it has already grossed $240.9 million. Thor was released a week earlier in a number of key international markets, including the United Kingdom and Australia, and has continued to perform well overseas.
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa is likely to become one of the box-office success stories of 2013.
Johnny Knoxville's comedy Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa has topped the U.S. box office with $32 million - more than double its production budget. Made for just $15 million, the raunchy comedy about an 86-year-old and his 8-year-old grandson, topped Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity to finish the weekend as America's biggest movie.
The space movie took a further $20.3 million to finish second, while Tom Hanks' hostage drama Captain Phillips took third with $11.8 million. Ridley Scott's The Counselor - which was unexpectedly panned by critics - finished fourth with just $8 million, one of the worst ever openings for a Ridley Scott movie, according to BBC News.
The gross-out comedy shot to number one in the US box office with over $30 million
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa is this weeks number one movie at the box office, ousting the mega-successful Gravity from the top spot after a three week stay. The Johnny Knoxville-starring prank fest more than doubled its estimated cost of $15 million in the first weekend alone, amassing an impressive estimate of $32 million since it was released last week.
Bad Grandpa has topped the US box office at the first attempt
Exceeding expectations by scoring more than $30 mil. at the box office, Bad Grandpa comfortably came in first place, averaging just short of $10,000 at each cinema it opened at across America. The fourth feature length outing from the Jackass team is now the second most successful of the bunch, just about tying with the first movie and coming some way off the estimated $50 mil. made by Jackass 3-D. Box office estimates indicate that the film should end its domestic run with about $75 million.
'Bad Grandpa' debuts this weekend as No.1 at the box office, knocking 'Gravity' off the top spot.
After 3 weeks of 'Gravity' occupying the Box Office top spot it has finally fallen to the second position as Johnny Knoxville's 'Bag Grandpa' rises to No.1. The new 'Jackass' spin-off claimed the top position by debuting with an impressive $32 million according to studio estimates from Rentrak. This surpassed most predictions which estimated around the $25 million mark.
Knoxville and Nicoll in 'Bad Grandpa'
The 4th 'Jackass' movie was directed and co-written by Jeff Tremaine, one of the creators and director of MTV's 'Jackass'. 'Bad Grandpa' follows an 86 year-old grandparent, 'Irving Zisman' (Knoxville), who takes his grandson 'Billy', played by Jackson Nicoll, on a road trip across the USA in a hidden camera comedy spectacle.
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After three weeks at the top, 'Gravity' may have finally been ousted from the top spot of the US box office by the latest 'Jackass' outing
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa is predicted to earn close to $30 million at the box office in it's opening weekend, according to Deadline, making it the most likely candidate to finish at the top of the box office come the end of the week. This means that after three weeks of dominating the US box office, Gravity may finally be replaced as America's favourite movie at cinemas.
Bad Grandpa should be an easy weekend winner
Depending on what side of the $30 mil. mark it lands on, the film can become either the third or fourth most successful R-rated film of the year in terms of opening box office revenue. Should the film exceed expectations even further, it could potentially place even higher. The film already made an estimated $11 - 12 mil. on the opening day of the weekend - Friday, 25 October - and could be well on its way to exceeding the $30 mil. mark should the numbers continue to add up. Not bad for a film that only cost $15 million to make.
The gross-out comedy has the best chance of out-grossing the mega-successful sci-fi disaster film
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa will go head to head with the immensely popular and successful Gravity this weekend, with Johnny Knoxville and co. standing the best chance of ending the space spectacle's domination of the October box office. Gravity has held on to the top spot at the box office for the past three weeks, and other than Captain Phillips it hasn't really had any viable competition to knock it of it's perch. Bad Grandpa looks set to tip the balance of power in their favour though.
The film has been given a mixed reception so far
The best way to describe Bad Grandpa would be as low brow comedy, performed and presented in a high brow manner. Fans of Jackass won't be disappointed at the sheer magnitude of gross-out pranks and hilarious stunts, and the Jackass boys have managed to once again create a movie that more of a modern-day Three Stooges than it is a compilation of idiots acting idiotically. But unlike any previous Jackass films, Bad Grandpa will follow some kind of plot - one based around the two central characters; octogenarian Irving Zisman (Knoxville) and his 8-year-old grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll). Of course, there will still be plenty of idiotic behaviour taking place throughout the film.
Date of birth
11th March, 1971