If you’ve heard of Johnny Knoxville, it is arguable that you affiliate his persona with the Jackass franchise, which is a rather reasonable association. The man is likely best known for his work with Jackass, and I truly don’t think the series would be the same without his presence.
Blaine and I have been on a bit of a Jackass kick as of late which has, once again, spurred my longtime crush on Johnny Knoxville. I don’t know much about the guy, so I thought I would write a profile post about him.
According to his Wikipedia page, Johnny’s actual name is Philip John Clapp. He was born on March 11, 1971 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Mr. Knoxville “is an American actor, stunt performer, filmmaker, and comedian. He is best known as a co-creator and star of the MTV reality stunt show Jackass, which aired for three seasons from 2000 to 2002. A year later, Knoxville and his co-stars returned for the first installment in the Jackass film series, with a second and third installment being released in 2006 and 2010, respectively. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013), the first film in the series with a storyline, saw him star as his Jackass character Irving Zisman.
“His father, Philip (1935–2018), was a tire/car salesman, and his mother, Lemoyne Clapp (née Houck; 1938–2017), taught Sunday school. He has two older sisters,” his Wikipedia page states.
The page goes on to explain how “Knoxville has a production company called Dickhouse Productions, which he owns and operates with Jeff Tremaine and Spike Jonze of the Jackass franchise” and also mentions he has three children, two daughters and one son.
I don’t know what it is about this guy, but he seems to be pretty personable and humble, in addition to being an absolute maniac for the kind of work he willingly subjects himself to.
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