Philip John Clapp Jr. (born March 11, 1971), best known professionally as Johnny Knoxville, is an American stunt performer, professional wrestler, actor, writer, and producer. +more 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 2001. 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. Jackass Forever was released in 2022. Jackass 4. 5 (2022) is said to be his final installment of the Jackass franchise.

Knoxville has had acting roles in films such as Men in Black II (2002), A Dirty Shame and Walking Tall (both 2004), The Dukes of Hazzard, The Ringer, and a cameo role as a sleazy corporate president of a skateboard company in Lords of Dogtown (all 2005), The Last Stand (2013), Skiptrace (2016), and the television series Reboot (2022). He also voiced Leonardo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014).

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Early life

Knoxville was born Philip John Clapp Jr. ("P. +moreJ. ") in Knoxville, Tennessee. His father, Philip (19352018), was a tire/car salesman, and his mother, Lemoyne Clapp ( Houck; 19382017), taught Sunday school. He has two older sisters.

Knoxville credits a copy of Jack Kerouac's On the Road, given to him by his cousin, singer-songwriter Roger Alan Wade, with giving him the acting bug.

Knoxville attended South-Doyle High School in Knoxville. While in high school, he played on the baseball team where he was named All-Knoxville Interscholastic League Honorable Mention and played in the Knoxville Area All Star game as a pitcher. +more After graduating in 1989, he moved to California to become an actor. In the beginning, Knoxville appeared mostly in commercials and made several minor appearances as an extra.

When the "big break" he sought eluded him, he decided to create his own opportunities by writing and pitching article ideas to various magazines. An idea to test self-defense equipment on himself captured the interest of Jeff Tremaine's skateboarding magazine Big Brother, and the stunts were filmed and included in Big Brother "Number Two" video.


Knoxville is responsible for many of the ideas in Jackass, and is often seen as the de facto leader of the crew. The show is directed by Jeff Tremaine, who produced a pilot that used footage from Big Brother and Bam Margera's CKY videos.

With help from Tremaine's friend, film director Spike Jonze, they pitched a series to various networks. A deal was made with MTV and Jackass was born.

Knoxville also participated in the Gumball 3000 for Jackass along with co-stars Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Jackass director Jeff Tremaine, and cinematographer Dimitry Elyashkevich. Prior to Jackass premiering on MTV, Knoxville and company turned down an offer to perform their stunts for Saturday Night Live on a weekly basis, though Knoxville later hosted a 2005 episode of the show.

Film and television roles

Knoxville has been in several feature films, most notably starring opposite Seann William Scott in Jay Chandrasekhar's adaptation of The Dukes of Hazzard. He starred in Jackass: The Movie, Jackass Number Two, +more5'>Jackass 2. 5, Jackass 3D (which marked the 10th anniversary of the franchise), Jackass 3. 5, Jackass Forever, and Jackass 4. 5. He played a two-headed alien in the 2002 film Men in Black II. Knoxville also worked with John Waters in A Dirty Shame in 2004, and appeared as a supporting character to The Rock in Walking Tall in the same year.

He starred in Katrina Holden Bronson's Daltry Calhoun in 2005, and in The Ringer as an office worker who pretends to be disabled and joins the Special Olympics to pay for surgery for his office's janitor. He starred in the movie Lords of Dogtown as Topper Burks, made a minor appearance in the 2000 movie Coyote Ugly, and was featured as a guest voice on two episodes of King of the Hill.

Knoxville appeared in the John Madden-directed adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novel, Killshot, however, his character was subsequently removed from the final cut of the film. He guest-starred in a season 3 episode "Prank Wars" on Viva La Bam, in which he and Ryan Dunn trashed Bam Margera's Hummer and performed other pranks. +more He voiced himself in an episode of Family Guy. He co-produced The Dudesons in America and the now-canceled Nitro Circus on MTV.

In 2010, Knoxville hosted a three-part online video for Palladium Boots titled Detroit Lives. The videos focus on the resurgence of creativity in Detroit. +more Knoxville guest-starred as the voice of Johnny Krill, an extreme sports enthusiast, in "Extreme Spots", a 2012 episode of SpongeBob SquarePants. Knoxville voiced Leonardo in the 2014 film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles but did not appear in the sequel.

Production credits

Knoxville has a production company called Dickhouse Productions, which he owns and operates with Jeff Tremaine and Spike Jonze of the Jackass franchise. Dickhouse's projects include The Birth of Big Air (2010), a documentary about Mat Hoffman that was part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series, and The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia (2010), both of which have been picked up by Tribeca Films.

In May 2014, Knoxville (along with Jackass Executive Producer/H. M. +moreF. I. C. Derek Freda) formally announced the formation of a new production company called 'Hello Junior', which will continue Knoxville's now-longstanding relationship with Paramount Pictures, who have signed an exclusive two-year first-look deal with Knoxville and 'Hello Junior' in the wake of the massive success of Bad Grandpa in late 2013.

Knoxville was quoted as saying, "I am over the damn moon about continuing an amazing partnership with Paramount Pictures," he said. "I have many more films to make and bones to break. +more I am glad I will be doing it for Paramount. ".

Professional wrestling

Knoxville, as with the Jackass crew, has been involved with the professional wrestling promotion WWE. On the October 13, 2008 episode of Raw, Knoxville made his WWE television debut feuding with The Great Khali. +more Knoxville later appeared as the guest star on the October 4, 2010 episode of Raw in Wichita, Kansas.

On January 1, 2022, at WWE's Day 1 pay-per-view, Knoxville announced he would be at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view as a participant in the event's signature namesake match. His entry was confirmed on the January 7 episode of SmackDown while simultaneously starting a feud with Sami Zayn. +more He entered the Royal Rumble at number 9 and was eliminated by Zayn. Knoxville then returned on the February 25 episode of SmackDown and challenged Zayn for the WWE Intercontinental Championship that the latter won the week prior, but Knoxville got rejected and was attacked by Zayn. The following week, Knoxville distracted Zayn during his match with Ricochet, allowing the latter to win the championship from him. Later that same night, Zayn challenged Knoxville to a match at WrestleMania 38 to which Knoxville accepted, and the match was stipulated as an Anything Goes match, wherein on Night 2 of that event, he won the match against Zayn with the help of Jackass members Chris Pontius, Wee Man, director Jeff Tremaine, and new members Jasper Dolphin and his father Compston "Dark Shark" Wilson.

Personal life

Knoxville married Melanie Lynn Cates on May 15, 1995. They have a daughter born on January 4, 1996. +more His daughter can be heard in the credits for Jackass Number Two, is seen in "The Making of Jackass Two" on the special features on the DVD, and was seen in the credits of Jackass 3D, punching Tremaine with a boxing glove. After eleven years of marriage, the couple separated in July 2006. Knoxville filed for divorce on July 3, 2007. The marriage was legally ended in March 2008, with final divorce arrangements settled in July 2009.

On February 4, 2009, Knoxville explained on The Howard Stern Show how he tore his urethra during a stunt for Jackass Presents: Mat Hoffman's Tribute to Evel Knievel, describing how he had to flush it twice daily. He said this was done by "sticking a tube into his penis all the way up to his bladder", referring to the practice of urinary catheterization. +more Knoxville said the process prevented scar tissue from forming and performed the procedure "twice a day for three and a half years" after the injury.

On August 18, 2009, Knoxville announced that he and his girlfriend, Naomi Nelson, were expecting their first child. Nelson gave birth to a son that December in Los Angeles. +more Knoxville and Nelson married on September 24, 2010. Nelson gave birth to a daughter in October 2011, in Los Angeles. On June 17, 2022, it was reported that Knoxville filed for divorce from his wife.


Feature films

1995Desert BluesBob
1998Number Two: Big BrotherHimself (uncredited)Direct-to-video
2000Coyote UglyCollege Guy
2001Crap: Big BrotherHimself (uncredited)Direct-to-video
2001Don't Try This at Home: The Steve-O VideoHimselfGuest appearances Direct-to-video
2001CKY3HimselfGuest appearances Direct-to-video
2002Life Without DickDick Rasmusson
2002Big TroubleEddie Leadbetter
2002Deuces WildVinnie 'Fish'
2002Men in Black IIScrad / Charlie
2002Jackass: The MovieHimself and Irving ZismanWriter and producer
2002CKY4: The Latest & GreatestHimselfGuest appearances Direct-to-video
2003Grand Theft ParsonsPhil Kaufman
2004Walking TallDeputy Ray Templeton
2004A Dirty ShameRay 'Ray-Ray' Perkins
2004Steve-O: The Early YearsHimselfGuest appearances Direct-to-video
2005Lords of DogtownTopper Burks
2005The Dukes of HazzardLuke Duke
2005Daltry CalhounDaltry Calhoun
2005The RingerSteve Barker / Jeffie
2006Ultimate PredatorHimselfDirect-to-video Guest appearances
2006Jackass Number Tworowspan = '2' | Himself and Irving Zismanrowspan = '2' | Writer and producer
2007Jackass 2. +more5
2007The Man Who Souled the WorldHimselfDocumentary
2008KillshotFerris BrittonScenes deleted
2008Jackass Presents: Mat Hoffman's Tribute to Evel Knievelrowspan = '2' |HimselfDirect-to-video Executive producer
2009Jackass: The Lost TapesDirect-to-video
2010Father of InventionTroy Coangelo
2010Jackass 3Drowspan = '2' | Himself and Irving Zismanrowspan = '2' | Writer and producer
2011Jackass 3. 5
2012Nitro Circus: The MovieHimselfGuest appearances
2012Nature CallsKirk
2012Fun SizeJörgenUncredited
2013The Last StandLewis Dinkum
2013Movie 43Pete
2013Small ApartmentsTommy Balls
2013Jackass Presents: Bad GrandpaIrving ZismanWriter and producer
2014Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa . 5
2014Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesLeonardoVoice
2015Being EvelHimselfProducer Documentary
2016Elvis & NixonSonny West
2016SkiptraceConnor Watts
2017Dumb: The Story of Big Brother MagazineHimselfDocumentary
2018Half MagicFather Gary
2018Action PointDeshawn Crious 'D. C. ' CarverWriter and producer
2018The Great Buster: A CelebrationHimselfDocumentary
2019PolarMichael Green
2019Above SuspicionCash
2019We Summon the DarknessPastor John Henry Butler
2020Steve-O: GnarlyHimselfGuest appearances Direct-to-video
2020MainstreamTed Wick
2022Jackass Foreverrowspan = '2' | Himself and Irving Zismanrowspan = '2' | Writer and producer
2022Jackass 4. 5
TBAThe Brandon Novak StoryHimselfDocumentary


1992The Ben Stiller ShowCure Fan1 episode
1999Big BrotherHimself
2000-2001JackassHimselfCo-creator Executive producer
2001The Andy Dick ShowWannabe Andy Dick2 episodes
20012001 MTV Video Music AwardsHimselfPresenter
20012001 MTV Movie AwardsHimselfPresenter
2002Jackass Backyard BBQHimselfTV special Executive producer
2002MTV CribsHimself1 episode
20022002 MTV Video Music AwardsHimselfPresenter
20022002 MTV Movie AwardsHimselfPresenter
2002MTV Video Music Awards Latinoamérica 2002HimselfPresenter
2003-2006WildboyzHimself10 episodes
2003Player$Himself1 episode
2003Australian IdolHimselfSpecial guest appearance
2004Cooking ChannelHimself
2004Viva La BamHimself1 episode
2005Saturday Night LiveHimself1 episode
2005Jackass: Gumball 3000 Rally SpecialHimselfTV special
20052005 MTV Movie AwardsHimselfPresenter
2006King of the HillPeter Sterling1 episode
20062006 MTV Video Music AwardsHimselfPresenter
2006Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica 2006HimselfPresenter
2007Adventures in HollyhoodHimself
2008WWE RawHimself1 episode
2008Jackassworld. +morecom: 24 Hour TakeoverHimselfTV special Executive producer
2008Family GuyHimself (voice)Episode: "The Man with Two Brians"
2008King of the HillHoyt Platter
2009Dogg After DarkHimself
2009Dancing with the StarsHimself3 episodes
2009Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy FactoryHimself1 episode
2009Nitro CircusHimself10 episodes Co-creator and executive producer
2009Steve-O: Demise and RiseHimselfTV movie documentary
2009The Goode FamilyDean1 episode
2010The DudesonsHimself1 episode
2010The Dudesons in AmericaHimself3 episodes Producer
2010WWE RawHimself1 episode
20102010 MTV Video Music AwardsHimselfPresenter
20102010 MTV Europe Music AwardsHimselfPresenter
2011RidiculousnessHimself1 episode
2011A Tribute to Ryan DunnHimselfTV movie documentary
2012-2013Loiter SquadHimself2 episodes
2012SpongeBob SquarePantsJohnny KrillEpisode: "Extreme Spots"
2013ConanHimself1 episode
2014-2018Drunk HistoryVarious4 episodes
2014MaronHimself1 episode
2014CKY: The Greatest HitsHimselfTV special
2015Jimmy Kimmel Live!Himself1 episode (Unexpected guest in a segment)
2017Epicly Later'd: Bam MargeraHimselfTV documentary
2020Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtC. J. Special: "Kimmy vs the Reverend"
2021Jackass Shark WeekHimselfTV special Executive producer
2021Jimmy Kimmel Live!Himself1 episode Guest appearance
2021WWE SmackDownHimself1 episode Guest appearance
2022WWE Day 1Himselfvideo link
2022Jimmy Kimmel Live!Himself1 episode Guest appearance
2022Royal Rumble (2022)HimselfRoyal Rumble Participant
2022RidiculousnessHimself1 episode
2022The Late Late Show with James CordenHimself1 episode Guest appearance
2022The Daily Show with Trevor NoahHimself1 episode Guest appearance
2022WrestleMania 38HimselfParticipant
2022The OrvilleActor #21 episode
2022Jackass Shark Week 2. 0HimselfTV special Executive producer
2022-presentRebootClay BarberMain cast
2022Jimmy Kimmel Live!Himself1 episode Guest appearance
2022Celebrity Family FeudHimselfParticipant Episode 9. 11
2022Late Night with Seth MeyersHimself1 episode Guest appearance
2023The Prank PanelHimselfHost Executive producer

Video games

2007Jackass: The GameHimselfVoice and motion capture
2022Jackass Human SlingshotHimselfVoice Mobile game

Music videos

2002CKY"Flesh Into Gear"HimselfArchived footage
2002+more'>Andrew W. K. "We Want Fun"Himself
2003Roger Alan Wade"If You're Gonna Be Dumb, You Gotta Be Tough"HimselfCameraman
2006Wolfmother"Joker & the Thief"Himself
2006-Chris Pontius"Karazy"Himself
2022French Cassettes"On/Off"Heist Boss
2022Queen Kwong"Sad Man"Lieutenant

Web series

2015Jackass Reunion: 15 Years LaterHimselfRolling Stone special
2018Hot OnesHimself1 episode
2021Actually MeHimself1 episode
2022Sneaker ShoppingHimself1 episode
2022Battle ScarsHimself1 episode
2022According to GoogleHimself1 episode
2022Steve-O's Wild Ride!HimselfPodcast 1 episode
2022Autocomplete InterviewHimself1 episode
2022Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?Himself1 episode
2022The Shittiest PodcastHimselfPodcast 1 episode

Living people