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).
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 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.
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.
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. ".
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.
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.
|1998||Number Two: Big Brother||Himself (uncredited)||Direct-to-video|
|2000||Coyote Ugly||College Guy|
|2001||Crap: Big Brother||Himself (uncredited)||Direct-to-video|
|2001||Don't Try This at Home: The Steve-O Video||Himself||Guest appearances Direct-to-video|
|2001||CKY3||Himself||Guest appearances Direct-to-video|
|2002||Life Without Dick||Dick Rasmusson|
|2002||Big Trouble||Eddie Leadbetter|
|2002||Deuces Wild||Vinnie 'Fish'|
|2002||Men in Black II||Scrad / Charlie|
|2002||Jackass: The Movie||Himself and Irving Zisman||Writer and producer|
|2002||CKY4: The Latest & Greatest||Himself||Guest appearances Direct-to-video|
|2003||Grand Theft Parsons||Phil Kaufman|
|2004||Walking Tall||Deputy Ray Templeton|
|2004||A Dirty Shame||Ray 'Ray-Ray' Perkins|
|2004||Steve-O: The Early Years||Himself||Guest appearances Direct-to-video|
|2005||Lords of Dogtown||Topper Burks|
|2005||The Dukes of Hazzard||Luke Duke|
|2005||Daltry Calhoun||Daltry Calhoun|
|2005||The Ringer||Steve Barker / Jeffie|
|2006||Ultimate Predator||Himself||Direct-to-video Guest appearances|
|2006||Jackass Number Two||rowspan = '2' | Himself and Irving Zisman||rowspan = '2' | Writer and producer|
|2007||Jackass 2. +more5|
|2007||The Man Who Souled the World||Himself||Documentary|
|2008||Killshot||Ferris Britton||Scenes deleted|
|2008||Jackass Presents: Mat Hoffman's Tribute to Evel Knievel||rowspan = '2' |Himself||Direct-to-video Executive producer|
|2009||Jackass: The Lost Tapes||Direct-to-video|
|2010||Father of Invention||Troy Coangelo|
|2010||Jackass 3D||rowspan = '2' | Himself and Irving Zisman||rowspan = '2' | Writer and producer|
|2011||Jackass 3. 5|
|2012||Nitro Circus: The Movie||Himself||Guest appearances|
|2013||The Last Stand||Lewis Dinkum|
|2013||Small Apartments||Tommy Balls|
|2013||Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa||Irving Zisman||Writer and producer|
|2014||Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa . 5|
|2014||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Leonardo||Voice|
|2015||Being Evel||Himself||Producer Documentary|
|2016||Elvis & Nixon||Sonny West|
|2017||Dumb: The Story of Big Brother Magazine||Himself||Documentary|
|2018||Half Magic||Father Gary|
|2018||Action Point||Deshawn Crious 'D. C. ' Carver||Writer and producer|
|2018||The Great Buster: A Celebration||Himself||Documentary|
|2019||We Summon the Darkness||Pastor John Henry Butler|
|2020||Steve-O: Gnarly||Himself||Guest appearances Direct-to-video|
|2022||Jackass Forever||rowspan = '2' | Himself and Irving Zisman||rowspan = '2' | Writer and producer|
|2022||Jackass 4. 5|
|TBA||The Brandon Novak Story||Himself||Documentary|
|1992||The Ben Stiller Show||Cure Fan||1 episode|
|2000-2001||Jackass||Himself||Co-creator Executive producer|
|2001||The Andy Dick Show||Wannabe Andy Dick||2 episodes|
|2001||2001 MTV Video Music Awards||Himself||Presenter|
|2001||2001 MTV Movie Awards||Himself||Presenter|
|2002||Jackass Backyard BBQ||Himself||TV special Executive producer|
|2002||MTV Cribs||Himself||1 episode|
|2002||2002 MTV Video Music Awards||Himself||Presenter|
|2002||2002 MTV Movie Awards||Himself||Presenter|
|2002||MTV Video Music Awards Latinoamérica 2002||Himself||Presenter|
|2003||Australian Idol||Himself||Special guest appearance|
|2004||Viva La Bam||Himself||1 episode|
|2005||Saturday Night Live||Himself||1 episode|
|2005||Jackass: Gumball 3000 Rally Special||Himself||TV special|
|2005||2005 MTV Movie Awards||Himself||Presenter|
|2006||King of the Hill||Peter Sterling||1 episode|
|2006||2006 MTV Video Music Awards||Himself||Presenter|
|2006||Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica 2006||Himself||Presenter|
|2007||Adventures in Hollyhood||Himself|
|2008||WWE Raw||Himself||1 episode|
|2008||Jackassworld. +morecom: 24 Hour Takeover||Himself||TV special Executive producer|
|2008||Family Guy||Himself (voice)||Episode: "The Man with Two Brians"|
|2008||King of the Hill||Hoyt Platter|
|2009||Dogg After Dark||Himself|
|2009||Dancing with the Stars||Himself||3 episodes|
|2009||Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory||Himself||1 episode|
|2009||Nitro Circus||Himself||10 episodes Co-creator and executive producer|
|2009||Steve-O: Demise and Rise||Himself||TV movie documentary|
|2009||The Goode Family||Dean||1 episode|
|2010||The Dudesons||Himself||1 episode|
|2010||The Dudesons in America||Himself||3 episodes Producer|
|2010||WWE Raw||Himself||1 episode|
|2010||2010 MTV Video Music Awards||Himself||Presenter|
|2010||2010 MTV Europe Music Awards||Himself||Presenter|
|2011||A Tribute to Ryan Dunn||Himself||TV movie documentary|
|2012-2013||Loiter Squad||Himself||2 episodes|
|2012||SpongeBob SquarePants||Johnny Krill||Episode: "Extreme Spots"|
|2014-2018||Drunk History||Various||4 episodes|
|2014||CKY: The Greatest Hits||Himself||TV special|
|2015||Jimmy Kimmel Live!||Himself||1 episode (Unexpected guest in a segment)|
|2017||Epicly Later'd: Bam Margera||Himself||TV documentary|
|2020||Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||C. J.||Special: "Kimmy vs the Reverend"|
|2021||Jackass Shark Week||Himself||TV special Executive producer|
|2021||Jimmy Kimmel Live!||Himself||1 episode Guest appearance|
|2021||WWE SmackDown||Himself||1 episode Guest appearance|
|2022||WWE Day 1||Himself||video link|
|2022||Jimmy Kimmel Live!||Himself||1 episode Guest appearance|
|2022||Royal Rumble (2022)||Himself||Royal Rumble Participant|
|2022||The Late Late Show with James Corden||Himself||1 episode Guest appearance|
|2022||The Daily Show with Trevor Noah||Himself||1 episode Guest appearance|
|2022||The Orville||Actor #2||1 episode|
|2022||Jackass Shark Week 2. 0||Himself||TV special Executive producer|
|2022-present||Reboot||Clay Barber||Main cast|
|2022||Jimmy Kimmel Live!||Himself||1 episode Guest appearance|
|2022||Celebrity Family Feud||Himself||Participant Episode 9. 11|
|2022||Late Night with Seth Meyers||Himself||1 episode Guest appearance|
|2023||The Prank Panel||Himself||Host Executive producer|
|2007||Jackass: The Game||Himself||Voice and motion capture|
|2022||Jackass Human Slingshot||Himself||Voice Mobile game|
|2002||CKY||"Flesh Into Gear"||Himself||Archived footage|
|2002||+more'>Andrew W. K.||"We Want Fun"||Himself|
|2003||Roger Alan Wade||"If You're Gonna Be Dumb, You Gotta Be Tough"||Himself||Cameraman|
|2006||Wolfmother||"Joker & the Thief"||Himself|
|2022||French Cassettes||"On/Off"||Heist Boss|
|2022||Queen Kwong||"Sad Man"||Lieutenant|
|2015||Jackass Reunion: 15 Years Later||Himself||Rolling Stone special|
|2018||Hot Ones||Himself||1 episode|
|2021||Actually Me||Himself||1 episode|
|2022||Sneaker Shopping||Himself||1 episode|
|2022||Battle Scars||Himself||1 episode|
|2022||According to Google||Himself||1 episode|
|2022||Steve-O's Wild Ride!||Himself||Podcast 1 episode|
|2022||Autocomplete Interview||Himself||1 episode|
|2022||Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?||Himself||1 episode|
|2022||The Shittiest Podcast||Himself||Podcast 1 episode|