Johnny Knoxville was born Philip John Clapp Jr. on March 11, 1971, in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is an American actor, film producer, screenwriter, comedian, and stunt actor. His father Philip Clapp Sr. was a tire/car salesman, and his mother Lemoyne Clapp (née Houck) was a Sunday school teacher.
Johnny is known as co-creator and star of the MTV reality stunt show Jackass. He lives in Los Angeles, California, United States, and he is an American. He attended South Young High School, and after graduation, he moved to California and started acting. His famous films include Bad Grandpa (2013), The Dukes of Hazzard (2005) and The Wrestler (2005).
Some time ago there was a rumor that Johnny was dead, but the rumor was only dispelled when it was discovered that it was his friend and brother Ryann Dunn who died in a car accident. They were both characters in Jackass. Johnny’s touching homage to the late friend further sealed the deal.
In 2009 Johnny was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport after he was found at the airport with a prohibited object, an inert grenade.
It is said that Johnny contributed a high percentage to the film Jackass, he worked with the following crew to achieve excellence in the film. These stars include Jeff Tremaine, Sean Cliver, Joe Sperry (Spoezy) and Dave Carnie. Jackass was created after the successful agreement between John and MTV.
He turned down an offer to perform weekly stunts for Saturday Night Live and later hosted an episode of the 2005 show.
John Knoxville as an Actor and a Producer
John appeared as a two-headed alien in the 2002 film Men in Black II, played with John Waters in A Dirty Shame in 2004 and was The Rock in Walking Tall. He played in Katrina Holden Bronson’s Daltry Calhoun, in Lords Of Downtown as Topper Bucks; he had a small appearance in the film Coyote Ugly and Elmore Leonard’s novel Killshot but was replaced in the final phase of the film.
John runs a production company called Dickhouse Productions alongside Jeff Tremaine and Spike Jonny. This production house has accomplished much, including The Birth of Big Air, which was produced in 2010; a documentary about Mat Hoffman, which was part of the ESPN series 30 for 30; and The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia, which was produced in 2010. John also co-produced The Dudesons in America and also Nitro Circus on MTV before the series was canceled.
In May 2017 John announced the birth of a new production house called “Hello Junior” which established a relationship with Paramount Pictures.
He had an accident at work during one of his stunt performances where he accidentally tore his urethra during a stunt for Nitro Circus. However, he underwent treatment by the practice of urinary catheterization, which successfully prevented the formation of scar tissue.
Johnny Knoxville’s Wife, Daughter, Kids, And Family
Knoxville married Melanie Lynn Clapp on 15 May 1995, but the two were divorced after 11 years of marriage. They separated in July 2006, their divorce was filed on July 3, 2007, and they were legally divorced in March 2008, their divorce settlements were finalized in July 2009.
Their union was blessed with a girl they called Madison; she was born on May 15, 1995. She was also featured in Jackass. They share custody of their daughter Naomi.
John had another affair with Naomi Nelson in August 2009, and they were married on September 24, 2010. During the course of the affair with Nelson, she gave birth to a son, Rocko Akira Clapp, in Los Angeles on December 20, 2009. On October 6, 2011, she also had a daughter, Arlo Lemoyne Yoko Clapp, and the two are still together today.
Johnny Knoxville’s Net Worth and Height
Johnny Knoxville sits on a net worth of $75 million. He lives in the spacious house in Dayton Beach, which is worth $1.8 million, he also earns about $5 million per movie and is 5 feet tall.
Johnny has lived his life essentially as a writer, producer, and co-producer, apart from his professionalism in his career; he also does stunts to enlighten his viewers.