Shia Labeouf was born in Los Angeles on June 11, 1986, as an only child to his parents Jerry Labeouf and Shayna Saide, his name given to him after his comedian grandfather. Shia began his interest in comedy at an early age, and began preforming stand-up routines around his neighborhood at local coffee shops. After seeing one of his friends play a part in the movie "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" (1993), he decided he'd like to try acting. After talking it over with his mom Shayna, she agreed and began to help her son look for an agent. Not too long after, he was able to head up to the agency and do one of his stand-up routines, which got him signed up with an agent afterwards. He soon began playing little roles in movies, but didn't land anything big for a while.
He finally got a chance to really put his acting skills to the test in 2000, when he auditioned for the part of Louis Stevens in the Disney original series "Even Stevens" (2000). The show turned out to be a hit, and even came out with it's own movie, "The Even Stevens Movie" (2003). But despite it's popularity, the show was cancled after only 3 short years, ending in 2003. During the years of "Even Stevens", Shia was able to play in another small Disney movie on the side, "Tru Confessions" (2002), which gave Disney lovers a chance to see Shia play a more dramatic role.
In 2003 a slew of movies featuring Shia were released, not including "The Even Stevens Movie". He played parts in "Charlies Angels: Full Throttle" (2003), "Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry met Lloyd" (2003), "The Battle of Shaker Heights" (2003), and his biggest movie that year, based on the award winning book written by Louis Sachar
, "Holes" (2003). The movie featured Shia playing the starring role of Stanley Yelnats - a young boy with unfortunate bad luck, who gets shipped off to a detention camp after being wrongly accused of stealing a pair of famous shoes. The movie really put Shia out there in the spot light, allowing more than just Disney lovers to see how talented he was.
After 2003 Shia landed a couple other movie roles, one of which allowed him to work a little bit with famous actor Will Smith
in the movie "I, Robot" (2004). He also starred in both "Constantine" (2005), and "The Greatest Game Ever Played" (2005), which also scored some pretty decent ratings. At the moment Shia is scheduled to play in a few more movies yet to come, which include "A Guide to Recognize Your Saints" (2006), and "Bobby" (2006). He's also scheduled to do some voice acting for the movie "Surf's Up" (2007).
So far Shia has been able to make a pretty decent name for himself, starring in a few movies as well as a hit television series. Still only being in his teens, his career as an actor has just begun, and you can be sure to see Shia on the big screens, or just on your TV, for many more times yet to come.