Johnny Knoxville

Mostly Credited As: Johnny Knoxville
Sometimes Credited As: Johnny Jackass

Birth Name: Philip John Clapp
Date Of Birth: March 11, 1971 (Age 45)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Knoxville, Tennessee
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Johnny Knoxville

Philip John Clapp (better known as Johnny Knoxville), the 32 year old 6'1" host of MTV' Jackass, was born on March 11, 1971 and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. From an early age he was an atheletic daredevil, throwing himself from his crib, according to his parents, Phil and Lemoyne. At the age of 7, PJ decided to take a stick to a hornet's nest near his home. At 13, the straight-A student produced a phony report card with failing grades which was left out for his parents to find. Then there was that time he jumped from a second-story hotel room into a pool... However, Johnny admits that he got his odd sense of humor from his father, who ran Clapp's Tire Store. He recalls several practical jokes his father played while he was growing up: Running a lukewarm hot dog through Johnny's lips while he was asleep (then pretending to zip his pants when his son awoke); Staging a gunfight at the Christmas party; Giving Ex-Lax milkshakes to friends. Plus during PJ's senior year at South Young high school Phil helped his son create letters supposedly from a VD clinic which were sent to several friends on the football team. Fellow classmates have said Johnny was always very outgoing and loved to be the center of attention. Once he got up in front of the whole school during a pep rally and lip sang the song from Ferris Bueler's Day Off. He also played Danny Zucho in a chorus production of "Grease".

After graduating from high school at the age of 18, Johnny moved to California to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasedena on a scholoarship. However, he dropped out within weeks. When he met his neighbor, a Texan named Melanie, they quickly fell in love. In 1995 they decided to elope to Las Vegas, Nevada to get married. But when they got there, Johnny ended up gambling away all their money and they were forced to marry in a smaller church. Johnny and Melanie are still married and in 1996 they had a daughter, Madison, whose name is tattooed on left side of Johnny's chest. Early in his marriage, Johnny supported his family by appearing in commercials (for Taco Bell, Coors Light, and Mountain Dew) and worked on a novel (which he never finished) in his free time. He also wrote occasional articles for Blunt, Bikini, and Big Brother Magazines. Once he even spent the night in a field with 10,000 hippies during the Rainbow Gathering for a story.

In 1996 Johnny had the idea to shoot himself with pepper spray, a taser, a stun gun, .38, and then write an article about the experience. He pitched the idea to a couple of magazines that turned it down. Finally in 1997 he told Jeff Tremaine (editor at Big Brother Magazine) about his idea. Jeff hired him as journalist and convinced him to videotape this idea and other stunts (getting hit by car, poo poo platter, etc.) for stories. Eventually these became part of the Big Brother videos Boob and Number Two. Johnny quickly became a cult hit and soon there was a bidding war between MTV and Comedy Central to land him a TV show. He was offered a spot on Saturday Night Live, but turned it down. That's when Johnny Knoxville, Jeff Tremaine, and Spike Jonze pitched the idea of Jackass to would combine part of the Big Brother Crew with the East Coast CKY crew (skateboarding pranksters Bam Margera, Brandon DiCamillo, and Ryan Dunn) and would allow the three producers creative control. MTV jumped at this unique idea. Alongside Johnny, Tremaine, and Jonze on the show were Bam Margera, Chris Pontius, Ryan Dunn, Brandon DiCamillo, Jason 'Wee Man' Acuna, Dave England, Ehren McGhegan, Steve-O, and Preston Lacy. Jackass quickly became one of cable's highest rated shows and eventually sparked many recent movie deals for Johnny Knoxville including a big screen version of Jackass. In addition to his father, Johnny names Slim Pickens, Strother Martin, George C. Scott, Paul Lynde, Charles Nelson Reilly, Ron Palillo, Dave Letterman, Super Dave Osborne, and Candid Camera as many of his influences. Johnny currently has several films that have been released, as well as many others in production.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Jackass (2000)As: Himself
Episode Cast Credits 

Jimmy Kimmel Live (2003) 
  Johnny Knoxville, John Mellencamp 14x63: (Apr/27/2016) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Johnny Knoxville, Steph Curry, Kelly Clarkson 13x102: (Aug/18/2015) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Johnny Knoxville, Dave Salmoni, Timeflies 12x140: (May/20/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Johnny Knoxville, Tommy Kendall, Ben Kronberg 06x29: (Feb/20/2008) As Himself 

Drunk History (2013) 
  Miami 03x02: (Sep/08/2015) As Juan Ponce de Leon 

Highly Questionable (2011) 
  Johnny Knoxville 05x188: (Aug/19/2015) As Himself 

Saturday Night Live (1975) 
  Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary (Feb/15/2015) As Himself 
  Jack Black/Neil Young 31x09: (Dec/17/2005) As Himself, [Uncredited]
  Johnny Knoxville/System of a Down 30x18: (May/07/2005) As Himself (Host) 

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (1996) 
  Johnny Knoxville 19x55: (Jan/29/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  David Mitchell 19x02: (Oct/01/2013) As Himself 
  Johnny Knoxville 15x130: (Oct/11/2010) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Johnny Knoxville 06x77: (Jun/26/2001) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Live with Kelly (1983) 
  Johnny Knoxville, Alyssa Milano, Fifth Harmony 32x37: (Oct/22/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Johnny Knoxville/Dylan Cash/Leela James 23x237: (Aug/02/2005) As Himself 

Alan Carr: Chatty Man (2009) 
  Nicole Scherzinger, Johnny Knoxville, Gok Wan, OneRepublic 11x07: (Oct/11/2013) As Himself 

Daybreak (2010) 
  January 23, 2013 03x96: (Jan/23/2013) As Himself 

Ridiculousness (2011) 
  Johnny Knoxville 01x02: (Sep/05/2011) As Himself 

Conan (2010) 
  Where There's a Will, There's a Dead Person 01x71: (Mar/31/2011) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Live From Studio Five (2009) 
  Series 2, Show 42 02x42: (Nov/09/2010) As Himself 

The Graham Norton Show (2007) 
  Catherine Tate, Johnny Knoxville, The Pet Shop Boys 08x03: (Nov/05/2010) As Himself 

Pownews (2010) 
  Season 1, Episode 34 01x34: (Oct/29/2010) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  Stephen Colbert, Johnny Knoxville, Gorillaz 18x21: (Oct/07/2010) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Johnny Knoxville, Rachael Ray 14x10: (Sep/15/2006) As Himself 
  Johnny Knoxville, Drew Rosenhaus 12x192: (Aug/10/2005) As Himself 
  Johnny Knoxville, Sahr Singh, The Walkmen 11x115: (Mar/31/2004) As Himself 

The Goode Family (2009) 
  Gerald's Way or the Highway 01x12: (Aug/07/2009) Voiced  Dean 

Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory (2009) 
  Cole Hernandez 01x10: (Apr/12/2009) As Himself 

Nitro Circus (2009) 
  Hollywood Nitro 01x08: (Mar/29/2009) As Himself 
  The Circus Heads West 01x06: (Mar/15/2009) As Himself 

Family Guy (1999) 
  The Man With Two Brians 07x05: (Nov/09/2008) Voiced  Himself 

King of the Hill (1997) 
  Life: A Loser's Manual 12x22: (May/18/2008) Voiced  Hoyt, [Special Guest Stars]
  Business Is Picking Up 10x08: (Mar/19/2006) Voiced  Peter Sterling, [Special Guest Stars]

Unhitched (2008) 
  Pilot 01x01: (Mar/02/2008) As Chuck, [Special Guest Stars]

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  Johnny Knoxville, Caroline Rhea, Bonnie "Prince" Billy 14x02: (Sep/19/2006) As Himself 
  Johnny Knoxville, Tucker Carlson, Tony Bennett 13x58: (Dec/22/2005) As Himself 
  Johnny Knoxville, John O'Hurley, Dressy Bessy 12x159: (Aug/04/2005) As Himself 
  Johnny Knoxville, Elisha Cuthbert, The Distillers 11x98: (Apr/06/2004) As Himself 

Wildboyz (2003) 
  California 04x04: (Jan/27/2006) As Himself 
  Russia 04x03: (Jan/20/2006) As Himself 
  Argentina 04x01: (Jan/06/2006) As Himself 
  The Deep South 03x07: (Apr/22/2005) As Himself 

Last Call with Carson Daly (2002) 
  Johnny Knoxville, Roselyn Sanchez, 311, North Mississippi Allstars 04x117: (Dec/23/2005) As Himself 

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Johnny Knoxville, Natasha Leggero, Chris Isaak 14x59: (Dec/15/2005) As Himself 
  Johnny Knoxville, Anastasia 11x16: (Jun/24/2002) As Himself 
  Johnny Knoxville, Lorraine Bracco, Rodney Corwell 09x55: (Mar/12/2001) As Himself 

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003) 
  Johnny Knoxville/Maroon 5/Carla Gugino 03x13: (Sep/21/2005) As Himself 

Rove Live (2000) 
  Johnny Knoxville 06x32: (Sep/13/2005) As Himself 

CMT Top 20 Countdown (2001) 
  July 28, 2005 01x13: (Jul/28/2005) As Himself 

Viva la Bam (2003) 
  Fort Knoxville 03x03: (Nov/07/2004) As Himself 
Crew Credits

Show Crew

Jackass (2000)• Executive Producer
• Creator
Nitro Circus (2009)• Executive Producer
The Dudesons in America (2010)• Executive Producer

Episode Crew


Appeared in movies: Jackass: The Movie, The Dukes of Hazzard, and The Ringer

Was rumored to be dating The Dukes Of Hazzard co-star Jessica Simpson

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