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spotlight on... Johnny Knoxville; 11 October 2013 FRIDAY.

Best known for: Fronting offbeat comedy stunt show Jackass Early life: Born Philip John Clapp on March 11, 1971, in Knoxville, Tennessee, the son of a used-car salesman. He was a sickly child and almost died while suffering simultaneous bouts of flu, pneumonia and bronchitis. He is also asthmatic. He decided to become an actor after reading Jack Kerouac's On The Road, and after high school he studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California, but dropped out after three weeks. Rather than going straight into acting, he took a job on skateboarding magazine Big Brother.

Quote: "People think by challenging me they're going to show they're tough. But I'm not tough. Decent spotlight on... Johnny Knoxville Career: Made his movie debut in 1995's Desert Blues, but it was an article about self-defence equipment, which he tested on himself, which brought him to the attention of MTV. As a result, he, magazine editor Jeff Tremaine and director Spike Jonze created Jackass, in which various people do bizarre and often dangerous stunts. The show became a massive success at home and abroad, prompting big screen spin-offs. He's since attempted to establish himself as a film actor, and has appeared in Coyote Ugly, Men in Black II, Grand Theft Parsons, Walking Tall, The Dukes of Hazzard and Killshot. His work with his Jackass pals remains his first love.

Trivia: Divorced from wife Melanie, a fashion designer. They have a daughter, Madison. He's since had two children (a son and a daughter) with his second wife, Naomi Nelson.

drinker. Not such a bad kisser. But not a great fighter." Tonight: Alan Carr: Chatty Man, Channel 4, 9.50pm.
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Date:Oct 5, 2013
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