Johnny Knoxville (born Philip John Clapp; March 11, 1971) is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, film producer, and stunt performer. He is best known as a co-creator and cast member of the MTV series Jackass.Knoxville was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, the son of Lemoyne and Philip Clapp. His father worked as a car salesman. Knoxville credits a copy of Jack Kerouac's On the Road, given to him by his cousin Roger Alan Wade, with giving him the acting bug. After graduating from South-Young High School in 1989 in Knoxville, he moved to California to become an actor and appeared in commercials and as an extra. Not getting the 'big break' he had hoped for, he began writing and pitching article ideas to various magazines.
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