This ridiculous genius was born on March 11, 1971 in Knoxville, Tennessee. He moves in California in 1989 right after his high school graduation to pursue acting. He was featured in some commercials and made several minor appearances as an extra.
However, that was a far stretch from being in the spotlight as the lead. His ‘big break’ escaped him constantly.
So he decided, when life doesn’t even give you lemons to begin with, you have to work for yourself to materialize them.
He decided that he was to write and pitch article ideas to various magazines, that were going to place him center stage. How, you may ask?
He scripted himself as someone who will test self-defense equipment on himself and thus captured the interest of skateboarding magazine Big Brother’s Jeff Tremaine. Knoxville later said that he was drawing inspiration from his idol, Hunter S. Thompson.
The stunts were filmed and included in Big Brother’s “Number Two” video.
This was the inception of the infamous and much beloved Jackass franchise. The show sparked several spin-offs including Viva La Bam, Wildboyz, Homewrecker, Dr. Steve-O, Nitro Circus, and Blastazoid.
Jackass, the reality series, aired on MTV from 2000 to 2002, featuring people performing various dangerous, crude, self-injuring stunts and pranks.
People who went to become regulars as a part of the show were Bam Margera, Ryan Dunn, Steve-O, Chris Pontius and Dave England among many others.
I just wanna mention some of the stunts and resulting injuries that were featured on the show.
Bam Margera, professional skateboarder and a regular on Jackass, broke his tailbone racing a tiny bucket car down a steep hill in Season 2.
Once, Steve-O fell out of a little red wagon going at top speed. He scraped off a bunch of ass flesh.
Roy Dunn ended up having a toy car stuck up his anus.
One of the most hilarious moments for me personally was when Brad Pitt featured the show.
He was being casually abducted by apes who came out of a white van that had just pulled up near a bus station over at which Brad Pitt was waiting for a bus.
People were beyond themselves. They start calling the police and 911.
Later on, we see them all skateboarding happily ever after.
But what is Johnny up to these days?
Now aged 46, he’s been away for the spotlight during these last couple of years. He is a dedicated father to his daughter Madison whom he had with his first wife in 1996, Melanie Lynn Cates.
He later met and married Naomi Nelson, with whom he has two kids, Rocko Akira Clapp and Arlo Lemoyne Yoko Clapp.
But he’s also a producer, owning and operating Dickhouse Productions with Tremaine, as well as Hello Junior, another production company that works closely with Paramount Pictures.
He was also cast to voice himself in an episode of Family Guy, as well as voice Leonardo in the 2014 film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
However, maybe the greatest reason why we don’t see him and the guys anymore on the screen is Ryan Dunn’s 2011 passing away.
His passing away after a car crash, left the stunt family in paralyzing sorrow, and they all deflected from shooting together under the Jackass name.
I think nothing can top the day Johnny injured his reproductive organ. I will leave you with this video. Think about it.