Shia LaBeouf

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Actor • Director • Performance Artist

Birth Name: Shia Saide LaBeouf

Birth Date: June 11, 1986

Age: 38 years old

Birth Place: Los Angeles, California

Partners: Mia Goth, FKA Twigs, Margaret Qualley

Actor Shia LaBeouf's screen career arced from child star on the Disney Channel series "Even Stevens" (2000-03) to Hollywood leading man in "Transformers" (2007) and later, an intense and committed staple of indie features like "American Honey" (2017) and "The Peanut Butter Falcon" (2019).

Born Shia Saide LaBeouf in Los Angeles, California on June 11, 1988, he was raised primarily by his mother, Shayna Saide, due to drug dependency and financial issues forced her separation from his father, Jeffrey LaBeouf. He fell into performing primarily as a means of providing money for his family, and as a ten-year-old, reportedly worked as a comedian at various Los Angeles clubs.

Minor roles on television series preceded his breakout role as the precocious Louis Stevens on the Disney Channel series "Even Stevens." LaBeouf netted a Daytime Emmy for his rambunctious performance, which led to appearances on other television series, including "Freaks and Geeks" (NBC, 1999-2000), and his feature film debut in the quirky youth-oriented comedy "Holes" (2003).

Supporting turns in major features like "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" (2003) and "Constantine" (2005), with Keanu Reeves, blossomed into starring roles, beginning in 2005 with the Disney feature "The Greatest Game Ever Played," with LaBeouf as golfer Francis Ouimet, who became the first amateur to win the U.S. Open in 1913. A modest hit, it was followed by the thriller "Disturbia" (2007), but its success at the box office was quickly eclipsed by "Transformers" (2007), a live-action, big-budget take on the popular toy line and animated series.

LaBeouf was reportedly recommended for the film's lead by its executive producer, Steven Spielberg, who then cast him as Harrison Ford's son in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (2008). But LaBeouf's ascent to stardom was an uneasy one: critical and audience response to his performances in both films was mixed, and the actor himself appeared to struggle with the media attention, preferring instead to focus his energies on a burgeoning directorial career.

He had co-helmed a short, "Let's Love Hate," in 2004, but his solo efforts arrived in a flurry in 2011, beginning with videos for rapper Kid Cudi and Marilyn Manson and soon expanding to a satirical horror film, "Maniac" (2011) and "Howard Cantour.com" (2013), with comic Jim Gaffigan as a scabrous film critic. The latter project attracted negative attention when several journalists and bloggers noted a slew of similarities to "Justin M. Damiano," a 2007 comic by Daniel Clowes of "Ghost World" fame.

The incident - and LaBeouf's response, which was perceived as insincere - did little to appease his detractors or cull the actor's creative urges, which continued unabated with appearances in two more "Transformers" films ("Revenge of the Fallen" in 2010 and "Dark of the Moon" in 2011), as well as starring roles for Oliver Stone in "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" (2011) and Robert Redford in "The Company You Keep" (2012).

Determined to maintain a foot in the art world, he also appeared in Lars von Trier's controversial and explicit "Nymphomaniac" (2013) and embarked on a series of public performance art projects with British author Luke Turner and Finnish artist Nastja Sade. The first of these was a 2014 appearance at the Berlin Film Festival, where LaBeouf walked the red carpet with a paper bag over his head, on which was written "I am not famous anymore."

Subsequent efforts found the actor weeping for hours in front of visitors, skipping rope and screening footage of his beating heart online, and watching all of his movies consecutively with an audience while his reactions were live streamed to viewers.

Critics were divided in their response to these efforts, while media outlets had a field day reporting on them, which they lumped into a growing list of LaBeouf's public eccentricities that included his fractious departure from a 2013 Broadway production of Lyle Kessler's Orphans and arrests for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness in 2014 and 2017.

He emerged from this tumultuous period not only sober but with apparent new focus on his acting talents. He earned solid reviews as a soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder in "Man Down" (2015) and as the freewheeling leader of a magazine sales crew in Andrea Arnold's "American Honey" (2016). After winning critical praise as volatile tennis player John McEnroe in the Swedish drama "Borg vs. McEnroe" (2017), LaBeouf drew on his own childhood to write and co-star in the indie "Honey Boy" (2019), about a young man's relationship with his eccentric father (played by LaBeouf), before earning more critical praise as a troubled fisherman who aids a young man with Down Syndrome on his quest to become a professional wrestler in the indie "Peanut Butter Falcon" (2019).

Credits

Intervista a Shia LaBeouf

Self
Show
2024

Megalopolis

Actor
Clodio Pulcher
Movie
2024

Padre Pio

Actor
Padre Pio
Movie
2022

A Man Named Scott

Self
Show
2021

The Tax Collector

Actor
Creeper
Movie
2020

Pieces of a WomanStream

Actor
Sean
Movie
2020
76%

Honey Boy

Actor
James
Movie
2019

Honey Boy

Screenwriter
Movie
2019

The Peanut Butter FalconStream

Actor
Tyler
Movie
2019
95%

Big Boy's Neighborhood

Guest
Show
2018

#Take Me Anywhere

Director
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2018

#Take Me Anywhere

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2018

#Take Me Anywhere

Self
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2018

Borg

Actor
John McEnroe
Movie
2017

American HoneyStream

Actor
Jake
Movie
2016
80%

LoveTrue

Executive Producer
Movie
2016

Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter

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2015

The Late Late Show With James Corden

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2015

Hot OnesStream

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Reality
2015

Sia: Elastic Heart Feat. Shia LaBeouf & Maddie Ziegler

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2015

Man DownStream

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Gabriel Drummer
Movie
2015
16%

Variety Studio: Actors on Actors

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2014

FuryStream

Actor
Boyd "Bible" Swan
Movie
2014
76%

The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman

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Charlie Countryman
Movie
2013

Nymphomaniac

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Jerôme
Movie
2013

Nymphomaniac: Volume I

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Jerôme
Movie
2013

Nymphomaniac: Volume II

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Jerôme
Movie
2013

Live! With Kelly and Michael

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Talk
2012

LawlessStream

Actor
Jack Bondurant
Movie
2012
67%

The Company You KeepStream

Actor
Ben Shepard
Movie
2012
54%

LIVE with Kelly

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2011

Transformers: Dark of the MoonStream

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Sam Witwicky
Movie
2011
35%

Maniac

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Director
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2011

Maniac

Director
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2011

Maniac

Executive Producer
Movie
2011

The Making Of: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

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2010

Mark at the Movies

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Show
2010

Wall Street: Money Never SleepsStream

Actor
Jake Moore
Movie
2010
55%

ES.TV

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2009

The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien

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2009

Transformers: Revenge of the FallenStream

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Sam Witwicky
Movie
2009
20%

New York, I Love You

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Jacob
Movie
2009

Teen Choice 2008

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2008

Eagle Eye

Actor
Jerry Shaw
Movie
2008

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullStream

Actor
Mutt Williams
Movie
2008
77%

Chelsea Lately

Actor
Talk
2007

On the Lot

Judge
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2007

TransformersStream

Actor
Sam Witwicky
Movie
2007
57%

Surf's Up

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Cody Maverick
Movie
2007

DisturbiaStream

Actor
Kale
Movie
2007
70%

Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition

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2006

etalk

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2006

BobbyStream

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Jimmy
Movie
2006
46%

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

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Young Dito
Movie
2006

Made in Hollywood

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Series
2005

ConstantineStream

Actor
Chas Kramer
Movie
2005
46%

The Greatest Game Ever PlayedStream

Actor
Francis Ouimet
Movie
2005
63%

The Insider

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2004

I, RobotStream

Actor
Farber
Movie
2004
56%

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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Talk
2003

Jimmy Kimmel Live!Stream

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Talk
2003

La Guerre des Stevens

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Show
2003

HolesStream

Actor
Stanley Yelnats
Movie
2003
78%

Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd

Actor
Lewis
Movie
2003

Charlie's Angels: Full ThrottleStream

Actor
Max
Movie
2003
41%

The Even Stevens Movie

Actor
Louis Stevens
Movie
2003

The Battle of Shaker Heights

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Kelly Ernswiler
Movie
2003

Tru Confessions

Actor
Eddie Walker
Movie
2002

The Nightmare Room

Actor
Show
2001

Live With Regis and Kelly

Guest
Show
2001

Hounded

Actor
Ronny Van Dusen
Movie
2001

Entertainment Studios.com

Guest
Show
2000

Even StevensStream

Actor
Louis Stevens
Series
2000

The Christmas Path

Actor
Movie
1999

Kickin' It: With Byron Allen

Guest
Show
1998

Monkey Business

Actor
Wyatt
Movie
1998

Breakfast With Einstein

Actor
Joey
Movie
1998

Access Hollywood

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News
1996

Le Monde merveilleux de Disney

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Show
1996

Touched by an AngelStream

Guest Star
Series
1994

ERStream

Guest Star
Darnel Smith
Series
1994

Entertainers: With Byron Allen

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1994

Extra

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1994

The X-FilesStream

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Richie Lupone
Series
1993
74%

Late Show With David Letterman

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1993

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

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1992

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

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Asbel
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1984

Entertainment Tonight

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1981

Good Morning America

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1975

Saturday Night LiveStream

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1975

Today

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1952