Childhood & Early Life
Shia Saide LaBeouf was born on June 11, 1986, in Los Angeles, California, USA, to ‘hippie’ parents, Shayna and Jeffrey Craig LaBeouf. He is of French-American descent and is part Jewish, for which he had a customary ‘Bar Mitzvah.’ He was also baptized in the ‘Angelus Church.’
His parents split due to financial issues when he was young. Hence, he was raised with moderate means.
He studied at ‘Alexander Hamilton High School’ and ‘32nd Street Visual and Performing Arts Magnet.’ His education expenses were largely borne by his tutors.
As he tried to cope with his parents’ divorce, he turned towards comedy to ‘escape’ from his problems. Thus, he began performing in a number of comedy clubs. In 1998, he landed the role of ‘Cal’ in the movie ‘The Christmas Path.’
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In 1998, he also appeared in an episode of the television series ‘Caroline in the City.’ He also appeared in the TV film ‘Breakfast with Einstein’ where he played ‘Joey.’
Throughout 1999, he was cast in a number of episodes of television series like ‘Jesse,’ ‘Suddenly Susan,’ ‘Touched by an Angel,’ and ‘The X-Files.’
He received his big breakthrough when he landed the role of ‘Louis Anthony Stevens’ in ‘Even Stevens,’ a ‘Disney Channel’ show. The role catapulted him to instant stardom in 2000. This was also his first major role as an actor.
He soon caught the attention of a number of producers and directors and landed roles in television series, such as ‘The Nightmare Room.’ He also landed a role in the TV film ‘Hounded’ in 2001.
In 2003, he finished working for ‘Even Stevens.’ Having appeared in 66 episodes, his role in the series was his longest at the time. He was soon cast in films, such as ‘The Battle of Shaker Heights,’ ‘Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,’ ‘Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry met Lloyd,’ and ‘Holes.’
In 2003, he was also seen in the TV film adaptation of the hit television series ‘Evan Stevens.’ The TV film was titled ‘The Even Stevens Movie.’
In 2005, he was cast alongside Keanu Reeves in the occult detective film ‘Constantine,’ where he played the role of ‘Chas Kramer.’ The same year, he also starred in films, such as ‘The Greatest Game Ever Played’ and ‘Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.’
From 2006 to 2008, he was cast in movies, such as ‘Bobby,’ ‘A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints,’ ‘Disturbia,’ ‘Surf’s Up,’ ‘Transformers,’ and ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.’ Meanwhile, in 2007, he appeared in an episode of ‘Saturday Night Live.’
In 2009, he appeared as ‘Sam Witwicky’ in the sequel of ‘Transformers,’ ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.’ The franchise made him a superstar overnight. The same year, he also starred in the film ‘New York, I Love You,’ where he appeared alongside actors like Chris Cooper, Ethan Hawke, Irrfan Khan, and Natalie Portman to name a few.
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He was cast as ‘Jacob Moore’ in the film ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’ in 2010. The next year, he was seen in the third instalment of the ‘Transformers’ franchise, ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon.’
In 2011, he also directed two television shorts, namely ‘Maniac’ and ‘Born Villain.’ In the next two years, he appeared in movies like ‘Lawless,’ ‘The Company You Keep,’ and ‘Charlie Countrymen.’
He also appeared in ‘Nymphomaniac’ (2013) and ‘Fury’ (2014). In ‘Fury,’ he co-starred with Brad Pitt and Logan Lerman.
From 2015 to 2017, the actor went through a bad phase with his movies ‘Man Down’ (2015), ‘American Honey’ (2016), and ‘Borg vs McEnroe’ (2017) failing miserably at the box-office.
He bounced back with the 2019 American drama film ‘Honey Boy.’ The movie, which was written by Shia LeBeouf himself, was praised by the critics. The movie was based on his own life, with his character based on his father. It premiered at the ‘Sundance Film Festival’ and released on November 2019. The same year, he was also seen in the comedy drama film ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon.’
From 2000 to 2003, he was cast as ‘Louis Stevens’ in the comedy series ‘Even Stevens.’ This television series launched LaBeouf into the world of entertainment and gave wings to his career as a professional actor. The television series became extremely popular and went on to earn a number of awards, including ‘Daytime Emmy Awards,’ ‘BAFTA Awards,’ and ‘Young Artist Awards.’ As he portrayed a recurring character in the series, he was even cast in the film adaptation titled ‘The Even Stevens Movie.’
LaBeouf was cast as ‘Sam Witwicky’ in the ‘Transformers’ franchise, for which he starred from 2007 to 2011. He was, however, replaced by Mark Wahlberg in the fourth instalment of the film. The first three films became sleeper-hits at the box-office and went on to earn over $2 billion at the box-office. His role as ‘Sam’ is considered one of the highlights of his acting career.
Personal Life & Legacy
Shia LaBeouf has been in a number of relationships with his co-stars. The actors with whom he was in a relationship include China Brezner, Carey Mulligan, Isabel Lucas, and Megan Fox.
In 2005, he was arrested in Los Angeles after an altercation with his neighbor, whom he threatened with a kitchen knife. He was also arrested two years later when he refused to leave a Chicago ‘Walgreens’ after being asked to leave by a security guard.
An arrest warrant was issued against him when he failed to make a court appearance. The charge was dismissed later and he ended up paying a $500 fine.
In 2008, he was involved in a car crash after driving under the influence of alcohol. His driver’s license was suspended for a year. Following the accident, he had to go through a number of surgeries on his hand.
In 2011, he was once again involved in an altercation with a commoner at a bar in Los Angeles, for which he was questioned by the ‘Los Angeles Police Department.’
He sports three tattoos on his body.