Johnny Knoxville is convinced his success is all down to his kids – because he started up prank show Jackass to provide for his family.
Knoxville – real name Philip John Clapp – moved from Tennessee to Los Angeles to try his luck at acting, but turned to writing to make a living after his then girlfriend Melanie Clapp gave birth to their daughter Madison. He was then asked to write about tasering himself for a magazine article and decided to film the experiment – and a year later, Jackass was an MTV hit.
But Knoxville insists his career wouldn’t have taken off if he hadn’t become a dad at 25. He says,
“The biggest thing that got me doing anything was the birth of my daughter. I was waiting tables and my girlfriend, who became my wife… who became my ex-wife… was pregnant, and I was like, ‘Oh f**k, I really need to do something. I’ve just been, like, drinking and partying the whole time here.'”
Knoxville also has a son, Rocko, with wife Naomi Nelson.
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