Shia LaBeouf Biography, Life, Interesting Facts
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Shia Saide LaBeouf is an American actor, filmmaker and performance artist. He rose to fame when he acted as Louis Stevens in the hit Disney Channel Series "Even Stevens." He grew up in Los Angeles with his parents whom he described as complicated.
LaBeouf practiced acting from an early age, and he performed stand-up comedies within his home area. His parents separated due to financial problem, and this accelerated his acting career. At first, he did it to help his struggling mother to raise money for home use. While at it, he met a young actor who encouraged him to do it professionally. It is from here that he did a series of plays and films stamping his space as a professional artist.
Childhood And Early life
Shia LaBeouf was born on 11 June 1986, in Los Angeles, California. He is the only child of Shayna and Jeffrey Craig LaBeouf. His mother was a dancer and clothing jewelry designer while his father was a Vietnam War veteran. He has grown as both a Jew and a Christian because the mother was a Jew while the father was a Christian. His first name Shia is derived from Hebrew "Shai Yah" meaning "gift of God."
LaBeouf was raised in an environment with financial challenges. His father mistreated him and even pointed him with a gun in a Vietnam War flashback. The father was addicted to drugs, and he was taken to a rehabilitation center. This fact compounded their financial challenges to a point where the parents divorced.
LaBeouf developed an interest in acting when he was a young boy. After his parents had divorced, he acted for his family mostly mimicking his father to cope with the effect of the divorce. The financial situation at home became so dire that his uncle wanted to adopt him to rescue the struggling mother.
He practiced comedy in his neighborhood as a way of releasing stress resulting from the hostile environment at home.
LaBeouf went to 32nd Street Visual and Performing Arts Magnet in Los Angeles and later to Alexander Hamilton High School.
At age 10, Shia LaBeouf started doing stand-up comedies at comedy clubs. He met a child actor who encouraged him to pursue acting. Because his family was broke, he quickly agreed to become an actor.
LaBeouf became popular among the young audience in the early 2000s when he took up a role on the Disney Channel weekly program Even Stevens. He acted as Louis Stevens, a role that he did so well that he was nominated for a Young Artist Award and later won the Emmy Award in 2003.
In 2003, LaBeouf appeared in a film adaption "Holes" whose reception by the audience was excellent.
In 2005, LaBeouf co-starred in "Constantine" where he acted as Chas Kramer. In the same year, he participated in the production of a Disney-produced English Dub "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind." He added voice to the play.
On April 13, 2007, LaBeouf received positive reviews after the release of a thriller "Disturbia" where he acted as a young boy under house arrest due to suspicions that his neighbor was a serial killer. In the same year, he was named "Star of Tomorrow" in an event for the annual convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners. The recognition was appropriate after he had successfully starred in Disney series.
Shia appeared in an episode of ‘Saturday Night Live' in 2008. In the same, LaBeouf acted as Sam Witwicky in ‘Transformers.' He was also a cast in ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' and the ‘Eagle Eye.'
He reappeared in the "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" as Sam Witwicky in 2009. In the same year, LaBeouf starred in the film "New York, I Love You."
In 2010, LaBeouf acted as ‘Jacob Moore' in the film "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps." He continued to stir in Transformers with an appearance in the third release "Transformers: Dark of the Moon."
Shia LaBeouf directed two TV shorts "Maniac" and "Born Villain" in 2011. He has also starred in movies including ‘Lawless' and ‘Charlie Countrymen.' In 2016, he starred in ‘American Honey" where he played the lead role, Jake.
The work that shot Shia LaBeouf stardom is the cast as Louis Stevens in the Disney Channel Comedy series "Even Stevens." The role brought him into the limelight as a professional Actor. He was nominated for awards and eventually received the Emmy Award for this role. The positive reception of the show led to many other opportunities in his acting career.
His role in the "Transformers" as a protagonist also marked a significant milestone in his acting career. He cast as "Sam Witwicky" in the first, second and third release of the "Transformer."
The Emmy Award – Shia LaBeouf received the award for being an "Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series" in "Even Stevens."
In 2007, he was awarded the "Teen Choice Award" for the film "Disturbia."
LaBeouf was awarded "BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award" for his notable appearances in different movies.
Personal Life And Legacy
Shia LaBeouf adores tattoos and has worn some on his body. He has been involved in several relationships with co-stars including Carey Mulligan and China Brezner.
He was arrested after disagreeing with a neighbor in 2005. LaBeouf threatened the neighbor with a knife. Two years later, he refused to obey a leave request from a security guard in Chicago that led to an arrest. An arrest for arrest was issued against him after he failed to appear in the court. He was later charged a $ 500 fine.
He was involved in car accident in 2008 leading to a one-year suspension of his driving license since he was drunk. He underwent surgery to treat his injured hand.
In 2011, Shia LaBeouf was interrogated by Los Angeles police for causing violence in a local bar.