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Real Name: Shia Shaide LeBeouf
Birthday: Jun/11/1986
Place of Birth:   Los Angeles, California

 

Shia LaBeouf Biography:

Shia LaBeouf is a strong willed and determined individual, who decided during his younger days to try and launch himself into an acting career. There are many tales about how he collected his charisma and charm to sell himself into an industry already saturated with "teen boys".

LaBeouf read for "Even Stevens" (2000), the Disney Channel television sitcom that shot him into the limelight, and informed each of the young actors waiting to audition that he already had been approved for the role. This natural style, combined with raw talent and personality, no doubt helped spring him directly to the front of Hollywood's hot young young star lists.

Born on June 11, 1986, in Los Angeles, he grew up in the region of Echo Park, and was raised in a distinctly lively family of diverse ethnic backgrounds. His Cajun father, Jeffrey, was a war vet who worked a string of small jobs such as circus clown, a snow cone barker, and a stand-up comedian. His Jewish mother, Shayna, worked as a cloths designer and jewelry and gem assembler. 

Concerned by his mom's economic woes after his parents divorced, Shia saw another boy (Chad Allen) about his age whose financial wealth from his role in "Dr. Quinn Medicine Women" afforded him a lavish lifestyle. He soon understood the financial rewards for working in films and television, though he didn't have any formal background, saw himself jumping into acting via comedy. 

He used a phone book to enlist a manager, then polished a comedy routine over the next couple of years, that had him performing dark comedy monologues to grown-up audiences at a Pasadena comedy club, The Ice House, at the age of thirteen. His boisterous behavior got him thrown out of every public school he attended, mainly due to his infamously bad language, but he more than made up for this with his career goals. By the year 2000, he read lines and tried out for the television sitcom, "Even Stevens" on the Disney Network, and won the role of Louis, the devious, yet sophisticated youngest brother in a middle-class family..

That sitcom revolved around the relationship between Louis Stevens, a childish and crazy teenager, and his older sister, Ren (Christy Carlson Romano). The show swiftly found a loyal following of viewers primarily due to LaBeouf's character, and lasted three seasons. His popularity spun-off the show into a television movie, "The Even Stevens Movie"  in 2003. A similar phenomenon happened with Devon Werkeiser and his "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide" in 2007. A similar in concept series, Ned's also spun off a television movie starring Devon Werkeiser as Ned. 

The years 2002 and 2003 were demanding for the actor, certainly his coming out stage. Along with "The Even Stevens Movie", the young man signed on to work on season two of the notorious "Project Greenlight", the Matt Damon and Ben Affleck inspired national challenge for new independent movie makers, with its attached HBO reality series promoted under the same name. Television viewers had the opportunity to see Shia, Elden Hensen, Kathleen Quinlan, Amy Smart, and other actors suffer the chaotic creation of Efram Potelle and Kyle Rankin's eccentric comedy production "The Battle of Shaker Heights", months before to that film's actual release date. When the completed product debuted in August 2003, it received overall bad reviews.

The same year, LaBeouf starred in the Andrew Davis directed Disney vision "Holes" (2003), as a young teen sent to an nutty Texas confinement center, and required to dig a series of five foot deep holes in the scorching heat for unknown reasons. The flick scored with the viewers and media and became one of the blockbuster hits of 2003. The movies success no doubt shot the actor into even higher heights, his acting talents polished even more by his relations with Jon Voight (Coming Home). He would later name Voight as a major personal influence. 

In 2004, he accepted another role as the lead in the Disney film, "The Greatest Game Ever Played" (2005), the story of golfer Francis Ouimet directed by Bill Paxton. The film plot split reviews sharply, but allowed a amazing display of his talents. The next few years had him accepting many of the most desired A-list roles in the movie business and Hollywood in general, from the end of the world vision "Constantine" (2005), to a devil killing hero fighting next to Keanu Reeves, then Dito Montiel's "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints", as a immature young man trying to find an easier way out of the slums than crime and detention centers. 

In 2007, the actor lent his voice to a surfing penguin in the animated comedy "Surf's Up", and got ready for his portrayal of Sam Witwicky in one of the most intensely expected releases of the year, the Michael Bay directed "Transformers", based on the action figures that were intensely in demand during the mid 1980's, starring Megan Fox.

At the same time, fans could watch Shia in director D.J. Caruso's adventure movie "Disturbia", the story of a deeply unhappy, hose bound teenager who partners with a local girl to show that their next door neighbor is a wanted serial murderer.

He finally had grown up and was ready for 2008 with a series of big-budget, big-star film roles starting with "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"  (2008), with Harrison Ford and Cate Blanchett, where famed archaeologist and adventurer Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones is called back into action when he becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls. 

He was then hired and cast in the drama thriller "Eagle Eye" (2008), with Billy Bob Thornton, about a young slacker and a single mom get tangled up in a terrorist cell plotting a political assassination. He finished up 2008 with romantic drama "New York, I Love You" (2008). An anthology film joining several love stories set in one of the most loved cities of the world, New York with appearances by Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Hayden Christensen, Orlando Bloom, Kevin Bacon, 

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