Shia LaBeouf

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Shia LaBeouf is an American actor, filmmaker, performance artist, and director. Shia LaBeouf is mostly popular for his role in the Disney show “Even Stevens”, ” Project Greenlight”, “Lawless”, and “Transformers” franchise among others.

Early Life and Childhood

Shia LaBeouf’s full name is Shia Saide LaBeouf and he was born on 11 June 1986. He is currently 34 years old and his zodiac is Gemini. He is originally from Los Angeles, California, the U.S. and grew up in the neighborhood of Echo Park. Shia grew up in a decidedly colorful family of mixed ethnicity. Further, his parents are mother Shayna (née Saide) and father Jeffrey Craig LaBeouf. He is the only child of his parents.

Shia’s mother is a dancer and ballerina turned visual artist and clothing jewelry designer. Similarly, his father is a Vietnam War veteran who had numerous jobs like a circus clown, a sno-cone salesman, and a stand-up comic. Shia’s mother is Jewish whereas his father is a Christian of Cajun French descent.

Shia also describes himself as Jewish and he stated that he grew up around “both sides”. Moreover, Shia had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony and was also baptized in the Angelus church. He also attended on of the Christian camps and his first name is derived from Szaja, the Polish version of the Hebrew Yeshayahu (Isaiah), meaning “God is salvation.”

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Caption: Shia LaBeouf’s past and present photos. He was a part of “Even Stevens” in the left photo. Source: E!News

More about his family

Similarly, Shia LaBeouf also described his parents as “hippies”. He describes his father as “tough as nails and a different breed of man” and his upbringing as similar to a “hippy lifestyle”. Shia stated that his parents were “pretty weird people, but they loved me and I loved them.”

During his childhood, Shia accompanied his father to meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous. He has also said he was subjected to verbal and mental abuse by his father, who once pointed a gun at his son during a Vietnam War flashback. Shia LaBeouf has stated that, during his childhood, his father was on drugs and was placed in drug rehabilitation for heroin addiction, while his mother was trying to hold down the fort.

Unfortunately, Shia’s parents eventually divorced, mainly owing to financial problems. Moreover, Shia had what he has described as a good childhood, growing up poor in Echo Park with his mother, who worked selling fabrics and brooches. His uncle was going to adopt him at one stage because his parents could not afford to have him anymore and “they had too much pride to go on welfare or food stamps.”

As a way of dealing with his parents’ divorce, Shia would perform for his family, mimicking his father. He still remains close to and financially supports both of his parents. In an interview, Shia LaBeouf said that looking back on his childhood, he feels grateful and considers some of those memories as scars.

Education

Talking about his educational journey, Shia attended 32nd Street Visual and Performing Arts Magnet in Los Angeles (LAUSD) and Alexander Hamilton High School. However, he received most of his education from his tutors. Then he went on to receive higher education at Pierce College.

Career and Professional Life

Shia LaBeouf is an admirable and contemporary actor and director hailing from America. Similarly, he is also a performance artist and filmmaker.

During his preteen years, Shia decided to launch himself as an actor. There are stories abound concerning how far Shia carried his own drive to establish himself. According to People Weekly magazine, he auditioned for Even Stevens subsequently told each of the youngsters waiting to audition that he had the part. This eliminated the competition.

Even Stevens is a Disney Channel series that delivered Shia into the spotlight. Such determination, along with raw ability and charisma, doubtless helped propel him straight to the head of Hollywood’s young stars.

Beginning of the Career

Shia used a phone book to find an agent then honed a stand-up comedy act over the course of two years. He delivered “blue” routines to adult audiences at the young age of 12. He did so at a Pasadena comedy club, The Ice House. By his own admission, Shia was booted out of every school he attended for his notoriously profane mouth and for other reasons. However, Shia more than compensated for this with his professional drive.

The sitcom, Even Stevens, concerned the relationship between Louis Stevens, played by Shia, a silly and goofy teen, and his older sister, Ren, played by Christy Carlson Romano. This program quickly found an audience on Disney and lasted for several seasons. Its popularity spawned a small-screen feature, The Even Stevens Movie, in the year 2003.

The time span of 2002 to 2003 was a busy one for Shia LaBeouf. It is also arguably his breakthrough period. In addition to The Even Stevens Movie, he also signed on to participate in season two of the controversial Project Greenlight. It is created by Damon and Affleck and it is a national contest for aspiring indie filmmakers. Project Greenlight has its HBO reality series of the same name.

Hence, the at-home viewers had the opportunity to watch The Battle of Shaker Heights months prior to that film’s release. It is a quirky comedy-drama produced by Efram Potelle and Kyle Rankin featuring Shia LaBeouf, Elden Hensen, Kathleen Quinlan, Amy Smart, and other actors.

That same year, Shia LaBeouf starred in Holes. It is a Disney fantasy directed by Andrew Davis. Its success spurred Shia LaBeouf on to even greater heights. Further, Shia’s dramatic ability honed even more sharply by his interaction with co-star Jon Voight, whom Shia LaBeouf would later list as a key professional influence.

2004 Onwards

In late 2004, Shia LaBeouf signed on for the lead in another Disney film, The Greatest Game Ever Played. It is a biopic of golfer Francis Ouimet directed by Bill Paxton. The film itself divided critics rather sharply but provided an outstanding showcase for Shia LaBeouf’s talents.

The next several years found Shia LaBeouf signing on for several of the most sought-after A-list roles in Hollywood. It ranged from director Francis Lawrence’s apocalyptic fantasy Constantine as the demon-slayer fighting alongside Keanu Reeves in 2005 to Dito Montiel’s A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints as a young man struggling to find a different road out of the ghetto than crime and prison.

Then in 2007, Shia voiced a surfing penguin in the CG-animated comedy Surf’s Up and geared up for his role as Sam Witwicky in one of the most hotly anticipated releases of the year, Transformers, directed by Michael Bay. It is based on the action figures that were rabidly popular in the mid-’80s.

At the same time, Shia LaBeouf starred in director D.J. Caruso’s thriller Disturbia. This movie is the tale of a deeply depressed, homebound teen who teams up with a local girl to prove that their next-door neighbor is a much sought-after serial killer.

More Involvements

Shia LaBeouf continued to ride his popularity surge in the realm of latter-day sequels, playing Harrison Ford’s sidekick in 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. His character is a young financial exec Jake Moore in 2010’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

Neither film was well-received by audiences or critics, but he still had the Transformer‘s franchise in his pocket, and he’d continue with it for 2009’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and 2011’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Then, in the year 2012, Shia tried his hand at a period piece with the bootlegging drama Lawless.

Moreover, in the 2019 movie Honey Boy, Shia played the character James Lort and also involved in this movie as a writer. In 2014, he appeared in Fury, Man Down in 2015, American Honey in 2016, and Borg vs McEnroe in 2017. He also starred in The Peanut Butter Falcon as Tyler.

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Caption: Shia LaBeouf photographed with the director of “Honey Boy”, Alma Har’el, for which Shia worked as an actor as well as writer. Source: IMDb

Awards and Net Worth

Shia LaBeouf has received several nominations at different award ceremonies. Among them all, he bagged a total of six awards. Some of them are “Orange Rising Star Award” at 2008 BAFTA Awards, “Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series” at 2003 Emmy Awards for his role in Even Stevens, and “Breakthrough Screenwriter” at 2019 Hollywood Film Awards for his involvement in Honey Boy.

Shia also received “Choice Movie” Breakout Male” and “Choice Movie: Horror/Thriller Actor” at 2007 Teen Choice Awards for his role in Disturbia. Shia also shared the award “Best Ensemble” with the cast of American Honey at the 2016 Florida Film Critics Circle Awards.

Moving on, Shia’s net worth estimation is around $35 million. He earns through his involvement in acting, directing, and much more.

Relationship Status

Shia LaBeouf is most probably single at present. However, he was a married man at one point in his life. He met his co-star and later girlfriend, Mia Goth while filming Nymphomaniac in 2012. Mia is an English actress. On 10 October 2016, the lovers married in a Las Vegas ceremony officiated by an Elvis impersonator. However, two days later, a source revealed that the pair performed a commitment ceremony instead of legal marriage.

Later that month, Shia confirmed their nuptials on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. However, in September 2018, the couple separated and filed for divorce.

Aside from Mia Goth, Shia LaBeouf has been in relationships with FKA Twigs from 2018 to 2019, Sasha Lane from 2015 to 2016, Karolyn Pho from 2010 to 2012, Carey Mulligan from 2009 to 2010, China Brezner from 2004 to 2007, and Hilary Duff in 2002.

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Caption: Shia LaBeouf with his ex-wife Mia Goth at an event. Source: Refinery29

Legal Troubles

In the year 2005, Shia was arrested in Los Angeles after an altercation with his neighbor. He had threatened his neighbor with a kitchen knife. Two years after this incident, Shia was again arrested when he refused to leave a Chicago ‘Walgreens’ after a security guard asked him to leave. He received an arrest warrant when he failed to make a court appearance. They dismissed the charge later and Shia ended up paying a $500 fine.

Again in 2008, Shia was involved in a car crash after driving under the influence of alcohol. They suspended his driver’s license for a year. Following the accident, Shia had to go through a number of surgeries on his hand. Then in 2011, he once again involved in an altercation with a commoner at a bar in Los Angeles. For this, the Los Angeles Police Department questioned Shia.

More legal issues

Additionally, on 26 June 2014, Shia LaBeouf was charged with disorderly conduct and criminal trespass at New York City’s Studio 54 theater. He was reportedly “acting disorderly, yelling and being loud”. Since he refused to leave the theater, police were called. In the arrest report, they stated that Shia LaBeouf swore and spat at arresting officers. They arrested and held him at the Midtown North police station to later appear in court.

Following the incident, Shia LaBeouf voluntarily began seeking outpatient treatment for alcoholism and involved in a 12-step program. Again on 8 July 2017, at around 4 a.m., police arrested Shia LaBeouf in downtown Savannah, Georgia for public drunkenness, disorderly conduct, as well as obstruction. They released the bodycam footage of his profane tirade against the arresting officers following his arrest.

Then in October 2017, Shia LaBeouf was found not guilty of public intoxication. However, he pleaded no contest to the charge of disorderly conduct. They sentenced Shia to probation for one year, including time served, and they also ordered him to pay a $1,000 fine. The court further ordered him to get therapy to manage his anger and substance use issues. Shia LaBeouf later disclosed that he was diagnosed with PTSD during a stint in drug rehabilitation following the arrest.

Religion

In 2004, Shia LaBeouf contributed an essay to the book I Am Jewish. The writer of this book is Judea Pearl. In the book, he stated that he has a “personal relationship with God that happens to work within the confines of Judaism”. He has described himself as Jewish but later he declared in 2007 that religion had “never made sense” to him.

However, in an interview published in Interview magazine in October 2014, Shia LaBeouf stated “I found God doing Fury. I became a Christian man, and not in a fucking bullshit way – in a very real way. I could have just said the prayers that were on the page. But it was a real thing that really saved me”.

Body Measurements and Social Media

Talking about Shia LaBeouf’s body measurement stats, he stands tall at a height of 1.76 m or 5’9″ and weighs around 72 kgs. Further, his chest-waist-hip measurement is around 32-26-32 inches respectively. Other than that, his dress size, shoe size, biceps, etc are not available. Similarly, Shia has hazel eyes with dark brown hair color.

Shia LaBeouf is available on several social media platforms. He joined Twitter in February 2012 and so far has 509.6k followers. Similarly, although he doesn’t have his personal Facebook page, he is available on the page
LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner that has 1.25 million followers. He also has an Instagram with username @shiasoutfits that has 175k followers and 380 posts as of April 2020.