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Shia Saide LaBeouf ( ; born June 11, 1986) is an American actor, voice actor, and comedian.

LaBeouf began his comedy career when he was 10 years old, and then launched his acting career in 1998 at the age of 12. He became known among younger audiences for his part in the Disney Channel series Even Stevens, also appearing in three Disney TV movies. In 2003, LaBeouf made his film debut in Holes, also appearing in the lead role in The Battle of Shaker Heights the same year.

In 2005, LaBeouf made his transition from teen roles in The Greatest Game Ever Played. In 2007, he starred as the leads in Disturbia and Transformers, and the following year he appeared in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull as Indiana's son. In 2009, LaBeouf reprised his role as Sam Witwicky in the Transformers sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and appeared in New York, I Love You. LaBeouf's upcoming films include the lead roles in The Associate, and Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps.

In May 2009, LaBeouf made his directorial debut by directing Cage's music video for the single "I Never Knew You".

Early life


LaBeouf was born in Los Angelesmarker, Californiamarker, an only child. His mother, Shayna (née Saide), is a dancer and ballerina turned visual artist and clothing/jewelry designer; before she met LaBeouf's father, she ran a head shop in Brooklyn - according to LaBeouf, "Bob Dylan used to come in and smoke weed. All her furniture hung upside-down from the ceiling". LaBeouf's father, Jeffrey Craig LaBeouf, is a Vietnam War veteran who "drifted" from job to job, working as a mime at a circus, a snow cone salesman, a rodeo clown and a stand-up comedian, and touring with the Doobie Brothers as their opening act. Shia LaBeouf's New Yorkmarker-born mother is Jewish and his father is a French-Cajun (once described by LaBeouf as a "Ragin' Cajun"). LaBeouf was raised in the Jewish religion and had a Bar Mitzvah. The name Shia is Hebrew for "gift from God" (שי-יה,) and the surname LaBeouf is a corruption of "le bœuf", the French term for "the ox" or "the beef". LaBeouf has said that he comes from "five generations of performers" and was "acting when [he] came out of the womb." One of LaBeouf's great-grandmothers played piano in gangster Lucky Luciano’s casino. LaBeouf's maternal grandfather, a Polish Holocaust survivor who shared his first name, was a comedian who worked in the Borscht Belt of the Catskill Mountains and sidelined as a barber for the Mafia. LaBeouf's alcoholic paternal grandfather was a Green Beret in the military and LaBeouf's paternal grandmother was a Beatnik poet and lesbian who associated with Allen Ginsberg.

LaBeouf has described his parents as "hippies", his father as "tough as nails and a different breed of man", and his upbringing as similar to a "hippy lifestyle", stating that his parents were "pretty weird people, but they loved me and I loved them." LaBeouf's father used to grow cannabis, and the two smoked marijuana together when LaBeouf was ten. LaBeouf has also said that his father was "on drugs" during his childhood, being addicted to heroin and placed in drug rehabilitation for heroin addiction, while LaBeouf's mother was "trying to hold down the fort." Young Shia was subjected to verbal and mental abuse by his heroin-addicted father who once pointed a gun at his son during a Vietnam War flashback. His parents eventually divorced, and he had what he has described as a "good childhood", growing up poor with his mother (who worked selling fabrics and brooches) in Echo Park, Los Angeles, Californiamarker.. LaBeouf's uncle was going to adopt him at one stage because his parents couldn't afford to have him anymore, "they had too much pride to go on welfare or food stamps."

In a May 2009 PARADE magazine interview, LaBeouf states, "I just knew that money was a solution to whatever the hell was going on in my household. With money, I and my family would have had more options. So I went after a job that I thought I could make the most money for a 10-year-old or an 11-year-old boy."'. He also recounts how his father become a drug dealer "My dad brought something called the 'elephant seed' to Oahu, Hawaii. And in Oahu, it became the 'Thai' stick. But how do you make millions on weed when you don't own a plant? Nobody owns a plant. Well, my dad wasn't thinking franchise. He was selling things to the Hawaiian mafia, and then they would give it to their cab drivers to sell when they picked people up from airports."

In that same interview LaBeouf explained that part of what he remembers is that in 1988, when he was two, his dad began dressing him up as a clown and putting him to work shilling for the family's pushcart business. "It was a hustle. We’d walk around the neighborhood in full clown regalia," he recalls. "My embarrassment factor didn't exist. I had fun, because I knew that in the middle of a performance my parents couldn't fight. So, for sure, every day, there had to be some peaceful time for us, or we weren't going to make it through the week financially. "I'm still doing the same hustle now," he continues. "The only change is that, instead of my dad selling hot dogs from the cart, it's Steven Spielberg selling the hot dogs."


LaBeouf attended a predominantly Latino and African American school. Theatrically, LaBeouf attended 32nd Street Visual and Performing Arts Magnet school in Los Angeles (LAUSD) and Alexander Hamilton High School, although he received most of his education from tutors. Following high-school, LaBeouf was accepted to Yale Universitymarker but declined, later remarking that he is "getting the kind of education you don't get at school," although he would like to attend college.

Acting career

Early work

LaBeouf has said that he initially became an actor because his family was broke, not because he wanted to pursue an acting career. “My humor came from seeing my parents have sex, smoke weed, my mom being naked—just weird hippie stuff, twisted R-rated humor,” he says. “I’d get up there in my OshKosh B’Gosh outfit and my bowl haircut. I was a little kid with a Lenny Bruce mouth. That was the act. But there’s no money in stand-up comedy, so I went into acting.” LaBeouf began acting when he was 12 years old. His acting debut was on Caroline in the City in 1998, in the episode "Caroline and the Bar Mitzvah", and he made guest appearances on popular television shows such as The X-Files, Touched by an Angel, Jesse, and Suddenly Susan, all in 1999.

2000–2003: Disney career

LaBeouf became well known among young audiences after playing Louis Stevens in the Disney Channel weekly program Even Stevens, a role for which he was cast three months after being signed by his agent. Even Stevens aired from 2000-2003 for three seasons and aired 65 episodes. Even Stevens ended with The Even Stevens Movie—a TV movie which premiered on Disney Channel on June 13, 2003.

LaBeouf also appeared in the Disney Channel TV movie Tru Confessions, where he played a mentally challenged kid with a sister who made a documentary about his disability. His father, at the time just released from rehab, served as his on-set parent and the two bonded.

In 2002, LaBeouf appeared as a supporting character in a Disney Channel TV movie Hounded, as Ronny Van Dussel, a rival of the main characters.

In 2003, LaBeouf was awarded a Daytime Emmy Award for the role of Louis and has said that he "grew up on that show" and that his childhood was "kind of lost," although his being cast in the show was the "best thing" that has happened to him.

During this time period, LaBeouf also appeared in sketch shows on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

In 2003, he appeared in another Disney production, Holes, as Stanley "Caveman" Yelnats IV, opposite Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight and Tim Blake Nelson. While filming Holes, Voight gave LaBeouf a book on acting, and this made LaBeouf realize acting could be more than a job. The film was a moderate box office success. Steven Spielberg was also a fan of LaBeouf in Holes, saying he reminded him of a young Tom Hanks. The film Holes made over US$67 million worldwide and was well-received by critics, in which the film garnered 77% Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

That same year, he was heavily featured in the HBO documentary show Project Greenlight, which chronicled the making of the independent film The Battle of Shaker Heights, his first PG-13 film. LaBeouf played the lead role of troubled teen Kelly Ernswiler, starring opposite Amy Smart. The Battle of Shaker Heights was theatrically released on August 22, 2003 as a limited release. The film opened at #54 at the box office with $50,000 and made over $280,000 in its 28 day limited release.

LaBeouf also also had a minor role in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle as Max Petroni, an orphan whom the Angels end up protecting.

2004–2006: Career success

LaBeouf co-wrote and directed the short film Let's Love Hate with Lorenzo Eduardo. The short-film won second place at the 2004 Children's Jury Award and won the 2005 Children's Audience Award.

In 2004, LaBeouf played Farber, a minor role in I, Robot.

In 2005, Labeouf then appeared in the action-horror film Constantine starring opposite Keanu Reeves and Rachel Weisz as Chas Kramer, a supporting character. He also had the lead role in the Disney film The Greatest Game Ever Played, playing Francis Ouimet, a real-life golf player from a poor family who won the 1913 U.S. Open Championship, and voiced the character Asbel in the English dubbed version of the 1984 film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, a Japanese anime film.

Photo of Shia while promoting the movie Bobby.

LaBeouf appeared in the 2006 ensemble drama Bobby as Cooper, a campaign volunteer for Robert F. Kennedy. As part of the cast of Bobby, which also included Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, and Lindsay Lohan, LaBeouf won a Hollywood Film Award for "Ensemble Of The Year", and was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture".

Also in 2006, LaBeouf played the younger version of Dito Montiel in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, the older version being played by Robert Downey, Jr. in a semi-autobiographical account of Montiel's upbringing in 1980s Astoria, Queensmarker. LaBeouf starred opposite Channing Tatum.

2007–2008: Breakthrough

In 2007, LaBeouf starred in Disturbia, a thriller released on April 13. He played a teenager under house arrest who suspects that his neighbor, played by David Morse, is a serial killer. The film was a hit and LaBeouf received positive reviews for the role, with The Buffalo News stating that LaBeouf "has grown into an appealing, bright young actor who is able to simultaneously pull off [the character's] anger, remorse and intelligence", Kurt Loder of MTV wrote that LaBeouf "gets his star ticket decisively punched", and the San Francisco Chronicle noted that LaBeouf is "fast becoming the best young actor in Hollywood". In comparing the film with Rear Window, The New York Daily News described LaBeouf's appeal as "more John Cusack than James Stewart". For his role in Disturbia, LaBeouf won three Teen Choice Awards for Horror/Thriller, Breakout Male (also for LaBeouf's work on A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, and Transformers), Actor: Horror/Thriller. LaBeouf and co-star Sarah Roemer were nominated for an MTV Movie Award for "Best Kiss".

Also in 2007, LaBeouf voiced Cody Maverick in the animated mockumentary film Surf's Up, starring alongside Zooey Deschanel and Jeff Bridges. Cody was reportedly supposed to be voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

That same year, LaBeouf played teenager Sam Witwicky, who becomes involved in the Autobot-Decepticon war on Earth, in Michael Bay's Transformers, released on July 3. Executive producer Steven Spielberg cast him in the role having been impressed by his performance in Holes. Michael Bay initially considered LaBeouf too old for the part of Sam Witwicky, having only seen his performance in Constantine, but he was "bowled" over by LaBeouf's enthusiasm. LaBeouf has also signed on for two Transformers sequels. LaBeouf performed his own stunts, including a scene in which Sam clings to a statue as Megatron approaches, with only a safety harness to protect LaBeouf. "There are action stars who wouldn’t have been as dumb," he joked. To prepare for the role LaBeouf worked out five days a week for three months and gained twenty-five pounds of muscle for the role, but realized during shooting that his role required agility rather than strength. LaBeouf received critical acclaim for his role, with Empire's Ian Nathan praising LaBeouf as "a smart, natural comedian, [who] levels the bluntness of this toy story with an ironic bluster". For his role in Transformers, LaBeouf was nominated for a Empire Award for Best New Comer, an MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance, four Teen Choice Awards - one of which he won - and a National Movie Award for Best Performance by a Male. LaBeouf was named 2007's "star of tomorrow" by the ShoWest convention of the National Association of Theater Owners. For his lead role in the film LaBeouf was reportedly paid $500,000. In February 2008 LaBeouf was awarded the BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award, which was voted for by the British general public.

In April 2007, it was confirmed that LaBeouf was cast in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. LaBeouf was Steven Spielberg's first choice for the role, having been impressed by his performance in Holes. LaBeouf said that he signed on to the film without reading the script and did not know what character he would play. Shooting for the film began on June 18, 2007 at Deming, New Mexicomarker. and finished on the morning of October 12, 2007. LaBeouf played Mutt Williams, a greaser who goes to Indiana Jones to tell him that his old colleague Harold Oxley was kidnapped after discovering a "crystal skull in Peru". LaBeouf said that in order to prepare for his role in the film that he worked out seven days a week for three hours a day and described his diet as being "protein-heavy, carb-heavy", saying that "I'll run for an hour and then I'll do two hours of weights." LaBeouf gained over fifteen pounds of muscle. LaBeouf said of the experience "I have definitely not trained like this for anything in my life. I'm preparing like I'm going into battle." LaBeouf watched Blackboard Jungle, Rebel Without a Cause and The Wild One to get into his character's "mindset", and he also copied mannerisms and words from characters in those films, such as the use of a switchblade as a weapon.

During filming LaBeouf pulled his rotator cuff when filming a fight scene with Spalko, which was the first injury in his career. The injury got worse throughout filming and he pulled his groin. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, and was released Thursday May 22 in North America and grossed $25 million its opening day. For his role, LaBeouf was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor, a Teen Choice Award for Actor: Action Adventure, and a People's Choice Award for Favorite On-Screen Match-Up.

LaBeouf's next and final 2008 film was Eagle Eye, a thriller directed by D. J. Caruso (who also directed LaBeouf in Disturbia) and released on September 26, 2008. This was LaBeouf's third film in which producer Steven Spielberg was involved (who also produced Transformers and directed Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull). Filming began on November 6, 2007 and wrapped in February 2008. LaBeouf starred alongside Michelle Monaghan and Billy Bob Thornton. Eagle Eye centers around two strangers, Jerry Shaw (LaBeouf) and Rachel Holloman (Monaghan) who are being framed as terrorist by the FBI. LaBeouf and Monaghan performed 80% of their own stunts. LaBeouf said that "There was a CIA agent who was working on the movie with us, and [he] told me...[that] one in five phone calls is recorded. [He then] proceeded to play for me a phone call I had made two years prior to signing on to the film. It's pretty terrifying." Eagle Eye opened at #1 in its opening weekend, making over $29 million, and over $177 million worldwide. For his role LaBeouf was nominated for an MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance.

In December 2008, LaBeouf dropped out of the film Dark Fields due to a hand injury for which he had to undergo surgery, which would not be fully healed by the time production started.

2009–present: Upcoming films

In May, 2008 LaBeouf began filming the sequel to Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and finished filming on November 2, 2008. LaBeouf reprised his role as Sam Witwicky. Due to LaBeouf's injury from his car accident, director Michael Bay and screen writer Roberto Orci had to rewrite the script to protect LaBeouf's hand throughout filming. LaBeouf said production was only delayed by two days after his accident because Michael Bay made up for it by filming second unit scenes, and he recovered from a few weeks earlier than expected, allowing him to return to the set. Near the end of filming, LaBeouf injured his eye when he hit a prop; the injury required seven stitches. LaBeouf resumed filming two hours later. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen premiered on June 8, 2009 in Tokyo, Japan. After its UK release on June 19, 2009, the film was released in regular and IMAX theaters in the United States on June 24. For his lead role in the film, LaBeouf was reportedly paid around $5 million.

In March 2008, LaBeouf began filming the romantic comedy New York, I Love You, and finished filming in April 2008. LaBeouf played Jacob, a minor role in the film, which is a collection of short stories about finding love in the five boroughs of New Yorkmarker and the sequel to Paris, je t'aime. LaBeouf's co-stars included Natalie Portman, Blake Lively, and Orlando Bloom. The film premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival in September 2008 and was released in October 2009.

Neil Gaiman said in an interview with MTV that he is planning to direct a film adaption of the comic book series Death: The High Cost of Living, and that the film is tentatively titled Death and Me. The project has been in development hell for several years; work on it was renewed in 2007, but was quickly derailed again due to the WGA strikes and production of the film was relaunched in late 2007. Gaiman said of LaBeouf having involvement in the film that "Shia really wanted the part," and "and it’s not that he’s too big after Transformers, or whether I could get him after he’s in the new Indiana Jones, but he’s growing up fast. Can he pass for 17 for that much longer? That might have been just about it after Transformers. He’s becoming an adult, but he’s one of Death’s biggest supporters, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he were in it.".

In early December 2008, LaBeouf signed on to star as the lead role Kyle McAvoy in the film adaption of the novel The Associate by John Grisham. The film is currently in pre-production. It was reported that Grisham had hand picked LaBeouf for the role, saying that "I think he'll be wonderful!", and that "He's a very talented actor, and he's hot. He's the hottest 22-year-old actor in America, and I think he'll do a wonderful job."

In May 2009, Variety reported that LaBeouf was negotiations to join the cast of Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps. On June 2, 2009, it was confirmed that LaBeouf signed onto to star as the lead role in Wall Street 2, the sequel to the Academy Award-winning film Wall Street. In the film Labeouf will play an "ambitious, young Wall Street trader who is engaged to Gekko's (Michael Douglas) daughter". The film is set to begin principal photography on August 10, 2009, and the film is tentative set to be released in February 2010.

Other work


LaBeouf would "create things, story lines and fictitious tales" during his childhood, and practiced stand-up comedy around his neighborhood as an "escape" from a hostile environment. He began performing stand-up and "talking dirty" at comedy clubs (including the The Ice House in Pasadena) at the age of ten (describing his appeal as having "disgustingly dirty" material and a "50-year-old mouth on the 10-year-old kid"). LaBeouf subsequently found an agent through the Yellow Pages, being taken on after doing his stand-up act for her and pretending to be his own manager, promoting himself in the third person.


In February 2009 LaBeouf teamed up with rapper Chris "Cage" Palko to direct the music video for "I Never Knew You," the first single off of Cage's third album, Depart From Me. The music video was shot on location in downtown Los Angeles on February 21 and 22 and featured cameos by other Definitive Jux artists such as El-P, Aesop Rock, Chauncey, F. Sean Martin, Yak Ballz and Alex Pardee. According to the LA Weekly, this video marks the first in a series of collaborations between LaBeouf and Cage and will ultimately result in a film about the rapper's life starring LaBeouf. When asked what it was like directing the "I Never Knew You" video, LaBeouf said, "I'm 22 and I'm directing my favorite rapper's music video. This shit is better than riding unicorns." The video premiered May 18 on MTV2 and MtvU.


On April 14, 2007, LaBeouf hosted Saturday Night Live with musical guest Avril Lavigne to promote his then upcoming film Disturbia. Throughout the show LaBeouf and Lavigne acted in skits. LaBeouf said of the experience of hosting Saturday Night Live for the first time that "This is hands down the biggest, most exciting thing I've ever been involved with in my life. I can only compare it to my Bar Mitzvah." On May 10, 2008, LaBeouf hosted Saturday Night Live for the second time with musical guest My Morning Jacket to promote his then upcoming film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, appearing in skits during the show.

Personal life

LaBeouf bought his own two-bedroom house at the age of 18, lives in Burbank, Californiamarker, and remains close to both his parents; his mother now lives nearby in Tujunga, Los Angeles, Californiamarker and his father in Montanamarker. LaBeouf is a cigarette smoker, but he has recently stated that he has quit smoking. LaBeouf drives a Nissan Maxima, and has two bulldogs named Brando and Rex. LaBeouf is good friends with A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints co-stars Channing Tatum and Adam Scarimbolo and his Transformers co-star Megan Fox. LaBeouf wears contact lenses. LaBeouf has said that "sports are so big in my life" and that he is a "film junkie". He enjoys the music of The Shins, CKY, and the hip hop label Definitive Jux. LaBeouf has said that he is a fan of The Transformers television series and the 1986 The Transformers: The Movie, LaBeoufs favorite movies include American Beauty, Dumb and Dumber and Saving Silverman. LaBeouf has said that he considers The Greatest Game Ever Played his transition movie from child actor to adult actor.

LaBeouf has said that he is "very serious" about his career and has made "a calculated effort to stay away from the party scene," believing that "if the industry takes you lightly because you're always partying, then they will take your work lightly as well." Interviewer Jamie Portman of The Vancouver Sun described LaBeouf as seeming to have a "love-hate relationship with the teenage culture that has spawned him." LaBeouf has said that although he does not devoutly practice Judaism, he has a "personal relationship with God that happens to work within the confines of Judaism".

LaBeouf has said that he is not the "All-American Disney role model" and chose to appear in some of his film roles in order to "curse as much as possible" and "age [himself] publicly" after his Disney roles, specifying that Disney is "great and all" and a "nurturing place" but "dehabilitating for an actor", being "one constant string of same". He has also said that he enjoyed being a child actor and hated school. LaBeouf has said that Disturbia was the most important film to LaBeouf of his three 2007 films, because it was a "character-driven" role. LaBeouf was ranked #7 on Yahoo! List of 10 Most Popular Stars of 2007 on Yahoo! Movies, #4 on interview magazines Hollywood faces to watch "future stars of tomorrow", #24 on Entertainment Weekly's '30 Under 30' the actors list, and was ranked #6 on Moviefone's 'The 25 Hottest Actors Under 25' in 2008

LaBeouf has three known tattoos as of May 2009, which are: 1986-2004 on his inner right wrist, a dog paw tattoo on his upper left arm, and a hand with a shackle on it on his left upper side torso. LaBeouf said of the reason to why he got the tattoo on his wrist was "I’ve been doing this for 10 years, a lot of people say, ‘Oh, I forgot my childhood or I miss my childhood." and continued with "so that’s just precautionary". LaBeouf also described the tattoo on his upper side torso as "It’s like an artist drawing his own prison" and continued with "Just life. That’s where I’m at".

LaBeouf has cited actors Gary Oldman, Dustin Hoffman, Jodie Foster, Jon Voight, and John Turturro as inspirations, and has also cited director/producer Francis Lawrence as an inspiration, with whom LaBeouf worked on the 2005 film Constantine. LaBeouf has also said of Jon Voight that he considers him to be like a second father and a mentor. Both Voight and Turturro star alongside LaBeouf in Transformers.

LaBeouf confirmed to People that from 2004-2007 he dated model China Brezner, who he met on the set of The Greatest Game Ever Played. He said of the reason of the break-up that "My focus became so work-related that I couldn't devote any time to a relationship", but that "We were inseparable, she was my best friend and my love", LaBeouf said of the break-up that "it was like rebuilding after a tornado." LaBeouf has said he tries to avoid relationships with co-stars saying that "It's really easy to fall for someone on-set, but in the end you know, it's a representative and it's not really them".


On November 4, 2007, LaBeouf was arrested early in the morning for misdemeanor criminal trespassing in a Chicagomarker Walgreens after refusing to leave when asked by a security guard. The criminal charges were dropped on December 12, 2007.

In March 2008, an arrest warrant was issued for LaBeouf after he failed to turn up to a court appearance. The hearing was in relation to a ticket he received for unlawful smoking in Burbank, California in February 2008. When neither LaBeouf nor a lawyer turned up at the court at 8:30 a.m., a $1000 bench warrant was issued for his arrest, however the court commissioner in California recalled this warrant on March 19, 2008 after the actor’s attorney arrived a day late to plead not guilty on LaBeouf's behalf, and a pre-trial hearing was set for April 24, 2008. The charge was dismissed after the actor paid a $500 fine.

In the early morning hours of July 27, 2008, authorities arrested LaBeouf on misdemeanor drunk driving charges in Los Angelesmarker, after the actor was involved in a car collision in which he injured his hand. His passenger (Isabel Lucas) and another driver also suffered minor injuries. Two days later, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman announced that LaBeouf was not at fault in the accident, saying that the other driver had run a red light. Roberto Orci revealed that LaBeouf's injury had been written into the plot of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which he was filming at the time, and that they wanted to ensure that his hand was protected for the remainder of the shoot. Despite the fact that LaBeouf was not criminally charged in the accident, his license was suspended for one year by the California Department of Motor Vehicles for his refusal to take a breathalyzer test.


Year Film Role Notes
2003 The Battle of Shaker Heights Kelly Ernswiler Main Role (Limited release)
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Max Petroni Minor Role
Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd Lewis Minor Role
Holes Stanley "Caveman" Yelnats IV Main Role
2004 I, Robot Farber Supporting Role
2005 The Greatest Game Ever Played Francis Ouimet Main Role
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Asbel Voice (English Version)
Constantine Chas Kramer Supporting Role
2006 Bobby Cooper Minor Role
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints Young Dito Supporting Role
2007 Disturbia Kale Brecht Main Role
Surf's Up Cody Maverick Voice
Transformers Sam Witwicky Main role
2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Henry "Mutt Williams" Jones III Supporting Role
Eagle Eye Jerry Shaw/Ethan Shaw Main Role
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Sam Witwicky Main Role
New York, I Love You Jacob Minor Role
2010 Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps Jake "Jacob" Moore Main Role (Filming)
2011 Transformers 3 Sam Witwicky Main Role (Pre-production)
2012 The Associate Kyle McAvoy Main Role (Pre-Production)
Film Made for Television or Video
Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Christmas Path Cal Main Role
Monkey Business Wyatt Minor role
Breakfast with Einstein Joey Supporting Role
2001 Hounded Ronny van Dussel Supporting Role (Disney Channel Original Movie)
2002 Tru Confessions Eddie Walker Supporting Role (Disney Channel Original Movie)
2003 The Even Stevens Movie Louis Stevens Main Role (Disney Channel Original Movie)
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Caroline in the City Ethan Episode: ("Caroline and the Bar Mitzvah")
1999 Jesse Moe Episode: ("Momma Was a Rollin' Stone")
1999 Suddenly Susan Ritchie Episode: ("A Day in the Life")
1999 Touched by an Angel Johnny Episode: ("The Occupant")
1999 The X-Files Richie Lupone Episode: ("The Goldberg Variation")
2000 ER Darnel Smith Episode: ("Abby Road")
2000 Freaks and Geeks Herbert the mascot Episode: ("We've Got Spirit")
2000-2003 Even Stevens Louis Stevens Main Role
2001 The Nightmare Room Dylan Pierce Episode: ("Scareful What You Wish For")
2002 The Proud Family Johnny McBride Episode: ("I Love You Penny Proud") (Voice)


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