Shia LaBeouf
Actor
Shia LaBeouf
Shia Saide LaBeouf is an American actor who became known among younger audiences for his part in the Disney Channel series Even Stevens and for his film debut in Holes, based on the novel of the same name by Louis Sachar. In 2004, he made his directorial debut with the short film Let's Love Hate and later directed and shot the music video for "I Never Knew You" by rapper Cage. In 2007, LaBeouf starred as the lead in the commercially successful films, Disturbia and Transformers.
Biography
Shia LaBeouf's personal information overview.
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Big City: Shia LaBeouf and the Pitfalls of Celebrity Activism
NYTimes - 4 days
When the president is the product of celebrity culture, what is the value of the movie star who denounces him while accepting an Oscar?
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Shia LaBeouf brings anti-Trump project to New Mexico
Fox News - 9 days
Actor Shia LaBeouf has brought his anti-Trump performance-art piece to New Mexico on Saturday.
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Museum ends Shia LaBeouf project, citing safety concerns
Yahoo News - 17 days
NEW YORK (AP) — The Museum of the Moving Image announced Friday it has closed a performance art project involving Shia LaBeouf, citing "serious public safety hazards."
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Shia LaBeouf returns to anti-Trump performance art protest after arrest
Reuters.com - about 1 month
Shia LaBeouf returns to anti-Trump performance art protest following his arrest after a scuffle at the event. Rough cut - no reporter narration.
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Actor Shia LaBeouf arrested in New York anti-Trump protest
Yahoo News - about 1 month
(Reuters) - Actor Shia LaBeouf was arrested early on Thursday after a scuffle outside a New York museum where he was chanting "He will not divide us" during a live-streamed protest against President Donald Trump, police said. The "Transformers" and "American Honey" star allegedly pulled a 25-year-old man's scarf, scratched his face and shoved him at about 12:30 a.m. EST outside the Museum of the Moving Image in the borough of Queens, a police spokesman said. LaBeouf and two other artists began the protest on Jan. 20, the day that Trump, a Republican, was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States.
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WATCH: Shia LaBeouf Arrested, Charged With Assault at His NYC Anti-Trump Protest
ABC News - about 1 month
Shia LaBeouf was arrested in New York City and charged with misdemeanor assault after getting into an altercation with another man at an anti-Donald Trump performance art protest he's been livestreaming since Inauguration Day, the NYPD said.
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Shia LaBeouf arrested outside New York museum
Fox News - about 1 month
Actor Shia LaBeouf was arrested early Thursday after he allegedly got into an altercation with another man outside a New York City museum where he has been chanting "He will not divide us" in front of a live camera since Donald Trump's inauguration.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Shia LaBeouf
    TWENTIES
  • 2015
    Age 28
    In 2015 LaBeouf appeared in a 31-minute video for Central Saint Martins, an Art School based in London titled #INTRODUCTIONS, in which LaBeouf reads transcripts that students sent to him.
    More Details Hide Details One of the transcripts depicts LaBeouf screaming the words "DO IT!" at various points.
    In 2015, LaBeouf starred in Sia's music video for "Elastic Heart" along with Maddie Ziegler.
    More Details Hide Details He is also set to star as the lead role in the upcoming war-thriller film Man Down directed by Dito Montiel alongside Gary Oldman and Kate Mara.
  • 2014
    Age 27
    In November 2014, LaBeouf stated that a woman "stripped his clothing and proceeded to rape him" the previous February at his Los Angeles art installation #IAMSORRY.
    More Details Hide Details LaBeouf's artist collaborators, Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner, stated that as soon as they were aware of the incident starting to occur, they "put a stop to it." In response to Piers Morgan's questions on Twitter as to why the woman was not detained, Turner stated that she ran out before it was clear precisely what had happened, and that the first priority had been to ensure everybody's safety in the gallery. When later asked whether they regretted not having a code of conduct for participants during the exhibit, Turner said, "I don’t think you need a notice on the wall saying 'Do not murder the artist'."
    However, in an interview published in Interview Magazine in October 2014, LaBeouf stated "I found God doing Fury.
    More Details Hide Details I became a Christian man, and not in a fucking bullshit wayin 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".
    On June 26, 2014, LaBeouf was charged with disorderly conduct and criminal trespass at New York's Studio 54 theater.
    More Details Hide Details He was reported to have been "acting disorderly, yelling and being loud". He refused to leave the theater, where the musical Cabaret starring Alan Cumming was being performed, so the police were called. In the arrest report it was stated that LaBeouf spat at arresting officers. The report also details LaBeouf using a homophobic slur and swearing at arresting officers. He was arrested and held at the Midtown North police station to later appear in court. Following the incident, LaBeouf voluntarily began seeking outpatient treatment for alcoholism, becoming involved in a 12-step program. LaBeouf's publicist stated 'He understands that these recent actions are a symptom of a larger health problem and he has taken the first of many necessary steps towards recovery.'
    In 2014, LaBeouf was banned from The Local Peasant restaurant in Sherman Oaks after urinating on the wall.
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    During 2014, LaBeouf gave lectures via Skype at the London College of Fashion, in which he read passages from Guy Debord's 1967 Situationist work The Society of the Spectacle, and at Radboud University Nijmegen, where he presented a talk on metamodernism.
    More Details Hide Details Turner's 2011 Metamodernist Manifesto has also been credited to his collaborator LaBeouf, defining metamodernism as "the mercurial condition between and beyond irony and sincerity, naivety and knowingness, relativism and truth, optimism and doubt, in pursuit of a plurality of disparate and elusive horizons" and concluding with a call to "go forth and oscillate".
    In May 2014, LaBeouf took part in an exhibition at London's Auto Italia South East with a performance entitled Meditation for Narcissists, in which he jumped rope for an hour via a live Skype link.
    More Details Hide Details During the performance, LaBeouf invited the audience to take the ropes provided in the gallery and "join me on my quest to find my inner self". Dazed reported that the performance's attendees "all gave off an air of self-consciousness that came not from watching themselves in a digital mirror, but from being under the gaze of someone who is usually—constantly—under the gaze of the public".
    On Presidents' Day 2014, the day after LaBeouf's gallery performance ended, LaBeouf arranged for skywriting over Los Angeles to display the message "#StartCreating".
    More Details Hide Details This was in contrast to a similar skywriting message, "#StopCreating", which LaBeouf had made the previous month in reference to a cease and desist letter Clowes' lawyer had sent him.
    On February 9, 2014, LaBeouf caused controversy at the Berlin Film Festival by walking out of the press conference for Nymphomaniac, quoting the famous "seagulls" statement made by French footballer Eric Cantona: "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea."
    More Details Hide Details Later that night, he arrived at the red carpet wearing a brown paper bag over his head emblazoned with the words "I am not famous anymore". Two days later, LaBeouf, Rönkkö, and Turner staged a six-day performance in a Los Angeles gallery entitled #IAMSORRY, in which LaBeouf sat wearing a tuxedo and the paper bag, silently crying in front of visitors. Attendees were allowed to enter one at a time, and invited to choose an item from a table of "implements" to take in with them, including a Transformers toy, an Indiana Jones whip, a bottle of Jack Daniel's, a pair of pliers, a ukulele, a bowl full of hateful tweets directed at LaBeouf, and a copy of Clowes' book The Death-Ray. Time columnist Joel Stein, who spent three days waiting in line to see the performance, observed that LaBeouf "was immensely present" and that "he was whatever was projected upon him", while Kate Knibbs of The Daily Dot found the experience "genuinely disturbing" and "felt like I was further dehumanizing someone whose humanity I'd discounted". The Daily Beast Andrew Romano opined, "There was more going on in those few seconds than in a lot of contemporary art. LaBeouf's look-at-me Internet penance ritual had become an actual moment between actual people." The following November, in an email interview with Dazed Digital, LaBeouf said that a woman "stripped his clothing and proceeded to rape him" during the February performance.
    In January 2014, LaBeouf spoke about the plagiarism accusations with Bleeding Cool writer Rich Johnston, where he stated that he saw copyright laws as too restrictive and that it did not allow for ideas to flow freely.
    More Details Hide Details LaBeouf later tweeted a description of his next project, Daniel Boring (a reference to David Boring, another comic created by Clowes). The description of the project was also taken word-for-word from a description by Clowes of his comic. Clowes' attorney, Michael Kump, has since sent a cease-and-desist letter to LaBeouf's attorney, which LaBeouf posted on Twitter.
    In January 2014, LaBeouf stated that his Twitter account was "meta-modernist performance art”, following a sequence of appropriated Twitter apologies and skywriting messages in response to revelations he had plagiarized the work of graphic novelist Daniel Clowes.
    More Details Hide Details Collaborating with British artist Luke Turner and Finnish performance artist Nastja Säde Rönkkö, LaBeouf embarked upon a series of actions described by Dazed as "a multi-platform meditation on celebrity and vulnerability".
  • 2013
    Age 26
    LaBeouf co-starred with Brad Pitt and Logan Lerman in David Ayer's World War II-set film, Fury; filming began in September 2013, and the movie was released in October 2014.
    More Details Hide Details LaBeouf was singled out for praise for his role as Boyd "Bible" Swan. Peter Travers for Rolling Stone called him "outstanding", whilst Joe Neumaier commented that " LaBeouf finally finds a role he can disappear into, without his image getting in the way." Calvin Wilson for St. Louis Post Dispatch called it one of LaBeouf's best performances.
    In February 2013, he pulled out of what would have been his Broadway debut, in Lyle Kessler's play Orphans, citing "creative differences" with co-star Alec Baldwin, though The New York Times and Baldwin himself maintain LaBeouf was fired.
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  • 2012
    Age 25
    In June 2012, the Icelandic band Sigur Rós released a video for the song "Fjögur Píanó", starring LaBeouf, in which he appears nude.
    More Details Hide Details According to a press release for the band, the video depicts "a man and woman locked in a never-ending cycle of addiction and desire".
    LaBeouf played a bootlegger in John Hillcoat's 2012 crime drama Lawless.
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    LaBeouf has created three short graphic novels Stale N Mate, Cyclical, and Let's Fucking Party, and a webcomic series, Cheek Up's through the publishing company, The Campaign Book. In April 2012, he promoted them at Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo.
    More Details Hide Details In 2013 it was discovered that at least two of his graphic novels (Stale N Mate and Let's Fucking Party) contained text plagiarized from Benoît Duteurtre and Charles Bukowski.
    In 2012, Rob Cantor of Tally Hall produced a song describing LaBeouf as a murderous cannibal.
    More Details Hide Details In 2014, Cantor produced a music video based on this song. Despite the title and lyrics, the intent was humorous and non-serious, and LaBeouf appeared at the end of the video, applauding.
  • 2011
    Age 24
    In the August 2011 issue of Details magazine, he acknowledged having had a relationship with actresses Isabel Lucas, while she was still dating Adrian Grenier, and Megan Fox, while she was still seeing her now-husband Brian Austin Green.
    More Details Hide Details In February 2005, LaBeouf was arrested by police in Los Angeles and charged with assault with a deadly weapon after threatening his neighbor by driving into his car. A bystander claimed that LaBeouf "lost his cool" after he had to wait to get access to his garage while the neighbor, who was blocking his path, chatted to his girlfriend. The onlooker said: "Shia began honking his horn and yelling at the guy, but the neighbor told him to wait a minute, and carried on talking to his girlfriend. Then Shia rammed his car into the back of the other guy's car. Words were exchanged and Shia jumped out and threatened the neighbor." LaBeouf allegedly appeared at his neighbor's front door hours later, waving a kitchen knife. The two fought, someone called the police, and LaBeouf was led off in handcuffs.
    He reprised his role in the third live-action Transformers film, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which was released on June 28, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details He did not return for the fourth film in the series, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and Mark Wahlberg was cast as a new lead character.
  • 2010
    Age 23
    LaBeouf was criticized over his apology, with some sites such as The A.V. Club noting that the apology itself appeared to have been lifted from a 2010 post on Yahoo!
    More Details Hide Details Answers. Since the initial discovery of the plagiarism of Clowe's work, LaBeouf's other work has come under scrutiny. News outlets reported that LaBeouf's comic books, Let's Fucking Party and Stale N Mate, had been plagiarized from Benoît Duteurtre's The Little Girl and the Cigarette and Charles Bukowski's Assault.
    LaBeouf completed the 2010 Los Angeles Marathon on March 21, 2010 with a time of 4 hours, 35 minutes and 31 seconds.
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    His only 2010 movie was the Oliver Stone-directed film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, the sequel to Wall Street (1987).
    More Details Hide Details In this, LaBeouf played an ambitious Wall Street trader. It became another mixed critical success for him. The Hollywood Reporter named LaBeouf as one of the young male actors who are "pushing – or being pushed" into taking over Hollywood as the new "A-List".
  • 2009
    Age 22
    He dated English actress and one-time co-star Carey Mulligan from August 2009 to October 2010; they were introduced by the film's director, Oliver Stone, prior to filming and began dating shortly after.
    More Details Hide Details Of that relationship he said: "I still love her. I think she's a fucking awesome person and an incredible actress. We're still pals. I wouldn't take any of it back, and I don't think she would either. It just ran its course."
    The movie grossed $800 million, but received mostly negative reviews by critics, with LaBeouf sharing a nomination for the "Worst Screen Couple of 2009" Razzie Award with "either Megan Fox or any Transformer."
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    LaBeouf reprised the role of Sam Witwicky in the 2009 sequel to Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
    More Details Hide Details Filming for the movie began in May 2008 and ended in late 2008. Due to LaBeouf's injury from his car accident, director Michael Bay and screenwriter Roberto Orci had to rewrite the script to protect his hand throughout filming. LaBeouf said production was only delayed two days after his accident because Bay made up for it by filming second unit scenes, and LaBeouf recovered 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. He resumed filming two hours later.
  • 2007
    Age 20
    First hosting Saturday Night Live on April 14, 2007 he would also return barely a year later to host the May 10, 2008 episode.
    More Details Hide Details He next played Sam Witwicky, who becomes involved in the Autobot-Decepticon war on Earth, in Transformers. In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) he was Indiana Jones' greaser son Mutt Williams. His performance was met with mixed reviews with Todd Gilchrist of IGN commenting "one can't quite help but wonder what Spielberg saw in the young actor that inspired him to cast LaBeouf". LaBeouf told the Los Angeles Times that he felt he as an actor "dropped the ball" on Jones' legacy, and "there was a reason" the film wasn't universally accepted. His next film was Eagle Eye, released on September 26. His performance received mixed reviews, with Josh Bell of Las Vegas Weekly saying he "makes a credible bid for action-hero status, although his occasional stabs at emotional depth don't really go anywhere." In February, LaBeouf made his music video directorial debut, directing the video for "I Never Knew You", a single by American rapper Cage, from his third album Depart from Me (2009). It was shot in Los Angeles and features several cameo appearances from Cage's Definitive Jux label-mates. It was also announced the two would be teaming up to make a biopic about the rapper's life, starring LaBeouf. When speaking on the making of the video, LaBeouf said: "I'm 22 and I'm directing my favorite rapper's music video. This shit is better than riding unicorns."
    LaBeouf starred in Disturbia, a thriller released on April 13, 2007, as a teenager under house arrest who suspects that his neighbor is a serial killer, which he considered a "character-driven" role.
    More Details Hide Details He received positive reviews for the role, with The Buffalo News saying, he "is able to simultaneously pull off character's anger, remorse and intelligence".
    Despite mixed reviews, Transformers was a box office success and one of the highest-grossing films of 2007.
    More Details Hide Details LaBeouf later appeared in its sequels Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), both also box office successes. In 2008, he played Henry "Mutt Williams" Jones III in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the fourth film in the Indiana Jones franchise. His other films include Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010), Lawless (2012), The Company You Keep (2012), Nymphomaniac (2013) and Fury (2014). Since 2014, LaBeouf has pursued a variety of public performance art projects. LaBeouf was born in Los Angeles, California, as the only child of Shayna (née Saide) and Jeffrey Craig LaBeouf. His mother is a dancer and ballerina turned visual artist and clothing jewelry designer. His father is a Vietnam War veteran who had numerous jobs. LaBeouf's mother is Jewish, and his father, who is of Cajun descent, is Christian. LaBeouf has described himself as Jewish, and has stated that he was raised around "both sides"; he had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony, and was also baptized in the Angelus church. One of the camps he attended was Christian. His first name is derived from the Hebrew, meaning "gift of God".
  • TEENAGE
  • 2005
    Age 18
    In 2005, he co-starred in Constantine, playing the role of Chas Kramer, with Keanu Reeves in the starring role.
    More Details Hide Details The same year he provided the voice of Asbel in the Disney-produced English dub of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. LaBeouf made his directorial debut with the short film Let's Love Hate with Lorenzo Eduardo. He has played real-life people, including golfer Francis Ouimet and the younger version of Dito Montiel in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006).
  • 2004
    Age 17
    In 2004, LaBeouf contributed an essay to the book I Am Jewish, by Judea Pearl, in which LaBeouf stated that he has a "personal relationship with God that happens to work within the confines of Judaism".
    More Details Hide Details He has described himself as Jewish, but declared in 2007 that religion had "never made sense" to him.
    From 2004 to 2007, LaBeouf dated China Brezner, whom he met on the set of The Greatest Game Ever Played.
    More Details Hide Details They broke up because he became too busy with his work to put any time into the relationship, and he described the break-up as being like "rebuilding after a tornado."
    In 2004, he made his directorial debut with the short film Let's Love Hate and later directed a short film titled Maniac (2011), starring American rappers Cage and Kid Cudi.
    More Details Hide Details In 2007, LaBeouf starred in the commercially successful films Disturbia and Surf's Up. The same year he was cast in Michael Bay's science fiction film Transformers as Sam Witwicky, the main protagonist of the series.
  • 2001
    Age 14
    LaBeouf received a Young Artist Award nomination in 2001 and won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2003 for his role.
    More Details Hide Details He made his film debut in Holes (2003), based on the novel of the same name by Louis Sachar.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1986
    Born
    Born on June 11, 1986.
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