Shia LaBeouf is an American actor, director and performance artist. He became known and made a name for himself as a Disney child star, appearing in the series “Even Stevens” from 2000-2003 – a role for which he won a Daytime Emmy
Shia LaBeouf Biography and Personal Life
Shia (Hebrew for Gift of God) was born on June 11, 1986, in Los Angeles, California. He was born into a Jewish/Christian family given that his father was a Christian and his mother Jewish. The actor revealed that as a child, he was verbally and mentally abused by his father.
After their parents divorced, LaBeouf who attended Alexander Hamilton High School, lived poor with his poor mother who sold fabrics and brooches in Echo Park. In order to relieve the pains caused by the hardship, Labeouf found his passion in “show” as he began performing for his family often mimicking his dad. He also began performing stand-up comedy to stay away from trouble and later began actively pursuing a career in acting to help with his family’s financial problems.
He landed minor roles in TV shows including his debut Caroline in the City (1998), Breakfast with Einstein (1998), Touched by an Angel (1999), The X-Files (1999) and more. Shia slowly began to build popularity with the young audiences in 2000 for his role as Louis Stevens in Disney series – Even Stevens. The show ran for a total of 3 seasons and 65 episodes from June 17, 2000, to June 2, 2003.
For his role, he won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2003. After the series, he went on to star in critically acclaimed movie Holes (2003). The next year in 2004, he made his directorial debut with short film “Let’s Love Hate”.
Shia starred in 5 other movies including “I Robot” but the commercial success of 2007 movies “Disturbia” and “Surf’s Up” established him as a movie star. He was then selected to play the lead character, Sam Witwicky in Michael Bay’s science fiction movie Transformers. Transformers, despite mixed reviews, was a box office hit grossing over $700 million.
Shia earned as much as $15 million for his role in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. He reprised his role in the two subsequent sequels which were both commercially successful but was replaced by Mark Wahlberg in the fourth instalment of the franchise. LaBeouf’s other notable movies include “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” (2008), “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” (2010) and “Maniac” (2011) of which he also directed. Between 2007 and 2011, Shia’s movies grossed a combined $4 billion at the global box office.
Shia LaBeouf Career Earnings
Beginning from 2012, Shia began starring in arthouse films rather than mainstream and major studio productions. His choice, which he says was influenced by the annoying attitudes of studios/directors does not seem to have any negative impact on his net worth, although he could be much richer if he could deal with it. But Shia clearly puts more value on his ego than on money. The value of his wealth is estimated at $25 million.
At one point, Shia took to Twitter to reveal that he is retiring from public life. In 2014, he appeared on the red carpet wearing a paper bag over his head that read “I am not famous anymore”. We get it, Shia, you’d rather have directorial roles behind the scenes. His later movies include “Nymphomaniac” (2013), “Fury” (2014), and “American Honey” (2016).
LaBeouf became active in performance art since 2014, pursuing numerous public projects. His latest project is the #TAKEMEANYWHERE hitchhiking trip which began on May 23, 2016. Labeouf documents his adventure on social media and on a real-time map while taking selfies with fans along the way.
Married or Girlfriend, Does He Have Kids?
Shia has been associated with many female names in the past. He got married (did he?) in 2012 to Mia Gypsy Mello da Silva Goth. We call it a wedding though it was a commitment ceremony. However, neither Shia nor his partner has refuted their marital status. The couple has no kids together.
Before Goth, Shia between 2004 to 2007, was in a relationship with China Brezner whom he met on the set of a movie. Shia was also in a relationship with Megan Fox in the year 2008, but it didn’t last long.
Height and Body Measurements
The brown-haired actor stands at a height of 5 feet-9 inches and weighs 72kg. He wears size 11 (US) shoes and has a broad chest that measures 38cm. His waist size measures at 32cm.