Shia Saide LaBeouf was born on June 11, 1986, in Los Angeles, California. It came as no surprise to anyone that LaBeouf would enter show business as his parents were performers and the apple did not fall far from the tree. As a child, he would do stand-up and this early discovery would prove to be an asset in the business. After talking it over with his mother, he decided to pursue acting and get an agent. La Beouf went through the Yellow Pages, calling agents. He did his stand-up routine for them was signed on.
His first introduction came in the form of three movies in 1998, The Christmas Path, Monkey Business and the television movie Breakfast with Einstein. Many guest-starring roles in television followed with Caroline in the City, Jesse, Suddenly Susan, Touched by an Angel, The X-Files, Freaks and Geeks, ER, and The Nightmare Room. He also lent his voice to 2002’s The Proud Family.
Shia also had the role of Louis Stevens in the TV series Even Stevens, which ran from 2000-2003.
2003 was a busy year for LaBeouf. He had the family movie Holes starring Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight and Tim Blake Nelson, Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, The Even Stevens Movie, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu) and The Battle of Shaker Heights. The following year, he appeared in I, Robot with Will Smith.
2005 saw him in Constantine with Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz and Djimon Hounsou and The Greatest Game Ever Played which was directed by Bill Paxton. In 2006, La Beouf was part of a huge ensemble cast in Emilio Estevez’s Bobby.
In 2007, LaBeouf really became a household name with the release of Disturbia, a movie inspired by Rear Window. and the action hit Transformers with Josh Duhamel and Megan Fox. He also became part of movie franchise history in 2008, when he starred opposite Harrison Ford and Cate Blanchett in the highly-anticipated Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
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