Facts about Shia LaBeouf
Shia LaBeouf Biography
Shia LaBeouf spent three seasons as the title character of the Disney Channel’s Even Stevens (2000-2003), then made his mark on the big screen as the young star of Holes (2003, with Sigourney Weaver).
LaBeouf then moved away from the family friendly roles that brought him fame (and a Daytime Emmy) to more adult roles in I, Robot (2004, starring Will Smith) and Constantine (2005, starring Keanu Reeves).
To make sure audiences knew he had grown up, he played a potty-mouth in the coming-of-age drama A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006, with Channing Tatum) and a naked drug addict in the star-studded feature Bobby (2006, about the day Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated).
Star of Disturbia (2007, with Carrie-Anne Moss), the Transformers franchise (2007-2011) and Eagle Eye (2008), LaBeouf looked headed for the A-List when he starred opposite Harrison Ford in the 2008 film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (with Karen Allen) and nabbed the lead role for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010).
Then LaBeouf seemed to toss aside the goal of being a box office star, although he continued to appear on screen.
After Lawless (2012, starring Tom Hardy), LaBeouf became famous for what he termed performance art, which included making videos, graphic novels and short films — as well as making headlines for being arrested, accused of plagiarism and political protests.
LaBeouf also made the choice to appear in lower budget independent films, and between 2011 and 2015 appeared in 6 feature films, including Charlie Countryman (2013), Nyphomaniac (and its sequel, both 2013), Man Down (2015) and American Honey (2016).
Critics loved him in Borg vs. McEnroe (2017), and he found critical and box office success in The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) and Honey Boy (2019, from his autobiographical script and starring Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges).
LaBeouf has a tattoo reading “1986-2004” — the years from his birth until he turned 18 — on the inside of his right wrist. He told the Associated Press in a 2007 interview, “I feel like you forget a lot of your childhood so I put the timeline on my wrist. I just don’t want to forget the childhood I did have.”