Personal detailsName: Shia Labeouf
Born: 11 June 1986 (Age: 27)
Where: Los Angeles. California, USA
Height: 5' 10"
Awards: Won 1 BAFTA
All about this star
To most movie fans, worldwide, Shia LaBeouf came out of nowhere in 2007, bouncing from the hit thriller Disturbia to Michael Bay's effects-fest Transformers, then snatching a lead role in Steven Spielberg's long-awaited resurrection of Indiana Jones. Yet to American audiences LaBeouf, though still only 21, was already a well-known face. Having guested on many hit TV shows over the previous decade, he'd become a household name through the series Even Stevens and his association with the Disney Channel, and had consequently stood out in his cameos in the blockbusters Constantine and I, Robot. His apparently sudden success was in fact the culmination of years of hard work and deliberate planning.
It began most unpromisingly. He was born Shia Saide LaBeouf on the 11th of June, 1986, in Los Angeles (Shia rhyming with hiya). His father, Jeffrey Craig LaBeouf, was a Louisiana Cajun - LaBeouf being a clear corruption of the French surname La Boeuf - who, after seeing action in Vietnam became a hippy drifter, working as a rodeo clown and mime artist, at one point putting together an act with trained chickens and flaming hoops that saw him support the Doobie Brothers, for whom he became official joint roller. Shia's mother was Shayna Saide, a former ballerina of Russian-Jewish origin who, her career curtailed by a knee injury, became a visual artist, a draper and a jewellery designer. Performing was very much in the family. Shia's maternal grandfather had been a comedian working the Jewish resorts of the Catskill mountains known as the Borscht Belt, a scene that spawned the likes of Mel Brooks. His paternal grandmother, meanwhile, was a Beatnik poet and associate of Allen Ginsberg.
Growing up in the predominantly Latino area of Echo Park, off the Hollywood Freeway some six miles to the east of Beverly Hills, Shia had an unusual, often harsh upbringing. At the age of 2, his parents involved him in a family street act, hoping to raise money from locals intrigued at the sight of white clowns. Jeffery stole a maid's trolley from a hotel and decorated it with paint and streamers, selling hot dogs on the side. Shia would later recall hating the experience but revelling in the approval he received from his parents for his efforts. His early school life was no more enjoyable, Shia once being in a white minority of one and suffering some painful bullying. This, though, as well as the all-pervading hip-hop culture, did quickly lend him an advanced bravado, a sharp tongue and a vocabulary of impressive crudity, all of which would aid him in his soon-to-be-launched career. In keeping with the family's artistic leanings, he'd be sent to study at the 32nd Street/USC Magnet Centre, a public school specialising in visual and performing arts.