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Actor Shia LaBeouf played Even Stevens in the Disney film in Holes and later starred in the films Disturbia and Transformers.
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LaBeouf had a role on Disney's popular children’s series Even Stevens. His big break into acting came when he landed the part of Stanley in the Disney film in Holes (2003). He later starred in Disturbia and Transformers.
Actor. Born June 11, 1986, in Los Angeles, California. In recent years, Shia LaBeouf has emerged as one of the leading young actors working today. Raised in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park, he started performing in a street act with his parents when he was a toddler. His father Jeffrey was a professional clown and a Vietnam veteran, and his mother Shayna had been a dancer.
LaBeouf did not have much money growing up, and the family’s financial situation worsened after his father developed a substance abuse problem and left the family for a time. Tired of struggling, LaBeouf met a child actor who received a nice payday from doing a guest spot on a television series. He was then inspired to get into the entertainment industry as a way of improving his situation.
Around the age of 10, LaBeouf started doing stand-up at a Pasadena comedy club. His routine involved some profanity as well as some jokes that made light of his personal hardships. The next year, LaBeouf decided to get an agent. He found one through the phone book.
By 14, LaBeouf had a featured role on a popular children’s comedy series on the Disney Channel. He appeared as Louis Stevens, a junior high school class clown, on Even Stevens, a family comedy that followed the adventures of Louis and his older sister Ren (Christy Carlson Romano). The rest of the family included their older brother Donnie (Nick Spano), their mother Eileen (Donna Pescow), and their father Steve (Tom Virtue). In 2003, LaBeouf won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series for his work on the show.
That same year, LaBeouf had his first taste of big screen success with the film adaptation of Louis Sachar novel Holes. He played Stanley Yelnats, a teenage boy who gets wrongly convicted of theft and sent to a juvenile work camp. Jon Voight, Sigourney Weaver, and Tim Blake Nelson played the authorities at the oddly named facility Camp Green Lake since there was no lake and no greenery. For some mysterious reason, the youthful offenders were forced to dig holes in the surrounding desert. The film proved popular with critics as well as young audiences.
Around the same time, LaBeouf had the lead role in the coming-of-age drama, The Battle of Shaker Heights (2003). He also had a small part in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003). Continuing his career in film, LaBeouf landed several supporting roles.
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