Johnny Knoxville burst onto the showbiz scene in 2000 as the de facto host of MTV’s Jackass, a strange, hysterically funny reality show. The series followed Knoxville and his cohorts as they performed random pranks on unsuspecting bystanders (or bizarre, self-deprecating pranks on themselves). For example, Knoxville once allowed himself to get sprayed multiple times by a skunk. Another time, he dove into a swimming pool filled with elephant dung. It was that kind of show.
Jackass was a surprise hit, catapulting Knoxville to unexpected fame. He continued his success by journeying to the big screen in Jackass: The Movie, which revolted critics but became a major hit, spawning two sequels. Knoxville also tried his hand as an actor, appearing in films like A Dirty Shame and Big Trouble. Then, after years in the spotlight, Knoxville…pretty much up and vanished.
So what became of him, and just where did he disappear to in the first place? As it turns out, he hasn’t gone far, though a lot has changed for the man over the last 15 years.