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In 2005, LaBeouf made his transition into more mature roles with The Greatest Game Ever Played. In 2007, he starred as the leads in Disturbia and Transformers, and the following year he appeared in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull as Indiana's son. In 2009, LaBeouf reprised his role as Sam Witwicky in the Transformers sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and appeared in New York, I Love You. LaBeouf's upcoming films include the lead roles in The Associate, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Transformers 3. In 2004, LaBeouf made his directorial debut by directing "Lets Love Hate" with Lorenzo Eduardo. He also directed Cage's music video for the single "I Never Knew You".
LaBeouf has been in one long-term relationship, which began in 2004 and lasted three years. He is currently in a relationship with Carey Mulligan; the two began dating in the summer of 2009. In November 2007, LaBeouf was arrested for misdemeanor criminal trespassing in a Chicago Walgreens after refusing to leave; the criminal charges were dropped the following month. In July 2008, LaBeouf was involved in a car accident, which was caused by the other driver. LaBeouf was arrested at the scene of the car accident for misdemeanor drunk driving, and his driver's license was suspended for one year because he refused a breathalyzer examination. As a result of the injuries he sustained from the accident, he has undergone multiple surgeries on his left hand; his hand has permanent damage and scarring.
LaBeouf was born in Los Angeles, California, the only child of Shayna (née Saide) and Jeffrey Craig LaBeouf.Shayna is a dancer and ballerina turned visual artist and clothing jewelry designer; before she met LaBeouf's father, she ran a head shop in Brooklyn. LaBeouf's father is a Vietnam War veteran who "drifted" from job to job, working as a mime at a circus, a snow cone salesman, a rodeo clown, a stand-up comedian, and touring with the Doobie Brothers as their opening act. LaBeouf's New York-born mother is Jewish and his father is a Cajun (once described by LaBeouf as a "Ragin' Cajun"). LaBeouf was raised in the Jewish religion and had a Bar Mitzvah, though he was also baptized. The name Shia is Hebrew for "gift from God" (שי-יה), and the surname LaBeouf is a corruption of "le bœuf", the French term for "the ox" or "the beef". LaBeouf has said that he comes from "five generations of performers" and was "acting when [he] came out of the womb."One of LaBeouf's great-grandmothers played piano in gangster Lucky Luciano’s casino. LaBeouf's maternal grandfather, a Polish-born Holocaust survivor who shared his first name, was a comedian who worked in the Borscht Belt of the Catskill Mountains and sidelined as a barber for the Mafia. LaBeouf's alcoholic paternal grandfather was a Green Beret in the military and LaBeouf's paternal grandmother was a Beatnik poet and lesbian who associated with Allen Ginsberg.
LaBeouf has described his parents as "hippies", his father as "tough as nails and a different breed of man", and his upbringing as similar to a "hippy lifestyle", stating that his parents were "pretty weird people, but they loved me and I loved them." LaBeouf's father used to grow cannabis, and the two smoked marijuana together when LaBeouf was ten. LaBeouf has also said he was subjected to verbal and mental abuse by his father, who once pointed a gun at his son during a Vietnam War flashback. LaBeouf says his father was "on drugs" during his childhood and was placed in drug rehabilitation for heroin addiction while LaBeouf's mother was "trying to hold down the fort."His parents eventually divorced, mainly due to financial problems, and LaBeouf had what he has described as a "good childhood", growing up poor with his mother (who worked selling fabrics and brooches) in Echo Park, Los Angeles, California. LaBeouf's uncle was going to adopt him at one stage because his parents could not afford to have him anymore and "they had too much pride to go on welfare or food stamps."
LaBeouf attended a predominantly Latino and African American school.Theatrically, LaBeouf attended 32nd Street Visual and Performing Arts Magnet school in Los Angeles (LAUSD) and Alexander Hamilton High School, although he received most of his education from tutors.Following high-school, LaBeouf was accepted to Yale University but declined, later remarking, "[I am] getting the kind of education you don't get at school,"although he would like to attend college.In a May 2009 Parade magazine interview, LaBeouf commented on how his parents' personal struggles, and his childhood, had an influence on him, "My dad and my mom were both artists who never found an audience for their artwork. And so I lived in poverty. Now that I'm not poor, I know that is what it was. Like Hemingway said, you can't write anything if you've never been shot at or been gorged by a bull, you know? So I look back at that stuff and I'm grateful. It's like scars. You become proud of them." In that same interview, LaBeouf explained that part of what he remembers is: in 1988, when he was two, his dad began dressing him up as a clown and putting him to work shilling for the family's pushcart business.LaBeouf recalled, "It was a hustle. We’d walk around the neighborhood in full clown regalia [...] My embarrassment factor didn't exist. I had fun, because I knew that in the middle of a performance my parents couldn't fight. So, for sure, every day, there had to be some peaceful time for us, or we weren't going to make it through the week financially."
Early work, 1996–2006
Prior to his acting career, LaBeouf's career as a comedian originated when he would "create things, story lines and fictitious tales" during his childhood; he practiced stand-up comedy around his neighborhood as an "escape" from a hostile environment. At the age of ten, he began performing stand-up and "talking dirty" at comedy clubs (including The Ice House in Pasadena), describing his appeal as having "disgustingly dirty" material and a "50-year-old mouth on the 10-year-old kid".] LaBeouf, who described himself as an "insult comic", stated that his comic material included talking about his first erection and cursing. LaBeouf commented on his stand-up comedy career, "I just knew that money was a solution to whatever the hell was going on in my household. With money, I and my family would have had more options. So I went after a job that I thought I could make the most money for a 10-year-old or an 11-year-old boy."'LaBeouf subsequently found agent Teresa Dahlquist (who is his agent as of June 2008) through the Yellow Pages. He was taken on after doing his stand-up act for her and pretending to be his own manager, promoting himself in the third person. LaBeouf has said that he initially became an actor because his family was broke, not because he wanted to pursue an acting career. LaBeouf commented, "My humor came from seeing my parents have sex, smoke weed, my mom being naked—just weird hippie stuff, twisted R-rated humor. I’d get up there in my OshKosh B’Gosh outfit and my bowl haircut. I was a little kid with a Lenny Bruce mouth. That was the act. But there’s no money in stand-up comedy, so I went into acting." LaBeouf began acting when he was 12 years old. His acting debut was on Caroline in the City, in the episode "Caroline and the Bar Mitzvah", and he made guest appearances on popular television shows: The X-Files, Touched by an Angel, Jesse, and Suddenly Susan, all in 1999.
LaBeouf became well known among young audiences after playing Louis Stevens on the Disney Channel weekly program Even Stevens, a role for which he was cast three months after being signed by his agent. Even Stevens aired from 2000-2003 for three seasons and 65 episodes. Even Stevens ended with The Even Stevens Movie—a TV movie which premiered June 13, 2003, on the Disney Channel. In 2003, LaBeouf was awarded a Daytime Emmy Award for the role of Louis and has said, "[he] grew up on that show" and his childhood was "kind of lost", although being cast in the show was the "best thing" that has happened to him. His father, having just been released from rehab, served as LaBeouf's on-set parent and the two bonded. Around this time period, LaBeouf pitched an arrangement to Disney inspired by his and his father's residence at motels. Disney bought the rights to the story, but the project, entitled Rent-A-Dad, has never moved out of development—presumably because the material may not have been suited to the family-oriented film studio. In 2001 LaBeouf had a supporting role in the Disney Channel TV movie Hounded, as Ronny Van Dussel, a rival of the main character. The following year he appeared in another Disney Channel TV movie Tru Confessions, where he played a mentally challenged kid with a sister who made a documentary about his disability. Gary Marsh, President of Entertainment for Disney Channel Worldwide, described LaBeouf as giving an "unbelievable acting performance", and stated, "to this day I believe [that performance] gave him the leverage and credibility to get a lot of other roles." During this time, LaBeouf also appeared in sketch shows on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
In 2003, he appeared in another Disney production, Holes, as Stanley "Caveman" Yelnats IV, opposite Jon Voight. While filming Holes, Voight lent LaBeouf acting books that turned him on to the notion that acting could be about more than just a paycheck. The film was a moderate box office success. Steven Spielberg was a fan of LaBeouf in Holes, saying he reminded him of a young Tom Hanks. The film Holes made over US$67 million worldwide and was well-received by critics, garnering a 77% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That same year, he was heavily featured in the HBO documentary show Project Greenlight, which chronicled the making of the independent film The Battle of Shaker Heights, his first PG-13 film. In the film, LaBeouf played the lead role of troubled teen Kelly Ernswiler. The Battle of Shaker Heights was theatrically released on August 22, 2003, in limited release and had a poor box office performance. LaBeouf also had minor roles in the films, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd.
LaBeouf in November 2006, promoting Bobby.
In 2004, LaBeouf co-wrote and directed the short film Let's Love Hate with Lorenzo Eduardo, which was LaBeouf's directorial debut. Also in 2004, LaBeouf played Farber, a minor role in I, Robot and, the following year, appeared in the action-horror film Constantine as Chas Kramer, a supporting character. LaBeouf made his transition into more mature roles, playing the lead role in the 2005 Disney film The Greatest Game Ever Played, as Francis Ouimet, a real-life golfer from a poor family who won the 1913 U.S. Open Championship. He also voiced the character Asbel in the English dubbed version of the 1984 film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, a Japanese anime film directed by Hayao Miyazaki. LaBeouf appeared in the 2006 ensemble drama Bobby as Cooper, a campaign volunteer for Robert F. Kennedy. As part of the cast of Bobby, LaBeouf won a Hollywood Film Award for "Ensemble Of The Year", and was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture". Also in 2006, LaBeouf played the younger version of Dito Montiel in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, the older version being played by Robert Downey, Jr. in a semi-autobiographical account of Montiel's upbringing in 1980s Astoria, Queens. In her review for the film, Lisa Schwarzbaum, of Entertainment Weekly, described LaBeouf as being "lavishly talented".
Breakthrough and commercial success, 2007–2008
In 2007, LaBeouf starred in Disturbia, a thriller released on April 13. He played a teenager under house arrest who suspects that his neighbor, played by David Morse, is a serial killer. The film was a sleeper hit and LaBeouf received positive reviews for the role, with The Buffalo News stating, "[LaBeouf] has grown into an appealing, bright young actor who is able to simultaneously pull off [the character's] anger, remorse and intelligence", Kurt Loder of MTV wrote "[LaBeouf] gets his star ticket decisively punched", and the San Francisco Chronicle noted, "[LaBeouf is] fast becoming the best young actor in Hollywood". In comparing the film with Rear Window, The New York Daily News described LaBeouf's appeal as "more John Cusack than James Stewart". On April 14, 2007, LaBeouf hosted Saturday Night Live with musical guest Avril Lavigne to promote the film. Throughout the show, LaBeouf and Lavigne acted in skits. Also in 2007, LaBeouf voiced Cody Maverick, the narrater, in the animated mockumentary film Surf's Up. That same year, LaBeouf played teenager Sam Witwicky, who becomes involved in the Autobot-Decepticon war on Earth, in Michael Bay's Transformers, released on July 3. Executive producer Steven Spielberg cast him in the role, having been impressed by his performance in Holes. Bay initially considered LaBeouf too old for the part of Sam, having only seen his performance in Constantine, but he was "bowled" over by LaBeouf's enthusiasm. LaBeouf performed his own stunts in the film. LaBeouf received critical acclaim for his role, with Empire's Ian Nathan praising him as "a smart, natural comedian, [who] levels the bluntness of this toy story with an ironic bluster". For his role in Transformers, LaBeouf was nominated for an Empire Award, and a National Movie Award, as well as being named 2007's "star of tomorrow" by the ShoWest convention. For his lead role in the film, LaBeouf was reportedly paid $500,000. In February 2008, LaBeouf was awarded the BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award, which was voted on by the British general public.
In April 2007, it was confirmed that LaBeouf had been cast in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. LaBeouf was Steven Spielberg's first choice for the role, again having been impressed by his performance in Holes. LaBeouf said that he signed on to the film without reading the script and did not know what character he would play. LaBeouf was cast as Mutt Williams, a greaser who is Indiana Jones' son. LaBeouf said, in order to prepare for his role in the film, that he worked out seven days a week for three hours a day and described his diet as being "protein-heavy, carb-heavy"; LaBeouf gained over fifteen pounds of muscle from training. LaBeouf said of the experience, "I have definitely not trained like this for anything in my life. I'm preparing like I'm going into battle." During filming LaBeouf pulled his rotator cuff while filming a fight scene, which was the first injury of his career. The injury got worse throughout filming, and he pulled his groin. The film was theatrically released in May 2008, and grossed over $780 million worldwide. LaBeouf's performance in the film received mixed reviews: Todd Gilchrist of IGN commented in his review for the film, "one can't quite help but wonder what Spielberg saw in the young actor that inspired him to cast LaBeouf"; Stephanie Zackarek of Salon.com noted, "[LaBeouf] sensibly keeps his performance as low-key as possible" and was "appealing enough". To promote the film, LaBeouf, for the second time, hosted Saturday Night Live on May 10, 2008, with musical guest My Morning Jacket. LaBeouf's next, and final, 2008 film was Eagle Eye, a thriller directed by D. J. Caruso, co-produced by Spielberg, and released on September 26. Eagle Eye was LaBeouf's second collaboration with Caruso, and his third with Spielberg. Eagle Eye proved to be another commercially successful film for LaBeouf, making over $177 million worldwide. In December 2008, LaBeouf dropped out of the film Dark Fields due to a hand injury he had acquired in a car crash which would not be fully healed by the time production started.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and beyond, 2009–present
LaBeouf in Paris in June 2009, promoting Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
In February 2009, LaBeouf teamed with rapper Chris "Cage" Palko to direct the music video for "I Never Knew You," the first single off of Cage's third album, Depart From Me. The music video was shot on location in downtown Los Angeles on February 21 and 22. It features cameos by other Definitive Jux artists: El-P, Aesop Rock, Chauncey, F. Sean Martin, Yak Ballz, and Alex Pardee. According to LA Weekly, this video marks the first in a series of collaborations between LaBeouf and Cage and will ultimately result in a film about the rapper's life, starring LaBeouf. When asked what it was like directing the "I Never Knew You" video, LaBeouf said, "I'm 22 and I'm directing my favorite rapper's music video. This shit is better than riding unicorns."] The video premiered on May 18, on MTV2 and MtvU.
LaBeouf reprised the role of Sam Witwicky in the 2009 sequel to Transformers, entitled Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Filming for the movie began in May 2008 and ended in late 2008. Due to LaBeouf's injury from his car accident, Michael Bay and screen writer Roberto Orci had to rewrite the script to protect LaBeouf's hand throughout filming. LaBeouf said production was only delayed two days after his accident because Bay made up for it by filming second unit scenes, and LaBeouf recovered a few weeks earlier than expected, allowing him to return to the set.Near the end of filming, LaBeouf injured his eye when he hit a prop; the injury required seven stitches. LaBeouf resumed filming two hours later. For his lead role in the film, LaBeouf was reportedly paid around $5 million. The film was a commercial success, making over $800 million worldwide, but received negative critical reviews. Joe Neumaier, of New York Daily News, felt the film showed LaBeouf "finally" proved that he's a "viable leading man".
LaBeouf played Jacob in the romantic comedy New York, I Love You, a collection of short stories about finding love in the five boroughs of New York and the sequel to Paris, je t'aime. The film premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival in September 2008 and was released in October 2009to mixed reviews from critics. In June 2009, it was confirmed that LaBeouf had signed on to star as the lead role in the Oliver Stone directed film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps; the film is the sequel to the Academy Award-winning film Wall Street. In the film, LaBeouf will play Jacob "Jake" Moore, an ambitious Wall Street trader who is in a relationship with Gordon Gekko's daughter, Winnie. The film is set to close the 2010 Cannes Film Festival in May 2010. Co-starring Michael Douglas and Carey Mulligan, the film is set to be theatrically released in September 2010.
In an interview with MTV, Neil Gaiman said he is planning to direct a film adaption of the comic book series Death: The High Cost of Living, tentatively titled Death and Me, and showed interest in casting LaBeouf in the film, particularly the lead role. Gaiman commented that while LaBeouf was "one of 'Death’s biggest supporters", a concern for casting him as the lead was due to his age, but added that, "I wouldn’t be surprised if he were in it."It has been confirmed that LaBeouf will reprise his role in the third Transformers film. The film is expected to begin filming in May 2010 and to be released in July of the following year. In early December 2008, LaBeouf signed on to star as the lead role, Kyle McAvoy, in the film adaption of the novel The Associate by John Grisham. The film is currently in pre-production. Grisham, who had reportedly hand-picked LaBeouf for the role, said of his casting, "I think he'll be wonderful! He's a very talented actor." In December 2009, LaBeouf was set to star in the film The Promised Land, but the project was shelved primarily because of financial concerns. LaBeouf's disappointment over the project resulted in him leaving his agents at William Morris Endeavor.After trying to go without an agent, he eventually signed with Creative Artists Agency in January 2010.
LaBeouf bought his own two-bedroom house at the age of 18 and lives in Burbank, California. LaBeouf is a cigarette smoker, but he stated in June 2009 that he had recently begun trying to quit. LaBeouf drives a Nissan Maxima, and has two bulldogs named Brando and Rex. LaBeouf has said, "sports are so big in my life", and that he is a "film junkie". He enjoys the music of The Shins, CKY, and the hip hop label Definitive Jux. LaBeouf has said that he is a fan of The Transformers television series and the 1986 film, The Transformers: The Movie. LaBeouf is a fan of the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers.While doing research for his role in Wall Street" Money Never Sleeps, LaBeouf developed an interest in stock market trading, which he described as his "favorite hobby" in April 2010.
LaBeouf has said that he is "very serious" about his career and has made "a calculated effort to stay away from the party scene," believing that "if the industry takes you lightly because you're always partying, then they will take your work lightly as well." Interviewer Jamie Portman of The Vancouver Sun described LaBeouf as seeming to have a "love-hate relationship with the teenage culture that has spawned him. LaBeouf has said that, although he does not devoutly practice Judaism, he has a "personal relationship with God that happens to work within the confines of Judaism". LaBeouf has said that he is not the "All-American Disney role model" and chose to appear in some of his film roles in order to "curse as much as possible" and "age [himself] publicly" after his Disney roles. However, he specifies that Disney is "great and all" and a "nurturing place". He has said that he enjoyed being a child actor and disliked school
LaBeouf has three known tattoos as of May 2009, which are: 1986-2004 on his inner right wrist, a dog paw tattoo on his upper left arm, and a hand with a shackle on it on his left upper side torso. LaBeouf said he got the tattoo on his wrist because, "I’ve been doing this [acting] for 10 years, a lot of people say, ‘Oh, I forgot my childhood or I miss my childhood’ [...] so that’s just precautionary." LaBeouf described the tattoo on his upper side torso, "It’s like an artist drawing his own prison," and continued, "Just life. That’s where I’m at". LaBeouf has cited actors Gary Oldman,Dustin Hoffman, Jodie Foster, Jon Voight, and John Turturro as inspirations, and has also cited director Francis Lawrence as an inspiration, with whom LaBeouf worked on Constantine. LaBeouf described his agent Teresa Dahlquist, who paid for his head shots and rent during his Disney career, as being "one of the few pillars" in his life, adding that "she lifted me up and cared for me."
Despite having a hardship relationship with both his parents during his childhood, LaBeouf remains close to them both. During the winter, LaBeouf's father usually stays with him; during the summers, he lives in a tepee in Montana on a $10,000 plot of land LaBeouf bought him in 2003.LaBeouf bought his mother a house that is a ten-minute drive from his own house, in Tujunga, Los Angeles, California. He commented, "They don't work. I take care of them, and they get to create art for the rest of their days." When LaBeouf was 19, after a neighbor in his Studio City apartment complex had allegedly insulted his mother and rear-ended her car, LaBeouf brought a knife, and a friend for backup, to the neighbor's apartment, which resulted in LaBeouf being assaulted by the neighbor and six of the neighbor's friends.
LaBeouf confirmed to People that, from 2004 to 2007, he dated model China Brezner, whom he met on the set of The Greatest Game Ever Played. He said of the reason for the break-up, "My focus became so work-related that I couldn't devote any time to a relationship", but, "We were inseparable, she was my best friend and my love". He described the break-up as being like "rebuilding after a tornado." LaBeouf has said he tries to avoid relationships with co-stars saying, "It's really easy to fall for someone on-set, but in the end you know, it's a representative and it's not really them." As of August 2009, LaBeouf is in a relationship with British actress Carey Mulligan, his co-star in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Mulligan and LaBeouf were introduced by the film's director, Oliver Stone, prior to filming and began dating shortly after.
LaBeouf in July 2009, promoting Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. An injury LaBeouf sustained in car accident the year before, was written into the film's storyline.
On November 4, 2007, LaBeouf was arrested early in the morning for misdemeanor criminal trespassing in a Chicago Walgreens after refusing to leave when asked by a security guard. The criminal charges were dropped on December 12, 2007. In March 2008, an arrest warrant was issued for LaBeouf after he failed to make a court appearance. The hearing was in relation to a ticket he received for unlawful smoking in Burbank, California, in February 2008. When neither LaBeouf nor a lawyer appeared at the court at 8:30 a.m., a $1000 bench warrant was issued for his arrest. However, the court commissioner in California recalled this warrant on March 19, 2008, after the actor’s attorney arrived a day late to plead not guilty on LaBeouf's behalf, and a pre-trial hearing was set for April 24, 2008. The charge was dismissed after the actor paid a $500 fine.
At approximately 3 A.M. on July 27, 2008, LaBeouf was involved in a car crash at the intersection of La Brea Avenue and Fountain Avenue in Los Angeles. His Ford F1-50 was hit from the side by a vehicle running a red light. LaBeouf had been gripping the top of the windowsill as he drove and, upon impact, the truck rolled onto his exposed left hand, crushing it.While responding to the accident, police officers smelled alcohol on LaBeouf's breath. Because he refused a breathalyzer examanization, authorities arrested LaBeouf at the scene for misdemeanor drunk driving and his driver's license was suspended for one year. Michael Bay stated that LaBeouf had been drinking hours before the car accident and he had felt that, by the time the accident had occurred, the alcohol had worn off. LaBeouf had to undergo one of many hand surgeries immediately after the accident. His passenger, Isabel Lucas, and the driver and passenger in the other car suffered only minor injuries. Due to severe damages from the accident, LaBeouf's truck was totaled; his father keeps the vehicle at his home as a 'memento'.
Two days later, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman announced that LaBeouf was not at fault in the accident as the other driver had ran a red light. LaBeouf returned to the set of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen at this time, and shooting resumed In September of that year, LaBeouf described the car accident as being "eye-opening and terrifying." LaBeouf stated that, as a result of the injuries to his left hand, he had screws and plates put in his hand; there is also scarring. One screw was placed in one of his knuckles, and he had a shaved piece of bone from his hip made into a bone for his finger. In April 2009, he stated he had undergone three hand surgeries. He said that he would regain "probably about 80-something percent" usage of his hand and, while he would able to make a fist again, "there’s a knuckle [I will] never be able to move again" and in May 2010, he said that he has "completely" regained movement in his fingers.
Year Film Role Notes
2003 The Battle of Shaker Heights Kelly Ernswiler main role (limited release)
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Max Petroni minor role
Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd Lewis minor role
Holes Stanley "Caveman" Yelnats IV main role
2004 I, Robot Farber supporting role
2005 The Greatest Game Ever Played Francis Ouimet main role
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Asbel voice (English version)
Constantine Chas Kramer supporting role
2006 Bobby Cooper minor role
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints Young Dito supporting role
2007 Disturbia Kale Brecht main role
Surf's Up Cody Maverick voice
Transformers Sam Witwicky main role
2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Henry "Mutt Williams" Jones III supporting role
Eagle Eye Jerry Shaw/Ethan Shaw main role
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Sam Witwicky main role
New York, I Love You Jacob minor role
2010 Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Jake "Jacob" Moore main role (filming)
2011 Transformers 3 Sam Witwicky main role (pre-production)
2012 The Associate Kyle McAvoy main role (pre-production)
Film Made for Television or Video
Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Christmas Path Cal main role
Monkey Business Wyatt minor role
Breakfast with Einstein Joey supporting role
2001 Hounded Ronny van Dussel supporting role (Disney Channel original movie)
2002 Tru Confessions Eddie Walker supporting role (Disney Channel original movie)
2003 The Even Stevens Movie Louis Stevens main role (Disney Channel original movie)
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Caroline in the City Ethan Episode: ("Caroline and the Bar Mitzvah")
1999 Jesse Moe Episode: ("Momma Was a Rollin' Stone")
1999 Suddenly Susan Ritchie Episode: ("A Day in the Life")
1999 Touched by an Angel Johnny Episode: ("The Occupant")
1999 The X-Files Richie Lupone Episode: ("The Goldberg Variation")
2000 ER Darnel Smith Episode: ("Abby Road")
2000 Freaks and Geeks Herbert the mascot Episode: ("We've Got Spirit")
2000–2003 Even Stevens Louis Stevens main role
2001 The Nightmare Room Dylan Pierce Episode: ("Scareful What You Wish For")
2002 The Proud Family Johnny McBride Episode: ("I Love You Penny Proud") (Voice)