Shia LaBeouf was born as a Los Angeles native in 1986. When he was a young teenager, he began to do stand-up comedy routines in local venues and eventually got an agent. His first big break was the lead role on the popular 1999 Disney Channel series "Even Stevens." Shia played Louis Stevens, a young troublemaker who spent his days avoiding schoolwork and finding new ways to torment his perfectionistic older sister. After his success on the Disney Channel rocketed him to front-page fame, LaBeouf took on some much bigger roles in major Hollywood blockbusters.
In 2007, LaBeouf took on the role of Sam Witwicky, the underdog protagonist of "Transformers." The film gained plenty of traction in the action and science fiction genres, earning LaBeouf and the rest of the cast their place in the science fiction hall of fame. LaBeouf went on to reprise his role as Sam in the next two sequels of the franchise, including "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon."
While Sam Witwicky may be LaBeouf's most recognizable role, the actor has had a diverse film career since the conclusion of the last film. From science fiction and action thrillers to drama, the young actor has more than proven his ability when it comes to honing his craft and taking on new and challenging roles. Through all his success, including appearances on "Saturday Night Live" and numerous pop culture platforms, LaBeouf has remained humble and often admits that he doesn't consider himself a celebrity. In 2008, shortly after the filming of the first "Transformers" movie, LaBeouf starred in a thriller called "Eagle Eye," in which he played a normal citizen who becomes caught up in a web of unwarranted surveillance, government corruption, and lies.
In 2011, LaBeouf decided to trade in his leading man privileges for a behind-the-camera role, directing a short film called "Maniac." The movie was filmed as a mockumentary and chronicled the misadventures of documentarians who were filming two escaped serial killers. Shortly after, LaBeouf returned to acting to play Ben Shepard in "The Company You Keep." The 2012 film follows Nick Sloan, a former militant and agent for the Weather Underground group. Nick has been in hiding since the 1970s, when he and an accomplice committed armed robbery and murder in a local bank. Although the affair was considered a cold case, it was finally solved and Nick's accomplice was arrested. Now, a young reporter named Ben Shepard is beginning to dig into the facts surrounding the bizarre and controversial event, risking exposure for Nick and the new identity he has so carefully crafted over the years.
One of LaBeouf's most recent roles is in a 2013 film called "Charlie Countryman." LaBeouf plays the titular character, who falls in love with a beautiful young woman whose affections belong to a dangerous crime lord. Charlie is forced to choose between a simple and easy life and one filled with violence and chaos if he is to pursue his true love. Unfortunately for Charlie, he happens to be a fairly regular guy who is in far over his head when the film begins. As the movie progresses, bloody scenes of violence blur the lines between hero and bad guy, making "Charlie Countryman" a refreshingly unique and thoughtful film.
After Charlie Countryman, LaBeouf will take on a role in the controversial film, "Nymphomaniac." The film chronicles the exploits of different self-diagnosed nymphomaniacs, including both their triumphs and downfalls. LaBeouf plays a decidedly creepy womanizer, proving that he may have the acting chops to play the leading man, but he can just as easily slip into the role of a sleazy villain or antihero. After "Nymphomaniac," LaBeouf will start filming the 2014 war drama, "Fury." "Fury" takes place at the end of World War II in Nazi Germany. Although the film is still in production, and much of the information surrounding LaBeouf's role in the film has been kept quiet, it is expected to follow the story of a team of Allied Forces members who conduct a risky and controversial mission in an attempt to stop the Nazi forces once and for all. Although Shia LaBeouf's character name has yet to be released, that hasn't stopped all his fans from speculating about the details of his role. What critics and fans alike can agree on is that Shia LaBeouf will keep surprising audiences by taking on new and innovative roles in each of his films. This young actor has an illustrious film and television career behind him and an even brighter future ahead.