Shia LaBeouf is an American actor, filmmaker, and performance artist known for his versatile talents and rich career. He started his career with Disney and went on to work on the Transformers series. He has a Daytime Emmy with his name on it and has also made some short films.
Shia has also written several comics with one of them released as a webcomic. He has also been doing stand-up comedy which he started very early in life. He is also an art enthusiast and worked on several public display projects which have brought him accolades from all over the world. It is safe to say that Shia LaBeouf is a man of many talents.
However, with versatile endeavors on many forms of art, he has also had his fair share of controversy as well. He has been the center of attention for not very positive reasons multiple times. Sometimes it is because of the leaving projects that he was involved in or simply a piece of art that he has put out.
Let us take a look at his personal and professional aspects of life, not leaving behind the controversies. Also, we will discuss how much he has earned for himself using his versatile talents.
Shia LaBeouf was born on 11 June 1986 in Los Angeles, California. When asked, he has described his childhood as a ‘good childhood’. But, he has been through a tough time as a kid. His father was a Vietnam War veteran and held several jobs. His mother worked in selling fabric. His father was an alcoholic and even rook drugs. He had also spent some time in a drug rehabilitation center.
One time, during a war flashback, his father even pointed a gun at him. Due to financial problems, his pre ts decided to go for a divorce. At one point, he was about to be adopted by his uncle because his mother could not afford to raise him. But, in Shia’s words, she held down the fort.
As a coping mechanism for his parent’s divorce, he is to perform for the film and even did stand up comedy around the neighborhood. Although, he remembers that his content was adult in nature, even though he was only 10 years old and that was a selling point for him. He was raised both Jewish and Christian, for his mother and father respectively, but considers himself Jewish.
LaBeouf first started entertaining people as a stand-up comedian when he was only 19 years old. He stated that people liked listening to a 10-year-old kid talk like a 50-year-old. He had no plans of becoming an actor but he chose acting because of his financial needs.
He had a friend who was an actor and had everything he wanted, so LaBeouf was compelled to become an actor for financial needs. His first job was on Even Stevens on the Disney channel, which also got him a Daytime Emmy. He did several projects as a kid and was applauded for all of them.
His big break came when he did Disturbia, which was the story of a teenager who discovers his neighbor is a murderer. He received positive reviews from the critics and the movie did very well, too. The next project he did was the Transformers. It was a big hit and he had succeeded in making himself known. He then went on to play Indiana Jones’ son in Indiana Jones 4.
The movie did not do as well as expected and he received an average response for his performance. He worked in the sequel to Transformers during which he was injured multiple times. The movie was a blockbuster financially but the critics gave mostly negative reviews. He did several movies before coming back for the third Transformers, sat the fourth one out. He did a commendable job in Fury and is also going to be a part of the Indiana Jones movie.
Controversies and Charity Work
Shia LaBeouf has been in the middle of several controversies. He pulled out of a Broadway play in which he was working with Alec Baldwin. It was going to be his debut but he said he was having creative differences with the team. The team and Alec Baldwin, however, maintain that he was fired. In 2012, he put out a short film which he had directed himself. People noticed its similarities to a comic released in 2007 by Dan Cowles, called Justin M Damiano.
He was criticized and he formally put out an apology on Twitter. He said that he had lost himself in the creative process, but people noticed it was also very similar to an answer on Yahoo.com. In 2014, he came to the Berlin Film Festival wearing a bag on his face that said ‘I am not famous anymore’. Some appreciated but some took the other route.
Shia LaBeouf supports multiple charities such as Declare Yourself and Hillsides. These work for children’s welfare and child abuse cases. He was recently a part of a table rad trying to raise money for Sean Penn’s Community Organised Relief Effort. He was joined by other celebrities such as Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, and Jennifer Aniston. He played a stoner from his garage while reading Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
Shia LaBeouf Net worth
Most of Shia LaBeouf’s money comes from his movies. He earned a total of $750,000 for his role in the first Transformers. For the second one, he earned a whopping $5 million. He was paid $15 million for the third installment. He did not come back for the fourth and was replaced by Mark Wahlberg.
He reportedly asked for $18 million but failed to get a deal. He paid $5.4 million for a home in Pasadena, California. He also bought a second one worth $1.8 million but ended up selling it for $2.25 million. He has a net worth of $25 million.