Johnny Knoxville

Johnny Knoxville biography
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Interesting Biography Facts

Real name

Philip John Clapp


American stunt performer, actor, writer, producer

Birth Date

March 11, 1971


52 years

Zodiac Sign



Knoxville, Tennessee, United States



Johnny Knoxville family members

Father's Name

Philip Clapp

Mother's Name

Lemoyne Clapp

Siblings names

Lynne Clapp

Is Johnny Knoxville a gay/bisexual?


What is Johnny Knoxville marital status?


Who is Johnny Knoxville wife?

Naomi Nelson (m. 2010–2022), Melanie Lynn Clapp (m. 1995–2009)

How many children does he have?


Johnny Knoxville wife

Melanie Lynn Clapp (ex-wife)

Melanie Lynn Clapp ex wife Johnny Knoxville

Date of birth: October 31, 1964

Melanie is a fashion designer, who had previously worked for Warner Bros. While working backstage in the entertainment industry, she met Johnny, and they started dating soon after that. In 1995, the couple held their wedding ceremony and welcomed their daughter, Madison, in 1996. However, Johnny’s gambling addiction broke their “perfect-like” marriage. The spouses separated in 2006, and even a child couldn’t prevent that from happening.

Naomi Nelson (ex-wife)

Naomi Nelson

Date of birth: August 20, 1980

Knoxville-Clapp divorce was finalized in 2009, but they already weren’t living together for a while, so the actor felt free to approach anyone. Around that time, Johnny met Naomi Nelson, a production team member who worked on a few TV series. They started dating and confirmed Naomi’s pregnancy soon after that. The couple married in September 2010 and became parents of two children – Rocko and Arlo. In 2022, Johnny made headlines after revealing that he had decided to divorce his wife. A few months later, he appeared at the premiere of his new series, Reboot, accompanied by an unknown woman, reportedly his new girlfriend.

Johnny Knoxville kids

Johnny Knoxville kids

Madison Clapp (daughter)

Date of birth: January 4, 1996

Madison is Knoxville’s eldest child from a previous relationship with Melanie Clapp. Having a famous father, she often attended premieres with him and even worked as a writer for a few Jackass series. It is known that Madison obtained a degree from Oberlin College in Ohio. Her writing talent became her primary source of income, as she is a founder and editor of “Chickenbutt Magazine.” The daughter has kept in touch with her father until now, as he appears on her Instagram from time to time. Clapp also spends a lot of time with her half-siblings and stepmother, Naomi Nelson. Madison has a boyfriend, but his name is kept secret.

Rocko Knoxville (son)

Date of birth: December 19, 2009

Rocko is the actor’s only son with Naomi Nelson. Only a little information is available about him online, but it is known that he is a big baseball fan and is quite close with his family, especially his father. Johnny once said that his son inherited the so-called “Jackass gene” as he is very funny and loves joking.

Arlo Knoxville (daughter)

Date of birth: October 6, 2011

Arlo is the youngest child and the second daughter of Johnny Knoxville. Unlike her famous father, she lives an ordinary life of a schoolgirl. However, she did accompany her family during different events.

Who are Johnny Knoxville parents?

 Johnny Knoxville parents

Philip Len Clapp (father)

Date of birth: January 31, 1935
Date of death: October 31, 2018

Philip Clapp was a father to Johnny Knoxville and his two sisters. He was a loyal friend, loving husband, and funny car tire salesman of Clapp Tire Company. Philip loved pranking his employees and telling embarrassing stories. According to the actor, it was the talent he inherited from his father. Philip was a school superstar in his youth, as he was good at football and basketball. He was also his son’s biggest supporter and often attended red carpets during his premieres.

Lemoyne Houck Clapp (mother)
Date of birth: 1938
Date of death: November 5, 2017

Lemoyne Houck Clapp was the person whom the star cherished the most. She worked as a Sunday School teacher but was mainly a housewife, taking care of her three children and husband. Everybody remembered her as a kind, generous woman who would always help. Johnny mentions his mother every Mother’s Day, dedicating an Instagram post to her.

Johnny Knoxville siblings

Lynne Clapp Draughon (sister)

Lynne is the older sister of the actor. There is not much information available about her online. She is married to Ronnie Draughon and has three children – Dusty, Krisden, and Ronnie, as well as two grandchildren. The sister still keeps in touch with her brother, as they usually interact through social media and in public.

Krisden Parrott (sister)

Krisden is also a sister of the actor. She tries to stay away from the spotlight, so it is only known that she is married to Danny Parrott and has a son, Brandon.


Philip John Clapp, mostly known as Johnny Knoxville, is an American actor, professional stunt performer, writer, and producer. After graduating high school, he moved to California to become an actor. At the same time, he worked as a freelance writer and was recognized by Jeff Tremaine, a TV director. They started to work together, and that’s how the famous Jackass series was born. This franchise brought Johnny international fame. As for now, Knoxville is still active as an actor.

Interesting and fun facts

  • He is very close with his oldest daughter, Madison, and even has a tattoo with her name on his chest.
  • The actor had an excellent academic performance at school, with straight A’s in every subject.
  • Johnny Knoxville had suffered multiple injuries throughout his career – from broken ribs and sprained ankles to concussions and brain hemorrhage.
  • Back in his school years, he was one of the most outstanding members of the baseball team.
  • Before global fame, he was a model for Mountain Dew, Taco Bell, Coors Light, and other commercials.
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