Bam Margera is an American professional skateboarder, filmmaker, and actor. He came to prominence after appearing in multiple seasons of the MTV reality series Jackass. He has since appeared in Jackass: The Movie (2002), Jackass Number Two (2006), and Jackass 3D (2010). He also starred in the films Haggard (2003) and Minghags (2007).
Born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Margera began skateboarding at the age of eleven and founded Faction Skateboards with professional skateboarder Brandon DiCristo in 2002. Two years later, he appeared in Jackass: The Movie, directed by Jeff Tremaine. Margera would go on to appear in all three Jackass films, as well as the spin-off series Viva La Bam and Bam’s Unholy Union. He has also directed and starred in a number of his own films, including Haggard and Minghags.
A versatile artist, Margera has also released multiple albums with his band, CKY, and wrote, directed, and starred in the film Bam Margera Presents: Where the #$&% Is Santa?, which received a limited theatrical release in 2008. He has also made guest appearances on a number of television shows, including The Dudesons, Viva La Bam, and Bam’s World Domination.
In addition to his work in film and television, Margera has also released a number of successful products, including the CKY video series, the Bam Margera signature clothing line, and the Bam Margera signature skateboard deck series. He has also been featured in a number of video games, including Tony Hawk’s Underground 2, Tony Hawk’s Project 8, and Skate 3.
One of the most recognizable figures in action sports, Margera has nonetheless courted controversy throughout his career. In 2007, he was arrested for driving under the influence, and in 2011, he was arrested for assaulting a fan who allegedly spit on him. In 2016, he checked into rehab for alcohol abuse.
Despite his personal struggles, Margera remains a successful professional skateboarder, filmmaker, and actor. He continues to release new projects and products, and remains one of the most recognizable faces in action sports.
professional skateboarder, actor, and director. He came to prominence in the late 1990s as a member of the CKY Crew with his other close friends and family members, including Brandon DiCamillo, Ryan Dunn, Chris Raab, and Rake Yohn. Margera appeared in each of the four CKY films, and performed stunts in the Jackass television series and movies. He also directed and starred in the Bam’s Unholy Union and Viva La Bam television series.
Margera was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, on September 28, 1979, the son of April Margera and Phil Margera. He has two brothers, Jess Margera and Vincent Margera, and a sister, Natalie Margera. His grandfather, Donald Margera, owned a ice cream truck called “Bam’s” which his father and uncles drove. When Margera was three, his parents divorced. His mother married elements to the divorce, including Margera’s behavioral problems, drinking, and theft.
During high school, Margera’s mother allowed him to live with his father in West Chester so he could skateboard more. He attended East High School and graduated in 1998. Margera claims that school “sucked” as he did poorly in most of his classes. He eventually earned a GED. Margera became interested in skateboarding after watching his brother Jess skate. Jess was featured in the 1996 skateboarding documentary “Ground Zero: The Noise In Your Neighborhood”, which also featured skaters such as Steve Berra, Mike Maldonado, Matt Sweeney, and Jason Lee. Margera began skateboarding more and became good friends with Brandon DiCamillo, who would later be featured, along with Margera, in the CKY series.
After high school, Margera immediately began work on the CKY series with his close friends and family. The first CKY film, titled Camp Kill Yourself, was completed in 1999 and released in 2000. The group continued to work on the subsequent three films over the next few years. In 2002, Margera appeared in the Jackass episode “plate glass window”. He and DiCamillo also performed a gag in which DiCamillo defecated on Margera’s chest while he was sleeping. In 2003, Jackass: The Movie was released, which included scenes of Margera being detained by police for public nudity and urinating on a bench. That same year, Margera appeared in Jackass: The Movie 2.
In 2006, Margera starred in and directed Bam’s Unholy Union, a reality show on MTV which documented his engagement and marriage to Melissa Rothstein. The show also featured his friends and family, including his mother April, his father Phil, brother Jess, and best man Brandon DiCamillo. In 2007, Margera starred in Bam Margera Presents: Where the #$&% Is Santa?, a comedic holiday film co-starring his friends and family. In 2008, Margera appeared in Jackass 2.5, a direct-to-video release that contained additional footage not included in Jackass 2.
In 2009, Margera appeared on an episode of Family Feud with other members of his family. That same year, he appeared in an episode of Viva La Bam where he had his head shaved by Mongolian nomads. In 2010, Margera appeared in Jackass 3D, the third and final installment of the Jackass franchise. The film included a scene in which Margera is hit in the head with a baseball bat by professional baseball player].
Margera has had a number of sponsorships throughout his career, most notably with Element Skateboards, which he rode for from 1998 to 2011. In 2012, Margera founded a fashion line called “F*cktws” with friend and clothing designer continue to run the company.
Margera has had a number of relationships. He was engaged to Jenn Rivell from 2002 to 2005, and the pair have a son together, Phoenix Wolf Margera, born in 2005. In 2006, Margera married Melissa Rothstein, and the pair divorced in 2012. Margera has also been in a relationship with Nicole Boyd since 2014.