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      Josh Duhamel

      Josh Duhamel

      Highest Rated: 100% Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two (2021)

      Lowest Rated: 0% Spaceman (2016)

      Birthday: Nov 14, 1972

      Birthplace: Minot, North Dakota, USA

      It was perfectly appropriate that actor Josh Duhamel attained national prominence on the television show "Las Vegas" (NBC, 2003-08). Sin City, the gambling capital of the world, was built on the inherent human belief in luck, and Duhamel was always a prime example of uncanny good fortune. From being born with stunningly handsome looks, to stumbling into lucrative modeling and acting careers, Duhamel seemed to succeed without trying. But to get a break was one thing; to take advantage of that break was another. To his credit, Duhamel worked hard, and it was that dedication to his craft that caught the attention of director Michael Bay and won Duhamel a coveted part in the summer blockbuster feature "Transformers" (2007) and its sequels. Although he did not break through into the first rank of film stars following those successes, he continued working steadily as an action hero and romantic lead, as well as taking another crack at TV with the short-lived police comedy-drama "Battle Creek" (CBS 2015). Joshua David Duhamel was born Nov. 14, 1972, in Minot, ND. His father, Larry, was an advertising salesman and his mother, Bonny, was a high school teacher. Minot was the fourth largest city in the 47th largest state; not exactly a hotbed of future Hollywood talent. Not surprisingly, Duhamel never considered acting as a profession; focusing instead on sports. He was a natural athlete, and with his chiseled All-American looks, he was the Big Man on Campus at Minot State University, where he played quarterback on the football team and majored in biology. Duhamel, the future Hollywood heartthrob, was planning on becoming a dentist. But after leaving school, he decided to put off a career of cleaning teeth and filling cavities to follow an ex-girlfriend to San Francisco. He enjoyed the warm weather and laid-back California lifestyle, doing an assortment of odd jobs to pay the bills. He worked construction, filled orders on the night shift at a hardware distribution center, and loaded boxes in the stockroom for the Gap clothing store. It was not a glamorous existence, to say the least, but as usual, Duhamel got lucky. A scout from a modeling agency noticed him and asked if he would be interested in doing some modeling work. Broke and without any other career options, Duhamel accepted the offer. Little did he know he was on his way to stardom.During the early and mid-1990s, Duhamel worked steadily as a model. He even won an IMTA (International Modeling and Talent Association) contest, beating out another future Hollywood star named Ashton Kutcher. But Duhamel grew bored of being a male mannequin, when all you had to do was stand around and look pretty in clothes. Although he had no formal training, Duhamel decided he wanted to try acting. The audition process appealed to his competitive nature and nobody could argue that he did not possess leading man looks. After moving to Los Angeles, he got a bit part in singer Christina Aguilera's popular "Genie in a Bottle" video. Then Lady Luck kissed him on the cheek again when he won the role of Leo du Pres, the charming schemer on the long-running TV soap hit, "All My Children" (ABC, 1970-2013). It may have been a mixture of luck and looks that got Duhamel on "All My Children," but it was his acting ability and easy charm that turned him into a soap opera star. From 1999 through 2002, he won critical acclaim and earned three Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, winning the award in 2003. With nothing left to prove on the show, Duhamel left "Children" in 2003, moving back to Los Angeles from New York to try to break into the movies. It did not take Duhamel long to land his first starring role. "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (2004), based on Oscar Wilde's book about a beautiful man who never grows old, barely managed to get a release in the U.S., but it showcased Duhamel's screen presence to good effect. He next won a major part in "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!" (2004), playing the eponymous hero of the romantic comedy. "Win a Date" was a loser at the box-office, but although the film flopped, Duhamel held his own with up-and-coming co-stars Kate Bosworth and Topher Grace. Duhamel's comedy chops impressed the producers of "Las Vegas," who cast him as Danny McCoy, the hunky head of surveillance at the fictional Montecito Casino. His character proved so popular, that Duhamel guest-starred as McCoy on another primetime drama, "Crossing Jordan" (NBC, 2001-07). It was also on the set of "Las Vegas" that Duhamel met his girlfriend and eventual wife, Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson, a singer in the popular American hip hop band, The Black Eyed Peas, who had performed as themselves on the show. (The couple separated in 2017 and their divorce became final in November 2019.) "Las Vegas" was a solid primetime performer for NBC, despite taking its beatings from critics. It raised Duhamel's stature around Hollywood and ensured he found work in features during breaks from shooting the TV series. "Turistas" (2006) was a forgettable low-budget entry in the "torture porn" pantheon of grisly horror films, with the film dying as quickly as Duhamel's character in the movie. But his luck held up when he was cast as Captain Lennox in Michael Bay's baby, "Transformers." While machines and CGI effects were the real stars of this loud and long box-office behemoth, the movie showcased Duhamel's athleticism and leading man looks. It was one of the biggest international blockbusters of 2007, and served notice that Duhamel might become the next TV star-turned-movie action hero in the tradition of Bruce Willis. Although Duhamel returned for he sequels "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" (2009) and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" (2011), Duhamel's career settled into a steady but unremarkable groove alternating romantic comedies such as "Life As We Know It" (2009) and "New Year's Eve" (2011) with thrillers like "Lost in the Sun" (2014) and "Misconduct" (2016). Duhamel also co-starred in the animated series "Fanboy and Chum Chum" (Nickelodeon 2009-2014) during this period. He returned to television with the Vince Gilligan comedy-drama "Battle Creek" (CBS 2015), which lasted only one season. After playing baseball legend Bill Lee in the biopic "Spaceman" (2016), Duhamel appeared in a comedy reboot of '70s cop series "CHiPS" (2017) and returned to the Transformers franchise in "Transformers: The Last Knight" (2017). Duhamel next appeared in a supporting role in teen romantic comedy "Love, Simon" (2018) and the Shark Week based-on-a-.rue-story survival film "Capsized: Blood in the Water" (Discovery, 2019) before making his writing and directing debut with the comedy "The Buddy Games" (2019).

      Highest rated movies

      92% Love, Simon 71% Bandit 70% Think Like a Dog
      70% Ramona and Beezus
      65% Scenic Route
      58% The Lost Husband 57% Transformers 55% Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!

      Photos

      Josh Duhamel LIFE AS WE KNOW IT, Josh Duhamel (top), Katherine Heigl (left), 2010. ph: Peter Iovino/©Warner Bros LIFE AS WE KNOW IT, Josh Duhamel (left), Katherine Heigl (right), 2010. ph: Peter Iovino/©Warner Bros Battle Creek, Dean Winters (L), Josh Duhamel (R), 03/01/2015, ©CBS SAFE HAVEN, from left: Noah Lomax, Josh Duhamel, Mimi Kirkland, 2013./©Relativity Media SAFE HAVEN, l-r: Noah Lomax, Julianne Hough, Mimi Kirkland, Josh Duhamel, 2013, ph: James Bridges/©Relativity Media TRANSFORMERS, Josh Duhamel, Shia Labeouf, 2007. ©Paramount TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, FROM LEFT: JOSH DUHAMEL, DIRECTOR MICHAEL BAY, ON SET, 2017. PH: ANDREW COOPER/© PARAMOUNT PICTURES TRANSFORMERS, Josh Duhamel, 2007. ©Paramount TRANSFORMERS, from left: Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel, 2007. ©Paramount TRANSFORMERS, from left: Josh Duhamel, producer Steven Spielberg, Tyrese Gibson, Shia LaBeouf, Michael O'Neill, Rachael Taylor, Anthony Anderson, on set, 2007. ©Paramount WHEN IN ROME, Danny DeVito (left of center), Josh Duhamel (right of center), 2010. ph: Myles Aronowitz/©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures MISCONDUCT, l-r: Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, 2016. ph: Steve Dietl/©Lions Gate Premiere TRANSFORMERS, Josh Duhamel, 2007. ©Paramount TRANSFORMERS, Josh Duhamel, on set, 2007. ©Paramount MISCONDUCT, l-r: Josh Duhamel, Al Pacino, 2016. ph: Steve Dietl/©Lions Gate Premiere MISCONDUCT, l-r: Al Pacino, Josh Duhamel, Glen Powell, 2016. ph: Steve Dietl/©Lions Gate Premiere MISCONDUCT, l-r: Josh Duhamel, Al Pacino, 2016. ph: Michelle K. Short/©Lions Gate Premiere SPACEMAN, Josh Duhamel, 2016. © Orion Pictures SAFE HAVEN, l-r: Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, 2013, ph: James Bridges/©Relativity Media

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      33% 69% Buddy Games: Spring Awakening Bobfather (Character),
      Director,
      Producer
      - 2023
      44% 51% Shotgun Wedding Tom (Character) - 2023
      20% 47% Blackout Cain (Character) - 2022
      71% 77% Bandit Gilbert Galvan Jr./Robert Whiteman (Character) - 2022
      No Score Yet 83% Batman: The Long Halloween Deluxe Edition Harvey Dent/Two-Face (Voice) - 2022
      22% 35% Night of the Animated Dead Harry Cooper (Voice) - 2021
      100% 82% Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two Harvey Dent (Voice) - 2021
      100% 88% Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One Harvey Dent (Voice) - 2021
      70% 52% Think Like a Dog Lukas (Character) - 2020
      58% 61% The Lost Husband James O'Connor (Character) - 2020
      16% 67% Buddy Games Bob (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $310.0K 2019
      No Score Yet 40% Capsized: Blood in the Water John Lippoth (Character) - 2019
      92% 87% Love, Simon Jack Spier (Character) $40.8M 2018
      10% 39% This Is Your Death Adam Rogers (Character) - 2017
      16% 43% Transformers: The Last Knight Colonel William Lennox (Character) $130.1M 2017
      0% 21% The Institute Detective (Character) - 2017
      0% 41% Spaceman Bill Lee (Character) - 2016
      7% 22% Misconduct Ben Cahill (Character) - 2016
      20% 36% Lost in the Sun John (Character) - 2015
      27% 47% Bravetown Alex (Character) - 2015
      48% 70% You're Not You Evan (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wings: Sky Force Heroes Ace (Voice) - 2014
      7% 29% Don Peyote Unknown (Character) - 2014
      65% 50% Scenic Route Mitchell (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2013
      13% 67% Safe Haven Alex Wheatley (Character) $71.3M 2013
      5% 24% Movie 43 Anson (Character) $8.8M 2013
      No Score Yet 28% Wings Ace (Voice) - 2012
      7% 36% Fire With Fire Jeremy Coleman (Character) - 2012
      7% 45% New Year's Eve Sam (Character) $54.5M 2011
      35% 55% Transformers: Dark of the Moon Lennox (Character) $352.4M 2011
      30% 61% Life as We Know It Eric Messer (Character) $53.4M 2010
      14% 21% The Romantics Tom (Character) $103.3K 2010
      70% 71% Ramona and Beezus Hobart (Character) $26.2M 2010
      17% 41% When in Rome Nick (Character) $32.7M 2010
      20% 57% Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Capt. Lennox (Character) $402.1M 2009
      57% 85% Transformers Capt. Lennox (Character) $319.0M 2007
      19% 28% Turistas Alex (Character) $7.0M 2006
      No Score Yet 21% The Picture of Dorian Gray Dorian Gray (Character) - 2005
      55% 46% Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! Tad Hamilton (Character) $17.0M 2004

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 50% Buddy Games Executive Producer,
      Host,
      Creator
      2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2015 2018 2023
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2009-2010 2013 2018 2020 2022-2023
      No Score Yet 26% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2023
      No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2015 2021 2023
      No Score Yet 62% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2022
      No Score Yet 19% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2015-2016 2022
      46% 57% The Thing About Pam Joel Schwartz (Character) 2022
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2021
      41% 72% Jupiter's Legacy Sheldon Sampson/The Utopian (Character) 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2011 2013-2015 2017-2018 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Who Do You Think You Are? Unknown (Guest Star) 2018
      No Score Yet 100% Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. Det. Greg Kading (Character) 2018
      50% 85% LA to Vegas Captain Kyle (Guest Star) 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jay Leno's Garage Unknown (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet 47% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2006 2017
      83% 88% 11.22.63 Frank Dunning (Character) 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mack & Moxy Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Captain Jake and the Never Land Pirates Captain Flynn (Guest Voice),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2012 2014-2016
      96% 67% Battle Creek Milton Chamberlain (Character) 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2014
      No Score Yet 58% Fanboy & Chum Chum Oz (Character),
      Unknown (Voice)
      2009-2012 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chew Guest 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Las Vegas Danny McCoy (Character) 2003-2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Crossing Jordan Unknown (Guest Star) 2004-2005 2007