Dax Shepard (born January 2, 1975) is an American actor, writer, director and podcast host. He is best known for his work in the feature films Without a Paddle (2004), Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005), Employee of the Month (2006), Idiocracy (2006), Let's Go to Prison (2006), Hit and Run (2012), and CHiPs (2017), the last pair of which he also wrote and directed, the MTV practical joke reality series Punk'd (2003). He portrayed Crosby Braverman in the NBC comedy-drama series Parenthood from 2010 to 2015. Since 2018, he has hosted the popular podcast Armchair Expert.
Shepard at PaleyFest 2013 in Los Angeles
January 2, 1975
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Education||Walled Lake Central High School|
|Alma mater||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Occupation||Actor, writer, director, podcast host|
Kristen Bell (m. 2013)
Shepard was born in Highland Township, Oakland County, Michigan, in suburban Detroit. He is the son of Laura LaBo, who worked at General Motors (GM), and Dave Robert Shepard, Sr. (deceased), who was a car salesman. His parents divorced when he was 3 years old.
Shepard's mother ended up growing a substantial business by the time he was in high school. She worked car shows with traveling events at race tracks. She started as a janitor on the midnight shift at GM, then worked in fleet management at the GM proving grounds in Milford, Michigan, then hosted hospitality days for all the GM family members, eventually moving into public relations at an ad agency. She went back to GM, ending up as owner of four shops that managed publicity events for magazine journalists. From the age of 14 to 18, Shepard worked for his mother on the road, going from racetrack to racetrack. For about 2 years, Shepard had a stepfather who was an engineer on the Corvette. Shepard's mother has been married four times—Shepard said he's had three stepfathers.
According to Shepard, his mother named him for the rich playboy Dax (Diogenes Alejandro Xenos), in Harold Robbins' novel The Adventurers. He has an older brother, David Shepard, who lives in Oregon, and a younger half-sister, Carly Hatter, whom he cast in two films: 2012's Hit and Run and 2017's CHiPs.
Shepard has said that he was raised in Milford, although he lived in a lot of places in suburban Detroit, growing up primarily in Walled Lake, Michigan. He graduated from Walled Lake Central High School in 1993 before enrolling in The Groundlings school. After attending Santa Monica College and West Los Angeles College, Shepard transferred to UCLA, where he graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Anthropology. He had a deal with his mother that if he went to college she would pay his rent.
Shepard has said he wasn't interested in child-acting per se. He was a class clown in school, had a sense he was funny, and wanted to do stand-up. He has also said that he was more excited about being on talk shows than he was actually acting. Although he had friends who did stand-up in Detroit, he was too scared. Shepard thought if he moved to California "that commitment would force him to do it."
After a year in Santa Barbara, California, Shepard moved to Los Angeles in 1996. He found out about The Groundlings improv troupe from a friend from Santa Barbara, Kareem Elseify, ended up auditioning (the first time he acted), and took classes while also attending UCLA. After about five years of classes, he got into the Sunday Company of The Groundlings—in a group that included Melissa McCarthy,Fortune Feimster ,Tate Taylor and Nat Faxon.
From 2003 onwards, Shepard became known from his work in the improv Candid Camera-type show, Punk'd, with Ashton Kutcher. When the show had its 2012 revival, he continued to appear. Shepard said he auditioned for Punk'd and while doing the pilot became friendly with Kutcher, who arranged for him to get an agent. He auditioned unsuccessfully for 10 years before he landed the role.
In 2004, Shepard starred in the comedy Without a Paddle, alongside Seth Green and Matthew Lillard. Although the film received negative reviews, it was a commercial success that as of 2009 had grossed more than 65 million USD worldwide. In 2005 he starred as The Astronaut in Zathura: A Space Adventure, a science fiction adventure fantasy film. In 2006, he appeared with Dane Cook and Jessica Simpson in the comedy Employee of the Month and in Mike Judge's film Idiocracy as the character Frito.
During the same time, Shepard began appearing in more films and landed his first main character role in Let's Go to Prison (2006), alongside Will Arnett and Chi McBride. He also had a main role in the 2008 comedy Baby Mama, starring opposite Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Shepard wrote the script for the Paramount venture Get 'Em Wet, in which he again appeared with Arnett. In 2010, he wrote, directed and starred in the low-budget satirical mockumentary feature Brother's Justice; the film won an Audience Award at the 2010 Austin Film Festival. He also had a supporting role in the 2010 romantic comedy film When in Rome, which also starred his future wife Kristen Bell.
Shepard wrote, produced, co-directed, and starred in the 2012 low-budget film Hit and Run alongside Bell and his close friend Bradley Cooper. He said the movie, which includes numerous car chases and fast driving scenes, allowed him to live out his Smokey and the Bandit fantasy.
In September 2014, Dax starred with his wife, Kristen Bell, in a commercial for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S. It was so popular (with over 20 million YouTube views) that they did another commercial for the holiday season. The ad agency McKinney was behind both.
Shepard wrote and directed a big-screen version of CHiPs, where he starred as Officer Jon Baker alongside Michael Peña as Frank "Ponch" Poncherello. The project was released by Warner Bros. on March 24, 2017 to negative reviews.
On February 14, 2018 Shepard launched the podcast Armchair Expert with cohost Monica Padman. The show explores their well-known guests’ stories. Featured guests on the show have included Kristen Bell, Ashton Kutcher, and Joy Bryant. On June 07, 2018 the show released their first episode of "Experts on Expert", in which Shepard and Padman interview experts in their fields. Featured experts on the show have included Wendy Mogel, David Sedaris, and Jon Favreau. The show was the most popular new podcast on iTunes in 2018.
Shepard met actress Kristen Bell, also a native of Detroit's northern suburbs, at the birthday party of a mutual friend (Michael Rosenbaum); they began dating in late 2007. The couple announced their engagement in January 2010. However, they decided to delay marriage until the state of California passed legislation legalizing same-sex marriage. After section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court on June 26, 2013, Bell asked Shepard to marry her through Twitter, which he accepted. They were married at the Beverly Hills County Clerk's Office on October 17, 2013. They have two daughters, born in March 2013 and December 2014.
Shepard has said that, except for a year in high school when he used drugs (in 1992, leading to the police and his mother getting involved), he did not have a substance abuse problem until he was 18 years old. After many struggles, Shepard got sober in September 2004.
Interests and charity workEdit
Shepard races motorcycles at Buttonwillow Raceway, including his Ducati Hypermotard 1100S and Suzuki GSX-R1000. He donates much of his time to the Hollenbeck Youth Center, an after-school program that provides opportunity to at-risk inner-city youth. He has served as their official Master of Ceremonies, along with his friend Tom Arnold, for the Inner-City Games and Hollenbeck Youth Center's Miracle on 1st Street Toy Giveaway Program in East Los Angeles.
Shepard and his wife are advocates of no-kids paparazzi. Bell said: "We're not saying that we can't be newsworthy. We're saying that our child is not newsworthy." California Senate Bill 606 passed in 2013, with testimony by actors Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner.
|1998||Hairshirt||Guy Vomiting at Party||Credited as Dax Sheppard|
|2003||Cheaper by the Dozen||Camera Crew Member|
|2004||Without a Paddle||Tom Marshall|
|2005||Sledge: The Untold Story||SFX Coordinator|
|2005||Zathura: A Space Adventure||Adult Walter/The Astronaut|
|2006||Employee of the Month||Vince Downey|
|2006||Let's Go to Prison||John Lyshitski|
|2008||Confessions of an Action Star||Bucky|
|2009||Old Dogs||Gary||Uncredited Cameo|
|2010||When in Rome||Gale|
|2010||Brother's Justice||Himself||Also writer, director, stunt coordinator|
|2012||Hit and Run||Charlie Bronson/Yul Perrkins||Also writer, director, editor|
|2014||Veronica Mars||Overconfident Club Boy||Cameo|
|2014||This Is Where I Leave You||Wade Beaufort|
|2014||The Judge||C.P. Kennedy|
|2015||Motorcycle vs. Car Drift Battle 4||White Fang||Short film|
|2017||CHiPS||Jon Baker||Also writer, director and producer|
|2017||El Camino Christmas||Deputy Billy Calhoun|
|Dr. Iskarr||1 episode|
|2004–2008||King of the Hill||Zack (voice)||2 episodes|
|Asa (voice)||1 episode|
|2005||My Name Is Earl||Dirk||1 episode|
|2005, 2016||Robot Chicken||Various voices||4 episodes|
|2007||The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show||Joe Sands||1 episode|
|2007||Halfway Home||Ben||1 episode|
|2009||The Goode Family||Steve (voice)||1 episode|
|2010–2015||Parenthood||Crosby Braverman||Main role, 90 episodes|
Director, 1 episode
|2011||Good Vibes||Jag Knullerbrod (voice)||1 episode|
|Smilin' Mike (voice)||1 episode|
|2013||Hollywood Game Night||Himself||1 episode|
|2014–2015||About A Boy||Crosby Braverman||2 episodes|
Director, 1 episode
|2014–2015||Web Therapy||Abel Jans||3 episodes|
|2015||It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Jojo||1 episode|
|2015||Parks and Recreation||Hank Muntak||Episode: "Gryzzlbox"|
|2015||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Himself||1 episode|
|2017||SuperMansion||Titanium Dax (voice)||2 episodes|
|2017||Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later||Mikey||2 episodes|
|2018||The Good Place||Chet||Episode: "Rhonda, Diana, Jake, and Trent"|
|2018||The Final Table||Himself||Episode: "USA"|
|2018||The Ranch||Luke Matthews||5 episodes|
|2019||Bless This Mess||Mike||Main role, 6 episodes|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2003||Teen Choice Award||Choice TV Reality/Variety Star – Male||Punk'd||Nominated|
|2015||People's Choice Award||Favorite Dramatic TV Actor||Parenthood||Nominated|
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- "Kristen & Dax: Home for the Holidays". www.youtube.com/channel/UCnEdfCdbxJJ9ouWKLSRCRRw. Samsung Mobile USA YouTube. Retrieved December 29, 2014.
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- Sanchez, Omar (December 6, 2018). "Here Are the Top Podcasts of 2018 on Apple Podcasts". TheWrap. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
- "Exclusive: Kristen Bell Is Engaged To Dax Shepard!". US Magazine. January 31, 2010. Retrieved February 1, 2010.
- "'Hit & Run' Couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard Won't Marry Until Same-Sex Marriage is Legal in California". Celebuzz. August 14, 2012. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
- Bell, Kristen [@IMKristenBell] (June 26, 2013). ".@daxshepard1 will you marry me? Xo #marriageequality #loveislove"" (Tweet). Retrieved June 26, 2013 – via Twitter.
- Shepard, Dax [@daxshepard1] (June 26, 2013). "@IMKristenBell Fuck Yes!!!!!!!!!!!" (Tweet). Retrieved June 26, 2013 – via Twitter.
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- "Dax Shepardand Kristen Bell Welcome Daughter Delta". People. December 19, 2014. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
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- Saad, Nardine (January 31, 2014). "Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard urge boycott on celebrity kid photos". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 20, 2014.
- "Senate Bill No. 606, Chapter 348". California Legislative Information. September 24, 2013. Retrieved September 20, 2014.
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