34 Bone Crushingly Funny Johnny Knoxville GIFs For Knoxville’s 44th Birthday

Today marks the birthday of an American icon for whom a birthday is actually an impressive accomplishment. “Jackass” star and comedy daredevil Johnny Knoxville turns 44-years-old today. 

The Tennessee native first made his way to California to become a serious actor but an article in the now-defunct skateboarding magazine Big Brother, created by longtime “Jackass” director Jeff Tremaine, would give him the career that made him a star. He voluntarily agreed to test some self-defense equipment on himself for the magazine. Footage of the tests were included in a special compilation tape for the magazine and it became an underground hit. It inspired Tremaine and Knoxville to create an entire show of mindless, dangerous stunts and along with acclaimed director Spike Jonze, “Jackass” became MTV’s latest show to anger parents and enthrall their kids with some good, old fashioned slapstick. 

The series spawned four hit movies, a bunch of spinoffs and a generation of copycats who couldn’t follow simple instructions like “MTV and the producers must insist that no one attempt to recreate or re-enact any stunt or activity perform on this show” and “producers will not open any submissions, so don’t bother.” Here are some of those moments that gave Knoxville his fame and the Parents Television Council a reason to stay in business. 

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