|Born||Dax Randall Shepard
January 2, 1975
Milford, Michigan, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Kristen Bell (2013-present; 1 child)|
Dax Randall Shepard (born January 2, 1975) is an American actor, comedian, writer and director. He is best known for his work in the feature films Employee of the Month (2006), Without a Paddle (2004), Let's Go to Prison (2006), and Hit and Run (2012), the latter of which he also wrote and directed, and the MTV practical joke reality series Punk'd (2003). As of 2010, he portrays the character of Crosby Braverman in the NBC comedy-drama series Parenthood.
Shepard was raised in Walled Lake and Milford, Michigan. His mother worked for General Motors, and his father, Dave Robert Shepard, Sr. (deceased), was a car salesman. According to Shepard, his mother named him for the protagonist in Harold Robbins' novel The Adventurers. He has an older brother, David Shepard Jr., and a younger sister, Carly Hatter, whom he cast in his 2012 film Hit and Run. Shepard attended Walled Lake Central High School, before enrolling in The Groundlings school. He later received a degree in anthropology at UCLA.
Shepard appeared in Punk'd with Ashton Kutcher as early as 2003, recurring into the program's 2012 revival. In 2004, Shepard starred in the friendship comedy film Without a Paddle, alongside Seth Green and Matthew Lillard. The film received negative reviews but was a commercial success, grossing $69,631,118 worldwide. In 2006, he appeared with Dane Cook and Jessica Simpson in the comedy Employee of the Month and in Mike Judge's film Idiocracy.
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.
Since 2010, Shepard has been part of the main cast of the NBC comedy-drama television series Parenthood, playing Crosby Braverman. Shepard wrote, produced, co-directed, and starred in the 2012 low-budget action comedy film, Hit and Run alongside Bell and his close friend Bradley Cooper. Shepard will have a supporting role in the upcoming comedy-drama film The Judge, which also stars Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall and Vera Farmiga.
Shepard began dating actress Kristen Bell in late 2007. They married on October 17, 2013, at the Los Angeles County Clerk's office in Beverly Hills. The couple have a daughter, Lincoln Bell Shepard, born in March 2013. As of January 2012, both were vegan. In June 2013, they were both named Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities of 2013 by PETA. Shortly after, Shepard told he had been a vegan for a year and then started eating meat again.
Interests and charity work
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.
|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||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|
|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 Boulanger||Completed|
|2004||Life with Bonnie||Kyle Levine||1 episode|
|Dr. Iskarr||1 episode|
|2004–06||King of the Hill||Zack (voice)||2 episode|
|Asa (voice)||1 episode|
|2005||My Name Is Earl||Dirk||1 episode|
|2005||Robot Chicken||Various voices||2 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–present||Parenthood||Crosby Braverman||Main role, 90 episodes
Director, 1 episode
|2011||Good Vibes||Jag Knullerbrod (voice)||1 episode|
|Smilin' Mike (voice)||1 episode|
|2012||Punk'd||Himself||Guest host, 1 episode|
|2013||Hollywood Game Night||Himself||1 episode|
|2014||It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Jojo||1 episode|
|2014||About A Boy||Crosby Braverman||1 episode|
Awards and nominations
|2003||Teen Choice Award||Choice TV Reality/Variety Star – Male||Punk'd||Nominated|
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- "Kristen in the Kitchen". Retrieved March 8, 2012.
- Lewis, Hilary (June 28, 2013). "Dax Shepard 'Can't Accept' PETA's 'Sexiest Vegetarian' Title Because He Eats Chicken". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
- Adam Carolla CarCast, August 15, 2009
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- "Governor Schwarzenegger website" [dead link]
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