Dax Shepard

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Dax Shepard
Dax Shepard Paleyfest 2013.jpg
Shepard at PaleyFest 2013 in Los Angeles
Born Dax Randall Shepard
(1975-01-02) January 2, 1975 (age 39)
Milford, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Kristen Bell (2013-present; 1 child)
Children 1

Dax Randall Shepard (born January 2, 1975)[1] 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.

Early life[edit]

Shepard was raised in Walled Lake and Milford, Michigan.[2] His mother worked for General Motors, and his father, Dave Robert Shepard, Sr. (deceased),[3] was a car salesman.[4][5] According to Shepard, his mother named him for the protagonist in Harold Robbins' novel The Adventurers.[6] He has an older brother, David Shepard Jr., and a younger sister, Carly Hatter, whom he cast in his 2012 film Hit and Run.[7][8] Shepard attended Walled Lake Central High School,[9] before enrolling in The Groundlings school.[10][11] He later received a degree in anthropology at UCLA.[12]


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.[13] In 2006, he appeared with Dane Cook and Jessica Simpson in the comedy Employee of the Month and in Mike Judge's film Idiocracy.

Shepard at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City

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.[14] 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.[15] 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.

Personal life[edit]


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.[16][17] The couple have a daughter, Lincoln Bell Shepard, born in March 2013.[18] As of January 2012, both were vegan.[19] In June 2013, they were both named Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities of 2013 by PETA.In a tweet, Shepard said he could not accept the award because he began eating meat again six months prior.[20]

Interests and charity work[edit]

Shepard races motorcycles at Buttonwillow Raceway, including his Ducati Hypermotard 1100S and Suzuki GSX-R1000.[21] 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.[22][23][24]



Year Title Role Notes
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 Idiocracy Frito Pendejo
2006 Let's Go to Prison John Lyshitski
2007 The Comebacks Sheriff
2007 Smother Noah Cooper
2008 Baby Mama Carl
2008 Confessions of an Action Star Bucky
2009 Old Dogs Gary Uncredited
2010 When in Rome Gale
2010 The Freebie Darren
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
2014 The Judge Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Punk'd Himself
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[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2003 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Reality/Variety Star – Male Punk'd Nominated


  1. ^ "Dax Shepard". TVGuide.com. June 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ Ellentv.com (2012-01-31). "Viral video alert: Kristen Bell's sloth meltdown on 'Ellen'". MLive.com. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  3. ^ "Dax Shepard Writes Emotional Post About His Late Father And Kristen Bell (PHOTO)". Huffingtonpost.com. 2013-03-22. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  4. ^ "Dax Shepard: Motor City hit and run man". The New Zealand Herald. September 6, 2012. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ Shepard, Dax (March 20, 2013). "My Father’s Horniness". Tumblr.com. Retrieved October 20, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Comedy Death Ray Radio with Scott Aukerman - Episode 9 - Chip Pope, Dax Shepard, Neil Hamburger, Paul F. Tompkins". Earwolf. 2009-06-26. Retrieved 2010-12-17. 
  7. ^ Gabrielle Olya (July 28, 2013). "Dax Shepard: Being a Father Is Like Falling in Love for the First Time". People.com. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  8. ^ Gregory Ellwood (August 21, 2012). "Dax Shepard gives his friends a career showcase in 'Hit and Run'". HitFix. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Dax Shepard pays tribute to FOX 2 anchor in new movie". Myfoxdetroit.com. July 9, 2012. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  10. ^ Murray, Rebecca. "Dax Shepard Discusses "Zathura"". About.com. The New York Times Company. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Performers - Dax Shepard". Groundlings.com. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  12. ^ Spence D. (August 19, 2004). "Dax Shepard and Matthew Lillard". IGN. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Without A Paddle (2004)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 1, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Dax Shepard Biography". Starpulse.com. 1975-01-02. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  15. ^ Caligiuri, Courtney (August 21, 2012). "Actors Dax and Kristen talk 'Hit & Run'". WPRI-TV. Retrieved August 21, 2012. [dead link]
  16. ^ "Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell Marry". TMZ. 2013-10-17. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  17. ^ Mandell, Andrea (August 21, 2012). "Shepard, Bell do a film-production tango for 'Hit and Run'". USA Today. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell Welcome Daughter Lincoln". People. 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2013-03-29. 
  19. ^ "Kristen in the Kitchen". Retrieved March 8, 2012. 
  20. ^ 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. 
  21. ^ Adam Carolla CarCast, August 15, 2009
  22. ^ [1][dead link]
  23. ^ "Picture - Tom Arnold and Dax Shepard | Photo 586706". Contactmusic.com. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  24. ^ "Governor Schwarzenegger website" [2][dead link]

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