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Shia LaBeouf’s star still rising
The actor went from starring on the Disney Channel’s “Even Stevens” to starring opposite Harrison Ford in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”
Shia LaBeouf had a guest appearance on TV series from "Caroline in the City" to "The X-Files," before landing a role on the Disney Channel's "Even Stevens." LaBeouf played a maladroit freshman who worships Jay Leno. The show ran from 2000 to 2003. LaBeouf won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2003 for his role.
LaBeouf attends the film premiere of "American Wedding" at the Universal Amphitheatre on July 24, 2003. The actor continued his Disney career by making the TV movies "Tru Confessions," in which he played a mentally challenged boy, and "Hounded." He also did sketches on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
In "Holes," LaBeouf played Stanley Yelnats, a teen sent to a detention camp in Texas for a crime he didn't commit. The warden, a cruel woman who uses snake venom to paint her nails, forces the boys to dig holes as punishment and to build character. After seeing the film, Steven Spielberg siad that LaBeouf reminded him of a young Tom Hanks.
In 2003, LaBeouf appeared in the film "The Battle of Shaker Heights," in which he played a young war re-enactor who uses what he learns in the pretend battlefields to get by in school. The film was part of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's "Project Greenlight" series, which chronicled the making of the film.
LaBeouf and his mother arrive at the premiere of "Project Greenlight 2's" "The Battle of Shaker Heights" at Universal Citywalk on Aug. 11, 2003. In the May issue of Playboy magazine, he called his mom, "The sexiest woman I know." And added. "If I could meet my mother and marry her, I would."
2007's "Disturbia" was an update on "Rear Window," with LaBeouf playing a boy under house arrest who notices that his neighbor, played by David Morse, may be a killer. The San Francisco Chronicle's Ruth Stein wrote that LaBeouf was "fast becoming the best young actor in Hollywood." The film also earned him three Teen Choice Awards.
LaBeouf was arrested in November 2007 after he refused to leave a Chicago Walgreens store. After he was arrested, LaBeouf was “very courteous and polite,” and he posted bond before 7 a.m. LaBeouf was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing. The criminal charges were dropped on Dec. 12, 2007.
Going into battle
LaBeouf appeared opposite Harrison Ford in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" as Indiana's son, Mutt Williams. He told People magazine that he worked out seven days a week for three hours a day to prepare for the role. "I have definitely not trained like this for anything in my life. I'm preparing like I'm going into battle," he said.
Man of action
In 2008's “Eagle Eye,” LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan are two strangers thrown together by a mysterious phone call from a woman they have never met. Threatening their lives and family, the woman pushes them into a series of increasingly dangerous situations -- using the technology of everyday life to track and control their every move.
Injured hand doesn't stop LaBeouf
Shia LaBeouf reprises his role as Sam Witwicky for "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen." On July 27, 2008, LaBeouf was in an accident in which he rolled his truck and severely injured his left hand. The "Transformers" sequel writers worked his injury into the script.
More than meets the eye
Co-stars Patrick Dempsey, LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Tyrese Gibson attend the "Transformers 3" European premiere on June 25, 2011 in Berlin. Huntington-Whiteley replaced Megan Fox in the love interest role for LaBeouf's character.