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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.”


Getting 'Even'

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.

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Busy boy

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."

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Famous fans

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.

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No 'Holes' barred

LaBeouf attends the premiere of "Holes" on April 11, 2003. On the set of the film, co-star Jon Voight took LaBeouf under his wing. Voight told USA Today that the young actor had a "vivid, enthusiastic imagination and a poet's sensibility."

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'Project' LaBeouf

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.

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Mama's boy

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."

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Swing kid

In "The Greatest Game Ever Played," LaBeouf played the real-life golfer Francis Ouimet, who shocked the golf world when at the 1913 U.S. Open, flanked by his 10-year-old caddie, he defeated his idol, the defending British champion Harry Vardon, played by Stephen Dillane.

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Breakthrough role

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.

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First arrest

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.

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Transformational role

In 2007's "Transformers," LaBeouf starred as Sam Witwicky, who becomes involved in a robot war on Earth between the Autobots and the Decepticons. LaBeouf gained 25 pounds of muscle for the role and did many of his own stunts.

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Another surf board for the collection

LaBeouf accepts the Teen Choice award for breakout movie actor for "Transformers" on Aug. 26, 2007. He was also named 2007's "star of tomorrow" at the ShoWest convention.

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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.

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Red carpet ready

Karen Allen, Cate Blanchett and LaBeouf arrive at the screening of "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" at the 61st Cannes International Film Festival on May 18, 2008, in Cannes, France.

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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.

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'Eye' for box office hits

LaBeouf arrives at the premiere of "Eagle Eye" at the Mann Chinese Theater on Sept. 16, 2008. "Eagle Eye" was the No. 1 film on its opening weekend and went on to earn over $177 million worldwide.

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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.

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Standing proud

Megan Fox and LaBeouf promote the new "Transformers" film in Berlin, Germany, on June 14. LaBeouf is proud of the sequel, telling Access Hollywood, "Our first 10 minutes of action trump all action movies this year."

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Among his fans

LaBeouf attends the U.K. premiere of "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" at the Odeon Leicester Square on June 15, 2009 in London. LaBeouf's next project is working opposite Michael Douglas in Oliver Stone's "Wall Street" sequel.

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Is greed still good?

LaBeouf, Josh Brolin and Michael Douglas star in 2010's "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," the sequel to the 1987 original. Douglas returns as financier Gordon Gekko, one of film's legendary characters.

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Flying high

LaBeouf returns to his role as Sam Witwicky in the third "Transformers" movie, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," released in 2011. He made headlines by saying that he had slept with former co-star Megan Fox while filming the first film. Fox did not return for this movie.

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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.

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Moon man

LaBeouf attends the New York premiere of "Transformers: Dark Side Of The Moon" in New York's Times Square on June 28, 2011.

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