Bam Margera
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February 9, 2019

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431 East Congress, Detroit, MI, 48226, US

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Saturday, February 9, 2019
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Bam Margera Biography

Brandon Cole "Bam" Margera (/mɑːrˈdʒɛərə/ or mar-JAIR-ə; born September 28, 1979) is an American professional skateboarder, stunt performer, actor, musician, filmmaker, and television personality. He came to prominence after appearing in MTV's Jackass crew. He has since appeared in MTV's Viva La Bam and Bam's Unholy Union, all three Jackass movies, and Haggard and Minghags, both of which he co-wrote and directed.

Early life:
Margera was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, the son of April (née Cole) and Phil Margera. He is the younger brother of Jess Margera and nephew of Vincent Margera. His grandfather nicknamed him "Bam" at the age of three after his habit of running into walls. He attended East High School and cites friend Chris Raab as his only reason for attending high school.

Career:

Television and film:
Margera began shooting videos of himself and his friends skateboarding and doing stunts, which eventually turned into the CKY video series. He independently released CKY. CKY2K, CKY3 and CKY4 have also been released. CKY stands for "Camp Kill Yourself", a reference to the film Sleepaway Camp. These early videos feature many of Margera's friends, including Ryan Dunn, Brandon DiCamillo, Rake Yohn, Chris Raab, Brandon Novak and others who form a loose collective known as the CKY Crew. CKY is also the name of a rock band featuring his brother Jess, and the history and relationship between the video and band projects is heavily interlinked.
Following the CKY success, former Big Brother editor Jeff Tremaine noticed Margera's videos and drafted him into the team which would eventually become MTV's Jackass. Margera and Ryan Dunn became mainstays of the cast while other CKY crew members played supporting roles to various degrees. Margera went on to appear in Jackass: The Movie, Jackass Number Two, and Jackass 3D. Several skits in the first Jackass movie were CKY style pieces filmed in and around West Chester, but similar scenes in the second movie were removed after the arrest of Margera's uncle Vincent Margera.
After Jackass, Margera was given his own MTV series entitled Viva La Bam, which ran for five seasons between 2003-2005. The show followed Margera and his crew as they performed various stunts and missions. The show was primarily filmed in West Chester, Pennsylvania but also visited New Orleans, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Brazil, Finland, Mexico, Amsterdam and Transylvania. In addition to the regular series, special episodes have included "Viva La Spring Break" and a "lost" episode included on the Viva La Bands CD.
Following the show, in 2007, Margera was engaged and the wedding was filmed for Bam's Unholy Union as a follow-up to Viva la Bam. The show follows Margera, his then fiancée Melissa Rothstein and their friends in the lead-up to their wedding. Also in 2008, Margera had a "prominent, non-sex role in" a pornographic film by Gina Lynn called The Fantasstic Whores 4 with Brandon Novak.
In 2009, Margera appeared on Nitro Circus.
In October 2010, Margera appeared in Jackass 3D and the movie broke box office records. He visited Europe doing press for the movie in late October.
Margera appears with Dunn and pro-skateboarder Tim O'Connor on Bam's World Domination, a half-hour Spike TV program that debuted on October 13, 2010. The first episode showcased Margera and his friends' attempt to conquer an obstacle course race, in the Tough Guy Competition, held in Staffordshire, England.

Skateboarding career:
Since 2003, Margera has been a member of Team Element, the demonstration team for Element Skateboards. He is also sponsored by Speed Metal Bearings, Adio Footwear, and Fairman's Skateshop.

Independent films:
Margera has written, produced and starred in three independent films. Margera co-wrote, directed and starred in Haggard (2003), an independent film based on real events in the life of his friend Ryan Dunn. Dunn played himself as the main character while Margera played "Valo", a character based on himself and elements of HIM singer and friend Ville Valo.
Margera also directed Minghags, formerly titled Kiss a Good Man's Ass. The film is a loose sequel to Haggard and will feature the "garbage juicer" invention from that film. This film was confirmed on Radio Bam and the front page of FilthyNote Records by Tim Glomb. Filming started April 5, 2007. On an episode of Radio Bam, Margera said that they are trying to make the movie PG-13 rated, but with the amount of swearing and a shot of nudity, an 'R' Rating could not be avoided. They had its first viewing of the rough version of the film on August 7, 2007, at Sikes Hall. The movie was released straight to DVD in December 2008.
Subsequently, Margera released a Christmas-themed movie entitled Bam Margera Presents: Where the#$&% Is Santa? in December 2008. The movie is about Bam and his friends going to the Arctic Circle in Finland on a quest to find Santa Claus. The film features Ville Valo from HIM, The Dudesons, Hanoi Rocks, Mark the Bagger, and more.

Radio Bam and music:
Margera began a weekly Sirius Satellite Radio show on Sirius channel 28 Faction on November 24, 2004 called Radio Bam. The show features Margera along with friends from the CKY and Jackass crews.
In 2005, Margera started a music label, Filthy Note Records, and has directed music videos for Clutch, Turbonegro, Viking Skull, Vains of Jenna and several for CKY. He also directed seven music videos, "Buried Alive By Love", "The Sacrament", "And Love Said No", and "Solitary Man", for the Finnish band HIM, and three for The 69 Eyes, "Lost Boys", "Dead Girls are Easy" and "Dead N Gone". He also plays the keyboard in a novelty band called Gnarkill along with Brandon DiCamillo, Jess Margera, Rich Vose and Matt Cole.
Margera's hip hop project, Fuckface Unstoppable, was written about in 2013 on the Buddyhead website and the article questions the seriousness of the band ("a joke band(?)"). The band featured Margera, his brother, his girlfriend and Brandon Novak. Chad Ginsburg, from CKY, was the band's guitarist before quitting.

Documentary:
In January 2015, Margera announced that he had been working on an autobiographical documentary film which he hoped to premiere in the near future. On April 9, the first trailer for the film, entitled I Need Time To Stay Useless, was released to YouTube and other media outlets. The film will deal primarily with Margeras life after the death of his close friend and co-star, Ryan Dunn, who died in a car crash in 2011. According to Margera the film has been three years in the making, and will give viewers a glimpse into his childhood, career and rise to fame, while focusing mainly on his recovery from the death of Dunn. Musician Brent Hinds of the band Mastodon will play Dunn in what has been described as "dramatic fantasy interludes" that ties the film together while also re-enacting what Margera considers his "darkest moments" after Dunn's death. During a Facebook Q&A on December 7, 2015 Margera stated that the name of the film would change from I Need Time To Stay Useless to Earth Rocker and that it would be released February 2016.

Other projects:
Margera has been animated as a character in pro-skateboarder Tony Hawk's video games Pro Skaters 3 and 4, Underground and Underground 2, American Wasteland, Project 8 and Proving Ground. He also voiced a character in the video game Scarface: The World Is Yours. He made cameo appearances in the movies Grind and Destroying America.
In late September 2008, Margera opened a bar/theater called "The Note", in his hometown of West Chester, Pennsylvania.
In late 2009, Margera released a book containing private writings and pictures titled Serious as Dog Dirt.

Personal life:

Relationships:
Margera was engaged to Jenn Rivell, a divorced single mother. Rivell played a prominent part in several of his projects and the couple appeared to be cohabiting in various episodes of Viva La Bam. However, the relationship ended in 2005. In November 2006, Margera filed for "Protection From Abuse" from Rivell after she allegedly broke into his house.
In 2006 Margera became engaged to childhood friend Melissa "Missy" Rothstein. The events leading up to their wedding (with about 350 friends and family in attendance) on February 3, 2007, in downtown Philadelphia, were chronicled on the MTV series Bam's Unholy Union--the couple's honeymoon was in Dubai. In 2008, during an appearance on LA Ink, Margera told Kat Von D about US$13,000 in damages that was caused during his wedding celebration, explaining, "I was kind of ready for it, though. I was like: 'I'm inviting the Jackass crew. If something doesn't get broken then that's not right'."
In July 2009, Margera was taken from his West Chester home to hospital by paramedics and state troopers after Missy called 911 following a four-day alcohol binge. In regard to the drinking binge, Margera said, "I may get a divorce... booze helps." In October 2010, Margera told Howard Stern that he and Missy were living in separate cities, they meet once a week, and that Missy knew about his girlfriends in San Francisco and West Chester. The couple divorced in November 2012.
On October 5, 2013, Margera married Nicole Boyd in Reykjavík, Iceland.

Name, residence and assault:
In an October 24, 2007 interview with the Cleveland Free Times, Margera stated that although he had completed paperwork that would legally change his first name to Bam, he was "still debating" filing it after a conversation with his father.
Margera currently resides in "Castle Bam", a large house in Wawaset, Pennsylvania. The house has a gothic theme, a skatepark in the driveway and is situated on 14 acres (57,000 m) of land. In January 2007, Margera built a ramp in his backyard, near the old casino seen in Viva La Bam. The ramp itself caused trouble with the township. Margera's parents and select members of the CKY Crew lived in the house while shooting Viva La Bam, with Margera's uncle residing in a house on the property.
On Saturday, June 12, 2010, Margera was allegedly attacked with a baseball bat outside of his bar, The Note, in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Margera spent the night at Crozer-Chester Medical Center where he was treated for head injuries. According to Elizabeth Ray, the alleged assailant, Margera used "the n-word, with black in front of it". Ray denies attacking Margera. Margera, on the other hand, denies having said the words, claiming "I called her a crazy bitch and an idiot, but I definitely didn't use the n-word".

Filmography:

Film:
Year
Title
Role
Notes
2002
Jackass: The Movie
Himself
Writer
2003
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
Irish Dock Worker
Cameo
2003
Grind
Himself

2003
Haggard: The Movie
Valo
Writer, director, executive producer
2006
Jackass Number Two
Himself
Co-producer
2006
The Dudesons Movie
Himself

2007
Jackass 2.5
Himself
Co-producer
2008
Bam Margera Presents: Where the ♯$&% Is Santa?
Himself
Writer, director, producer, executive producer
2008
The Fantasstic Whores 4
Himself
Cameo
2009
Minghags: The Movie
Lenny
Writer, director, executive producer
2010
Jackass 3D
Himself
Co-producer
2011
Jackass 3.5
Himself
Co-producer
2016
Earth Rocker
Himself
Writer, director, producer, executive producer

Television:
Year
Title
Role
Notes
2000-2002
Jackass
Himself
Starred,
25 episodes
2003-2006
Viva La Bam
Himself
Co-creator, executive producer
2005-2012
Punk'd
Himself
Host,
2 episodes
2006-2009
The Dudesons
Himself
2 episodes
2007
Bam's Unholy Union
Himself
Co-creator, executive producer
2008
Jackassworld.com: 24 Hour Takeover
Himself
TV special
2009
Nitro Circus
Himself
3 episodes
2010
Bam's World Domination
Himself
Co-creator, director, executive producer
2011
A Tribute to Ryan Dunn
Himself
TV special
2012
Loiter Squad
Himself
Guest star
2014
Bam's Bad Ass Game Show
Himself
Co-creator, executive producer
2014
CKY: The Greatest Hits
Himself
TV special
2016
VH1 Family Therapy with Dr. Jenn
Himself

DVDs and videos:
Year
Title
Role
1999
Landspeed presents: CKY
Himself
2000
CKY2K
Himself
2001
CKY3
Himself
2001
CKY Documentary
Himself
2001
Hook-Ups Presents: Destroying America
Himself
2002
CKY4: The Latest & Greatest
Himself

Video games:
Year
Title
Role
Notes
2001
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
Himself

2002
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4
Himself

2003
Tony Hawk's Underground
Himself

2004
Tony Hawk's Underground 2
Himself

2005
Tony Hawk's American Wasteland
Himself

2006
Tony Hawk's Project 8
Himself

2006
Scarface: The World Is Yours
Liquor Store Owner
Voice
2007
Tony Hawk's Proving Ground
Himself