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Joshua David Duhamel (born November 14, 1972) is an American actor and former fashion model. After various modeling work, he made his acting debut as Leo du Pres on the ABC daytime soap opera All My Children and later starred as Danny McCoy on NBC's Las Vegas.
Duhamel has ventured into film, appearing as one of the main protagonists in four of the Transformers films, most recently in the fifth entry, Transformers: The Last Knight (2017). He has also appeared in When in Rome (2010), Life as We Know It (2010), New Year's Eve (2011), Safe Haven (2013), and You're Not You (2014). In 2015, Duhamel co-starred on the short-lived CBS crime drama Battle Creek. He also starred in two video games, most notably Call of Duty: WWII (2017). In 2018, he appeared in the romantic comedy-drama film Love, Simon.
Duhamel was born in Minot, North Dakota. His mother, Bonnie L. Kemper, is a retired teacher and local businesswoman, and his father, Larry Duhamel, is an advertising salesman. He is of French-Canadian, Irish, English, Austrian, German and Norwegian ancestry. Duhamel is an active Catholic.
His parents divorced during his youth. Although he remains close to both, he grew up with his mother and his three younger sisters, Ashlee, Kassidy and Mckenzee Duhamel. Duhamel attended Minot State University and played as the quarterback for the university's football team. He planned to attend dental school, but dropped out one-and-a-half credits shy of his undergraduate degree. He later completed his credits, and he received his degree in 2005.
Duhamel has stated, "After college, I followed an ex-girlfriend to northern California, did a bunch of odd jobs." He won the title of Male Model of the Year in an International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) competition in 1997 (the runner-up was actor Ashton Kutcher).
Duhamel began his acting career as an extra in the music videos for Donna Summer's "I Will Go With You (Con te partirò)" and Christina Aguilera's "Genie in A Bottle" in 1999. Josh trained with Sedita Acting Studios. Later that year, he won the role of Leo du Pres on the ABC soap opera All My Children. His work on the show, especially his character's pairing with Greenlee Smythe (portrayed by actor Rebecca Budig), garnered critical acclaim. In 2000, he posed fully nude for Greg Gorman's As I See It photography book.
In 2003, he received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for the Special Fan Award for America's Favorite Couple in 2002, shared with Budig, and a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Leo du Pres. Duhamel left All My Children in 2002 to pursue other acting opportunities. In 2003, Duhamel landed a primetime role on the NBC show Las Vegas, playing the head of security for the Montecito Casino, Danny McCoy. His character succeeded James Caan's as head of the casino after Caan departed the series at the end of the fourth season. The series ended in 2008.
Duhamel made his big-screen acting debut in 2004's Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, then starred in the thriller Turistas (2006). After watching an episode of Las Vegas in which Duhamel's character had just returned from the war in Iraq, Steven Spielberg handpicked him for the role of Captain William Lennox in 2007's summer blockbuster film Transformers (a film for which Spielberg was the executive producer). Duhamel reprised the role in three of the sequels, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, released in June 2009, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, released in June 2011, and Transformers: The Last Knight, released in June 2017.
Duhamel was the official pace car driver for the 2009 Indianapolis 500, driving the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car. In 2010, he played the lead role in the film When in Rome as Nick Beamon. In 2014 Duhamel starred in the touching drama You're Not You (2014) playing the husband of Kate (Hilary Swank), who has the degenerative disease ALS.
On March 23, 2013, Duhamel hosted the 2013 Kids' Choice Awards, which was broadcast live from Los Angeles, California. He and his co-star from Safe Haven, Julianne Hough, performed a Safe Haven-themed showcase appearance via video on The Price is Right with Drew Carey.
In 2018, he was used on a Taco Bell commercial to advertise Mexican spiced fries with nacho cheese sauce called "Web of Fries".
On March 2018, it was announced that Josh Duhamel will be starring alongside Megan Fox, in the independent family comedy “Think Like a Dog.”
Duhamel met and began dating singer Stacy Ann Ferguson, better known by her stage name Fergie in September 2004, after Ferguson appeared on Duhamel's show Las Vegas with her band The Black Eyed Peas. The couple wed on January 10, 2009, in a Roman Catholic ceremony at the Church Estate Vineyards in Malibu, California. They have a son, Axl Jack Duhamel, born in August 2013. On September 14, 2017, the couple announced that they had separated earlier in the year. Later that same year, the couple announced they were divorcing after 8 years of marriage.
Duhamel is a practicing Catholic and attends church.
In 2005, he became the co-owner of 10 North Main, a restaurant in Minot, North Dakota.
In 2012, Duhamel was inducted into the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame, a signature event of Norsk Høstfest.
|2004||The Picture of Dorian Gray||Dorian Gray|
|2004||Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!||Tad Hamilton|| Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Male Breakout Star|
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Liar
|2006||Turistas||Alex||Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Horror/Thriller|
|2007||Transformers||Captain William Lennox||Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Rumble (Captain Lennox vs. Blackout)|
|2009||Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen||Major William Lennox|
|2010||When in Rome||Nick Beamon|
|2010||Ramona and Beezus||Hobart|
|2010||Life as We Know It||Eric Messer||Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Romantic Comedy|
|2011||Transformers: Dark of the Moon||Lieutenant Colonel William Lennox|
|2011||New Year's Eve||Sam Ahern|
|2012||Fire with Fire||Jeremy Coleman||Direct-to-video|
|2013||Movie 43||Anson||Segment: "Beezel"|
|2013||Safe Haven||Alex Wheatley|
|2013||Scenic Route (aka Wrecked)||Mitchell|
|2014||You're Not You||Evan|
|2014||Lost in the Sun||John|
|2016||Spaceman||Bill "Spaceman" Lee|
|2017||This Is Your Death||Adam Rogers|
|2017||Transformers: The Last Knight||Colonel William Lennox|
|2018||Love, Simon||Jack Spier|
| 1999–2002; |
|All My Children||Leo du Pres|| Contract role|
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2002)
Nominated — Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2001, 2003)
Nominated — Daytime Emmy Special Fan Award: America's Favorite Couple (shared with Rebecca Budig)
Nominated — Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Young Lead Actor
|2002||Ed||Richard Reed||Episode: "The Shot"|
|2003–2008||Las Vegas||Danny McCoy|| Main role, 106 episodes|
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Breakout TV Star - Male
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor - Drama/Action Adventure
|2004–2007||Crossing Jordan||Danny McCoy||3 episodes|
|2008||The Replacements||Himself||Voice role, 3 episodes|
|2009–2012||Fanboy & Chum Chum||Oz||Voice role, 52 episodes|
|2011–2012||Bomb Patrol Afghanistan||Narrator||Voice role, 17 episodes|
|2012–2015||Jake and the Never Land Pirates||Captain Flynn||Voice role, 14 episodes|
|2015||Battle Creek||FBI Special Agent Milton Chamberlain||Main role, 13 episodes|
|2016||11.22.63||Frank Dunning||Recurring role, 4 episodes|
|2018||LA to Vegas||Captain Kyle||Episode: "Two and a Half Pilots"|
|2018||Unsolved||Detective Greg Kading|
|2015||Skylanders: SuperChargers||High Volt (voice)|
|2017||Call of Duty: WWII||Technical Sergeant William Pierson||Voice and performance capture|
Awards and nominations
|2001||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||All My Children||Nominated|
|Soap Opera Digest Award||Outstanding Younger Lead Actor||Nominated|
|2002||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Won|
| Special Fan Award: America's Favorite Couple|
Shared with Rebecca Budig
Not associated with the Daytime Emmy Awards}}
|2003||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|2004||Teen Choice Award||Choice Movie Breakout Star – Male||Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!||Nominated|
|Choice Movie Liar||Nominated|
|Choice Breakout TV Star – Male||Las Vegas||Nominated|
|Choice TV Actor – Drama/Action Adventure||Nominated|
|2007||Teen Choice Award||Choice Movie Actor: Horror/Thriller||Turistas||Nominated|
| Choice Movie Rumble: |
Captain Lennox vs. Blackout
|2011||Kids' Choice Awards||Best Actor, Arm Fart Hall of Fame||Won|
|2011||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actor Romantic Comedy||Life as We Know It||Nominated|