50 facts about actor Josh Duhamel

Duhamel played as the quarterback for the Minot State University's football team. Learn 50 facts from life of American actor Josh Duhamel.

1. His full name is Joshua David Duhamel.

2. He is an actor.

3. He is also a former fashion model.

4. His first acting role was as Leo du Pres on ABC's All My Children and later as head of security Danny McCoy on NBC's Las Vegas.

5. He then began appearing in films, playing as one of the main protagonists in the first three films of the Transformers film series.

6. He has also starred in romance films including When in Rome, Life as We Know It, New Year's Eve, and Safe Haven.

7. He has also starred in the more recent film You're Not You.

8. Duhamel co-starred with Dean Winters in one season of the CBS Network series cop drama Battle Creek.

9. Duhamel was born in Minot, North Dakota.

10. His mother, Bonnie L. Kemper, is a massage therapist.

11. His father, Larry Duhamel, is an advertising salesman.

12. He is of French-Canadian, Irish, English, German, and Norwegian ancestry.

13. Duhamel was raised Catholic.

14. His parents divorced during his youth.

15. Although he remains close to both parents, he grew up with his mother.

16. He has three younger sisters, Ashlee, Mckenzee, and Kassidy.

17. Duhamel attended Minot State University.

18. Played as the quarterback for the Minot State University's football team.

19. He planned to attend dental school, but dropped out one-and-a-half credits shy of his undergraduate degree.

20. He later completed his credits, and he received his degree in 2005.

21. Duhamel has stated, "After college, I followed an ex-girlfriend to northern California, did a bunch of odd jobs."

22. Duhamel had won the title of Male Model of the Year in an International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) competition in 1997.

23. 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.

24. Josh trained with Scott Sedita Acting Studios.

25. Later he won the role of Leo du Pres on the ABC soap opera All My Children.

26. His work on the show All My Children, especially his character's pairing with Greenlee Smythe (portrayed by actor Rebecca Budig), garnered critical acclaim.

27. In 2000, he posed fully nude for Greg Gorman's "As I See It" photography book.

28. In 2003, he earned 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.

29. Shares the same middle name with his father. 

30. Duhamel left All My Children in 2002 to pursue other acting opportunities.

31. 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.

32. Duhamel made his big-screen acting debut in 2004's Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! and continued on to star in the thriller Turistas.

33. 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.

34. Duhamel reprised the role for the sequels, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, released in June 2009, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, released in June 2011.

35. Duhamel was the official pace car driver for the 2009 Indianapolis 500, driving the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car.

36. In 2010, he played the lead role in the film When in Rome as Nick Beamon.

37. In 2014 Duhamel starred in the touching drama You're Not You playing the husband of Kate (Hilary Swank), who suffers from the degenerative disease ALS.

38. On March 23, 2013, Duhamel hosted the 2013 Kids' Choice Awards, which was broadcast live from Los Angeles, California.

39. 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.

40. Duhamel met and began dating singer Stacy Ann Ferguson, better known by her stage name Fergie in September 2004.

41. Duhamel and Ferguson started dating after Ferguson appeared on Duhamel's show Las Vegas with her band The Black Eyed Peas.

42. The couple wed on January 10, 2009, in a Roman Catholic ceremony at the Church Estate Vineyards in Malibu, California.

43. The couple has one son, Axl Jack Duhamel, born on August 29, 2013.

44. Both Duhamel and Fergie are practicing Catholics and attend church.

45. In 2005, he became the co-owner of 10 North Main, a restaurant in Minot, North Dakota.

46. Duhamel's last name is a very common last name among Francophones in the world.

47. Previously he worked in the construction business.

48. He appeared in the star-studded comedy "Movie 43" alongside Emma Stone, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Kate Winslet, Richard Gere, to name a few.

49. Duhamel, Fergie and their son reside in Los Angeles.

50. His last name (Duhamel) is pronounced "duh-MEL".

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