Bam Margera Biography
Brandon Cole "Bam" Margera (born September 28, 1979) is a professional skateboarder, creator of the "CKY" skate / prank / stunt videos, and radio personality. He is also the star of Viva la Bam, and member of the Jackass crew, two shows broadcast by MTV. He grew up in West Chester, Pennsylvania and went to East High School. He cites Raab Himself as his only reason for attending high school, and dropped out after Raab got expelled.
His weekly Sirius Satellite Radio show is called Radio Bam.
Bam made his own skate videos known as the CKY quadrilogy, which is also the name of his brother Jess's heavy metal band (see CKY band). Margera's crew includes Ryan Dunn, Brandon DiCamillo, Rake Yohn, Raab Himself, and Brandon Novak. His videos and television shows often include his long-suffering parents, Phil and April, his uncle Vincent Margera ("Don Vito"), and ex-fiancée Jenn Rivell (Margera broke off his engagement to Rivell in early 2005). Margera's television antics push the generally accepted boundaries of good taste by seeking to shock and offend, thereby creating a large contingent of detractors who charge that he profits from the humiliation and misfortune of others.
Margera was born and raised in West Chester, Pennsylvania, a western suburb of Philadelphia. Before becoming a professional skateboarder, he could be found frequenting the local skate spots, performing at area fairgrounds, and loitering at Fairman's skate shop.
As a professional skater in the summer of 2005, Margera successfully landed The Loop in Phoenix, Arizona. He became the 13th known skater to land it, and was the first street skater to successfully land it.
Margera directed and co-wrote (with Brandon DiCamillo and Chris Aspite) a low-budget independent film called Haggard, starring himself and his friends, released in 2003. Margera also has a small speaking part in the skateboarding movie "Grind".
Margera also appeared on Punk'd, in 2005. Ashton Kutcher 'trapped' Margera's Element team manager inside of a convenience store while staging an elaborate hold-up, complete with helicopters and weapon-wielding police officers. (The real LAPD SWAT team helped with this prank)
In the DVD comentary for Jackass: The Box Set, Margera said that Element Skateboards pays him two million dollars a year, just for wearing their clothing.
He has also been animated as a character into a number of pro-skateboarder Tony Hawk's video games. In fact, he is featured as a main character in Tony Hawk's Underground (1 and 2).
In March 2006, Bam will start on a new animated series for MTV .
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