Joshua David Duhamel was born on November 14, 1972, to a Catholic Family in Minot, North Dakota. Duhamel who always wanted to be a dentist gave up on that dream and moved to California where he later got recruited into acting while he was modeling for fashion magazines. He started his acting career in “All My Children,” a role he got an Emmy nomination for and also an Emmy award. He has gone on to star in many movies, series, and miniseries since then. A practicing Catholic to date, Duhamel got engaged to Stacy Ann Ferguson who is known by her stage name Fergie (a member of the music group Black Eyed Peas) in 2007. They got married in Malibu, California on January 10, 2009, and filed for divorce in 2019 after two years of separation. Their union produced a son Axl Jack born in August 2013. He is currently engaged to Audra Mari (former Miss World America). He was recently honored by Minot State University, his Alma mater which named its summer theater stage after him in May 2022.
Joshua David Duhamel was born on November 14, 1972, to Bonnie L. Kemper and Larry Duhamel in Minot, North Dakota. His mother is a retired teacher and local businesswoman while his father is an advertising salesman. Duhamel is of Norwegian, Irish, English, German, and French Canadian descent. Unfortunately, his parents divorced while he was younger so he grew up with his mom and three younger sisters.
Duhamel studied up to the college level, attending Dental school at Minot State University but dropped out of school midway. According to him he “followed his then-girlfriend to northern California, and did a bunch of odd jobs.” These odd jobs included bath attendant, and construction worker as he only got into the entertainment industry by chance. He started with modeling and won Male Model of the Year in a competition organized in 1997 by the International Modeling and Talent Association, a competition in which Ashton Kutcher was runner-up.
Modeling gave way to acting as he appeared as an extra in music videos ‘I Will Go With You’ by Donna Summer and ‘Genie in a Bottle’ by Christina Aguilera in 1999. He later got a lead role in a soap opera by A.B.C. studios called “All My Children,” his role gave him a lot of plaudits as he earned an Emmy award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2002. He left the show in 2002 and appeared as a lead actor on N.B.C.’s show “Las Vegas,” which he was on till 2008. His big-screen acting debut came in the 2004 movie “Win a date with Tad Hamilton” with him playing the lead character. In 2006 he starred in a thriller titled “Turistas.” Steven Spielberg later cast him in his 2007 blockbuster “Transformers” as Captain William Lennox. Duhamel held the role in the three sequels of the Transformers movie namely: “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” (2009), “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” (2011), and “Transformers: The Last Knight” (2017). He has gone on to star in a lot of other movies like “When in Rome” (2010), “You Are Not You” (2014), “Think Like A Dog” (2018), and “Love Simon” (2018). He has also starred in series like “11.22.63” (2016) and “Jupiter’s Legacy” a show that premiered on Netflix in 2019.
He wins the male model of the year in a 1997 competition by I.M.T.A. (International Modeling and Talent Association)
He starts his acting career on this show by A.B.C, studios and earns a lot of plaudits, accolades, and even bags an Emmy for his performance.
He appears on N.B.C.’s Studios show titled “Las Vegas” months after leaving “All My Children.”
He leaves the cast of “Las Vegas” to star in Steven Spielberg’s summer blockbuster movie “Transformers.”
Duhamel appears as the driver of the pace car — a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro — for that year’s edition of the Indianapolis 500.
Duhamel hosts the 2013 Kids’ Choice Awards on March 23, 2013, which is broadcast live from Los Angeles, California.
Why We Love Josh Duhamel
He is a beautiful man
Not to state the obvious. He is so beautiful that in 2004, “People Magazine (U.S.A.)” named him one of the 50 most beautiful people alive.
He is a very talented model
Whether he is acting, voicing, or modeling he is very significant at what he does. He has the awards and nominations to prove this.
He is very charitable
Duhamel is dubbed "Hollywood's humanitarian." He has participated in fundraising and support for organizations such as the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, Make-A-Wish, and Stand Up To Cancer.
5 Surprising Facts
His wedding was very private
His wedding to long-time sweetheart and fiancee Fergie was very private and under wraps so much that the venue of the wedding wasn't communicated to guests until the morning of the wedding.
He had a dog named Meatloaf
He named his dog Meatloaf, unfortunately, Meatloaf died in 2012.
From the Hamlet
His surname in french means ‘from the Hamlet.’
He has an interesting ancestry
He is part German, part French Canadian, and part Norwegian.
He owns a restaurant
He co-owns a restaurant with his friend in his hometown Minot in North Dakota.
Josh Duhamel FAQs
What is Josh Duhamel’s real name?
His real name is Joshua David Duhamel.
What nationality is Josh Duhamel?
He is American.
Is Timothy Olyphant related to Josh Duhamel?
No, they are not. They may look alike but they are not related.
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