Josh Duhamel

Josh Duhamel

Duhamel in 2009
Born Joshua David Duhamel
(1972-11-14) November 14, 1972
Minot, North Dakota, U.S.
Residence Brentwood, California, U.S.
Education Minot State University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present
Religion Roman Catholicism
Spouse(s) Stacy Ferguson (m. 2009)
Children 1

Joshua David "Josh" Duhamel (/dəˈmɛl/ də-MEL; born November 14, 1972) is an American actor and former fashion model. 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. He then began appearing in films, playing as one of the main protagonists in the first three films of the Transformers film series as well as the fifth film, Transformers: The Last Knight. He has also starred in romance films including When in Rome, Life as We Know It, New Year's Eve and Safe Haven. He has also starred in the more recent film You're Not You. Duhamel co-starred with Dean Winters in one season of the CBS Network cop drama series Battle Creek.

Early life

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.[1][2] He is of French-Canadian, Irish, English, German and Norwegian ancestry.[2] Duhamel was raised Catholic.[3][4]

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.[5] He planned to attend dental school,[6] but dropped out one-and-a-half credits shy of his undergraduate degree.[7] He later completed his credits, and he received his degree in 2005.[8][9]


Duhamel has stated, "After college, I followed an ex-girlfriend to northern California, did a bunch of odd jobs." Duhamel had won the title of Male Model of the Year in an International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) competition in 1997[10] (the runner-up was actor Ashton Kutcher).[11]

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.[5] Josh trained with Scott 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.[12][13] In 2000, he posed fully nude for Greg Gorman's "As I See It" photography book.

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.[14] 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! and continued on to star 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[10] (a film for which Spielberg was the executive producer). Duhamel reprised the role for the sequels, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, released in June 2009,[15] and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, released in June 2011.

Duhamel was the official pace car driver for the 2009 Indianapolis 500, driving the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car.[16] 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 suffers from the degenerative disease ALS.

On March 23, 2013, Duhamel hosted the 2013 Kids' Choice Awards, which was broadcast live from Los Angeles, California.[17] 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.

Personal life

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.[18] The couple wed on January 10, 2009, in a Roman Catholic ceremony at the Church Estate Vineyards in Malibu, California.[19][20] They have one son, born in August 2013.[21]

Both Duhamel and Fergie are practicing Catholics and attend church.[22] In 2005, he became the co-owner of 10 North Main, a restaurant in Minot, North Dakota.[23][24] In 2012, Duhamel was inducted into the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame, a signature event of Norsk Høstfest.[25]



Year Title Role Notes
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 The Romantics Tom
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
2013 Movie 43 Anson Segment: "Beezel"
2013 Safe Haven Alex Wheatley
2013 Scenic Route (aka Wrecked) Mitchell
2014 Wings Ace (voice)
2014 You're Not You Evan
2014 Lost in the Sun John
2014 Don Peyote Transient
2015 Bravetown Alexander Weller
2016 Misconduct Ben
2016 Spaceman Bill "Spaceman" Lee
2016 This Is Your Death Adam Rogers Post-production
2017 Transformers: The Last Knight Lieutenant Colonel William Lennox Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2002; 2011
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"
2003–08 Las Vegas Danny McCoy Series regular, 106 episodes
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Breakout TV Star - Male
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor - Drama/Action Adventure
2004–07 Crossing Jordan Danny McCoy 3 episodes
2008 The Replacements Himself Voice, "Hollywoodn't" (Season 3, episode 11)
"Canadian Fakin'" (Season 3, episode 15)
"Dick Daring's All-Star Holiday Stunt Spectacular V" (Season 3, episode 22)
2009–2012 Fanboy & Chum Chum Oz Voice, 52 episodes
2011-2012 Bomb Patrol Afghanistan Narrator Voice, 17 episodes
2012 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Captain Flynn Voice, 13 episodes
2015 Battle Creek FBI Special Agent Milton Chamberlain Main role
2016 11.22.63 Frank Dunning Limited series

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Skylanders: SuperChargers High Volt (voice) [26]

Awards and nominations


Year Award Category Title Result
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
Transformers Nominated
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


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  17. The Associated Press, Josh Duhamel named host of Kids' Choice Awards, The Miami Herald, January 23, 2013
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  25. "SAHF Inductees". Norsk Høstfest.
  26. Vicarious Visions. Skylanders: SuperChargers. Activision. Scene: Closing credits, 7:13 in, Voice Actors.

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