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What Has Johnny Knoxville Been Up To Since Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa?

Best known for his hilarious acting and having what could be the highest pain tolerance in the universe, Johnny Knoxville is a household name recognized by millions from multiple generations. However, Knoxville is known best for his pranks and over-the-top antics on the reality comedy series "Jackass." The outrageous television show first aired in 2000, and it was nothing like anything seen before it. This meant that it quickly shocked audiences and built up an enormous fan base.

Since its release, Knoxville has been a part of "Jackass" and all of its subsequent episodes and movies. One film in the "Jackass" library, "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa," came out in 2013 and took the "Jackass" shenanigans to new levels with Knoxville donning makeup and a wig to resemble an elderly man. He and his on-screen grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll) travel the country, creating chaos amongst unknowing onlookers.

Knoxville hasn't been quiet after "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" either. In the years since the film, he's added a long list of other Hollywood performances to his resume. Here's what Knoxville has been up to since the release of "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa."

Knoxville voiced a Ninja Turtle

At a time when live-action movies for every old-school cartoon were a necessity, the movie "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" was released with an extreme amount of special effects and an all-star cast. In that cast are the vocal talents of Johnny Knoxville, who lends his skills to the oldest and unofficial leader of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Leonardo.

While actor Pete Ploszek made the physical aspect of Leonardo come to life via motion capture technology, Knoxville is the voice behind all of the creatively funny lines throughout the film. The movie tells the origin story of the Ninja Turtles and their rise to action as heroes of the city and friends to amateur journalist April O'Neil (Megan Fox).

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" was nominated for several awards (via IMDb), and a sequel was released in 2016, though in the sequel, Ploszek voiced Leonardo on top of serving as his motion-capture actor.

Drunk History had Knoxville in plenty of historically accurate costumes

From 2014 to 2018, Johnny Knoxville taught the world some very educational content while acting as various famous and historical figures on the series "Drunk History." While informative, the show is also a comedy in which one celebrity guest has a few or several drinks before making an attempt at telling a historically accurate tale to the best of their drunken abilities.

On the show, Knoxville dresses in whatever costume best fits the era of that episode's story while he acts out the historical ramblings of whichever not-so-sober celebrity guest is telling the story. The show was released in 2013, and after 87 episodes of history lessons, comedy skits, and copious amounts of alcohol, it came to an end in 2019.

The series was a massive success at making history fun and gathering some of the world's funniest comedians to do their best improv as they put their skills to the test and act out a hilarious take on the past. The show was such a gem that it was even awarded a Primetime Emmy Award in 2015.

Jackass Shark Week combines sharks and wild antics

In 2021, Johnny Knoxville once again teamed up with the crew from "Jackass" and joined the legendary Discovery Channel annual event, "Shark Week." While being heavily monitored for the safety of the crew and the animals, the antics are taken to entirely new levels under the sea. The combination of the two seems so unlikely that it, of course, works out in a perfect "Jackass" manner.

Knoxville doesn't participate in any of the wild stunts on "Jackass Shark Week." He instead sends fellow "Jackass" crew members Steve-O and Chris Pontius to risk everything in the name of funny while he discusses matters with them after the fact via the web.

Knoxville has made several other appearances as well since "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa," including the 2016 film "Elvis and Nixon" that follows Elvis Presley (Michael Shannon) as he journeys to the White House to meet with President Richard Nixon (Kevin Spacey), and the 2020 film "Mainstream," a movie about the fleeting and wild life that evolves from internet stardom. Most recently, however, is the 2022 release of "Jackass Forever." While Knoxville will forever be known for all things "Jackass," he has proven himself time and time again a treasure to the acting and comedy world.