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Bam Margera
Bam Margera 2017.jpg
Margera in 2017
Born (1979-09-28) September 28, 1979 (age 44)
  • Skateboarder
  • stunt performer
  • television personality
  • filmmaker
  • musician
Years active 1997–present
Known for Co-star of Jackass; Viva La Bam
  • Missy Rothstein
    (m. 2007; div. 2012)
  • Nicole Boyd
    (m. 2013; sep. 2021)
Partner(s) Jennifer Rivell (1998–2005)
Children 1
  • Phil Margera (father)
  • April Margera (mother)
  • Jess Margera (brother)
  • Vincent Margera (uncle)
Bam Margera
Country United States
Sport Skateboarding
Turned pro 1998

Brandon "Bam" Margera (/mɑːrˈɛərə/ mar-JAIR; born September 28, 1979) is an American former professional skateboarder, stunt performer, television personality, and filmmaker. He rose to prominence in the early 2000s as one of the stars of the MTV reality stunt show Jackass and subsequent sequels. He also created the Jackass spin-off shows Viva La Bam, Bam's Unholy Union, and Bam's World Domination, and co-wrote and directed the films Haggard and Minghags.

Early life and CKY videos

Margera was born on September 28, 1979, the son of April and Phil Margera. He is the younger brother of rock musician Jess Margera and nephew of television personality Vincent "Don Vito" Margera. His grandfather nicknamed him "Bam Bam" at the age of three after noticing his habit of purposely running into walls; over time, that nickname was shortened to "Bam" by his schoolmates. Before their television fame, Margera's parents April and Phil worked as a hair dresser and accountant respectively.

Margera got his first video camera from his father in 1993 after he enrolled in a digital media class with childhood friend Chris Raab, where they also met future collaborators Art Webb, Brandon DiCamillo, and Ryan Dunn. They began shooting videos of Margera and his friends skateboarding and doing stunts, which eventually turned into the CKY video series.

In 1994, Margera dropped out of school after childhood friend Chris Raab was expelled, but was homeschooled by his mother and received his GED. On September 21, 1995, Margera, his brother Jess, Dunn and Raab were nearly killed in a car accident near their home town. In later interviews, Margera revealed that Raab had "forced him" to wear a seatbelt as the car was going nearly 100mph, and that this probably saved his life. Other than his brother Jess suffering a broken arm, none of the four were seriously injured.

Following years of recording and editing, Margera independently released the first CKY film, then titled CKY: Landspeed, in 1999. The film is a collection of stunts and pranks interspersed with skateboarding tricks and footage set to music by CKY. Subsequent releases of the film removed the Landspeed subtitle. In the following years, the sequels CKY2K, CKY3 and CKY4: The Latest and Greatest were released. These early videos feature many of Margera's friends, including Dunn, Raab, DiCamillo, Rake Yohn and Brandon Novak, who formed a loose collective known as the CKY crew. During this period, the videos and band projects were heavily interlinked, with two of the bands albums being unofficial soundtracks to the videos.

Bam Margera and Ryan Dunn
Margera (center) with Ryan Dunn (second from left; blue shirt) during a live shoot in New York, April 2004


Television and film

Following CKY's success, former Big Brother editor Jeff Tremaine noticed Margera's videos and drafted him into the team that would eventually become MTV's Jackass. Margera and Ryan Dunn became mainstays of the cast while other CKY crew members played supporting roles to various degrees. In the original series, several of the features stunts were taken directly from the CKY videos. Margera went on to appear in Jackass: The Movie, Jackass Number Two, Jackass 2.5, Jackass 3D and Jackass 3.5, with a minor appearance in Jackass Forever. Several skits in the first Jackass movie were CKY-style pieces filmed in and around West Chester, while similar scenes in the second movie were removed after the arrest and conviction of Margera's uncle Vincent Margera inappropriately touching two minors.

After the Jackass series ended in 2002, Margera was given a follow-up, Viva La Bam, which ran for five seasons from 2003 to 2005. A mixture of stunts and reality, the show followed Margera and his crew as they performed various stunts and missions, but also offered insight into their daily lives. The show was primarily filmed in West Chester but also visited New Orleans, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Brazil, Finland, Mexico, Netherlands, and Transylvania. In addition to the regular series, special episodes have included "Viva La Spring Break" and a "lost" episode included on the Viva La Bands CD, which was originally filmed in Iceland for the first season.

In 2003, Margera played himself in the movie Grind, which portrays four young men following a professional skateboarder from Chicago to California. The film contains numerous cameos by Jackass members, as well as many professional skateboarders and other celebrities. Upon release, it was met with generally unfavorable reviews from critics, but was rated much higher by the general public.

In 2007, Margeras engagement and wedding planning was filmed for Bam's Unholy Union as a follow-up to Viva la Bam. The show follows Margera, his then-fiancée Missy Rothstein and their friends in the lead-up to their wedding. In 2009, Margera appeared on Nitro Circus, and the following year Margera starred alongside Dunn and skateboarder Tim O'Connor in the one-off special Bam's World Domination on Spike TV, which showcased Margera and his friends' attempt to conquer an obstacle course race in the Tough Guy Competition, held in Staffordshire, England.

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Margera at the Jackass 3D London premiere in 2010

In March 2016, Bam and his mother April Margera appeared on the VH1 reality television show Family Therapy with Dr. Jenn to address Bam's self-destructive behavior.

Skateboarding career

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Margera skateboarding in 2006

Margera started skateboarding at age 7, and by the time he entered high school it had developed into a full-time hobby. His brother Jess later described his abilities as "a natural talent" and noted that their parents had been very supportive of Margeras decision to go into skateboarding "from day one", and revealed that he used to travel with Bam to Love Park in Philadelphia as early as 1991, when they were 12 and 13 years old. In 1992, Margera got his first sponsorship from Fairman's Skate Shop and began appearing in skate videos. In 1994, Margera dropped out of high school to pursue a full-time skateboarding career.

Early in his professional career, Margera was sponsored by Toy Machine Skateboards, Speed Metal Bearings, Adio Footwear, Electric Sunglasses, Volcom, Landspeed Wheels, Destroyer Trucks, Destructo Trucks, and Fairman's Skateshop. In 2001, Margera became a member of Team Element, the demonstration team for Element Skateboards, which he remained affiliated with for the rest of his professional career.

In 2012, Margera was forced to put his skating career on hold due to bone spurs. After a five year hiatus, he returned to skateboarding casually, resulting in a renewed partnership with Element Skateboards to celebrate the brand's 25th anniversary in 2017, by rereleasing a series of ten of his most memorable deck designs. The boards were released weekly between September 6 and November 8, 2017, each deck is signed by Margera and limited to 50 units.

As of 2023, Margera is without any major sponsorships.

Independent films

Margera has written, produced and starred in three independent films as of 2023, with a fourth scheduled but on hold since 2017. He co-wrote, directed and starred in Haggard (2003), an independent film based on real events in the life of his friend Ryan Dunn. Dunn played himself as the main character while Margera played "Valo", a character based on himself and elements of HIM singer and friend Ville Valo.

Also in December 2008, Margera released a Christmas-themed movie, Bam Margera Presents: Where the#$&% Is Santa?. The movie is about Bam and his friends going to the Arctic Circle in Finland on a quest to find Santa Claus. The film features Ville Valo from HIM, the Dudesons, Hanoi Rocks, and Mark the Bagger.

In January 2015, Margera announced that he had been working on an autobiographical documentary film which he hoped to premiere in the near future. The film will deal primarily with Margera's life after the death of his close friend and co-star, Ryan Dunn, who died in a car crash in 2011. According to Margera the film has been three years in the making, and will give viewers a glimpse into his childhood, career and rise to fame, while focusing mainly on his recovery from the death of Dunn. Musician Brent Hinds of the band Mastodon will play Dunn in what has been described as "dramatic fantasy interludes" that ties the film together while also re-enacting what Margera considers his "darkest moments" after Dunn's death. During a Facebook Q&A on December 7, 2015, Margera stated that the name of the film would change from I Need Time to Stay Useless to Earth Rocker and that it would be released February 2016. In a 2017 episode of Vice's Epicly Later'd, Margera stated that after working on the film for four years straight, sometimes for weeks at a time, he had reached the point where he had had enough of doing so. Margera stated that he had approximately eleven terabytes worth of video footage and that editing it down into a two-hour film was impossible. When asked if the project was on pause for the moment, he responded that it was.

As of 2023, the documentary remains unreleased, with no scheduled release date.

Radio Bam and music

Margera began a weekly Sirius Satellite Radio show on Sirius channel 28 Faction on November 24, 2004, called Radio Bam. The show initially featured Margera and his friends from the CKY and Jackass crews, while later shows featured less of the two crews and more of Margera's newer friends. In 2005, Margera formed a music label, Filthy Note Records, and has since directed music videos for Clutch, Turbonegro, Viking Skull, Vains of Jenna and several for CKY. He also directed four music videos, "Buried Alive by Love", "The Sacrament", "And Love Said No", and "Solitary Man", for the Finnish band HIM, and three for The 69 Eyes, "Lost Boys", "Dead Girls are Easy" and "Dead N Gone".

A competent amateur musician, Margera also plays the keyboard in a novelty band called Gnarkill along with Brandon DiCamillo, Jess Margera, Rich Vose and Matt Cole. He also plays guitar, frequently seen doing so in episodes of "Viva La Bam". Since 2013, Margera has featured in a musical project, The Evesdroppers, featuring Bam, Jess, Nikki, Mike Nappi, and Chad I Ginsburg. They released a self-titled album on September 28, 2016, through Casual Madness.

Other projects

Margera has been animated as a character in the Tony Hawk's video game franchise, specifically Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4, Tony Hawk's Underground, Tony Hawk's Underground 2, Tony Hawk's American Wasteland, Tony Hawk's Project 8 and Tony Hawk's Proving Ground. He also voiced a character in the video game Scarface: The World Is Yours. He made cameo appearances in the movies Grind and Destroying America.

In late September 2008, Margera opened a bar/theater called "The Note", in his hometown of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Serious restrictions from West Chester Borough Council caused a multitude of issues for Margera and the bar, and The Note closed its doors in January 2014.

In late 2009, Margera released a book containing private writings and pictures titled Serious as Dog Dirt.

In 2020, Margera started appearing in YouTube videos including a viral water balloon fight video with model Jeb Carty.

Personal life


Margera was engaged to Jenn Rivell, who played a prominent part in several of his projects. The couple appeared to be cohabiting in various episodes of Viva La Bam. Their seven-year relationship ended in 2005.

In 2006, Margera became engaged to childhood friend Melissa "Missy" Rothstein. The events leading up to their wedding (with about 350 friends and family in attendance) on February 3, 2007, in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, were chronicled on the MTV series Bam's Unholy Union. The couple's honeymoon was in Dubai. In 2008, during an appearance on LA Ink, Margera told Kat Von D about $13,000 in damage that occurred during his wedding celebration, explaining, "I was kind of ready for it, though. I was like, 'I'm inviting the Jackass crew. If something doesn't get broken then that's not right.'"

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Missy and Bam Margera

In October 2010, Margera told Howard Stern that he and Rothstein were living in separate cities, they meet once a week, and that Rothstein knew that he had girlfriends. The couple divorced in November 2012.

On October 5, 2013, Margera married Nicole Boyd in Reykjavík, Iceland. In June 2017, Margera announced that Boyd was pregnant with the couple's first child. In September 2017, it was announced that the child, a boy, would be named Phoenix Wolf. Margera's son was born in December 2017.

On September 16, 2021, Boyd filed for child custody of their son Phoenix Wolf. However, she did not file a divorce petition to end their eight-year marriage. On February 15, 2023, Boyd filed for legal separation and spousal support, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple has been living separately since 2021.

Name and residence

Margera owns two houses in the West Chester area – his present residence and his former home, known as Castle Bam, which he bought in 2004. Castle Bam is a large house in Pocopson Township, Pennsylvania, that was often featured on Viva La Bam. The house has a gothic theme, a skatepark in the driveway, and is situated on 14 acres (5.7 hectares) of land. In January 2007, Margera built a ramp in the backyard which caused trouble with the township. In 2018, April Margera began renovating the home in order for it to be used for short-term rentals via Airbnb. Margera has made it known that the home will not look the way it did on Viva La Bam. Rentals of the home were expected to be made available in 2018.

In an October 24, 2007 interview with the Cleveland Free Times, Margera stated that although he had completed paperwork that would legally change his first name to Bam, he was "still debating" filing it after a conversation with his father.



Year Title Role Notes
2000 7-Teen Sips Auto Unreleased
2002 Jackass: The Movie Himself Writer
2003 Grind Himself
2003 Haggard: The Movie Valo Writer
Executive producer
2005 The Dudesons Movie Himself Guest appearance
2006 Jackass Number Two Himself Co-producer
2007 Jackass 2.5 Himself Co-producer
2009 Minghags: The Movie Lenny Writer
Executive producer
2010 Jackass 3D Himself Co-producer
2011 Jackass 3.5 Himself Co-producer
2017 Dumb: The Story of Big Brother Magazine Himself Documentary
2021 This Is GWAR Himself Documentary
2022 Jackass Forever Himself Cameo
2022 Humanity Stoked Himself Documentary
TBA The Brandon Novak Story Himself Documentary


Year Title Role Notes
2000–2001 Jackass Himself Starred
25 episodes
2002 Jackass Backyard BBQ Himself TV special
2002 2002 MTV Video Music Awards Himself Presenter
2002–2005 MTV Cribs Himself 2 episodes
2003 Jackass Winterjam Himself TV special
2003 2003 MTV Video Music Awards Himself Introduced Good Charlotte
2003–2006 Viva La Bam Himself Co-creator
Executive producer
2005 2005 MTV Video Music Awards Himself Guest appearance
2005–2012 Punk'd Himself Host
2 episodes
2005 WWE Raw Himself Audience member
1 episode
2006–2009 The Dudesons Himself 3 episodes
2006 2006 MTV Video Music Awards Himself Presenter
2007 Bam's Unholy Union Himself Co-creator
Executive producer
2008 24 Hour Takeover Himself TV special
2008 Bamimation Himself (voice) TV short
2009 Steve-O: Demise and Rise Himself TV movie documentary
2009 Nitro Circus Himself 3 episodes
2010 The Dudesons in America Himself 1 episode
2010 Bam's World Domination Himself TV special
Executive producer
2010 2010 MTV Video Music Awards Himself Presenter
2010 2010 MTV Europe Music Awards Himself Presenter
2011 Attack of the Show! Himself 1 episode
2011 A Tribute to Ryan Dunn Himself TV special
2012–2013 Loiter Squad Himself / Dub Step Dad 3 episodes
2013 Ridiculousness Himself 1 episode
2014 Access Hollywood Himself 1 episode
2014 CKY: The Greatest Hits Himself TV special
2016 Family Therapy with Dr. Jenn Himself 2 episodes
2017 Epicly Later'd: Bam Margera Himself TV movie documentary
2018 King of the Road Himself
2019 Dr. Phil Himself 1 episode

DVDs and videos

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Toy Machine: Jump Off a Building Himself
1999 Landspeed presents: CKY Himself Director, writer, executive producer, cinematographer, editor
2000 CKY2K Himself Director, writer, cinematographer, editor
2000 Tony Hawk's Gigantic Skatepark Tour Himself
2001 CKY3 Himself Director, writer, executive producer, cinematographer, editor
2001 CKY Documentary Himself
2001 Tony Hawk's Gigantic Skatepark Tour Himself
2001 Hook-Ups Presents: Destroying America Himself
2002 Adio: One Step Beyond Himself
2002 Tony Hawk's Gigantic Skatepark Tour Himself
2002 CKY4: The Latest & Greatest Himself Director, writer, executive producer, cinematographer, editor
2002 Don't Try This At Home: The Steve-O Video Vol. 2: The Tour Himself Guest appearances
2003 Steve-O Out On Bail Himself Guest appearances
2004 Tony Hawk's Secret Skatepark Tour Himself
2005 Element: Elementality Vol.1 Himself
2005 Tony Hawk's Secret Skatepark Tour 2 Himself
2007 Tony Hawk's Secret Skatepark Tour 3 Himself
2008 Element Bam's or Bust!: The Adventure Begins Himself
2008 Bam Margera Presents: Where the ♯$&% Is Santa? Himself Writer, director, producer, executive producer
2009 Jackass: The Lost Tapes Himself Writer, archived footage
2017 Element: Welcome Back Bam Himself
2020 Steve-O: Gnarly Himself Guest appearances

Music videos

Year Artist Track Role Notes
2000 CKY "96 Quite Bitter Beings" Himself Director
2002 CKY "Disengage the Simulator" Director
2002 CKY "Attached at the Hip" Director
2002 CKY "Flesh into Gear" Himself Director
2002 Andrew W.K. "We Want Fun" Himself
2003 CKY "Shock & Terror" Director
2003 HIM "The Sacrament" Director
2003 HIM "Buried Alive by Love" Director
2004 HIM "And Love Said No" Director
2004 HIM "Solitary Man" Director
2004 The 69 Eyes "Lost Boys" Director
Executive producer
2004 Clutch "The Mob Goes Wild" Director
2005 Bloodhound Gang "Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo" Banana Car Driver
2006 Wolfmother "Joker & the Thief" Himself
2006 Chris Pontius "Karazy" Himself
2009 The 69 Eyes "Dead and Gone" Director
Executive producer
2009 CKY "A♯1 Roller Rager" Director
2010 The 69 Eyes "Dead Girls Are Easy" Director
2010 Weezer "Memories" Himself
2011 CKY "Afterworld" Himself Director
2016 Evesdroppers "Empty Vessel" Himself Writer and performer
2016 Evesdroppers "9 Lives" Himself Writer and performer
2016 Evesdroppers "Comin' Home" Himself Writer and performer
2023 Cult Shotta & TanBoyMiguel (Produced by SinceWhen & Zabba) "Feel Like Bam” Himself Writer and performer

(Record label - Pokegang)

Video games

Year Title Role
2001 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 Himself
2002 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 Himself
2003 Tony Hawk's Underground Himself
2004 Tony Hawk's Underground 2 Himself
2005 Tony Hawk's American Wasteland Himself
2006 Tony Hawk's Project 8 Himself
2006 Scarface: The World Is Yours Liquor Store Owner
2007 Tony Hawk's Proving Ground Himself


  • Volume 2 (1999)
With Gnarkill
  • Gnarkill (2002)
  • GnarKill vs. Unkle Matt and the ShitBirdz (2006)


  • Bam Margera, Serious as Dog Dirt (MTV; November 17, 2009) ISBN: 1-4391-4773-6

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