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Brandon Cole Margera

(1979-09-28) September 28, 1979 (age 39)
Residence Pocopson Township, Pennsylvania, U.S.
OccupationSkateboarder, stunt performer, actor, musician, filmmaker, television personality
Years active1997–present [1]
Melissa Rothstein
(m. 2007;div. 2012)

Nicole Boyd(m. 2013)
Partner(s)Jennifer Rivell (1998–2005)
Parent(s) Phil Margera
April Margera
Relatives Jess Margera (brother)
Vincent Margera (uncle)

Brandon Cole "Bam" Margera [2] ( /mɑːrˈɛərə/ mar-JAIR; born September 28, 1979) is an American professional skateboarder, stunt performer, filmmaker, musician [3] and television personality. He came to prominence after appearing as a main cast member in MTV's Jackass . He has since appeared on MTV's Viva La Bam and Bam's Unholy Union , all three Jackass movies, and Haggard: The Movie and Minghags: The Movie , both of which he co-wrote and directed.

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Early life

Margera was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, the son of April (née  Cole) and Phil Margera. He is the younger brother of Jess Margera and nephew of Vincent 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. [4] He attended West Chester East High School and cites his friendship with Chris Raab as his only reason for attending high school. He dropped out after finishing his junior year, citing Raab's expulsion as his motive. [5] Margera later received his GED.

West Chester, Pennsylvania Borough in Pennsylvania, United States

West Chester, is a borough and the county seat of Chester County, Pennsylvania, in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The population was 18,461 at the 2010 census.

April Margera is an American reality television personality, who has appeared on MTV's Viva La Bam, Jackass, the CKY videos, Minghags: The Movie and Bam's Unholy Union.

Phillip Margera is an American reality television personality, best known for appearing on Viva La Bam, the CKY Videos and the Jackass television series and movies. He is the father of CKY drummer Jess Margera and Jackass star and professional skateboarder Bam Margera.


Television and film

Margera began shooting videos of himself and his friends skateboarding and doing stunts, which eventually turned into the CKY video series. [6] He independently released CKY. CKY2K, CKY3 and CKY4 have also been released. CKY stands for "Camp Kill Yourself", a name shared with his brother Jess Margera's band, CKY, which was named as a tribute to the film Sleepaway Camp . These early videos feature many of Margera's friends, including Ryan Dunn, Brandon DiCamillo, Rake Yohn, Chris Raab, and Brandon Novak, who form a loose collective known as the CKY Crew. The video and band projects are heavily interlinked.

<i>CKY</i> (video series) 1999-2002 film series by Bam Margera

The CKY video series is a series of videos produced by Bam Margera and Brandon DiCamillo and other residents of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Four videos were released, Landspeed presents: CKY, CKY2K, CKY 3, and CKY4: The Latest & Greatest. There is also a CKY "documentary" DVD, which is a supplemental item in the hard-to-find CKY "Box Set," as well as two "CKY Trilogy" sets, both of which are compilation DVDs featuring scenes from the previous CKY DVDs. The videos were named after Bam Margera's brother Jess Margera and his band CKY. "CKY" stands for "Camp Kill Yourself". The series was the basis for what eventually became Jackass.

Jess Margera American musician

Jesse Phillip Margera is an American musician. He is best known as the drummer of West Chester-based heavy metal band CKY, which he co-founded in 1997. Prior to CKY, Margera performed in the band Foreign Objects with former CKY vocalist and guitarist Deron Miller, and he has since worked with Gnarkill, Viking Skull, The Company Band and Fuckface Unstoppable.

CKY (band) American band

CKY is an American rock band from West Chester, Pennsylvania. Formed in 1998 by lead vocalist and guitarist Deron Miller, guitarist and backing vocalist Chad I Ginsburg, and drummer Jess Margera, the group currently features Ginsburg, Margera and bassist Matt Deis. CKY found initial recognition through its musical contributions to the CKY video series and the TV series Jackass, both of which featured Margera's brother Bam. The band self-released its debut album Volume 1 in 1999, featuring a number of songs from the CKY videos.

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Bam Margera skateboarding in 2006.

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. Margera went on to appear in Jackass: The Movie , Jackass Number Two , Jackass 3D and Jackass 3.5 . Several skits in the first Jackass movie were CKY-style pieces filmed in and around West Chester, but similar scenes in the second movie were removed after the arrest of Margera's uncle Vincent Margera on suspicion of inappropriately touching two minors.

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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. [7]

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After Jackass, Margera was given his own MTV series, Viva La Bam , which ran for five seasons from 2003 to 2005. The show followed Margera and his crew as they performed various stunts and missions. The show was primarily filmed in West Chester but also visited New Orleans, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Brazil, Finland, Mexico, Amsterdam 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.

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In 2007, Margera was engaged and the wedding was filmed for Bam's Unholy Union as a follow-up to Viva la Bam. The show follows Margera, his then fiancée Melissa Rothstein and their friends in the lead-up to their wedding. [8] In 2008, Margera had a "prominent, non-sex role" in a pornographic film by Gina Lynn, The Fantasstic Whores 4, with Brandon Novak. [9] In 2009, Margera appeared on Nitro Circus . [10]

Bam Margera at the Jackass 3D London premiere in 2010. Bam Margera Jackass 3D London Premiere 2.jpg
Bam Margera at the Jackass 3D London premiere in 2010.

In October 2010, Margera appeared in Jackass 3D and the movie broke box office records. [11]

Margera appears with Dunn and skateboarder Tim O'Connor on Bam's World Domination , a half-hour Spike TV program that debuted on October 13, 2010. The first episode showcased Margera and his friends' attempt to conquer an obstacle course race in the Tough Guy Competition, held in Staffordshire, England. [12]

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. [13]

Skateboarding career

In the beginning of his career, during 1997 and 1998, Margera was sponsored by Toy Machine Skateboards. [1] From 2001, Margera was a member of Team Element, the demonstration team for Element Skateboards. [14] As of 2016, Margera is no longer on the team. [15] He was also at various times sponsored by Speed Metal Bearings, Adio Footwear, Electric Sunglasses, Volcom, [16] Landspeed Wheels, [17] Destroyer Trucks, [18] Destructo Trucks, and Fairman's Skateshop. As of 2017, Margera is without any major sponsorships and has effectively retired from professional skateboarding. He did return to skating casually, resulting in a renewed partnership with Element Skateboards to celebrate the brand's 25th anniversary 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.

Independent films

Margera has written, produced and starred in three independent films. 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. [19]

Margera also directed Minghags , formerly titled Kiss a Good Man's Ass. [20] The film is a loose sequel to Haggard and features the "garbage juicer" invention from that film. [21] Filming started April 5, 2007. [22] On an episode of Radio Bam, Margera said that they were trying to make the movie PG-13 rated, [23] but with the amount of swearing and a shot of nudity, an R rating could not be avoided. [24] The first viewing of the rough version of the film was on August 7, 2007, at Sikes Hall. [25] The movie was released straight to DVD in December 2008.

Also in December 2008, Margera released a Christmas-themed movie, Bam Margera Presents: Where the#$&% Is Santa? . [26] 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. [26]

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. Later shows featured less of the two crews and more of Margera's newer friends.

In 2005, Margera started a music label, Filthy Note Records, and has directed music videos for Clutch, Turbonegro, Viking Skull, Vains of Jenna and several for CKY. He also directed seven 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". He also plays the keyboard in a novelty band called Gnarkill along with Brandon DiCamillo, Jess Margera, Rich Vose and Matt Cole.

Margera's band, Fuckface Unstoppable, was written about in 2013 on the Buddyhead website and the article questions the seriousness of the band ("a joke band(?)"). The band featured Margera, his brother, his girlfriend and Brandon Novak. Chad Ginsburg, from CKY, was the band's guitarist before quitting. [27] The band released their debut album titled FFU on May 27, 2014, through Artery Records. A deluxe edition of the album featuring 5 live performances at Zombie Hut and a bonus track was released on August 28, 2015, through Casual Madness.

The Evesdroppers, a new band featuring Bam, Jess, Nikki, Mike Nappi, and Chad I Ginsburg, released a self-titled album on September 28, 2016 through Casual Madness.


In January 2015, Margera announced that he had been working on an autobiographical documentary film which he hoped to premiere in the near future. On April 9, the first trailer for the film, titled I Need Time To Stay Useless, was released to YouTube and other media outlets. 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. [28] 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. [29] 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. [30] In the 2017 season premier 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.

Other projects

Margera has been animated as a character in the Tony Hawk 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. [31] 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. [32]

In late 2009, Margera released a book containing private writings and pictures titled Serious as Dog Dirt. [33]

Personal life


Margera was engaged to Jenn Rivell, a divorced single mother. Rivell played a prominent part in several of his projects and the couple appeared to be cohabiting in various episodes of Viva La Bam. Their seven-year relationship ended in 2005. [34] In November 2006, Margera filed for "Protection From Abuse" from Rivell after she allegedly broke into his house. [34]

In 2006, Margera became engaged to childhood friend Melissa "Missy" Rothstein. [35] The events leading up to their wedding (with about 350 friends and family in attendance) on February 3, 2007, in downtown Philadelphia, 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 damages 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.'" [36] [37]

In July 2009, Margera was taken to hospital by paramedics and state troopers after Missy called 911 following a four-day alcohol binge. [38] In regard to the drinking binge, Margera said, "I may get a divorce... booze helps." [38] In October 2010, Margera told Howard Stern that he and Missy were living in separate cities, they meet once a week, and that Missy knew that he had girlfriends. [39] [40] The couple divorced in November 2012. [41]

On October 5, 2013, Margera married Nicole Boyd in Reykjavík, Iceland. [42] On June 19, 2017, Margera announced that Boyd was pregnant with the couple's first child. On September 7, 2017, it was announced that the child, a boy, would be named Phoenix Wolf. [43] Margera's son was born on December 23, 2017. [44]

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. [2]

Margera owns two houses in the West Chester, Pennsylvania 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. [45] The house has a gothic theme, a skatepark in the driveway, and is situated on 14 acres (57,000 m2) of land. In January 2007, Margera built a ramp in the backyard which caused trouble with the township. [46] 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. [47]

On June 12, 2010, Margera was allegedly attacked with a baseball bat outside of his bar, The Note. [48] Margera spent the night at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, where he was treated for head injuries. According to the alleged assailant, Elizabeth Ray, it was because Margera allegedly called her a nigger. [48] Ray denies attacking Margera. [48] Margera denies having said the word, claiming "I called her a crazy bitch and an idiot, but I definitely didn't use the n-word". [49]

In July 2013, Margera was arrested at Keflavik Airport in Iceland, having left the country without paying damages following a rental car dispute the year before. Margera had rented a Toyota Land Cruiser during a holiday in Iceland in 2012, which he had returned in "terrible shape" five days later, but left the country before paying for the damages. Margera was released later the same days after paying the outstanding fees, and admitted in an interview that he had trashed the car in a drunken stupor. [50] .

Health and alcoholism

Margera is a recovering alcoholic, with a history of alcohol abuse since his twenties. He was frequently seen drinking and/or intoxicated on-camera in Viva La Bam and in behind the scenes-footage from the Jackass films . In July 2009, Margera was taken to hospital by paramedics and state troopers after a four-day alcohol binge. [38] His drinking habits had worsened after his previous shows ended in 2007. In December 2009 he entered rehab for the first time after an intervention from his friends and family but did not complete the programme and left after only four days. [51] and following the death of his close friend Ryan Dunn in 2011, it worsened even further. By his own accounts, Margera considers 2012 as the year he lost control of his drinking, after bone spurs forced him to put skating on hold, and he began binge drinking "to kill the boredom". [52]

In 2015, Margera entered rehab again for alcoholism, but left shortly after without finishing the program. Later that year he took part in Family Therapy with Dr. Jenn on VH1 with his mother, after which he remained sober for several months. [53] In an interview with People Magazine the following year, Margera opened up about his mental health issues, including anxiety and eating disorders, and revealed how his unhealthy lifestyle had forced him to relearn skating after five years, and also left him overweight. [54] In late 2016, he relocated to Spain with his family to focus on his skating career, but moved back to Pennsylvania in 2017, before his son was born. In a 90-minute interview with YouTube-series The Nine Club recorded and released in November 2017, Margera discussed his health issues and alcoholism, claiming that he had been "mostly sober" since 2015. [55] .

In January 2018, Margera entered rehab for the second time after a DUI, and remained sober for seven months. Later that year, he relapsed after being robbed at gunpoint during a holiday in Colombia. [56] . In January 2019, one year after his previous attempt, Margera entered rehab for the third time, [57] but left after ten days, stating that he "didn't belong there", and was planning on beating his alcoholism on his own. [58] In March 2019, TMZ released a video showing Margera screaming at and threatening his manager at West Side Comedy Club in New York City. Additionally, Margera made Instagram posts in which he insulted his own wife and damaged his own home, leading to friends and family members coming together to have Margera committed to a mental health treatment facility. [59] Margera was released from treatment and returned home after one week.



2002 Jackass: The Movie HimselfWriter
2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Irish Dock WorkerCameo
2003 Grind Himself
2003 Haggard: The Movie ValoWriter, director, executive producer
2006 Jackass Number Two HimselfCo-producer
2006 The Dudesons Movie Himself
2007 Jackass 2.5 HimselfCo-producer
2008 Bam Margera Presents: Where the ♯$&% Is Santa? HimselfWriter, director, producer, executive producer
2008The Fantasstic Whores 4HimselfCameo
2009 Minghags: The Movie LennyWriter, director, executive producer
2010 Jackass 3D HimselfCo-producer
2011 Jackass 3.5 HimselfCo-producer
2017 Dumb: The Story of Big Brother Magazine HimselfDocumentary


2000–2002 Jackass HimselfStarred
25 episodes
2003–2006 Viva La Bam HimselfCo-creator, executive producer
2005–2012 Punk'd HimselfHost
2 episodes
2006–2009 The Dudesons Himself2 episodes
2007 Bam's Unholy Union HimselfCo-creator, executive producer
2008 24 Hour Takeover HimselfTV special
2009 Nitro Circus Himself3 episodes
2010 Bam's World Domination HimselfCo-creator, director, executive producer
2011A Tribute to Ryan Dunn [60] HimselfTV special
2012 Loiter Squad HimselfGuest star
2014 Bam's Bad Ass Game Show HimselfCo-creator, executive producer
2014CKY: The Greatest Hits [61] HimselfTV special
2016 Family Therapy with Dr. Jenn [62] Himself
2018 King of the Road Himself

DVDs and videos

1998Jump Off A BuildingHimself
1999 Landspeed presents: CKY Himself
2000 CKY2K Himself
2001 CKY3 Himself
2001 CKY Documentary Himself
2001Hook-Ups Presents: Destroying AmericaHimself
2002 CKY4: The Latest & Greatest Himself
2017Element: Welcome Back BamHimself

Video games

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 OwnerVoice
2007 Tony Hawk's Proving Ground Himself


With CKY
With Gnarkill
With Fuckface Unstoppable
With The Evesdroppers


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