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Bam Margera

Bam Margera
Bam Margera, September 2006
Born Brandon Cole Margera
(1979-09-28) September 28, 1979
West Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Residence Castle Bam in Pocopson Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania[1]
Occupation Professional skateboarder, stunt performer, actor, musician, filmmaker, television personality
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Melissa "Missy" Rothstein (2007–2012)
Nicole Boyd (2013–present)
Website .com.bamargerawww

Brandon Cole "Bam" Margera[2] ( or ; born September 28, 1979) is an American professional skateboarder, stunt performer, actor, musician, filmmaker, and television personality. He came to prominence after appearing in MTV's Jackass crew. He has since appeared in MTV's Viva La Bam and Bam's Unholy Union, all three Jackass movies, and Haggard and Minghags, both of which he co-wrote and directed.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • Television and film 2.1
    • Skateboarding career 2.2
    • Independent films 2.3
    • Radio Bam and music 2.4
    • Documentary 2.5
    • Other projects 2.6
  • Personal life 3
    • Relationships 3.1
    • Name, residence and assault 3.2
  • Filmography 4
    • Film 4.1
    • Television 4.2
    • DVDs and videos 4.3
    • Video games 4.4
  • Discography 5
  • Bibliography 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

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" at the age of three after his habit of running into walls.[3] He attended East High School and cites friend Chris Raab as his only reason for attending high school.


Television and film

Margera began shooting videos of himself and his friends skateboarding and doing stunts, which eventually turned into the CKY video series.[4] He independently released CKY. CKY2K, CKY3 and CKY4 have also been released. CKY stands for "Camp Kill Yourself", a reference to the film Sleepaway Camp. These early videos feature many of Margera's friends, including Ryan Dunn, Brandon DiCamillo, Rake Yohn, Chris Raab, Brandon Novak and others who form a loose collective known as the CKY Crew. CKY is also the name of a rock band featuring his brother Jess, and the history and relationship between the video and band projects is heavily interlinked.

Following the CKY success, former Big Brother editor Jeff Tremaine noticed Margera's videos and drafted him into the team which 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, and Jackass 3D. 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.

After Jackass, Margera was given his own MTV series entitled Viva La Bam, which ran for five seasons between 2003–2005. The show followed Margera and his crew as they performed various stunts and missions. The show was primarily filmed in West Chester, Pennsylvania 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.

Following the show, 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.[5] Also in 2008, Margera had a "prominent, non-sex role in" a pornographic film by Gina Lynn called The Fantasstic Whores 4 with Brandon Novak.[6]

In 2009, Margera appeared on Nitro Circus.[7]

In October 2010, Margera appeared in Jackass 3D and the movie broke box office records.[8] He visited Europe doing press for the movie in late October.[9]

Margera appears with Dunn and pro-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.[10][11]

Skateboarding career

Since 2003, Margera has been a member of Team Element, the demonstration team for Element Skateboards.[12] He is also sponsored by Speed Metal Bearings, Adio Footwear, and Fairman's Skateshop.

Independent films

Margera has written, produced and starred in three independent films. Margera 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.[13]

Margera also directed Minghags, formerly titled Kiss a Good Man's Ass.[14] The film is a loose sequel to Haggard and will feature the "garbage juicer" invention from that film.[15] This film was confirmed on Radio Bam and the front page of FilthyNote Records by Tim Glomb. Filming started April 5, 2007.[16] On an episode of Radio Bam, Margera said that they are trying to make the movie PG-13 rated,[17] but with the amount of swearing and a shot of nudity, an 'R' Rating could not be avoided.[18] They had its first viewing of the rough version of the film on August 7, 2007, at Sikes Hall.[19] The movie was released straight to DVD in December 2008.

Subsequently, Margera released a Christmas-themed movie entitled Bam Margera Presents: Where the#$&% Is Santa? in December 2008.[20] 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, Mark the Bagger, and more.[20]

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 features Margera along with friends from the CKY and Jackass crews.

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 hip hop project, 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.[21]


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, entitled I Need Time To Stay Useless, was released to YouTube and other media outlets. The film will deal primarily with Margeras 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.[22] 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 Dunns death.[23]

Other projects

Margera has been animated as a character in pro-skateboarder Tony Hawk's video games Pro Skaters 3 and 4, Underground and Underground 2, American Wasteland, Project 8 and 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.[24]

In late 2009, Margera released a book containing private writings and pictures titled Serious as Dog Dirt.[25]

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. However, the relationship ended in 2005.[26] In November 2006, Margera filed for "Protection From Abuse" from Rivell after she allegedly broke into his house.[26]

In 2006 Margera became engaged to childhood friend Melissa "Missy" Rothstein.[27] 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 US$13,000 in damages that was caused 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'."[28][29]

In July 2009, Margera was taken from his West Chester home to hospital by paramedics and state troopers after Missy called 911 following a four-day alcohol binge.[30] In regard to the drinking binge, Margera said, "I may get a divorce... booze helps."[30] 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 about his girlfriends in San Francisco and West Chester.[31][32] The couple divorced in November 2012.[33]

On October 5, 2013, Margera married Nicole Boyd in Reykjavík, Iceland.[34]

Name, residence and assault

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 currently resides in "Castle Bam", a large house in Wawaset, Pennsylvania. 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 his backyard, near the old casino seen in Viva La Bam. The ramp itself caused trouble with the township.[35] Margera's parents and select members of the CKY Crew lived in the house while shooting Viva La Bam, with Margera's uncle residing in a house on the property.

On Saturday, June 12, 2010, Margera was allegedly attacked with a baseball bat outside of his bar, The Note, in West Chester, Pennsylvania.[36] Margera spent the night at Crozer-Chester Medical Center where he was treated for head injuries. According to Elizabeth Ray, the alleged assailant, Margera used "the n-word, with black in front of it".[36] Ray denies attacking Margera.[36] Margera, on the other hand, denies having said the words, claiming "I called her a crazy bitch and an idiot, but I definitely didn't use the n-word".[37]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Jackass: The Movie Himself Writer
2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Irish Dock Worker Cameo
2003 Grind Himself
2003 Haggard: The Movie Valo Writer, director, executive producer
2006 Jackass Number Two Himself Co-producer
2006 The Dudesons Movie Himself
2007 Jackass 2.5 Himself Co-producer
2008 Bam Margera Presents: Where the ♯$&% Is Santa? Himself Writer, director, producer, executive producer
2008 The Fantasstic Whores 4 Himself Cameo
2009 Minghags: The Movie Lenny Writer, director, executive producer
2010 Jackass 3D Himself Co-producer
2011 Jackass 3.5 Himself Co-producer


Year Title Role Notes
2000–2002 Jackass Himself Starred
25 episodes
2003–2006 Viva La Bam Himself Co-creator, executive producer
2005–2012 Punk'd Himself Host
2 episodes
2006–2009 The Dudesons Himself 2 episodes
2007 Bam's Unholy Union Himself Co-creator, executive producer
2008 24 Hour Takeover Himself TV special
2009 Nitro Circus Himself 3 episodes
2010 Bam's World Domination Himself Co-creator, director, executive producer
2011 A Tribute to Ryan Dunn[38] Himself TV special
2012 Loiter Squad Himself Guest star
2014 Bam's Bad Ass Game Show Himself Co-creator, executive producer
2014 CKY: The Greatest Hits[39] Himself TV special
2016 VH1 Family Therapy with Dr. Jenn [40] Himself

DVDs and videos

Year Title Role
1999 Landspeed presents: CKY Himself
2000 CKY2K Himself
2001 CKY3 Himself
2001 CKY Documentary Himself
2001 Hook-Ups Presents: Destroying America Himself
2002 CKY4: The Latest & Greatest Himself

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
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 Voice
2007 Tony Hawk's Proving Ground Himself


With CKY
With Gnarkill
With Fuckface Unstoppable
  • Fuckface Unstoppable (2014)


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


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  29. ^ $13,000 Worth of damage at his wedding – Bam Scape
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  35. ^ "Radio Bam". Radio Bam. Episode 128. August 6, 2007. 
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External links

  • Official website
  • Bam Margera at the Internet Movie Database
  • Bam Margera's skate video filmography.
  • Filthy Note Records Official website
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