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Joshua David "Josh" Duhamel (pronounced /dəˈmɛl/, [[Wikipedia:Pronunciation respelling key|də-template:sm]]; born November 14, 1972) is an American actor and former fashion model. He first achieved acting success in 1999 as Leo du Pres on ABC's All My Children and later as the chief of security, Danny McCoy, on NBC's Las Vegas. He is also well known for his role as one of the protagonists, Captain/ Major William Lennox, in the box office hit Transformers as well as its sequels, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Transformers: The Dark of the Moon. He was the official pace car driver for the 2009 Indianapolis 500 driving the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car.

Early life

Duhamel was born in Minot, North Dakota, the son of Bonnie L., a physical education teacher, and Larry David Duhamel, an advertising salesman.[1][2] His parents divorced during his youth, and although he remains close to both, he grew up with his mother[3] and his three younger sisters, Ashlee, Mckenzee and Kassidy. Duhamel attended Minot State University and played as the back-up quarterback for the university's football team.[3] He planned to attend dental school[4] but dropped out one-and-a-half credits shy of his undergraduate degree.[5]


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[6] (the first runner-up was actor Ashton Kutcher).[7]

Duhamel began his acting career as an extra in the music videos for Donna Summer's song, "I Will Go With You (Con te partirò)" in 1998 and Christina Aguilera's song, "What A Girl Wants" in 1999.[3] 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.[8][9] 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.[10] Duhamel opted to leave All My Children in 2002 to pursue other acting opportunities.

In 2003, Duhamel landed a prime time role on the NBC show Las Vegas, playing Montecito Casino security agent, Danny McCoy. He succeeded James Caan as president of the Montecito after Caan departed at the end of the fourth season. The series was cancelled 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[6] (a film for which Spielberg was the executive producer). Duhamel reprised the role for the sequel, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, released in June 2009.[11]

Duhamel will star alongside Samuel L. Jackson in the Boaz Yakin thriller film Sympathy for the Devil.[12] He is also slated to appear in The Romantics in 2010, alongside Katie Holmes, Adam Brody, and Australian actress, Annabel-Jane Brooks.

Personal life

Duhamel met and began dating Fergie, in September 2004.[13] Ferguson, a singer for the hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas, appeared on Duhamel's show Las Vegas with her band in an episode titled "Montecito Lancers" (which aired on November 1, 2004). The couple wed on January 10, 2009, in the Roman Catholic ceremony at the Church Estates Vineyards in Malibu, California.[14][15] On January 10, 2010, the couple renewed their wedding vows on a beach in Santa Barbara.[16] They are planning to have a baby in 2010.[citation needed] Duhamel and Ferguson reside in Brentwood, California, in a house that they purchased together in 2007.[17] In 2005, Duhamel became the co-owner of 10 North Main, a restaurant located in the downtown section of Minot, North Dakota, which features dishes such as elk and pheasant.[18]



Year Film Role Notes
2004 The Picture of Dorian Gray Dorian Gray film debut
Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! Tad Hamilton
2006 Turistas Alex
2007 Transformers Captain William Lennox
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Major William Lennox
2010 The Romantics Tom
When in Rome Nick Beamon
Ramona and Beezus Hobart
Life as We Know It Eric Messer
What's He Got? announced
2011 Transformers: The Dark of the Moon Major William Lennox filming
2012 Sympathy for the Devil


Year Title Role Notes
1999–2002 All My Children Leo du Pres
2002 Ed Richard Reed Season two, episode 19: "The Shot"
2003–2008 Las Vegas Danny McCoy Main character
2004-2007 Crossing Jordan Danny McCoy 3 episodes
2008 The Replacements Himself Voice
2009-present Fanboy and Chum Chum Oz Voice

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


  1. "Josh Duhamel Biography (1972–". Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Hatty, Michele (2005-02-06). "Meet up-and-comer Josh Duhamel". USA Weekend. Gannett Company. Retrieved 2008-09-20.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "USAWeekend" defined multiple times with different content
  4. " - Las Vegas - Bios". NBC. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  5. "Josh Duhamel Biography". People Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "IMTA Alum Josh Duhamel Transforms Into Action Hero". International Modeling and Talent Agency. 2007-07-02. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  7. "Josh Duhamel:". People Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  8. "Best New Couple". Soap Opera Digest. 2000. 
  9. Aspenson, Carolyn (2009-02-05). "Redefining the Super Couple". Retrieved 2009-03-05. 
  10. "The 29th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards". Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  11. McClintock, Pamela (2007-09-26). "'Transformers' sequel sets 2009 date". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  12. Exclusive: Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Duhamel Attached to New Hellish Pic
  13. "Josh Duhamel Reveals His Pick-Up Line on Fergie". People Weekly. Time Inc. 2007-06-19. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  14. "Fergie and Josh". Elle. 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  15. "It's Official: Ferie & Josh Are Married!". People Weekly. Time Inc. 2009-01-10. Retrieved 2009-02-04. 
  16. "Fergie and Josh Duhamel Renew Vows". US Magazine. 
  17. "Duhamel is hot, but he calls Fergie bigger star". MSNBC. Microsoft. 2007-06-19. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  18. Hull, Craig (2008-08-07). "On Down the Road". Morning Sun. GateHouse Media, Inc. Retrieved 2009-03-02. 

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