Josh Duhamel

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Josh Duhamel

Josh Duhamel at the 2009 White House Easter Egg roll
BornJoshua David Duhamel
(1972-11-14) November 14, 1972 (age 39)
Minot, North Dakota, U.S.
Alma materMinot State University
Occupation Actor/fashion model
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s)Stacy Ann "Fergie" Ferguson (2009-present)
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Josh Duhamel

Josh Duhamel at the 2009 White House Easter Egg roll
BornJoshua David Duhamel
(1972-11-14) November 14, 1972 (age 39)
Minot, North Dakota, U.S.
Alma materMinot State University
Occupation Actor/fashion model
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s)Stacy Ann "Fergie" Ferguson (2009-present)

Joshua David "Josh" Duhamel (play /dəˈmɛl/ də-MEL; 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 then began appearing in films, most prominently playing one of the protagonists, Captain/Major/Lieutenant Colonel William Lennox, in the box office hit Transformers as well as its sequels, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. He starred in Life As We Know It with Katherine Heigl.


Early life

Duhamel was born in Minot, North Dakota, into a Catholic family,[1] the son of Bonnie L. Kemper, a physical education teacher, and Larry David Duhamel, an advertising salesman.[2][3] He is of French-Canadian, Irish, English, German, and Norwegian ancestry.[3]

His parents divorced during his youth. Although he remains close to both, he grew up with his mother 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.[4] He planned to attend dental school,[5] but dropped out one-and-a-half credits shy of his undergraduate degree.[6]


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[7] (the runner-up was actor Ashton Kutcher).[8]

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, "Genie in A Bottle" in 1999.[4] Josh trained with Scott Sedita Acting Studios. 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.[9][10] 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.[11] Duhamel left 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 the head of security as Danny McCoy for the Montecito Casino. He succeeded James Caan as head of the casino after Caan departed the series at the end of the fourth season. The series ended 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[7] (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,[12] and again in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, released in June 2011.

Duhamel was the official pace car driver for the 2009 Indianapolis 500 driving the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car.[13] In 2010 he played lead role in the movie When in Rome as Nick Beamon

Personal life

Duhamel met and began dating singer Stacy Ann "Fergie" Ferguson in September 2004.[14] Ferguson appeared on Duhamel's show Las Vegas with her band (The Black Eyed Peas) in an episode titled "Montecito Lancers" (which aired on November 1, 2004). The couple wed on January 10, 2009, in a Roman Catholic ceremony at the Church Estates Vineyards in Malibu, California.[15][16] On January 10, 2010, the couple renewed their wedding vows.[17]

Duhamel and Ferguson reside in Brentwood, California.[18] Both Duhamel and Fergie are Catholic, and attend church.[19] In 2005 he became the co-owner of 10 North Main, a restaurant in Minot, North Dakota, which features dishes such as elk and pheasant.[20]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Picture of Dorian Gray Dorian Gray Film debut
2004 Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! Tad Hamilton
2006 Turistas Alex
2007 Transformers William Lennox
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen William Lennox
2010 The Romantics Tom
2010 When in Rome Nick Beamon
2010 Ramona and Beezus Hobart
2010 Life as We Know It Eric Messer
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon William Lennox
2011 New Year's Eve Sam Ahern
2012 Fire with Fire Jeremy Coleman Announced
2013 Safe Haven Alex (filming)


Year Title Role Notes
2002; 2011
All My ChildrenLeo du Pres November 1999 - October 2002; August 4 - 5, 2011
2002 Ed Richard Reed "The Shot" (Season 2, episode 19)
2003–08 Las Vegas Danny McCoy Main character
2004–07 Crossing Jordan Danny McCoy "What Happens in Vegas Dies in Boston" (Season 4, episode 7)
"Luck Be a Lady" (Season 5, episode 2)
"Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (Season 6, episode 4)
2008 The Replacements Himself Voice, "Hollywoodn't" (Season 3, episode 11)
"Canadian Fakin'" (Season 3, episode 15)
"Dick Daring's All-Star Holiday Stunt Spectacular V" (Season 3, episode 22)
2009–present Fanboy and Chum Chum Oz Voice
2012 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Captain Flynn Voice

Awards and nominations


Year Award Category Title Result
2001 Daytime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesAll My ChildrenNominated
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 VegasNominated
Choice TV Actor – Drama/Action Adventure Nominated
2007 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actor: Horror/Thriller TuristasNominated
Choice Movie Rumble:
Captain Lennox vs. Blackout
2011 Kids' Choice Awards Best Actor, Arm Fart Hall of Fame Won
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor Romantic Comedy Life as We Know ItNominated


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  9. ^ "Best New Couple". Soap Opera Digest. 2000. 
  10. ^ Aspenson, Carolyn (February 5, 2009). "Redefining the Super Couple". Retrieved March 5, 2009. 
  11. ^ "The 29th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards". Retrieved September 20, 2008. 
  12. ^ McClintock, Pamela (September 26, 2007). "'Transformers' sequel sets 2009 date". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved September 20, 2008. 
  13. ^ "Actor Josh Duhamel To Drive Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car At Indy 500". 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  14. ^ "Josh Duhamel Reveals His Pick-Up Line on Fergie". People Weekly. Time Inc. June 19, 2007.,,20043023,00.html. Retrieved September 20, 2008. 
  15. ^ "Fergie and Josh". Elle. March 4, 2009. Retrieved September 12, 2010. 
  16. ^ "It's Official: Fergie & Josh Are Married!". People Weekly. Time Inc. January 10, 2009.,,20251507,00.html. Retrieved February 4, 2009. 
  17. ^ Fergie and Josh Duhamel Renew Vows September 2010.
  18. ^ "Duhamel is hot, but he calls Fergie bigger star". MSNBC. Microsoft. June 19, 2007. Retrieved September 20, 2008. 
  19. ^ "The Softer Side of Josh Duhamel". Parade. Retrieved September 5, 2011. 
  20. ^ Hull, Craig (August 7, 2008). "On Down the Road". Morning Sun. GateHouse Media, Inc. Retrieved March 2, 2009. 

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