The Truth About Johnny Knoxville’s Ex-Wife, ​Melanie Lynn Clapp

April 18, 2024
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Who is Melanie Lynn Clapp?

Melanie Lynn Clapp (nee Cates) was born in 1964, in Texas USA. She is a 57-year-old fashion designer, but is probably best recognized for being the ex-wife of the famous actor, filmmaker and stunt performer Johnny Knoxville.

How rich is she, as of now? Melanie Lynn Clapp Net Worth

As of late 2021, Melanie Lynn Clapp’s net worth is estimated at over $500,000; acquired through her successful involvement in the fashion industry. Moreover, it is assumed that she increased her wealth through the divorce settlement from her ex-husband Johnny Knoxville, whose net worth is as high as $75 million.

Early Life, Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Religion, Educational Background

Melanie Lynn Clapp spent her early years somewhere in Texas, where she was raised by her parents; however, their names and professions aren’t revealed, and it’s also unknown whether she has siblings, or is an only child. She holds American nationality, belongs to White Caucasian ethnic group, and is a Christian. Regarding her education, Melanie matriculated from a private high school in her hometown. When it comes to speak about her professional career, little is known about it except that she is a successful fashion designer.


Appearance and Vital Statistics

Melanie Lynn Clapp has long blonde-dyed hair and dark brown eyes. She stands at a height of 5ft 6ins (1.68m), her weight is around 134lbs (62kgs), vital statistics are 36-30-34, bra size 36B, dress size 4 (US) and shoe size 6 (US).

Personal Life

Melanie Lynn Clapp and Johnny Knoxville exchanged their wedding vows at a ceremony held on 15 May 1995, and welcomed their daughter named Madison Clapp, sometime in the following year. After being married for 11 years, the couple split in July 2006; he filed for divorce on 3 July 2007, finalized a year later. Her husband went on to marry Naomi Nelson, with whom he has two children, a son and a daughter. On the other hand, there is no information on whether or not Melanie has remarried. Her current residence is in Los Angeles, California.

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Who is her ex-husband? Johnny Knoxville Short Wiki/Bio

Known professionally by his stage name Johnny Knoxville, he was born as Philip John Clapp on 11 March 1971 under the zodiac sign of Pisces, in Knoxville, Tennessee USA. He was raised by his father, Philip Clapp, who worked as a tire/car salesman, and his mother, Lemoyne Clapp, who was a teacher at a Sunday school. He has two elder sisters, one of whom is named Lynne Clapp. He attended South-Young High School from which he matriculated in 1989, then moved to California to pursue his career as an actor.

Career Beginnings

In the very beginning, Johnny Knoxville made appearances in various commercials, and as an extra.


Unable to land a breakthrough role, he started creating his own opportunities by pitching article ideas to magazines. After working on an idea to test self-defense equipment on himself, Johnny caught the attention of the famous skateboarding magazine Big Brother, for which Jeff Tremaine worked as an editor. He invited Johnny to film stunts for their “Number Two” video, on which also worked other future members of the “Jackass” crew, such as Dave England, Chris Pontius and Jason ‘Wee Man’ Acuña. They eventually filmed a pilot using footage from Big Brother’s video, together with footage from Bam Margera’s CKY videos, and sent the result to various networks. MTV picked it up, signed a deal with them, and the show “Jackass” was born.

Rise to Prominence and “Jackass”

The “Jackass” show premiered in October 2000; it achieved enormous success, and became one of the most-watched series on the network, even though it was quite controversial due to its content that included various dangerous stunts and pranks. It lasted for three seasons, ending in 2002. Thereafter, it spawned a media franchise which includes five feature films, entitled “Jackass: The Movie” (2002), “Jackass Number Two” (2006), “Jackass Presents: Mat Hoffman’s Tribute To Evel Knievel” (2008), “Jackass 3D” (2010), and “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” (2013), plus the upcoming film “Jackass Forever” (2022). The show also inspired several spin-offs, including “Wildboyz”, “Homewrecker”, “Viva La Bam”, “Dr. Steve-O”, and “World Domination”, to name a few. Moreover, they also worked on the videogame “Jackass: The Game”, which was released in 2007.


Continued Success as an Actor

In 2002, Johnny Knoxville starred in the role of a two-headed alien in the commercially successful sci-fi action comedy film “Men In Black II”, which is a sequel to the 1997 film “Men In Black”. It was directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, and starred Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. It was followed by his portrayal of Ray Templeton in the 2004 action film “Walking Talk”, starring opposite Dwayne Johnson, after which he took the roles of Luke Duke in the action-comedy road film “The Dukes Of Hazzard”, and the lead character in the comedy-drama film “Daltry Calhoun”, both released in 2005.

His next major role came in 2010, when he featured as Troy Coangelo in the comedy film “Father Of Invention”, next to Kevin Spacey.

Two years later, he was cast as Kirk in the comedy film “Nature Calls”, and as Lewis Dinkum in the action thriller film “The Last Stand”, sharing the screen with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In 2014, Johnny provided the voice of Leonardo in the animated superhero film “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, which was followed by his appearances as Sonny West in the comedy-drama film “Elvis & Nixon”, next to Michael Shannon, and Connor Watts in the buddy cop comedy film “Skiptrace”, opposite Jackie Chan, both in 2015. Most recently, he played Cash in the 2019 crime thriller film “Above Suspicion”, alongside Emilia Clarke, and featured as Ted Wick in the 2020 comedy-drama film “Mainstream”, directed by Gia Coppola.


Career as a Producer

Johnny Knoxville is also the co-owner of a production company called Dickhouse Productions, with Jeff Tremaine and Spike Jonze.

Apart from producing the “Jackass” franchise, he’s worked on such documentary films as “The Wild And Wonderful Whites Of West Virginia” (2009), “Steve-O: Demise And Rise” (2009), and “A Tribute To Ryan Dunn” (2011). He also served as an executive producer for the reality series “Nitro Circus” (2009) and the reality series “Dudesons In America” (2010).

He established another production company called Hello Junior in 2014, together with “Jackass” executive producer Derek Freda. They signed a deal with Paramount Pictures, and produced “Bad Grandpa” (2013) and “Bad Grandpa .5” (2014). Recently, he produced the 2018 comedy film “Action Point”.

Olivia Wilson

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