Joshua David Duhamel is an American actor and former fashion model. After various modeling work, he made his acting debut as Leo du Pres on the ABC daytime soap opera All My Children and later starred as Danny McCoy on NBC’s Las Vegas. Take a look below for 25 more awesome and fascinating facts about Josh Duhamel.
1. Duhamel was born in Minot, North Dakota.
2. His mother, Bonnie L. Kemper, is a retired teacher and local businesswoman, and his father, Larry Duhamel, is an advertising salesman.
3. He is of French-Canadian, Irish, English, Austrian, German and Norwegian ancestry.
4. Duhamel is an active Catholic.
5. His parents divorced during his youth.
6. Although he remains close to both, he grew up with his mother and his three younger half sisters, Ashlee, Kassidy and Mckenzee Kemper.
7. Duhamel attended Minot State University and played as the quarterback for the university’s football team.
8. He planned to attend dental school, but dropped out one-and-a-half credits shy of his undergraduate degree.
9. He later completed his credits, and he received his degree in 2005.
10. Duhamel has stated, “After college, I followed an ex-girlfriend to northern California, did a bunch of odd jobs.”
11. He won the title of Male Model of the Year in an International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) competition in 1997 (the runner-up was actor Ashton Kutcher).
12. Duhamel began his acting career as an extra in the music videos for Donna Summer’s “I Will Go With You (Con te partirò)” and Christina Aguilera‘s “Genie in A Bottle” in 1999.
13. In 2003, he received 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.
14. Duhamel made his big-screen acting debut in 2004’s Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, then starred in the thriller Turistas (2006).
15. Duhamel was the official pace car driver for the 2009 Indianapolis 500, driving the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car.
16. In 2010, he played the lead role in the film When in Rome as Nick Beamon.
17. In 2014 Duhamel starred in the touching drama You’re Not You (2014) playing the husband of Kate (Hilary Swank), who has the degenerative disease ALS.
18. On March 23, 2013, Duhamel hosted the 2013 Kids’ Choice Awards, which was broadcast live from Los Angeles, California.
19. In 2016, he starred as Frank Dunning in the Hulu science fiction thriller miniseries 11.22.63.
20. In 2018, he was used on a Taco Bell commercial to advertise Mexican spiced fries with nacho cheese sauce called Web of Fries.
21. Duhamel met and began dating singer Stacy Ann Ferguson, better known by her stage name Fergie in September 2004, after Ferguson appeared on Duhamel’s show Las Vegas with her band The Black Eyed Peas.
22. The couple wed on January 10, 2009, in a Roman Catholic ceremony at the Church Estate Vineyards in Malibu, California.
23. They have a son born in August 2013.
24. On September 14, 2017, the couple announced that they had separated earlier in the year. On June 1, 2019, the couple have filed for divorce after two years of separation.
25. In 2005, he became the co-owner of 10 North Main, a restaurant in Minot, North Dakota.