He started his career by doing stand-up comedy around places in his neighborhood, such as coffee clubs. One day, he saw a friend of his acting on “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” (1993), and wanted to become an actor. Shia and his mom talked it over, and the next day he started looking for an agent. He searched in the yellow pages, called one up, and did a stand-up routine in front of him. They liked him and signed him, and then he started auditioning. He’s well known for playing Louis Stevens in the popular Disney Channel series “Even Stevens” (2000) and has won a Daytime Emmy for his performance.
LaBeouf stars in the thriller Disturbia, which opens at No. 1. New York Times film critic A.O. Scott calls LaBeouf “one of the most engaging young actors in movies today.” He also signs on to star in the fourth installment of Indiana Jones. “It’s a huge project and you treat it that way,” LaBeouf tells PEOPLE of the film, which costars Harrison Ford and Cate Blanchett. When it opens in May 2008, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull makes an estimated $311 worldwide its first weekend.
LaBeouf tries to save the world from impending robocalypse in director Michael Bay’s Transformers with Josh Duhamel and Megan Fox. In its first week, the film obliterates the competition, taking in $152.6 million domestically. Weeks later, LaBeouf lands on the cover of Vanity Fair (which dubs him the next Tom Hanks), and he reprises his blockbuster role in a 2009 Transformers sequel.