Model-turned-actor Josh Duhamel, who first caught TV viewers’ attention while
playing Leo Du Pres on the long-lived series “All My Children” (1999-2002), is
currently playing Danny McCoy in NBC’s new drama “Las Vegas,” opposite Hollywood
heavy hitter James Caan. Duhamel had branched out in motion pictures and had
played the title role in 2004’s The Picture of Dorian Gray and Win a Date with
Tad Hamilton!. He will also appear in the upcoming films, Turistas and Bobby.
The dark-blonde, green-eyed and 6' 2" actor was listed on People (USA)
magazine's “50 Most Beautiful” in 2004. As for his private life, Duhamel had
dated Kate Bosworth (born on January 2, 1983) and Kristy Pierce (dated
2001-2004; called off engagement in early 2004). He is currently the fiancé of
Stacy Ferguson (a.k.a. Fergie; member of Black Eyed Peas; born on March 27,
1975; dating since 2004; engaged in July 2005), whom he met when her band had a
guest appearance on his show Las Vegas.
Childhood and Family:
In Minot, North Dakota, Joshua David Duhamel was born on November 14, 1972. His
parents are Larry, an ad salesman, and Bonny, a teacher. Josh has three younger
sisters: Ashley, Cassidy and Mckenzie Duhamel. Dreaming of becoming a dentist,
Josh studied Biology at Minot State University, where he also played football.
After 13 years studying in the university, Josh recently earned his bachelor's
degree, at age 33.
Josh Duhamel currently resides in Los Angeles. In his off time, he enjoys his
hobbies: playing basketball, football, skiing and golf.
Originally dreaming of becoming a dentist, Josh Duhamel headed to Los Angeles to
career in show biz. He began as a model and won the IMTA (International Modeling
and Talent Association) Male Model of the Year Award in 1997. While posing on
fashion magazines, Duhamel got discovered.
1999 marked Duhamel with his first acting job. He won the role of con artist Leo
du Pres on the long-running daytime soap opera “All My Children” (starring Susan
Lucci). In the series created by Agnes Nixon, Duhamel stayed for three years
(1999-2002). He won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama
Series in 2002. He also had received nomination for America's Favorite Couple at
Daytime Emmy Awards in 2001 and 2002, and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a
Drama Series at Daytime Emmy Awards in 2003.
"I've learned a lot from Leo, actually. Never wear leather pants in public."
Josh Duhamel (on his role Leo du Pres on the series “All My Children”).
His figure began receive notice from TV viewers. He subsequently appeared as a
guest on such shows as "Ed" (as Richard Reed), "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" and
"The View." When his contract on “All My Children” ended, Duhamel nabbed another
TV series role. He portrayed the supporting role of Danny McCoy, casino
observation head "Big Ed" Deline's (played by Hollywood star James Caan) eager
young protégé, in the NBC currently-running series "Las Vegas.” Duhamel’s
performance on the series received positive reviews. He was nominated two Teen
Choice Awards, one for Choice Breakout TV Star – Male and another for Choice TV
Actor - Drama/Action Adventure.
“I am extremely excited to be part of such a dynamic cast. I think Danny’s
position as a Las Vegas insider makes him an exciting character to follow behind
the scenes of the city.” Josh Duhamel (on his character Danny McCoy on the
series “Las Vegas”).
2004 saw Duhamel gracing the silver screen. He played the titular role of a man
who has sold his soul to the Devil, in director David Rosenbaum's independent
film The Picture of Dorian Gray. In the horror film, adopted from Oscar Wilde's
book, Duhamel shared the screen with Branden Waugh and Rainer Judd.
That same year, filmmaker Robert Luketic handed Duhamel the role of male
celebrity Tad Hamilton, who dates a small-town girl through a contest, in Win a
Date with Tad Hamilton!. In the romantic comedy film, written by Victor Levin,
Duhamel costarred with teen stars Kate Bosworth and Topher Grace. Duhamel later
earned nomination at Teen Choice Award, for Choice Breakout Movie Star – Male.
Duhamel had appeared as Danny McCoy in two episodes of the now-running crime
drama series "Crossing Jordan" (starring Jill Hennessy), in November 2004 and
October 2005. He was also spotted in several shows, including "Biography," "Late
Night with Conan O'Brien," "Last Call with Carson Daly," "Ellen: The Ellen
DeGeneres Show" and "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee." Additionally, Duhamel
became a presenter on The 31st Annual People's Choice Awards in 2005.
As for his upcoming projects, Duhamel will star as Alex, one of young
backpackers who marooned in a remote Brazilian jungle, in John Stockwell's
mystery drama Turistas, with Melissa George, Olivia Wilde, Beau Garrett and
Desmond Askew. He will also play a role in writer-director Emilio Estevez's
drama film, Bobby, about the assassination of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy. It
will star Demi Moore and Elijah Wood.
Duhamel had tried his hand in business. He opened a trendy restaurant, 10 North
Main, in his native town.
Daytime Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, “All My
IMTA (International Modeling and Talent Association): Male Model of the
Year Award, 1997