An alumni of the Big Brother Magazine school of skateboarding that also includes such respected graduates as Johnny Knoxville, Spike Jonze and Jeff Tremaine, Chris Pontius, also known as Pontius, Party Boy, Bunny The Lifeguard, Chief Roberts, Pontius the Barbarian, Mr. America, Roller Bobby, Garbage Man, Dutch Girl and Bear Johnson, is well-recalled as a core member of the infamous Jackass crew, appearing as himself in the series “Jackass” (2000-2002), as well as in the feature-film version of “Jackass,” Jackass: The Movie (2002) and Jackass Number Two (2006). With Jackass alumnus Steve-O, the stuntman also has made a name for himself as a co-host of the hilarious show “Wildboyz” (2003-?).
Pontius, whose trademark style consists of either a male pouch thong and a bow tie, or a headband and belt (being otherwise nude) and famous for his uproarious laugh or persistent giggling, ventured to fiction in 2003 with a supporting part in the highly successful movie Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, playing an Irish Henchman. It will be followed by small roles in the forthcoming films TV: The Movie (2006, TV), as Jesus Christ, and the Shane West starring vehicle What We Do Is Secret (2006), as Black Randy.
In addition, the experienced writer has compiled a book featuring his magazine writings, artwork, short stories, and police reports, but it is unreleased. He also plays in a rock n’ roll band, whose first single, “Karazy,” is featured on the Jackass Number Two soundtrack.
Privately speaking, 5-foot 8-inch Pontius is married to Claire Nolan.
Childhood and Family:
Chris Andrew Pontius was born on July 16, 1974 in Pasadena, California. He was raised on his family’s ranch in San Luis Obispo, California, where he developed a passion for skating. He married his current wife, Claire Nolan, on October 29, 2004.
A native of Pasadena, California, Chris Pontius got his start working with Big Brother Magazine school of skateboarding. He first appeared in Issue 2 of the magazine, board sliding a banister, and later in Issue 8, an interview with Pontius was featured, along with his first public nudity emergence when he was still under the permissible age of 18. He penned an article titled “18 ways to be an asshole” in Issue 9. Pontius remained with Big Brother until 1999.
After leaving Big Brother, Pontius took various jobs, including stints as Jamba Juice and working as a temp for Charles Schwab, before returning to the magazine several months later with an article titled “Life After Big Brother,” a told of his misadventures in the nine to five world. But, Pontius did not come to prominence until 2000, when he joined forces with Big Brother alumni like Jeff Tremaine, Spike Jonze and Johnny Knoxville to be a core member of the notorious Jackass crew. Premiered on MTV in 2000, the reality TV/comedy “Jackass” became an immediate hit. He stayed with the show until it departed the airways in 2002. In the meantime, he also teamed up with the similar-minded CKY crew that included Brandon DiCamillo, Ryan Dunn, Bam Margera and Chris Raab, with each person finally becoming of an extended family.
Following the diminish of “Jackass,” Pontius rejoined Johnny Knoxville,
Bam Margera and Steve-O for Jackass: The Movie (2002), a feature-film version of the comedy show which was directed by Jeff Tremaine. The film brought the shaggy-haired performer a MTV movie nomination for Best On-Screen Team, a nod he shared with Knoxville, Margera as well as Steve O.
The next year, Pontius gained additional popularity for his significant work with Steve-O in the finny TV series “Wildboyz” (MTV and MTV2, 2003-?). Still in 2003, he branched out to fiction with a feature part as Irish Henchman in the box-office sequel Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, opposite Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu.
Back to play himself, Pontius appeared in dozens of TV shows, including in episodes of “Howard Stern” (2004) and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (2005), and the series “Car Cruzin’” (2005). In 2006, he made his return to the big screen with the release of Jackass: Number Two.
Pontius will play Jesus Christ in the comedy-made-for-TV film TV: The Movie (2006), helmed by Sam Maccarone and also featuring Jackass alumnus Steve-O. He is also set to portray Black Randy in the Rodger Grossman-directed What We Do Is Secret (2006), a biopic of punk legend Darby Crash (played by Shane West) and his group, the Germs.