So you think you know everything about Bam Margera, the pro skateboarder who also is a stuntman, movie director and MTV “Jackass” personality? Well, then, you probably do know everything. But just in case . . .
Bam was born September 28, 1979, as Brandon Cole Margera. This occurred in West Chester, Pa., a place not exactly known for skateboarding at the time. His grandpa gave him his nickname when he was a 3-year-old, because he constantly was running into walls. He started boarding as an 8-year-old. Therefore, this was a rare case in which the skateboard outdoors may have been safer than the walls indoors.
He’s a dropout, but he was a good enough son to comply with his parents’ pleas to achieve a GED. This stands for General Educational Development certificate. It is not officially a high school diploma.
Skateboarding may seem to have become secondary for Bam, but without the sport, you may never have heard from him. His breakthrough into entertainment came during the late 1990s, when he started filming himself and his friends doing stunts. The compilation of “CKY (Camp Kill Yourself): Landspeed” was released in 1999, followed by three sequels. (One more than for The Godfather!).
The CKY acronym was not exactly original for Bam, since his brother Jess is in a band of the same name.
Margera is a member of Team Element, the demonstration team for Element Skateboards, and he has other sponsors. He also sells tons of stuff on his website. This makes him a pro, even though he really isn’t good enough to enter regular competitions. However, he is among fewer than 20 skateboarders known to have landed The Loop.
After some stormy love relations, Bam Margera married Missy Rothstein in February 2007. Did this lead him to settle down? Well, he led the Jackass crew tag along on the honeymoon in Dubai, and he ended up with a $13,000 tab for damage done to the hotel. His reaction: “I was kind of ready for it though. ... If something doesn’t get broken, then that’s not right.”