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Inside Shia LaBeouf’s Epic Highs and Lows in Hollywood and Beyond

Inside Shia LaBeouf’s Epic Highs and Lows in Hollywood and Beyond

Actor, artist and provocateur Shia LaBeoufremains busy figuring himself out.

He's only 33, but he's been working as an actor for almost his entire life (he actually has an IMDb credit that predates him) and been famous for nearly as long. He spent his youth on TV, including as a star of the Disney Channel series Even Stevens, and had his breakout role on the big screen in 2003's Holes.

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints made an indie star out of him in 2006. The 2007 thriller Disturbia turned him into the boy-next-door heartthrob. And he became the boy-next-door action hero as star of the Transformers franchise and Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. He twice topped Forbes' list of actors who were worth their price tag relative to how much their films made.

Also at some point in 2007 he went on a date with Rihanna, which turned into rumors that they were a thing, none of which he really dispelled until he told Playboy in 2009, "It never got beyond one date. The spark wasn't there. We weren't passionate about each other in that way, so we remain friends."

For the most part, all seemed to be going right for Shia LaBeouf. Yet while his star was on the rise, his life usually failed to be in sync with his career—and he has traced his unraveling back to his earliest days in the spotlight.