Brandon Margera, widely recognized by his moniker Bam Margera, entered the world in West Chester, Pennsylvania, born to April Margera (née Cole) and Phil Margera. His unique nickname, “Bam,” emerged at the tender age of three, bestowed upon him by his grandfather due to his habit of energetically crashing into walls.
Margera’s journey into the limelight commenced during his high school years when he became a frequent feature in articles within Jeff Tremaine’s Big Brother magazine. This period also witnessed the inception of CKY videos, a collaborative effort with his older brother Jess, and friends Chris Raab, Ryan Dunn, and Brandon DiCamillo. Although his school attendance was primarily influenced by Chris Raab’s presence, a memorable incident led to his eventual departure. Following Raab’s suspension for an unconventional act involving lockers, Margera dropped out of high school. Despite this, his parents advocated for him to obtain his GED, which he eventually achieved.
In the year 2000, Margera secured a spot on the MTV show “Jackass,” courtesy of Jeff Tremaine’s collaboration with the network. While “Jackass” enjoyed a two-year run, Margera extended his presence, eventually starring in the franchise’s films. His prominence soared with the creation of his own reality TV series, “Viva La Bam,” featuring not only his family but also the CKY crew, including his close friend and “Jackass” co-star, Ryan Dunn.
Beyond the “Jackass” franchise, Margera immersed himself in skateboarding projects and various other film endeavors. However, tragedy struck in 2011 when he lost his best friend, Ryan Dunn, in a fatal drunk-driving accident.
Margera’s ventures continued to diversify, leading to his current role as the host of “Bam’s Badass Gameshow,” a testament to his enduring presence in the entertainment industry and his pursuit of new creative outlets.