Shia LaBeouf (pronounced "Shy-uh La-Buff" ) was born in Los Angeles, California, the only child of Jeffrey LaBeouf, a former mime  and circus and rodeo clown  who "drifted" from job to job, and Shayna Saide, a dancer and ballerina  turned visual artist;  his maternal grandfather was a comedian who worked in the Borscht Belt of the Catskill Mountains.  LaBeouf has said that he comes from "five generations of performers" and was "acting when I came out of the womb".  LaBeouf's father is a Cajun (once described by LaBeouf as a "Ragin' Cajun")  and his mother is Jewish,  and LaBeouf was raised in the Jewish religion  and became a Bar Mitzvah. 
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I found him here:-
After months of building Internet buzz, this can finally be reported as fact: Shia LaBeouf has been cast in the upcoming "Indiana Jones" movie.
Producer George Lucas and director Steven Spielberg announced Friday that LaBeouf will appear alongside Harrison Ford in the fourth installment of the adventure franchise, scheduled for release May 22, 2008. Production is set to begin in June.
"We are excited about bringing Shia into our Indy family," Spielberg said in a statement on the "Indiana Jones" Web site. "His talent has impressed not only his audiences throughout his young career but the directors, producers and fellow actors who have worked with him in his television career and now his film career."
Paramount, a division of Viacom Inc., declined Friday to say what role LaBeouf would be playing.
The 20-year-old actor told The Associated Press in March that the persistent Internet rumors about his casting in the film were just that -- rumors.
"The way that thing started, it's just wild how it snowballed," LaBeouf told the AP then. "I don't have a deal on the table, it's just a rumor. Would I do it? In a second. It'd be working for a legend and working with legends. Who wouldn't? But is it something I'm doing right now? No. I'm an out-of-work actor."
It's a busy weekend for the up-and-coming actor. He stars in "Disturbia," a high-tech, teen version of "Rear Window," which opened Friday; then he's hosting NBC's "Saturday Night Live" on Saturday.
LaBeouf also co-stars in this summer's "Transformers" movie for Spielberg's DreamWorks Pictures, and provides the voice of one of the penguins in the animated "Surf's Up." His previous films include "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints," "The Greatest Game Ever Played" and "Holes." He also won a Daytime Emmy in 2003 for the Disney Channel series "Even Stevens."
Starring Shia LaBeouf as a housebound teenager who suspects a neighbor (David Morse) of murder, "Disturbia" continued a solid year for DreamWorks Pictures, whose No. 1 hits include "Blades of Glory" and "Norbit."
"We're kind of hoping this could be habit-forming," DreamWorks spokesman Marvin Levy said. (Watch Mr. Moviephone give his take on this week's new films )
"Disturbia" launches a breakout year for LaBeouf, whose long-rumored casting in the fourth "Indiana Jones" movie was confirmed Friday by producer George Lucas and director Steven Spielberg, one of the founders of DreamWorks. (Review)
This summer, LaBeouf provides the lead voice for Sony's animated penguin comedy "Surf's Up" and stars in the science-fiction saga "Transformers."
"The person you want to be right now is Shia LaBeouf. I want to be Shia LaBeouf. I want to be 20 and have all this happening to me. It's really great for him," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. "2007 is Shia's year. He proved he can open a movie all by himself."
Poor boy. Not only is he Jewish but look what they do with his name:-
by Achalemoipas on 3/14/07
In French "Shia Labeouf" sounds like "shit the food".
by Spartan2100 on 3/14/07
Actually, "shit* in French is "merde" and laboeuf would closely translate to "the beef." So I'm not sure how Shia Laboeuf sounds like "shit the food" in French. At best, it would sound like "Shia the Beef."
by Achalemoipas on 3/14/07
Nice that you would comment about a language you don't speak.
Shia sounds like the french verb chier, which means to shit. Labeouf does not sound like "le boeuf". It's sounds like "la bouffe" which means food. Merde is not a verb, it's a noun. As in "je chie de la merde dans ta face espèce d'inapte."