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Bam Margera

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Bam Margera (born Brandon Cole Margera on September 28, 1979, name legally changed to “Bam”) is a professional skateboarder and television personality. He released a series of videos under the CKY banner and came to prominence after being drafted into MTV’s Jackass crew. He has since appeared in MTV’s Viva La Bam and Bam’s Unholy Union, all the Jackass movies, and Haggard and Minghang, which he both also co-wrote and directed.

Margera was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania to Phil and April Margera. He is also the younger brother of Jess Margera and nephew of Vincent Margera. His grandfather nicknamed him “Bam” at the age of three after his habit of running into walls. He attended East High School and cites friend Chris Raab as his only reason for attending high school, and dropped out after Raab got expelled for smearing feces on a locker. He later received his GED at the insistence of his parents.

Margera was previously engaged to Jenn Rivell, a divorced single mother six years his senior. Rivell played a prominent part in several of his projects and the couple appeared to be co-habiting in various episodes of Viva La Bam. However, the relationship ended in 2005 and Margera would later become engaged to Melissa “Missy” Rothstein, a childhood friend. In November 2006 Margera filed for “Protection From Abuse” from Rivell after she allegedly broke into his house.

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