He later did a bunch of odd jobs and eventually won the title of Male Model of the year in the IMTA competition.

He is known for his portrayal as Leo du Pres on All My Children.

Duhamel was born on the 14th of November, 1972 and has been involved in the acting fraternity since 1999 according to his bio. Duhamel was born in Minot, North Dakota and was initially planning on becoming a dentist but dropped out due to lack of credits.

"My mother and I traveled through Europe scamming people and then I met a girl in Pine Valley, Pa., where 'All My Children' takes place.

Ultimately, I fell in love with her, and my mother got so jealous she became nuts and ultimately tried to kill her.

Duhamel confesses he belonged in that class himself only a few years ago -- after quitting pre- dentistry college courses to be with his girlfriend in Sacramento, he happened into a modeling career.

He then lived for a year in San Francisco, waiting tables at Houston's restaurant between modeling jobs.

"And I understand how people are going to perceive me now, but long term, you want to be a good actor. What I'm saying is, I'm not going to rely on taking my shirt off.

It's got to be more; otherwise you're going to have a very short career." Many film actors were first seen on the soaps Josh Duhamel is just the latest in a long line of soap actors who've made the move to the big screen.

"James is old-school cool, someone I can really learn from.

When I read the script, I thought how fun it would be to play this guy driving a '68 SS Camaro." Dream Works was looking for a fresh face to play Tad Hamilton and gambled on Duhamel despite his relatively skimpy resume.

It's all about confidence, and at the beginning, I had none." Duhamel gradually gained confidence, took more chances in front of the camera and, in 1999, landed his "All My Children" gig.