For the pre-1899 conflict, see Spanish–Moro conflict.For a series of attacks over Sabah, see Moro attacks on Sabah.
Due to marginalisation produced by continuous Resettlement Policy sustained at start of Mindanao and Sulu inclusion to the Philippine Commonwealth territory of 1935, by 1969, political tensions and open hostilities developed between the Government of the Philippines and Moro Muslim rebel groups.
He became known among younger audiences as Louis Stevens in the Disney Channel series Even Stevens, a role for which La Beouf received a Young Artist Award nomination in 2001 and won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2003.
He made his film debut in The Christmas Path (1998).
In 2004, he made his directorial debut with the short film Let's Love Hate and later directed a short film titled Maniac (2011), starring American rappers Cage and Kid Cudi.
In 2007, La Beouf starred in the commercially successful films Disturbia and Surf's Up.