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He was 69. They wanted to associate with someone who kept trying to be a winner.". He also has a granddaughter and grandson, Analise and Kane. He was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2007. Knievel also dabbled in movies and TV, starring as himself in "Viva Knievel" and with Lindsay Wagner in an episode of the 1980s TV series "Bionic Woman." That stunt had to be tweaked, however, to a ramp-to-ramp jump in front of the volcano.
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Instead of whiskey and soda, he swigs Diet Cokes … "They started out watching me bust my ass, and I became part of their lives," Knievel said.
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He began his daredevil career in 1965, when he formed a troupe called Evel Knievel's Motorcycle Daredevils, a touring show in which he performed stunts such as riding through fire walls, jumping over live rattlesnakes and mountain lions and being towed at 200 mph behind dragster race cars. If you see something that doesn't look right on this page, please do inform us using the form below: © 2017 Dead or Kicking / All Rights Reserved. Knievel had 10 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. / CBS/AP. At various times and in different interviews, Knievel claimed to have been a swindler, a card thief, a safe cracker, and a holdup man. The pivotal post-Election Day dates you need to know, Kenosha shooting victim's dad blasts accused teen — and Trump. Knievel continued performing into his 40s, performing a series of stunts that included jumping over a moving locomotive in Texas in 2000; military planes decked on the USS Intrepid in 2004; and even a planned attempt at an artificial volcano at Las Vegas’ Mirage Hotel in 2008. "People wanted to associate with a winner, not a loser. After his hunting and sales businesses closed, and despite achieving some success as an insurance salesman, in the 1960s Knievel decided try his hand at motorcycle stuntwork to make a living. Knievel starred in the 2005 A&E program Knievel’s Wild Ride, a reality show that depicted his life and career. © 2020 Biography and the Biography logo are registered trademarks of A&E Television Networks, LLC.
', Jimmy Stewart was a major motion-picture star known for his portrayals of diffident but morally resolute characters in films such as 'It’s a Wonderful Life. He traced his inspiration to the time he saw Joey Chitwood's Auto Daredevil Show at age 8. ', Actor, writer, and comedian George Carlin was known for his stand-up routines as well as TV appearances and roles in such films as 1987's 'Outrageous Fortune.'. Business ventures were conducted through the company, Knievel Motorcycle Manufacturing Inc., which sold different custom motorcycles and various Knievel clothing items. In 2018 he accepted a plea deal on charges of tax evasion and illegal campaign contributions and was sentenced to three years in prison. Knievel had undergone a liver transplant in 1999 after nearly dying of hepatitis C, likely contracted through a blood transfusion after one of his bone-shattering spills. He suffered a concussion and broke both arms in an attempt to jump a tank full of live sharks in the Chicago Amphitheater. Be in the know. And there are things I wish I had done better, not only for me but for the ones I loved. Knievel has completed over 350 jumps, and set 20 world records. He is also known by the name, Kaptain Knievel, and is best known for being a daredevil. Gary Cooper's movie career spanned from silent films into the 1950s. In later years he still made a good living selling his autographs and endorsing products. Under the deal, Knievel paid a $685 fine and received a two-year suspended sentence. A planned jump at that year’s annual summer festival honoring his family, Knievel Days, was canceled due to Knievel’s legal issues. After his father tried to prevent him from attempting more difficult stunts, Knievel left home at the age of 16. Robbie Knievel loves wreaking his own brand of adventurous havoc. We strive for accuracy and fairness. He steadily increased the length of the jumps until, on New Year's Day 1968, he was nearly killed when he jumped 151 feet across the fountains in front of Caesar's Palace. ...Lost $250,000 at blackjack once. Immortalized in the Washington's Smithsonian Institution as "America's Legendary Daredevil," Knievel was best known for a failed 1974 attempt to jump Snake River Canyon on a rocket-powered cycle and a spectacular crash at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.
They married in 1999 and divorced a few years later but remained together.
Susan Atkins was a member of Charles Manson's 'Family' and was convicted of the group's infamous 1969 murder of Sharon Tate, which was orchestrated by Manson. We haven't heard any unfortunate news about Robbie Knievel having the coronavirus (COVID-19). He was also the subject of a 2017 documentary, Chasing Evel: The Robbie Knievel Story, which depicted his tumultuous relationship with his father, as well as the impact of alcoholism on both Robbie and Evel. Your contribution is much appreciated! George Hamilton and Sam Elliott each played Knievel in movies about his life. The third of four children (two boys and two girls), Knievel is named after his paternal grandfather. The money came from ticket sales, paid sponsors and ABC's "Wide World of Sports.". Copyright © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved. Robert Edward "Robbie" Knievel (born May 7, 1962 in Butte, Montana) is an American daredevil and son of stunt performer Evel Knievel. https://www.biography.com/performer/robbie-knievel. Robbie Knievel followed in his father's footsteps as a daredevil. Knievel served in the Army, ran his own hunting guide service, and owned dealerships selling Honda motorcycles, where he drummed up business by offering $100 off the price of a motorcycle to customers who could beat him at arm wrestling. He cleared the fountains, but the crash landing put him in the hospital in a coma for a month. On April 21, 2015, Knievel was arrested in Butte, Montana, and charged with felony DUI after he ran a red light and was involved in a four-car crash. Numerous injuries incurred over his long career have severely hampered Knievel’s ability to jump, limiting his performances in recent years. Celebrities and Famous People Who Passed Away Today in History.
They separated in the early 1990s. Sean Hannity is a conservative radio and television host, and one of the original primetime hosts on the Fox News Channel, where he has appeared since 1996.