Evel Knievel

Evel Knievel


10/17/1938, Butte, Montana, USA



Birth Name

Robert Craig Knievel



Also Known As

Evil Knievel
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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Evel has had two wives, the first was Linda Knievel who he had 4 children with and that marriage lasted from 1959 to 1997. Those four kids are named Kelly, Robbie, Tracey and Alicia with his ex-wife Linda Joan Bork Knievel. His four kids had ten kids making him a grandfather of ten. His second wife was Crystal Kennedy who he married in 1999 and divorced in 2001.

    • There is a rock opera based on Evel Knievel's life.

    • He got baptized into a Christian a year before he died.

    • The record for most broken bones is held by Evel with 40 bones.

    • Evel donated a lot of money to the Make a Wish Foundation.

    • Dick Daring on Disney Channel's show The Replacements is modeled after Evel Knievel.

    • He got a new liver in 1999 after getting hepatitis C.

    • He founded a semiprofesional ice hockey team in his home town Butte. The team was named Butte Bombers and he was a owner, manager, coach and a player.

    • Evel went to Butte High School.

    • Evel's son Robbie followed in Evel's footsteps and is now a daredevil.

    • George Hamilton played Evel in the 2004 TV movie about him titled Evel Knievel.

    • Robert and Ann Knievel were Evel's parents, they also had a son named Nic who is Evel's brother. Evel also has a cousin who is a famous NFL kicker.

    • His father's parents raised him and his brother Nic.

    • Evel Knievel has a roller coaster in Eureka, Missouri named after him called America's Legendary Daredevil.

    • Evel Knievel sued Kanye West for trademark infringement over a film clip that depicts Kanye as "Evel Kanyevel" trying to jump over a canyon. The lawsuit said Evel Knievel's image was tarnished by the "vulgar, sexual and racially charged nature" of Kanye's video for his hit single Touch the Sky.

  • Quotes

    • Evel Knievel: No king or prince has lived a better life. You're looking at a guy who's really done it all. And there are things I wish I had done better, not only for me but for the ones I loved.

    • Evel Knievel: I've always said that when the canyon jump comes, if I miss it I'll get somewhere quicker where you're all going someday. ... Dying is a part of living and none of us is going to get out of here alive.

    • Evel Knievel: (on Kanye West's film clip that depicts him as "Evel Kanyevel" trying to jump over a canyon) He's just a disgrace to me. What a cheap shot. What a cheap, two-bit shot.