The Untold Truth About America’s Daredevil, Evel Knievel

Evel Knievel is possibly the most famous motorcycle daredevil who has ever lived. Even people who weren’t alive in the 1960s and 1970s at the peak of his fame know the name “Evel Knievel.” However, behind the character was a complicated person named Robert Craig Knievel.

From the origins of his strange name to the surprising world record that he holds, there’s more than meets the eye with Evel Knievel. Read on to learn some high-flying facts about the legendary stuntman.

He Kidnapped His Girlfriend…Twice

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King Collection/Photoshot/Getty Images

Knievel and his eventual wife Linda Joan Bork had a rocky start. In 1953, he kidnapped her and was actually charged with a crime. Six years later, he did it again, but this time, they rode off on his motorcycle to get married.

Against all odds, they actually stayed together for 38 years. The couple even had four children — two boys, Kelly and Robbie, and two girls, Tracey and Alicia.