Knievel, Evel: Legendary Stunt Icon Dies at 69

November 30, 2007–Legendary daredevil Evel Knievel died on Friday at age 69. The stunt icon, who jumped his motorcycle over canyons, stacks of cars, and the fountains at Caesars Palace, had been in failing health for years, suffering from diabetes, lung disease, and hepatitis C.

Famous for his star-spangled jumpsuits and breathtaking feats, Knievel was a pop-culture staple in the 1960s and 1970s due to the death-defying acts he performed in traveling shows and on a variety of TV series and specials.

In 1977, he played himself in the fictional feature film Viva Knievel!, opposite an all-star cast including Gene Kelly, Red Buttons, and Frank Gifford. But the movie was a commercial flop.