Easily the most famous daredevil on two wheels, Evel Knievel's stunts, his costume and his showmanship have made him an American folk hero.
Before performing stunts, Knievel sought a different kind of adrenaline rush by stealing motorcycles and allegedly earned the nickname "Evil" behind bars, though he altered the spelling for his stage name.
Knievel is not so much known for performing successful stunts, as he is for cheating death on the ones that fail. Knievel jumped over the fountain in Caeser's Palace in 1968 and 13 double-decker buses at Wembley Stadium in London in 1975, both of which would lead to crashes resulting in serious injuries, which only increased his popularity. He even attempted to jump Snake River Canyon in Idaho in a rocketcycle, a stunt that would lead to almost certainly death for anyone else. But Knievel survived with only minor injuries after his parachute deployed prematurely.