Karl Wallenda

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Birthday
21, 1905
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Mar 22, 1978 (73)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
21, 1905
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Mar 22, 1978 (73)

About

Late high wire artist remembered for being the founder of the circus act The Flying Wallendas. He was known for walking without the aid of a safety net and was killed during a walk between the two towers of the Condado Plaza Hotel in Puerto Rico.

Before Fame

He was born into a daredevil family and began performing as part of the act at age six.

Trivia

He broke the tightrope-walking distance record of 1,800 feet at Kings Island at the age of sixty-nine.

Family Life

Several members of his family died during stunts performed as members of The Flying Wallendas.

Associated With

His great-grandson, Nik Wallenda, has carried on the tightrope-walking tradition.