In 1979, author Mike S. Walter starts in the entertainment industry as a movie extra. But after watching stuntmen in action on the set, he knows that is what he wants to do with his career.
Walter's background in life mirrors that of a stuntman. A world-class boxer and martial artist, he also races motorcycles and cars and knows how to street fight. But one night in May 1980, during a high-speed police chase in Redondo Beach, California, Walter and his friend crash into a fifty-foot palm tree at ninety miles per hour. Life-threatening injuries including multiple skull fractures, a broken jaw and shoulder, and blindness in his left eye nearly put an end to his career-and his life.
Despite his injuries, Walter recovers and goes on to enjoy nearly three decades as a stuntman in movies and television. Hollywood Stuntman Comes Clean: What Hurts the Most? also reveals Walter's struggles with cocaine addiction, broken marriages, and estrangement from his daughter. This compelling autobiography shares the gripping story of one man's will to live and also portrays the gritty reality of working in Tinsel town.