About Dr Danger
Unbeknownst to him, at the ripe age of ten, an inquisitive Gregory E. Carpenter, with nothing but a lighter, an abandoned car and a love of fire, set out to create the man that would become Dr Danger!
A true stunt gypsy road dog, Dr Danger spends most of his time on the road living life in the trenches and getting as much out of each and every day. He’s a father, a believer, a songwriter, a mechanic, a bus driver, a dishwasher, and an eternal optimist. Dr Danger has spent the last 24 years performing live daredevil stunts at racetracks, speedways, and monster truck shows across the country.
A child of the 60’s, Carpenter was born in Sacramento, California, where the entertainer in him soon came shining through. Instead of putting on plays in the back yard like most kids, he and his two sisters had a family favorite game, “Howdy, Partner!”. It started with an ironing board. They would take turns sitting at the ironing board as if it were a saloon bar, one would walk into the saloon, give a slap on the other’s back and say, “Howdy, Partner!”, and then the stunt fighting would begin!
He became enthralled with Evel Knievel at the age of 11 after seeing the George Hamilton movie three times in one afternoon. After years of different types of work, Carpenter finally gave in and decided to follow his heart: there was no denying his true calling. He spent his early years of stunt work in Hollywood (his first moniker) before realizing he could not be just another anonymous stuntman. He needed his audience to know his face and his name. True to his character, the open road was the place to do it. He’s spent the last 24 years doing just that!
His signature stunts include a Dr Danger original: ‘Suicide Car Explosion’, which entails two pounds of explosives and twenty gallons of gasoline being placed on a car. Dr Danger gets in, and flips a switch. KABOOM! Now all he has to do is GET OUT! After perfecting this new stunt, he added some flair to it: coming out of the car on fire!
The ‘Suicide Car Jump’, another Dr Danger original, is often called ‘The Steel Wall Crash’. Early on in his career, he tempted fate by making this stunt one step closer to suicidal: NO ROLL BARS. He has since chosen safety over sensationalism. In 1993 at the Portland Speedway, Danger became the only person to ever jump a full size school bus off a ramp with a kicker, landing it 100 feet away UPSIDE DOWN! He has jumped and crashed hundreds of cars, trucks, and buses in many incredibly unique ways, including head-on collisions, rollovers, T-bones, and chases.
Pyrotechnics are a large part of any Dr Danger event. From fire pots to fire tricks (including fire eating), he does them all. A big crowd pleaser is his Human Torch Body Burn. He holds a record for the longest run (over 500 feet) and longest burn time.
After taking five Life Flights and having five custom-made suits either burned or cut off, he decided it was time to pass the torch (every pun intended!) and his knowledge. In 2012, he created TEAM DANGER: A Rock ‘n Roll Wrecking Ball that swings from town to town.
Over the years, Carpenter’s hard work has caught the attention of such television shows as CBS Sunday Morning, MTV Nitro Circus, National Geographic, and Fuel TV, just to name a few.
However, it would be one fateful night in Wichita Falls, TX that would change history, not only for Dr Danger, but also for the name “Daredevil”. After a chance meeting through a camera lens, Danger joined forces with an up and coming film maker, in an attempt to make a documentary about this near lost profession, “Chasing Danger”.
Over the next 3 years, Dr Danger’s every move was documented on camera. Danger introduced the cameras to the people who shared his passion and love for the adrenaline rush that only a live stunt show can create. It became clear to everyone involved that this had to be much more than just a documentary. It deserved to reach a much larger audience. It was then that Chasing Danger quickly evolved into a full blown, 16 episode television series, “American Daredevils”, picked up by the History Channel.
With his keen sense for identifying talent and encouraging others to follow their own dreams, he has brought together top-notch professional drivers, stuntmen and women, martial artists, and expert crew members who showcase their outrageous skills, adding to the excitement of every live stunt show.
He and his Daredevil All-Stars have appeared this summer on “America’s Got Talent” – where, in his typical modest style, he blew away the judges, who were enthralled with the stunts involving jumps and his signature pyrotechnics.
Dr Danger is working now to promote the newest crop of daredevils, including Danger’s Angels, a group of femme fatales who fearlessly blaze trails for little girls showing them that no matter what your life’s dreams are, believe in them, work hard, follow your heart, and you can achieve anything!
This is the magic; this is the man that is Dr Danger.
A Note from Dr Danger: As Daredevils, we take the hit and we get up, eventually, until the day we can’t. It is the best advice for any man who is struggling to survive in life. I hope that is what our fans see us do - face incredible odds. What happens next is what happens next. If it’s our turn to end up on the dead list, then so be it. Everybody gets a turn. Take it when it comes. Until that day, I will, because I choose to, and I hope others may learn that one thing from us Daredevils: “I choose to stand.”