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Kurt Yaeger (born January 3, 1977) is an American actor, director, and professional athlete who is also a below-the-knee amputee.
Quest and the CBS NCIS and the HBO/Cinemax series Quarry are among the recent additions to his resume.
Kurt is best known for his appearance in season five of FX's Sons of Anarchy as Greg "the Peg" and in the Rudimental music video for the UK hit single "Waiting All Night" featuring vocals from Ella Eyre.
Kurt Yaeger was born in San Francisco, California, United States, and was raised in South San Francisco. He now lives in the Los Angeles area.
Yaeger, a BMX rider, earned the nickname "Crowbar" and began to earn funds for his BMX riding, competing in tours, and competing in events.
Yaeger, an actor, auditioned for a Nickelodeon/Clear Channel Communications live tour based on the famous cartoon show Rocket Power. What he thought would be an acting role turned into an athletic/stunt role. The director discovered that his BMX talent was at a high level and brought it into the performance on the first day of rehearsals. In spring 2002, the tour briefly toured the Midwest before being cancelled due to poor ticket sales. After sustaining multiple BMX-related injuries, he decided to return to college to pursue a master's degree in hydrogeology. He was involved in a motorbike accident in 2006 while attending San Francisco's high school, resulting in multiple injuries. He crashed on the side of the freeway and went over a 40-foot embankment.
His left leg was amputated below the knee, his right anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament were torn, his pelvis was torn in half along with his bladder, seven vertebra were fractured, his lungs were broken, multiple ribs were fractured, and he had a serious concussion. Yaeger made a full recovery and returned to his acting career one year after.
Yaeger started taking acting courses and began acquiring role after role. Some of his early work includes Michael Anderson's Tenderloin, a film about one of the most infamous neighborhoods in San Francisco. The film premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival in October 2009. Yaeger also shares the joy of working on Dolphin Tale with Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Harry Connick, Jr.; Knife Fight with Rob Lowe; War Flowers with Christina Ricci, Tom Berenger and Jason Gedrick; and the Syfy feature film Piranhaconda with Michael Madsen and Rachel Hunter. In 2012, he appeared in a recurring role for six episodes of the highest rated FX television series Sons of Anarchy. Late 2016 brings Yaeger to the set of Cinemax's New Series Original Quarry and to NCIS: Los Angeles for a multi-episode arc. In 2018 Yaeger was cast in CBS All Access series Tell Me a Story. Having 2019 bringing him to star in his third separate NCIS franchise show on NCIS: New Orleans, along with The Rookie, and a spot on the fresh television drama The Village. His list of Television and Movie credits continues to grow.
Along with his business partner Josh Gillick, Yaeger created the production company ArtistFilm. It has produced several short films and features, Sedona's Rule, distributed by Green Apple Entertainment, Inc. They are currently working on features in the early pre-production stages and a reality TV project which has been optioned. Yaeger is also involved with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), and the Actors' Equity Association (AEA) Tri-Union global disability rights campaign called IAMPWD – Inclusion in the Arts & Media of People with Disabilities. He previously served as a Chairperson on the AFTRA Los Angeles Local Performers with Disabilities Committee.
Yaeger has also volunteered his time with several organizations. He has attended several Big Sunday events for the Wounded Warrior Project and participated in the American300 Warrior Tour. Yaeger spoke at the 10th and 11th annual United Cerebral Palsy of New York City event called Women Who Care, sharing the stage with Ivanka Trump, Michelle Bachelet and many others. Yaeger was invited as a keynote speaker to the 2014 Adobe Summit in London on the subject of reinvention. On May 14, 2014, he spoke to an abundance of tech specialists, business entrepreneurs, and introduced Rudimental during the Summit Fest that followed. Yaeger's next feat was a run up Empire State Building in New York City on February 3, 2016. This run was presented by Marmot on behalf of the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF).