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Sons of Anarchy Exclusive: Kurt Yaeger on Becoming Greg the Peg

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Kurt Yaeger plays a key role on Sons of Anarchy Season 5, coming on board the FX thriller this season as Greg the Peg.

But before we get to what lies ahead for this Nomad, it's worth noting the incredible journey that has taken Yaeger to this place in his career.

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The San Francisco native started acting and riding as a child, appearing in church plays and hailing from a motorcycle-loving family in Northern California (sound familiar?).

A BMX veteran, Yaeger was pursuing a Masters Degree in Hydrogeology when he got into a severe motorcycle accident. It resulted in a torn ACL and MCL; a fractured pelvis and vertebra; a concussion; and the amputation of his left leg.

Following four months prone in a hospital bed, Yaeger then spent another nine months trying to recover… only to be told that doctors had messed up the initial amputation. Another would be needed.

"That was my darkest place," Yaeger told me. "But through a series of small decisions, I decided: the Hell with this. I'm not gonna let this stop me. I'm gonna figure out how to make it all work."

Thanks to special shoes - courtesy of footwear brand Etnies - Yaeger got back on a bike. He became the first amputee to ever pull off a backflip.

"That was a goal and I nailed it," he said. "And then I decided to really pursue acting."

How did he end up on Sons of Anarchy? Yaeger can't say for certain if his prosthetic foot got in the door because he introduced himself to Ron Perlman at a golf course or Kurt Sutter at least year's Boot Ride in California.

But he walked in to the audition room and read for Greg the Peg and says he knew the part was ideal for him.

As for what the Nomads want with Clay's documents? Yaeger has this acting thing down, merely teasing:

"Nomads have to make money, too, right? We're just doing what Nomads do. Our alliances are to be announced."

Tomorrow night's "Laying Pipe," meanwhile, has been hyped as a major game-changer. And, yes, someone will die on it, Yaeger promised.

"It's equally as moving and powerful as the season premiere, if not more," the actor says. "Reading it, I was jumping up and down like a little school girl."

He hopes to someday feel the same about the presence of disabled actors and actresses on television.

"Less than one half of one percent of all words spoken on TV are from the mouths of a disabled person," Yaeger laments, adding that these individuals comprise 20% of the population, making for some disappointing math.

With a few steps into the SAMCRO clubhouse, however, Kurt Yaeger, is hopefully on his way to helping change that.

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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Hi Tambre,Congrats on your new V-blog! Great job great interview!Thanks for brinigng the message to us in many different ways your writing, your recommendations on books and articles, and now the interviews.It all adds up to creating an amazing life & living our passion.Thank you!!Ursula

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That's an awesome story ! I don't think I could've ever of come close to regaining such an incredibly optimistic of an attitude towards life as he has ! Kudos for him, much respect !!!

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Great story; nice job Matt. Between this and Kurt Sutter's latest tweets my anticipation level is off the freakin charts.
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great article! Kurt is great & fantastic addition to my favorite show.

Sons of Anarchy Quotes

Something happens at around 92 miles an hour - thunder-headers drown out all sound, engine vibrations travels at a heart's rate, field of vision funnels into the immediate and suddenly you're not on the road, you're in it. A part of it. Traffic, scenery, cops - just cardboard cutouts blowing over as you past. Sometimes I forget the rush of that. That's why I love these long runs. All your problems, all the noise, gone. Nothing else to worry about except what's right in front of you. Maybe that's the lesson for me today, to hold on to these simple moments. Appreciate them a little more - there's not many of them left. I don't ever want that for you. Finding things that make you happy shouldn't be so hard. I know you'll face pain, suffering, hard choices, but you can't let the weight of it choke the joy out of your life. No matter what, you have to find the things that love you. Run to them. There's an old saying, 'That what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger' I don't believe that. I think the things that try to kill you make you angry and sad. Strength comes from the good things - your family, your friends, the satisfaction of hard work. Those are the things that'll keep you whole. Those are the things to hold on to when you're broken.

Jax

We don't know who we are until we're connected to someone else. We're just better human beings when with the person we're supposed to be with. I wasn't supposed to leave...I belong here.

Tara
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