Chris Mccandless

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Chris Mccandless’s Birthday Highlights

Birth Name

Chris Mccandless

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Place Of Birth

El Segundo, California, USA


54 years old

Birth Date

February 11, 1968

Star Sign


Chris Mccandless Facts

Child Star?




Education & Qualifications

Emory University, Georgia


Wilhelmina Billie McCandless, Walter Walt McCandless




1.7m (5'5"")



Chinese Year

Year of the Monkey

About Chris McCandless

Chris McCandless, born on February 12, 1968, Chris McCandless is a famous adventurer from America who is known for leaving civilized life to explore the Alaskan wilderness and live a simple life. 
Christopher McCandless was last seen alive by Jim Gallien on April 28, 1992. He gave him a ride from Fairbanks to outside of the small town of Healy.

Chris McCandless Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What was Chris McCandless's net worth?

Chris McCandless's net worth hasn't been revealed. However, when Alexander Supertramp decided to leave the city, Christopher McCandless gave some money to charity and burned some.

How much did Chris McCandless earn per year?

Chris McCandless earned during his college through part-time jobs in a restaurant. And he donated all of his college savings to Oxfam.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall was Chris McCandless?

Christopher McCandless was 5 ft 6 in (167 cm) in height.

How old was Chris McCandless?

Christopher McCandless was born on February 12, 1986; he was 24 years old when he died in 1992.

Childhood And Education

A famous adventurer Chris McCandless was born Christopher Johnson McCandless on February 12, 1968, in El Segundo, Southern California, the USA, to antenna specialist Wilhelmina Billie McCandless and Walter Walt McCandless. Chris McCandless' father was hired as an antenna specialist in NASA, and his mother, Walter McCandless, worked for a top Hughes Aircraft Company.
Christopher McCandless had a younger sister Carine, and six half-siblings from his father's first marriage. They lived with their mother in California and later moved to Denver, Colorado.
Christopher McCandless graduated from Wilbert Tucker Woodson High School in Fairfax, Virginia. He led the cross country team in his high school. Soon after high school, Christopher McCandless attended Emory University, Georgia, in 1990 and graduated with an undergraduate degree with a double major in history and anthropology. In 1991, he worked for Westerberg launching an aluminum canoe on the Colorado River.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who was Chris McCandless dating?

No information is available regarding the past relationship history of a famous adventurer, Christopher McCandless.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For

Christopher Johnson McCandless, commonly known as Chris McCandless or Christopher McCandless, was a famous adventurer and non-conformist from America who trekked alone through the Alaskan wilderness, leaving civilization life behind.
After graduating college, Chris McCandless decided to take up a nomadic life leaving civilian life. Alexander Supertramp traveled across North America, hitchhiked from South Dakota, and finally landed in the Alaskan wilderness in April 1992.
Christopher McCandless entered the Alaskan bush with minimal supplies like camping supplies, basic clothes, a tent, and personal care items, as Chris hoped to live off the simple land. Christopher McCandless found an abandoned bus, Fairbanks Bus 142, on the eastern banks of the Sushana River. He made the bus into a makeshift shelter until his last days.
Death of Christopher McCandless
Christopher McCandless died of starvation 113 days into his journey into the Alaskan wilderness. His body was found in a decomposing stage in September by a hunter. Christopher McCandless was only 67 lbs (30 kg) when he was found inside the bus.
There are also other theories about the death of Christopher Johnson McCandless. Some stated that the cause of Christopher McCandless' death could be the wild sweet peas he consumed. However, the University of Alaska Fairbanks's Chemistry and Biochemistry department chairman, Dr. Thomas Clausen, found no toxic compounds or alkaloids available in wild sweet peas. And he also revealed that there is no single account in the modern medical literature that has reports of anyone being poisoned by these plant species.
Research by other enthusiasts and McCandless's biographer Jon Krakauer identified that the most probable agent of harm that led to Christopher McCandless's death was I-canavanine, an amino acid prominently found in wild potato seeds. Besides, they also suspected that Hedysarum Alpinum seeds also contain the toxin. However, it would not affect someone with a regular diet; it could affect irregular or insufficient people on a diet, malnourished, or physically stressed.
The suspects matched with McCandless's death, as he was found starved to death and suffered from paralysis in his legs, which could have been inducted by lathyrism. It could have led to him preventing from gathering food or hiking.

Charity Work

Christopher McCandless donated $24,000 of his college savings to Oxfam and adopted a vagabond lifestyle when he left to live in the Alaskan wilderness.

What awards did Chris McCandless win?

The story of Chris McCandless spread, and he became a polarising figure. After which, the University of Alaska Fairbanks announced the Fairbanks Bus 142 on the eastern banks as a tourist sightseeing and created an outdoor exhibit making it the permanent home of Bus 142.
Joe Krakauer has published a 9000 words article in 'Outside' featuring Chris McCandless's death under 'Death of an Innocent'. And Chip Brown published a full-length article on 'I Now Walk Into the Wild' in 'The New Yorker'. Besides, many full-length journals are published in the 'Wilderness and Environmental Medicine'.
Sean Penn's film 'Into the Wild', about the life and death of Christopher McCandless, won numerous awards, including 'Best Picture' from the 'American Film Institute'.
A non-fiction book was written in memory of Chris McCandless's nomadic life and tragic death. Jon Krakauer wrote the book, and it was named 'Into the Wild', which was later made into the full-length feature film 'Into the Wild', written and directed by Sean Penn. Emile Hirsch starred as Christopher McCandless.
The same year of the movie by Sean Penn, McCandless's life story became the documentary by Ron Lamothe, called 'The Call of the Wild'.

Chris McCandless's Hobbies And Interests

Christopher McCandless was an avid American hiker, fly fisherman, and skier passionate about protecting trails, parks, and canyons. Christopher McCandless had a personal interest in classic literature and was greatly influenced by 19th-century American writers. And according to the writer Joe Krakauer who published the nomadic life of Christopher McCandless in his book 'Into the Wild', Chris's favorite writers are Jack London, HG Wells, and Jack London.

Other Interesting Chris McCandless Facts And Trivia

  • Christopher McCandless had a self-made nickname, 'Alexander Supertramp'.
  • Christopher McCandless worked as a part-time food preparer and farmhand in a restaurant when in college.
  • Christopher McCandless, an American adventurer, had displayed intense idealism and believed he could survive any situation.

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