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Aggressive, explosive, and boasting awesome athletic ability, Dan Clark rose to tremendous fame as Nitro on American Gladiators. He quickly emerged as the most popular cast member and became a reality television superstar. But a twenty-year affair with steroids led to a life of pissing blood, smuggling drugs, destroying hotel rooms, getting arrested, growing breasts, and lying bloodied in the street after a vicious fight with his best friend.

This is Clark's riveting, fiercely candid account of his life, career, and steroid addiction. From an upbringing defined by tragedy and a difficult search for identity to tales of performing center stage at Madison Square Garden and bedding Playboy Bunnies and porn stars, Clark explores the price of fame, the pressure of stardom, and how the whole steroid-fueled fantasy finally imploded.

What began in high school as a way to speed up recovery from injury rapidly turned into an all-consuming addiction. With selfdeprecating humor and a trove of incredible stories, Clark provides an eye-opening report on the dangers of steroids both obvious and hidden -- and offers his thoughts on why steroid use remains a persistent problem today. More than just a pulpy exposé, Gladiator is a triumphant story of self-discovery and redemption.

About the Author
Dan Clark began his career as an athlete, playing football for the Los Angeles Rams and in Europe. He later starred as Nitro on the extraordinarily popular reality television show American Gladiators. Clark then turned to acting and screenwriting. He wrote, directed, and starred in the independent film Looking for Bruce. He recently hosted ESPN Classic's American Gladiators marathon, and he continues to consult on the revamped American Gladiators franchise. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is working on his next book.

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ISBN-10:  1416597328 (hbk.)
ISBN-13:  9781416597322 (hbk.)
Author:  Dan Clark
Genre:  Nonfiction, Autobiography
Publisher:  Scribner (February 10, 2009)
Date Published:  (February 10, 2009)
Format:  Hardcover: 256 pages, Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.1 inches
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review by . March 17, 2009
Gladiator by Dan Clark a.k.a. Nitro
Born to a Japanese mother and an American father, Dan Clark's life didn't begin well.  His father took him and his older brother Randy away from his mother and little sister when Clark was only four years old.  A man on the airplane told him "Big boys don't cry", and Dan has never forgotten those words.  Dropped off to live with relatives for a few years, the boy's father returns and uproots them again to go live in Vietnam with his new family.  Just before leaving Vietnam, at …
review by . April 10, 2009
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We all remember the early nineties for various reasons. One reason could be one of the finest television shows ever syndicated: American Gladiators. One of the biggest stars of the show, Nitro (or Dan Clark), has finally written a memoir on his life, which chronicles his public rise and his personal fall, leaving nothing untouched including the bad and the ugly, and then the road to redemption.    This not a book about American Gladiators. This is a book about a single American …
Gladiator by Dan Clark a.k.a. Nitro
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