Inside the Legion of the Dudes, there are many circles and many men; some were born ready to tuck tail and run away from extreme conflict, while others always seem prepared to fight it out to the death.
Every crew needs the guy to take charge if things go bad. Maybe he's good with a weapon, smart with finding shelter, or he's just much smarter than the rest in times of high pressure. The Last Man is the dude who takes control.
Here are our nominees for The Last Man -- men who've shown they can pretty much survive it all.
Bear Grylls is a true survivalist who has made his way through the fiendish perils of the treacherous Himalayan Mountains and surfaced on the other side as a full-blown ninja and a popular television host for the show ‘Man vs. Wild’.
However, not just any man can land a gig where his primary job description is to brave the savage elements of jungles and other questionable terrain while eating snakes, drinking urine and using a dead sheep as a sleeping bag. Bear Grylls has certainly earned his seat at the survivalist table. In 1996, while on a South African mission for the Territorial Army, his parachute failed him at 16,000 feet, sending Grylls on a near paralyzing free fall into Zambia. After spending nearly a year in rehabilitation to fix three crushed vertebrae, Grylls decided to set his sights on obtaining one of his lifelong goals – climbing to the top of Mount Everest.
At the age of 23, and only 18 months after nearly being rendered a cripple, Grylls became the youngest person to ever climb Mount Everest, an impressive feat that has left many others for dead.
Motorhead frontman and bassist Lemmy Kilmister may have not climbed Mount Everest, but after serving nearly 50 years of living fast and not even coming close to dying, this mutton chop sporting, rock n’ roll icon has become the epitome of human survival.
After a record deal with CBS in 1965 with the band The Rockin’ Vickers, Lemmy moved to London where he took a job as a roadie for The Jimi Hendrix Experience. However, never wanting to stop making music of his own, he later joined space rockers, Hawkwind, who eventually fired him after he was arrested in Canada for cocaine possession.
In 1975, Lemmy began forming the band that would ultimately become Motorhead. Yet, it wasn’t until around 1981 that the band started to gain some notoriety with the release of their cult classic “Ace of Spades.” Since then, the band has gone on to sell more than 30 million albums worldwide, with Lemmy Kilmister becoming the poster child for the rock n’ roll lifestyle.
In the documentary ‘Live Fast Die Old, Lemmy confessed that has consumed a bottle of Jack Daniels ever day since he was 30 years old, as well as had sex with over 1,000 women.
Iron Mike Tyson is not only one of the greatest American boxers to ever live, but he has proved time and again that the fight never stops, not even outside the ring.
By the time he was 20 years old, Mike Tyson had become the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles, winning his first 19 professional fights by knockout – more than half of them in the first round. In 1988, Tyson shocked the world by knocking out Michael Spinks in 91 seconds to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
However, personal and family issues began to take their toll on the new champion. In 1990, Tyson lost his title to contender Buster Douglas, followed by an arrest in 1991 for the rape of Miss Black Rhode Island in Indianapolis. Tyson was convicted on the crime in 1992 and was sentenced to six years in prison.
After his release in 1995, Tyson worked to make a comeback, easily defeating Peter McNeeley, Frank Bruno and Bruce Seldon before going after the WBA title against Evader Holyfield – a match that would end in Tyson losing by TKO.
However, the Tyson vs. Holyfield rematch would serve as one of the most infamous and highest paid boxing matches of all time, ending with Tyson’s disqualification after biting off a chunk of Holyfield’s ear.
Beyond his professional meltdown, Tyson has endured many personal obstacles, including several divorces, the 2009 death of his 4-year-old daughter Exodus, and being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Still, Tyson has continued to persevere by continuing to improve his life through living sober, staying active in other projects and spending time with his family.
Boston Marathon bombing victim Jeff Bauman has been forced into survival mode after losing both of his legs in an explosion during the Boston Marathon that claimed the lives of three people and left many others severely injured.
Bauman, who was injured while standing near the finish line during the explosion, made national headlines earlier this month when he emerged for the first time since the attacks as the official flag bearer at a Boston Bruins hockey game.
Doctors at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital say the 27-year-old is responding well to his rehabilitation and is making great progress.
Convinced that world will end in our lifetime, Patrick Geryl, author of “How to Survive 2012, has constructed a survival bunker condominium community that he is selling space in for $2 million per 900 square feet.
Geryl says the bunkers, which are positioned away from the threat of nuclear activity in South Africa, are fully stocked with more than 100 survival essentials, including guns, ammunition, water purification tablets and even condoms.
So far, only a handful of people have dived in and put down a hefty deposit of several hundred thousands of dollars to secure their safety and longevity on the planet. Geryl says that in the event of a catastrophe, he and the other survivors will be able to live unaffected by the world for about a year before being able to venture out to rebuild a community.
After spending a year in the Canadian wilderness attempting to discover the secret to living a Paleolithic existence, musician and filmmaker Les Stroud took his survival skills to the reality television world, producing a number of programs for networks like The Outdoor Life Network, The Discovery Chanel and The Science Chanel.
Stroud received his survival education from expert David Arama, who shared with him a multitude of ways to live primitively through handcrafting tools, foraging for food and identifying plants.
While living in the Canadian wilderness, Stroud and his wife lived in a small tipi and ate foods like wild rice, beaver, moose meat and bear fat. Their year-long experience was captured in Stroud’s 50-minute documentary, ‘Snowshoes and Solitude’.
In addition to being highly revered as one of the Canada’s top survivalists, Stroud has also received several awards for his work as a musician and a filmmaker, including six Gemini Awards for his most recognized production, Survivorman.
Somewhere in between serving time and suffering from codeine seizures, Lil Wayne has proven to be a certified platinum survival story all his own.
At just 14 years old, Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. dropped out of McMain Magnet secondary school, where he was an honor student, in order to pursue a career in the music industry. Soon he would become the youngest member of the Hot Boys alongside rappers Juvenile, B.G. and Turk. The group had some success in 1999 with their debut record “Guerilla Warfare,” but soon, the Hot Boys would disband to pursue solo careers. In the fall of 1999, Lil Wayne’s debut album ‘Tha Block is Hot” came out at Number 3 on the Billboard 200, which earned him a Source magazine nomination for “Best New Artist.”
Yet, while Lil Wayne’s career has been significant, so have his problems. In 2010, he was forced to serve eight months in a New York penitentiary, after being convicted of illegal weapons possession. Within the past few years, Lil Wayne has experienced some health episodes as well, stemming from his consistent use of codeine cough syrup. In fact, earlier this year, Lil Wayne was reportedly admitted to Cedars-Sinai where a number of media sources claimed he was on his deathbed.
Still, Lil Wayne continues to make music, releasing his tenth studio album in March of 2013.
The Motor City madman is both a true American hero and outlaw all the same, selling more than 40 million records and stirring up pistol packing controversy all across the country. Ted Nugent has released some of the most tried-and-true classic rock anthems to ever be released, including “Cat Scratch Fever” and “Stranglehold,” as well as made it his lifelong goal to fight to uphold the integrity of the second amendment.
Nugent is also a writer and best-selling author, as well as dedicated supporter of charity organizations, such as “Hunt for a Cure” and “Kamp for Kids.” In 2012, he pleaded guilty for illegally killing a bear and was fined $10,000 and banned from hunting on federal land for two years.
Probably best known for his roles in the Cheech and Chong movies, Tommy Chong has built quite a successful enterprise based on the humorous antics of a longhaired stoner.
However, none of it appears to be an act, as the comedian recently ended up in some legal trouble over his Chong Glass/ Nice Dreams bong company, which cost him nine months in federal prison with a fine of $20,000. Chong’s entire dispute with the United States government was documented in the movie aka ‘Tommy Chong’.
In the summer of 2012, Tommy Chong reported that he was suffering from prostate cancer; however, just about a month later, he reported that he was cancer free due to his use of hemp oil.
Heavy metal legend Philip H. Anselmo became an icon for the frizzy headed weirdo back in the early 90s while singing for Pantera, and launched into an astonishing career that has kept the die-hard, junkie metal fan chomping at the bit ever since.
However, his success has not come without a toll. In 1996, after a Pantera show in Dallas, Texas, Anselmo overdosed on heroin, which reportedly killed him for nearly five minutes. He has been accused of being a racist, blamed for breaking up Pantera and undergone a couple of surgeries that could have kept him from every performing again.
Yet, Anselmo is currently actively running his record label, Housecore Records, as well as preparing to release his solo record entitle Philip H. Anselmo and the Illegals: Walk Through Exits Only.