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John Mabry  

Actor, Amputee, Addiction & Mental Health Advocate

John Mabry was a senior at Baylor University in Texas and starting a promising career in the performing arts when he was traveling on a highway near Houston. A tire blowout sent his car rolling more than 10 times, killing one of Mabry’s close friends and crushing both of Mabry’s legs. His right leg was eventually amputated below the knee as a result of the injuries and fitted with a prosthesis. Mabry struggled with addiction, depression, and post-traumatic stress for more than a decade following the accident. During that period, he moved to San Diego to work on a master’s degree but found himself isolated from friends and family.

Mabry moved on to find success in Hollywood, working as an actor and stuntman. He appeared in popular American TV series like “NCIS,” “ER” and “Cold Case,” as well as in a number of movies, including Superbad and Sublime. Sometimes he portrayed characters who were amputees, other times he worked as an amputee body and stunt double for actors. He also served as a technical advisor for shows that involved amputee characters.

On a personal level, however, his situation worsened when he found his brother dead from an accidental overdose in his Beverly Hills home. Despondent in the aftermath of that tragedy, Mabry had difficulty keeping work and was fired from a job with noted radio and TV personal-finance guru Dave Ramsey as a result of his addictions. Approaching bottom, Mabry finally sought the help he needed.

Mabry spent the next several years in seven different rehabilitation programs and eventually tamed his powerful addictions. Today, Mabry serves as an advocate for addiction recovery, mental health, and wellness with his primary focus of educating audiences on the REAL cause of addiction (and it's not what you think), as well as how to talk about addiction with a loved one.

Speech Topics

Addiction, Mental Health, Disabilities

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