Spencer Stone Biography
Spencer Stone is a French-American actor, author, and former United States Air Force staff sergeant. Stone, along with fellow Americans Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler, a Briton and two Frenchmen, stopped a gunman on a Paris-bound train travelling from Amsterdam via Brussels in August 2015.
Gaining international fame, Stone was recognized by U.S. Ambassador to France Jane D. Hartley for “his actions in saving countless lives” and by U.S. President Barack Obama, with a ceremony held at The Pentagon to honor Stone, Skarlatos and Sadler. He was awarded the Airman’s Medal and a Purple Heart.
French President Francois Hollande awarded Stone, as well his friends, the Legion of Honour, the highest French order for military and civil merits.
On October 8, 2015, Stone was stabbed by a California man, James Tran, 28, during a fight in downtown Sacramento. He suffered life-threatening injuries and was rushed to UC Davis Medical Center. Stone recovered, and was released from the hospital on October 15. He was promoted to senior airman in late October and then staff sergeant in November 2015.
Spencer Stone Age
Stone was born on August 13th 1992. As of 2018, h
Spencer Stone Citizenship | Nationality
United States of America(USA), France.
Spencer Stone Family
Spencer is the son of Brian Stone and Joyce Eskel. He has an older brother named Everett, a California Highway Patrolman in Redwood City, California, and an older sister named Kelly.
Spencer Stone Close Friends
Growing up in Carmichael, California, Stone met his now-best friends Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler while attending Freedom Christian School in Fair Oaks, California, continuing their friendship into adulthood. All three men are described as sharing “a deeply religious background and a belief in service to their community.”
Spencer Stone Education
He attended Del Campo High School where he played football, basketball, and other contact sports.
Spencer Stone Spouse | Kids
No information is found regarding his spouse. He might not yet be married nor have kids.
Spencer Stone 2015 Thalys Train Attack
On August 21, 2015, Stone and his childhood friends Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler, were traveling together during a sightseeing vacation in Europe when they boarded Thalys train 9364 from Amsterdam bound to Paris via Brussels. Stone was serving at the United States Air Force 65th Air Base Group.
A 25-year-old Moroccan man, Ayoub El-Khazzani, was in train car No. 12, armed with an AKM assault rifle and equipped with 270 rounds of ammunition. Several people tried to stop the gunman, but failed to do so. Sadler reported that they heard a gunshot and breaking glass behind them, seeing an employee sprint down the aisle followed by a man with an automatic rifle.
Stone woke up from the breaking glass, with Skarlatos telling Stone to “go”. Stone tackled the armed suspect, and was stabbed up in the neck and eyebrow and almost lost his thumb. Skarlatos took action and seized the assailant’s rifle, beating him in the head with the muzzle of it until he was unconscious.
Skarlatos stated that “I was thinking about survival,” and “it was to survive and for everybody else on the train to make it.” Stone was transferred to the central hospital in Lille, France and underwent treatment in Germany, returning home September 3, 2015.
Spencer Stone International Recognition
After the event, Stone, Skarlatos and Sadler received international attention for their actions in preventing the attack. French president François Hollande awarded Stone, his friends Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler, as well as British businessman Chris Norman, France’s highest decoration, Knights of the Legion of Honour (Chevaliers de la Légion d’honneur). Hollande said the men “faced off with terror” and that they “gave us a lesson in courage, in will, and therefore in hope”. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve praised them for their bravery, as did then-British Prime Minister David Cameron.
The White House expressed gratitude for “courage and quick thinking of several passengers, including U.S. service members, who selflessly subdued the attacker…” U.S. President Barack Obama telephoned the three Americans, thanking them for their heroic actions. General Philip M. Breedlove of the U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, added his voice, calling the three Americans heroes for their actions which “clearly illustrate the courage and commitment our young men and women have all the time, whether they are on duty or on leave.”
Kevin Johnson, mayor of Sacramento, California, held a parade to honor Skarlatos, Sadler, Stone, and the victims of the September 11 attacks. Stone was awarded a United States Air Force Airman’s Medal and a Purple Heart at a ceremony held at The Pentagon.
Spencer Stone Career
After high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. Stone worked at the Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California, as an intake clerk for children who needed to be treated, and trained at United States Forces Azores. João Santos, a trainer of Stone, said that he is “a really nice guy, polite, well-educated and very keen on learning.” In October 2015, Stone was promoted to the rank of senior airman at Travis Air Force Base in California, due to the bold acts in France.
Following this promotion, Stone was promoted to the rank of staff sergeant, effective November 1, 2016, by the order of United States Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III. Stone commented, saying “It is an honor to be promoted to staff sergeant, and I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to lead my fellow airmen,” and that “I am ready for the growth and challenges that are ahead of me.” Stone was promoted due to his role in stopping the 2015 Thalys train attack.
In January 2015, Stone started education at the Airman Leadership School to learn how to be a non-commissioned officer and lead others. Stone announced in December 2015 that he would be leaving the United States Air Force in November 2016 after a meeting with U.S. Ambassador to France Jane D. Hartley further piqued his interest in international relations. He plans on pursuing a degree in international relations at the University of California, Los Angeles or the University of Southern California.
2016 To Present
Since his departure from US Air Force, Stone has made several public appearances. Honored at the Spike’s annual 2016 Guys’ Choice Awards, Stone and his friends accepted the hero award on June 4, 2016 from actor Clint Eastwood, sharing a conversation with him backstage. “People try and ask us what’s the coolest things we’ve done, but I can name 100. It’s hard to categorize them,” Stone said.
Announcement in January 2016 that Stone and friends were working on a memoir titled The 15:17 to Paris, which would highlight the events of 2015 train attack. Perseus Books Group, who published the book, described the memoir as “the gripping true story of terrorist attack that would have killed more than 500 people if not for their actions, but also the story of three American boys, their friendship, and values we hold dear.” Jeffrey E. Stern, an international journalist, will co-write the book.
David Steinberger, president and chief executive of Perseus Books Group, said that he is “confident that this is going to be a film. It’s extremely cinematic, and there’s a lot of interest in the movie.” He further said that “based on the material, that this was going to be an important book and one that readers were really going to respond to.” The memoir was made available to the public on August 23, 2016, almost a year after the 2015 Thalys train attack. In the acknowledgements, Stone stated that he “gives all the credit to God” and made further acknowledgement of his family, friends, the United States Air Force, the citizens of Sacramento and the United States Armed Forces.
Stone, Skarlatos, and Sadler appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in October 2016 as a part of a special “Hometown Heroes” week. Playing as a team, they won $250,000.
In July 2017, an announcement comes that Clint Eastwood is to direct the upcoming biographical film titled after Stone, Skarlatos and Sadler’s memoir, starring them, along with actresses Jenna Fischer and Judy Greer. Filming began on July 11, 2017. The film was released in the United States on February 9, 2018.
Spencer Stone Bibliography
- The 15:17 To Paris (2016)
Spencer Stone Filmography
- Range 15 (2016)
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (2016)
- The 15:17 to Paris (2018)
Spencer Stone Awards | Decorations
Year Award Ceremony Category Result
2016: Spike Guys Choice Awards Hero Won
- He has also won several decorations in the army
Spencer Stone Net Worth
Stone’s approximate net worth is $80,000.
Spencer Stone Picture
Spencer Stone Body Measurements
He is 6 ft 4 in (193 cm) and weighs 6 ft 4 in (193 cm).