With the release of Clint Eastwood's war drama film American Sniper and the murder trial of these American heroes, the late Chris Kyle has become the talk of the town. Kyle's story takes place during four tours of duty in Iraq between 2003 and 2009, where he was dubbed the deadliest sniper in American history. Like many book to film adaptations, the American Sniper left out many details from Kyle's memoir, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. The buzz surrounding the former Navy SEAL poses an important question: who is Chris Kyle?
Christopher Scott Kyle was born April 8, 1974 in Odessa, Texas. Growing up, Kyle often hunted with his father, a local church deacon. When he was just 8 years old, Kyle's father bought him his first rifle, a bolt-action .30-06 Springfield, foreshadowing his future career as a sharpshooter. After high school, Kyle became a professional bronco rode rider but his career ended when he severely injured his arm.