Upstate man, born without lower legs, on 'The Walking Dead' - WNEM TV 5

Upstate man, born without lower legs, lands part on 'The Walking Dead'

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Daniel Cloy talks with FOX Carolina's Nikki Davidson. (Oct. 14, 2013/FOX Carolina) Daniel Cloy talks with FOX Carolina's Nikki Davidson. (Oct. 14, 2013/FOX Carolina)

More than 16 million people tuned into the season premiere of AMC's The Walking Dead Sunday night, the most viewers in the show's history. The numbers are about the same as the amount of people that were watching Sunday Night Football.

And one of the featured zombies in the episode is an Upstate native. He got the role after the producers of the show tracked him down and personally asked that he play a special role.

At first glance, you may not see what makes Daniel Cloy a little different. That's because the baseball player and sports fanatic said he's not letting it slow him down.

"I'm trying to embrace how I was born," said Cloy. "What people would call a disability, I really look as different. Everyone has different things about them."

Cloy was born without legs and a left hand.

"They diagnosed it as a congenital limb deficiency, a genetic disorder," said Cloy.

Cloy says his body has actually opened a lot of doors for him. The latest example came in the form of a an email from The Walking Dead crew.

"They said we're looking for a gentleman missing both of his legs for a kind of featured role they are doing," said Cloy.

Taking the chance, Cloy found himself on set surrounded by some big names just days later. After more than an hour of makeup and a little acting coaching, he was put to work for a scene in the middle of the episode that's been ranked online as one of the best moments of the episode.  

"They told me there's a chance they might use me for a few of the other things they want to want to do, seeing how my particular situation is easy for them to use me, doing stunts," said Cloy.

Whether it be as a gory zombie or just a living person in real life, he's got big plans to keep spreading an important message.

"Be who you are as a person. A lot of people try to hide who you are," said Cloy. "The best thing you can do is to be who you are. Show people that."

Cloy said he's got big aspirations to someday be a motivational speaker, and currently works to help advance the latest technology in prosthetics.

Cloy is the son of FOX Carolina's General Sales Manager, who said he's very proud of his son, and they're saving the episode to watch over again when they have the stomach to handle a little bit of gore.

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