Sep 30, 2012

Chuck Bail

Chuck Bail became a stuntman almost by accident. In 1957, he was traveling with a Wild West Show touring Asia when the show ran out of money. In the photo below from that tour, Chuck is dressed as an Indian. Also in the photo is stuntwoman Polly Burson, who did a trick riding act. 

The U.S. Embassy in Thailand sent the troupe to Los Angeles where Chuck quickly found work as a stuntman.

In this photo, Chuck dives off a balcony while Hal Needham waits below.

Chuck became Peter Breck's stuntman on "The Big Valley" which ran for four seasons.

Chuck worked on many TV series in the 1960's like "Batman." Chuck, in the black outfit, is doubling Victor Lundin.

Chuck also did some acting, like this appearance with Davy Jones on "The Monkees."

Here's Chuck walking behind John Wayne as one of "The Green Berets" (1968)

Here is a rare wardrobe still of Chuck from the same film.

This is Chuck "falling" a horse in Peru for Dennis Hopper's "The Last Movie" (1971)

Chuck, pictured with Steve Railsback, played the stunt coordinator in Richard Rush's classic "The Stunt Man" (1980)

Chuck went on to have a successful directing career. His directing credits include, "The Gumball Rally," "Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold," and episodes of "CHiPS," and "Knight Rider."

Chuck appeared in this 1958 commercial, playing the bad guy, for Mattel Toys.

Sep 27, 2012

David Sharpe

Dave Sharpe (1910-1980) has appeared in over 4,500 films. He has doubled many actors including Tony Curtis, Marlon Brando, John Derek, Alan Ladd, and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. His career spans over 50 years.

Below: In 1930, Dave co-starred in a series of short films for Hal Roach called, "The Boy Friends." Left to right: Dave, Gertrude Messinger, Mickey Daniels, Mary Kornman, Grady Sutton, and Dorothy Granger.


Below: In 1963, Dave was featured in a magazine called Screen Thrills Illustrated.

That's Dave on the cover of Spacemen magazine. Taken from the 1939 Universal serial, "Buck Rogers."

Dave was also an excellent horseman. Doubling Allan "Rocky" Lane, Dave bulldogs stuntman Duke Taylor in the 1940 Republic serial, "King of the Royal Mounted."

Below: Dave had a starring role in this Monogram B-western from 1941.

One of Dave's specialties was his famous flying leaps, like this one from the 1949 Republic serial, "King of the Rocket Men."

Excellent window crash from 1952.

Dave has appeared in hundreds of TV episodes, like "Star Trek." Here he is walking behind Leonard Nimoy in the episode, "Day of the Dove" (1968)

Here is a video of the amazing Dave Sharpe.