Oct 30, 2012

The Great Race

Here's an amazing gathering of stuntmen and women. This is from the barroom brawl scene from Blake Edwards' "The Great Race" (1965)
Front row (left to right) Harvey Parry, Bill Hickman, Gil Perkins, Bill Catching, Bob Rose, Alex Sharp, and Bob Hoy, holding action director Dick Crockett. Standing (left to right) Troy Melton, Helen Thurston, Dale Van Sickel, Mary Statler, Dave Sharpe, Reg Parton, Donna Hall (front), Patti Saunders (back), Chuck Hicks, Howard Curtis, Paul Stader, John Hudkins, George Robotham, Tom Steele, Charles Horvath, and Jack Perkins. (Left to right) Hal Needham, Al Wyatt (front), Richard Farnsworth (back), Sol Gorss, Roy Jenson, Dean Smith, Sharon Lucas, Jerry Catron, Stephanie Epper, and Carey Loftin. (Top left) Dick Geary, Ronnie Rondell, Boyd "Red" Morgan, Jerry Summers, and Wally Rose.

Oct 27, 2012

Al Wyatt

Al Wyatt (1917-1992) had a long career as a stuntman. He doubled tall actors including Jon Hall, George Montgomery, Gary Cooper, Clint Eastwood, James Coburn, and Rock Hudson.

Below: Stuntman extraordinaire Jock Mahoney as "The Range Rider" is leaping onto Al Wyatt.

Below: Al was Jeff Chandler's good friend and stunt double. In this scene from "The Jayhawkers" (1959), the four horsemen in front are (left to right) Al Wyatt, Chuck Bail, Jeff Chandler, and Fess Parker.

Below: Otto Preminger (left) as Mr. Freeze with his two henchmen, Al Wyatt (middle) and Chuck Bail (right), in the "Green Ice" episode of "Batman" (1966)

Chuck Waters

Chuck began his stunt career in the 1960's. He is a lifetime member of the Stuntmen's Association.

Below: Chuck (left) appeared with James George (center) and stuntman Chuck Courtney (right) in "The Night of the Winged Terror: Part 1" episode of "The Wild Wild West" (1969).  

Below: Chuck doubled Jason Miller in "The Exorcist" (1973)

Below: Chuck appeared in "The Trevi Collection" episode of "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" (1975)
and performed this high fall.

Below: Chuck played a waiter in the "Hoodlum Rock" episode of "WKRP in Cincinnati" (1978)

Below: Chuck (far right) played a bank robber in Clint Eastwood's "Bronco Billy" (1980). His accomplice, in the cowboy hat, is stuntman Jerry Wills.

Oct 21, 2012

Jay Jones

Jay Jones worked as a stuntman in the late 1960's and early 1970's. He worked on TV shows including "Bonanza," "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," "The High Chaparral," and several episodes of "Star Trek."

Below: This photo is from Jay's entry in the very rare Penny's Answering Service Directory for Stunt Men and Women.

Below: Jay (right) appeared in "The Yo-Ho-Ho and a Bottle of Rum Affair" episode of "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (1967.) On the left is stuntman Fred Waugh.

Below: Jay Jones (right) with Lee Delano in the "Star Trek" episode, "A Piece of the Action" (1968)

Below: Jay Jones doubling James Doohan.

Oct 19, 2012

Dar Robinson

Dar Robinson (1947-1986) was one of the greatest stuntmen of all time. Dar was a high fall specialist and got his start demonstrating trampolines for his father's gymnastic supply company.

Below: Dar made the cover of this two issue magazine published by John Hagner. Dar doubled David Soul riding his motorcycle off an aircraft carrier in Clint Eastwood's "Magnum Force" (1973)

Below: Dar doubled actor Zalman King in this high fall stunt for the TV movie, "Smile Jenny, You're Dead" (1974) starring David Janssen and Jodie Foster.

Below: Dar appeared in "Rollerball" (1975) starring James Caan.

Dar (right) played a sandman in the sci-fi classic "Logan's Run" (1976)

Below: Dar (center) appeared in "Airport '77" with Brenda Vaccaro

Dar became more interested in acting. He had a featured role in "Stick" (1985) with Burt Reynolds.

Dar Robinson performing a high fall stunt for the film, "Sharky's Machine" (1981)

Jerry Catron

Jerry Catron (1932-2017) worked as a stuntman and actor in the 1960's. He appeared in shows like "Batman," "Gunsmoke," "Star Trek," "Gomer Pyle," "Land of the Giants," "Bewitched," and many others.

Below: Jerry Catron (right) played the role of Carrothers in "The Idol" episode of "Whispering Smith" (1961) starring Audie Murphy. Stuntman Dave Sharpe (left) is doubling co-star Guy Mitchell.

Jerry Catron (far right) ready for a fight scene in "Palm Springs Weekend" (1963)

Below: Jerry (left) appeared with Jim Nabors in the "Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C." episode, "They Shall Not Pass" (1964)

Below: Jerry Catron (left), doubling Mark Goddard, fights with Guy Williams in the "Follow the Leader" episode of "Lost in Space" (1966)

Below: Jerry Catron had a featured role in "The Fossil Men" episode of "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (1967).

Below: Jerry Catron is bulldogged by stuntman Chuck Bail in a La Palina cigar commercial.

Jerry Catron in "The Doomsday Machine" episode of "Star Trek" (1967)

Below: Jerry appeared in "Point Blank" (1967).

and was smashed in the face with a bottle by Lee Marvin.

Oct 17, 2012

Gray Johnson

Gary "Gray" Johnson (1939-2001) got his start working with his Dad in the Wild West Stunt Shows at Corriganville in the 1950's.

Gray appeared as "Dusty Cooper" at Corriganville.

Gary had to change his first name to Gray because there was already a Gary Johnson listed in the Screen Actors Guild.

Below: Gray had an acting role in "Werewolves on Wheels" (1971)

Below: In "Freebie and the Bean" (1975), Gray is the passenger and Jim Nickerson is the driver as the car jumps across a moving train.

Gray with James Caan and Alan Arkin in "Freebie and the Bean" (1975)

Below: Gray (right) in "The Gumball Rally" (1976)

Below: Gray, doubling Steve Railsback, did a couple of spectacular leaps in Richard Rush's "The Stunt Man" (1980)

Oct 16, 2012

A. J. Bakunas

A. J. Bakunas (1950-1978) was a pole vaulter in high school. He quit his gym teaching job and moved to Los Angeles to become a stuntman.

Below: A. J., doubling Burt Reynolds, performed a 232 ft. high fall for the film "Hooper" (1978)

A. J. played a train robber in "The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again" (1979)

A. J. played a rival gang member in "The Warriors" (1979). Far left: stunt coordinator Craig Baxley, second from left: A. J. Bakunas, fourth from left: stuntman Gary Baxley, far right: stuntman Tom Huff.

A. J. performed stunts in "The Stunt Man" (1980)

In "The Stunt Man," A. J. (bottom left) also played the role of the script supervisor. 

On September 21, 1978, A.J. was tragically killed while performing a record breaking high fall for the movie, "Steel." Here, he is being interviewed by star Lee Majors (right).

Here are some of A. J.'s best stunts.

Kim Kahana

 Kim Kahana started out as an extra in the 1960's and worked his way up to stuntman. Since the early 1970's, Kim has operated a successful stunt school, first in California and then in Florida.

Below, Kim (left) played a convict in "Cool Hand Luke" (1967) starring Paul Newman. That's Clifton James looking at his watch.

"Uh-Oh Chongo!" Kim's most famous role was in the "Danger Island" segment of "The Banana Splits Adventure Hour" (1968) directed by Richard Donner (Superman, Lethal Weapon.) "Danger Island" filmed for seven weeks around Acapulco, Mexico.

Here's the cast of "Danger Island." (Left to right) Kim Kahana, Ronne Troup, Rockne Tarkington, Frank Aletter, and Jan-Michael Vincent.

Kim (bottom of scene) appeared in the sci-fi classic, "Soylent Green" (1973) The man above Kim with the black hair is stuntman Ted White.

More recently, Kim appeared in "Jeepers Creepers" (2001)