Nov 10, 2012

Bill Hickman

Bill Hickman (1921-1986) was a stuntman and car specialist. He was involved in two of the greatest car chases ever put on film, "Bullitt" (1968) and "The French Connection" (1971). Bill spent some of his earlier days as driver and friend to James Dean, teaching him some driving techniques. When Dean was killed after a roadside accident, Hickman, driving the Ford station wagon and trailer that hauled Dean's Porsche 550 Spyder, was first on the scene.

Below: Bill played a guard that whips Elvis Presley in "Jailhouse Rock" (1957)

Below: Bill (2nd from left) appeared in the "Batman" episode, "Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin" (1967)

Bill drove the Dodge Charger and played the driver in "Bullitt" (1968)

Bill coordinated the car chase and was Gene Hackman's driving double in "The French Connection" (1971). He also played the part of Mulderig. Here, he appears with Eddie Egan (right). Gene Hackman's character, Popeye Doyle, was based on Egan.