Nov 5, 2012

Tom Steele

Tom Steele (1909-1990) was a skilled horseman and played polo competitively prior to becoming a stuntman. He worked extensively at Republic Pictures and appeared in many of their serials and B-Westerns. He doubled actors including Wild Bill Elliot, Rod Cameron, and Clayton Moore.

Below: On the set of "The Plainsman" (1936). Left to right: stuntmen Bud Wolfe, Tom Steele, and Buster Wiles.

Below: Tom had the title role in the 1943 Republic serial, "The Masked Marvel" but received no screen credit for his work.

Below: Lobby card for the 1944 Republic serial, "Captain America." Left to right: George J. Lewis, Tom Steele, and Dick Purcell.

Below: Tom performed one of the first full body burns in "The Thing from Another World" (1951)

Below: Tom, between Ernest Borgnine and Gene Hackman, appeared in "The Poseidon Adventure" (1973)

Below: Tom, with stuntwoman Evelyn Finley, had an amusing bit in "Freebie and the Bean" (1975)