Dec 29, 2012

Alan Gibbs

In the 1960's, Alan Gibbs (1940-1988) was working as a bartender at a restaurant called Edna Earle's Fog Cutter in Los Angeles. His neighbor was stuntman Chuck Bail, and on the weekends, he would see guys falling off a tower in Chuck's backyard. Curious, Alan went over and found out they were stuntmen practicing high falls. He struck up a friendship with Chuck and one day said, "I think I could be a good stuntman." Alan went on to become a great stuntman, doubling such actors as Jack Nicholson, Charles Bronson, Burt Reynolds, and Dustin Hoffman.

Below: Alan Gibbs falls from a roof as stuntman Gary Kent watches in "The Savage Seven" (1968.) The stunts were coordinated by Chuck Bail.

Below: That's Alan being pulled off a motorcycle while on fire for "Werewolves on Wheels" (1971)
and he also performed this body burn.

Below: Alan (right) appeared with Ryan O'Neal (left) in Peter Bogdanovich's "Nickelodeon" (1976).

Alan performed this famous car jump in "Smokey and the Bandit" (1977)
Along with second unit directing duties, Alan (left) also played a biker roughing up Jerry Reed.