Dec 14, 2012

Joe Canutt

Son of the legendary Yakima Canutt, Joe Canutt was a very talented stuntman and worked closely with Charlton Heston.

Below: Joe Canutt's most famous stunt was in "Ben-Hur" (1959.) Doubling Charlton Heston, Joe was driving the chariot and hit a half buried telephone pole, which the horses were trained to jump over, to force the chariot up in the air. Joe was thrown up and over the front of the chariot. He walked away with a small cut on his chin. The stunt was left in the film and they picked it up with Charlton Heston climbing back into the chariot.

Joe (right) fights with Charlton Heston in "Planet of the Apes" (1968)

Below: Joe performing a stunt in "The Wild Bunch" (1969)

Below: Joe had a small acting role in "Skyjacked" (1975) starring Charlton Heston and Yvette Mimieux.