Feb 3, 2013

Jimmy Fawcett

Jimmy Fawcett (1906-1942) worked in vaudeville and had an acrobatic act with his wife, Helen Thurston, who became a top stuntwoman, and Ken Terrell before getting into the movie business. He started out at Republic, working on many of their serials.

Below: Jimmy Fawcett (left) appeared in "Three Texas Steers" (1939) with Collette Lyons (center) and Jimmy's good friend, stuntman Dave Sharpe (right).

Below: Jimmy doubled Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion in "The Wizard of Oz" (1939).


Dave Sharpe was one of the stars of the Republic serial, "Daredevils of the Red Circle" (1939) and was not allowed to do his own stunts, so Jimmy (in mid leap) was Dave's stunt double.

Jimmy (right) appears with Don "Red" Barry in "The Adventures of Red Ryder" (1940.)

 In the Republic serial, "King of the Royal Mounted" (1940,) Jimmy falls out of a truck and rolls down an embankment.

Below:  In "King of the Royal Mounted," Jimmy played a smelter heavy and performed a back flip off a walkway after getting punched by Dave Sharpe, who is doubling star Allan "Rocky" Lane.

 Jimmy Fawcett performs a fall for the serial, "Spy Smasher" (1942.) On the right is stuntman Carey Loftin.

In 1942, Jimmy was killed while riding his motorcycle when a car (driven by actor Ralf Harolde) shot out in front of him.