May 23, 2013

Bud Cardos

John "Bud" Cardos (b. 1929) was born into the movie business. His father managed the Egyptian theater, and his uncle managed the famous Chinese theater. Bud attended most of the footprinting ceremonies in the 1930's and 1940's. Bud started his lengthy career in the Our Gang comedies. He was a rodeo rider in his teen years. Besides working stunts in films including "The Wild Bunch" (1969) and "The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant" (1971), Bud worked as a bird wrangler  on Alfred Hitchcock's classic "The Birds" (1963), and he also worked as a production manager and second unit director on many films.

Below: Bud played Longknife in an episode of "Daniel Boone" entitled "The Dandy" (1968). Tied to the totem pole is David Watson and behind Bud is stuntman Chuck Bail.

Below: On the film "Killer's Three" (1968), Bud has injured his arm after crashing  through a window. He is attended to by none other than Dick Clark (left) of American Bandstand fame.

Below: Bud (right) was Cameron Mitchell's stunt double in "Nightmare in Wax" (1969).

Below: Bud was very scary as a crazed biker in Al Adamson's cult classic, "Satan's Sadists" (1969) starring Gary Kent and Russ Tamblyn.

Below: Bud looking very majestic in "Five Bloody Graves" (1970)

Below: Bud stood in for Tige Andrews as the werewolf in an obscure made for TV movie called "The Werewolf of Woodstock" (1975) starring Michael Parks. It was produced by Dick Clark. Appearing with Bud is Belinda Balaski.

Bud moved into the director's chair for several films including "Kingdom of the Spiders" (1977) starring William Shatner, and "The Dark" (1979) in which he appears below with 7 foot 4 inch John Bloom.

Below: In 2013, Bud appeared on a stunt panel at Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX. Left to right: Chuck Bail, Bob Ivy, Gary Kent, Bobby Sargent, and Bud Cardos.