Jun 21, 2013

Harvey Parry

Harvey Parry (1900-1985) was one of the pioneers of the stunt profession. He  was performing stunts in movies before the word "stuntman" was used.   

As a youth, Harvey had worked as a circus aerialist. He was working as a property man at the studios when he discovered that his boxing and high diving talents (he had been an AAU champion in both sports) could lead to higher paying opportunities. He joined the Mack Sennett studios in 1919 and began working with the Keystone Kops.

Below: Harvey Parry perfoming a high dive in a film directed by John Ford in the early 1920's. 

Harvey was much in demand as a stuntman, doubling for actors including Humphrey Bogart, George Raft, Clark Gable, Peter Lorre, and many others. 

Below: Harvey doubled Harold Lloyd in "Feet First" (1930)

Below: In "How the West was Won" (1962), Harvey (center) was injured when a water tower fell the wrong way and the stuntmen, including Troy Melton and Joe Yrigoyen, jumped over 20 feet to the ground.

Harvey appeared as a prisoner with Clint Eastwood in "Hang 'em High" (1968)

In his later years, Harvey played character roles.

Below: Harvey played a referee in "Raging Bull" (1980) with Robert De Niro (left) and Johnny Barnes (right.)

Below: Harvey with a fan in 1985.