Sep 21, 2013

Bill Erickson

Bill Erickson (1942-2008) began working as a stuntman in the 1970's. He was the stunt coordinator on several movies including, "The Lost Boys" (1987), "Joe Versus the Volcano" (1990), and "Defending Your Life" (1991).

Like a lot of stunt men and women, Bill got his start working as a background extra. In the photo below, Bill (right) played a cavalry soldier in the first season of "F Troop" (1965) starring Larry Storch (center) as Corporal Agarn.

Below: Bill (left) also worked extra on "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (1965), which was very popular during the spy craze of the 1960's. 

Below: Bill (left) had a small role in "Swamp Thing" (1982). Also in the photo are Nicholas Worth (center) and David Hess (right).

Below: Bill did stunt driving in "Armed Response" (1986) starring David Carradine, Lee Van Cleef, and Ross Hagen.

Sep 8, 2013

Cliff Lyons

Cliff Lyons (1901-1974) worked as a stuntman, stunt coordinator, and second unit director. As a young man, he gave up the idea of a business career and went on the rodeo circuit. He made his way to Los Angeles and starred in a series of silent Westerns as "Tex" Lyons. With the coming of sound, he moved into stunt work. He doubled some of the greatest Western stars including, Tom Mix, Ken Maynard, Buck Jones, and Johnny Mack Brown. In 1936, he began a long association with John Wayne and worked with Wayne on films including "Dark Command" (1940), "Fort Apache" (1948), "The Searchers" (1956), "The Alamo" (1960), and "The Green Berets" (1968)

Below: Cliff performed this stunt for "Jesse James" (1939) with Tyrone Power and Henry Fonda.

Below: Cliff Lyons in an unidentified stunt.

Below: (left to right) Allan "Rocky" Lane and Linda Stirling are menaced by stuntmen Cliff Lyons, Duke Green, and Eddie Parker in the 12 chapter Republic serial, "The Tiger Woman" (1944).

In the same serial, Cliff performed this saddle fall.

Below: Cliff (left) played a Marshall in John Ford's, "Wagon Master" (1950) starring Ben Johnson (right)

Top row: (left to right) John Wayne, stuntman Chuck Hayward, and stuntman Chuck Roberson. Bottom: Cliff Lyons and Ben Johnson.