Dec 17, 2014

Stunt Greats

 Below: A gathering of some of the greatest stuntmen ever. Top row (left to right): Cliff Lyons, Jock Mahoney, Bob Yerkes, Dave Sharpe, George DeNormand, John Hagner, and Tom Steele. Bottom row (left to right): Henry Wills, Harvey Parry, and director Spencer Gordon Bennett.

Dec 8, 2014

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass (1936-2001), a member of Stunts Unlimited, was one of the best fight stuntmen in the business. In the military, Bobby was a paratrooper, Green Beret, and a Special Forces instructor. Bobby was introduced to the stunt business by Gene LeBell.

Below: Bobby was a judo champion, winning many tournaments. He became a third degree black belt. Bobby taught fighting and weapons handling to many Hollywood stars including Mel Gibson, Michael Douglas, and Burt Reynolds.

Below: Bobby gets flipped by William Shatner in the classic "Star Trek" episode, "Mirror, Mirror" (1967).

and then is disintegrated  by a phaser.

In "Smokey and the Bandit" (1977), Bobby doubles Jackie Gleason and shears the roof off a police car.
and emerges unscathed.

Below: In "Smokey and the Bandit," Bobby (left) also played a State Trooper.

Below: The second unit crew from "Smokey and the Bandit II" (1980). Top row: Third from the left is stuntman Dick Ziker, fifth from left is stuntman David Ellis, sixth from left is stuntman Bobby Sargent, and seventh from left is Bobby Bass. The lady in the center row wearing sunglasses is stuntwoman Janet Brady.

 Below: Bobby (left) and Dar Robinson in "To Live and Die in L.A." (1985).

Nov 25, 2014

Allen Pinson

 Allen Pinson (1916-2006) was a fencing expert and was one of Clayton Moore's stunt doubles on "The Lone Ranger" TV series. Allen's credits include "The Three Musketeers" (1948), "Singin' in the Rain" (1952), "From Here to Eternity" (1953), "Around the World in Eighty Days" (1956), "The Wrecking Crew" (1968), "The Poseidon Adventure" (1973), and "Live and Let Die" (1973). Allen's television credits include "Mission: Impossible" and "Star Trek." Allen was a member of the Stuntmen's Association.

Below: Allen (in sunglasses) was Robert Culp's stunt double on the TV series, "I Spy" (1965-1968). This is from the episode, "Tag, You're It" (1968).

Below: Allen (right) in the "I Spy" episode, "This Guy Smith" (1968). On the left is series star, Robert Culp.

Allen gets a kick in the face from Clint Eastwood in "Coogan's Bluff" (1968).

Below: Allen (left) in "Mr. Majestyk" (1974) starring Charles Bronson. On the right is actor Paul Koslo.

Below: Also from "Mr. Majestyk," Allen doubling Al Lettieri.

Nov 4, 2014

Tap Canutt

Edward Clay "Tap" Canutt (1932-2014) was the oldest son of the legendary Yakima Canutt. His nickname comes from "tapadero," a leather covering on the front of the stirrup on a saddle. Tap worked on films including "Ben-Hur" (1959), "Spartacus" (1960), "The Alamo" (1960), "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" (1963), "Cat Ballou" (1965), "Planet of the Apes" (1968), "The Wild Bunch" (1969), "A Man Called Horse" (1970), "The Omega Man" (1971), and "Joe Kidd" (1972).

Below: One of Tap's first jobs was on "Hangman's Knot" (1952) starring Randolph Scott. Tap's father, Yakima Canutt, was the second unit director. Tap performed several horse stunts.

Below: Tap also played a Calvary soldier.

Below: Yakima Canutt (left) with his sons, Joe and Tap, on the set of "The Guns of Fort Petticoat" (1957).

Below: Tap in an episode of "26 Men" entitled, "Tumbleweed Ranger" (1959) which was also a pilot for a series that would have starred Tap.

Below: Tap in action.

Below: Tap (left) had a supporting role as Pat Boone's rival in "State Fair" (1962).

and received a kiss from Ann-Margret.

Below: Tap (right) from an unidentified film.

Below: Tap (far left) in "The Wolf Man" episode of "Daniel Boone" (1967). Next to Tap is his brother, Joe Canutt.

Below: From "The Cowboys" (1972). Left to right: actor Bruce Dern, Tap Canutt, Chuck Courtney, Tony Epper, and Glenn Randall, Jr.

Oct 28, 2014

Fred Brookfield

Fred Brookfield (1941-2014) was born in Canada. He moved to the United States in 1952 and worked as a stuntman for 27 years. Fred has worked on many films including "Blind Date" (1987), "The Enforcer" (1976), "Earthquake" (1974), "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean" (1972), and "The Omega Man" (1971). Fred was a member of the Stuntmen's Association. 

Below: The Rustlers from "The Cowboys" (1972) starring John Wayne. On horseback (left to right): Tony Epper, Henry Wills, and Gary Epper.
Standing (left to right): Fred Brookfield, actor Bruce Dern, Kent Hays, Richard Farnsworth, and Wallace Brooks.
Kneeling (left to right): Glenn Randall, Jr., Tap Canutt, Joe Yrigoyen, and Chuck Courtney.

Below: Fred appeared in "The Promise" episode of "Emergency" (1973) as series star, Randolph Mantooth, comes to the rescue.

                                     In that episode, Fred performed this window crash.

Oct 27, 2014

Ross Dollarhide, Jr.

Ross Dollarhide, Jr. (1921-1977) was raised on a ranch and was working as a cowboy for his father from a very early age. At the age of 17, he started entering rodeos as an amateur. He won first place in nearly every event he entered. Eventually, the rodeo organizers would no longer let Ross compete as an amateur because he was too good.  So, Ross turned professional. He was in his prime in the late 1940's and early 1950's and for several years, he was one of the top five rodeo riders in America (based on prize earnings). In 1954, Ross injured his leg in a bad fall, and he was never able to compete consistently again. In the late 1950's, Ross began training horses for stunts in films. He became a full-time stuntman and appeared in films including, "Will Penny" (1968), "Paint Your Wagon" (1969),  "Blazing Saddles" (1974) and the TV series, "Cimarron Strip" (1967). Ross also doubled James Arness on "Gunsmoke" a few times.

Below: Ross competing at the Pendleton Round-Up in 1947.

Below: Great photo with actor Ben Johnson (Mighty Joe Young, The Wild Bunch), Ross, and rodeo legend Casey Tibbs.

Below: On the set of "The Honkers" (1972). Standing (left to right): Actor/Director Steve Ihnat, Slim Pickens, Harry Vold, Mary McFarren, world champion cowboy Larry Mahan, actor James Coburn, and rodeo champion Floyd Baze. Kneeling (left to right): Gene Talvin, Ross Dollarhide, Stephen Lodge, and Elliot Shick. 

In 1977, Ross was hired to double Rod Taylor on the TV series, "The Oregon Trail." In one scene, he was leading a stampede of cattle for the cameras. Ross' horse tripped on a gopher hole and he was thrown into the path of the running cattle. Ross walked away but felt like he had broken a rib, so he was sent to the hospital. The staff told him that their X-ray machine was broken, so he went back to his hotel and went to sleep. During the night, he died of internal bleeding.

In 2003, Ross was inducted posthumously into the Rodeo Hall of  Fame. 

Oct 10, 2014

Kim Koscki

Kim Robert Koscki (1962-2014)

 Kim Koscki moved to Los Angeles from Chico, CA in 1982. He was skilled in all areas of stunt work. For 13 years, Kim worked on the Batman stunt show at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA. Kim has doubled for actors including Mike Myers in the "Austin Powers" films, Rick Moranis in "The Flintstones" (1994), and Richard Dreyfuss in "Mad Dog Time" (1996). Kim worked on many big films including "The Lost Boys" (1987), "Hook" (1991), "The Mighty Ducks" (1992), "Batman Forever" (1995), "Apollo 13" (1995), "Independence Day" (1996), "Star Trek: First Contact" (1996), "Contact" (1997), and the TV series, "Lost" (2009). Kim was a driving instructor at Rick Seaman's Hollywood Stunt Driving School. On Oct. 9, 2014, Kim passed away from a heart attack.

Below: Here are some action shots of Kim.

Below: Kim with Tom Cruise.

Below: Kim as "Austin Powers."

 Below: From the set of "Evilution" (2007). Left to right: Paul Darnell, Richard King, Eric Peter-Kaiser, and Kim Koscki.

Below: From the set of "John Dies at the End" (2012). Left to right: Kim Koscki, stuntman Bob Ivy, director Don Coscarelli, and actors Dan Roebuck, Chuck Williams, and Tim Goodwin.

Kim loved the stunt business. He will be missed.