Mar 11, 2014

Eddie Parker

Edwin "Eddie" Parker (1900-1960)

Eddie Parker arrived in Hollywood from his native Minnesota in 1931. A skilled athlete, he became Universal Pictures most reliable (and highest paid) stunt performer, doubling for horror stars Lon Chaney, Jr. and Boris Karloff among others. He worked on many B-westerns and serials. He also performed stunts in many big films including, "Spartacus" (1960), "Around the World in 80 Days" (1956), "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (1954), and "Rear Window" (1954).

Below: Eddie (right) played a supporting role in "The Star Packer" (1934) starring John Wayne (left).

Below: This is another scene from "The Star Packer." From left to right: John Wayne, Eddie Parker, Yakima Canutt, and Earl Dwire.

Below: It looks like Eddie is about to go over the falls as he doubles Grant Withers in the Universal serial, "Jungle Jim" (1937).

Below: Dave Sharpe (left) is doubling Jackie Moran and Eddie Parker (right) is doubling Buster Crabbe in the Universal serial, "Buck Rogers" (1939).

Below: Eddie (right) is about to get into a fight with stuntman Tom Steele (left) who played the title role in "The Masked Marvel" (1943), a 12 chapter Republic serial.

Below: George Chesebro (left) and Eddie (right) confer in "Shadow Valley" (PRC, 1947).

Below: Eddie takes a punch from Tris Coffin in the classic Republic serial, "King of the Rocket Men" (1949).

Below: Kirk Alyn (left) has Eddie (right) covered in the Republic serial, "Radar Patrol vs. Spy King" (1949).

Below: From the Columbia serial, "Batman and Robin" (1949), left to right: House Peters, Jr, "The Wizard," John Doucette, stuntman Paul Stader, Jane Adams, and Eddie Parker. 

Below: Eddie (left) played Mr. Hyde and the great Boris Karloff (right) played Dr. Jekyll in "Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1953).

Below: Eddie played the Mummy in "Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy" (1955).

In his spare time, Eddie and a partner owned a liquor store in the San Fernando Valley.

In 1960, Eddie was rehearsing a fight routine for "The Jack Benny Show" when he suffered a heart attack and passed away at the age of 59.