May 29, 2014

Chuck Hayward

Chuck Hayward (1920-1998) spent his youth working cattle and competing in rodeos. He moved to Los Angeles, and while working as a wrangler, became interested in stunt work. His first stunt job was with John Wayne and this began a long association with the star. He was a member of the John Ford stock company along with fellow stuntman Chuck Roberson. To avoid confusion, Roberson, who liked the ladies, was called "Bad Chuck," and Hayward became "Good Chuck." 

Chuck's credits include: "The Fighting Kentuckian" (1949), "Hondo" (1953), "The Searchers" (1956), "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" (1962), "How the West was Won" (1962), "El Dorado" (1967), and "Joe Kidd" (1972).

Below: Chuck did some "Roman riding" in "The Big Country" (1958) starring Gregory Peck and Charlton Heston.

Below: In "The Big Country," Chuck had a featured role as Rafe Hannassey.

Below: Chuck played a Union Captain in John Ford's, "The Horse Soldiers" (1959). Left to right: John Wayne, William Leslie, Constance Towers, and Chuck Hayward.

Below: Chuck Hayward (center) played "Cheyup Tentez" in the "Have Gun - Will Travel" episode, "A Head of Hair" (1960). On the left is stuntman Hal Needham.

Below: From "The Alamo" (1961) - Stuntmen in the scene are: Leroy Johnson, Bill Williams, Jim Burk, Tap Canutt, Dean Smith, Bob Morgan, Chuck Hayward, and Jack Williams.

Below: Chuck performing a fall in "The Alamo" (1961).

Below: Chuck swings down onto stuntman Buzz Henry in "Shenandoah" (1965).

Below: Chuck poses with a prop horse from "Major Dundee" (1965).

Great stunt by Chuck from "Westworld" (1973). Chuck was Yul Brenner's long time stunt double.

Here is the stunt.

Below: Chuck played a passenger in "Airport '77."