May 4, 2014

Ronnie Rondell

Ronnie Rondell (b. 1937) is one of the best and most talented stuntmen in the business. He co-founded Stunts Unlimited with Hal Needham and Glenn Wilder

Ronnie has worked on films including "Spartacus" (1960), "The Great Race" (1965), "Grand Prix" (1966), "Diamonds are Forever" (1971), "The Night Stalker" (1972), "Blazing Saddles" (1974), "Hooper" (1978), "The Beastmaster" (1982), "Thelma and Louise" (1991), and "Star Trek: First Contact" (1996).

Below: Ronnie (bottom left) played Dannie Kettle in "Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair" (1952).

Below: Ronnie performed this stunt for the film, "Kings of the Sun" (1963).

Below: Ronnie hit a mini-trampoline for this explosion stunt in "Shenandoah" (1965).
(Actor George Kennedy was walking to the set and saw the stunt. He thought it was a real accident and rushed over to help Ronnie. Director of Photography Bill Clothier said it was the best individual stunt he had ever seen).

Below: Ronnie appeared in an episode of "Dragnet" entitled "The Big Kidnapping" (1967).

Below: Ronnie (left, in blue shirt) appeared in the cold war classic, "Ice Station Zebra" (1968). On the right is Patrick McGoohan.

Below: Ronnie was the stunt coordinator for the popular TV series, "The Mod Squad." Ronnie performed this stunt for the episode, "A Time to Love - A Time to Cry" (1968).

Below: Ronnie was the burning man on the cover of the classic Pink Floyd album, "Wish You Were Here" (1975). On the left is stuntman Danny Rogers.