Jun 9, 2014

Jim Sheppard

James Sheppard (1937-1977) was a rodeo cowboy who was Audie Murphy's stunt double in the 1960's on films including "Posse from Hell" (1961), "Six Black Horses" (1962), "Bullet for a Badman" (1964), and "Arizona Raiders" (1965).

Besides working with Audie Murphy, Jim has performed stunts in "Major Dundee" (1965), "The War Lord" (1965), "Harper" (1966), "Planet of the Apes" (1968), and "The Wind and the Lion" (1975).

Below: Jim (center) played Deputy Jim on "Whispering Smith" (1959) which starred Audie Murphy (right). On the left is co-star Guy Mitchell. The series aired in 1961.

Below: As Deputy Jim in "The Hemp Reeger Case" (1959).

Below: Jim Sheppard performs a horse fall in "Gunpoint" (1966).

Below: Jim appeared in "The Big Valley" episode, "Hide the Children" (1966).

Below: Doubling William O'Connell, Jim (left) battles William Shatner in the "Journey to Babel" episode of "Star Trek" (1967).

Below: Jim participated in the famous bridge explosion stunt in "The Wild Bunch" (1969). The other stuntmen in the scene are Joe Canutt, Tap Canutt, Bill Shannon, and Bill Hart.

Below: Jim Sheppard does some fast riding and a nice saddle fall in the "Whispering Smith" episode, "Swift Justice" (1959).

While being dragged by a horse for the film, "Comes a Horseman" (1978), Jim was killed when his head struck a fence post. He was 40 years old.