Jul 4, 2014

Bill Couch

Bill Couch (1926-1999), like his older brother Chuck Couch, was a circus performer specializing in high wire work including the sway pole act. He joined Chuck in Hollywood and became one of the best "high men" in the stunt business. Bill was the stunt coordinator on many films including "King Kong" (1976), "Logan's Run" (1976), "The Great Wallendas" (1978), "The Final Countdown" (1980), "Vice Squad" (1982), "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (1982), and "Ghostbusters" (1984).

Below: Bill Couch performing his sway pole act in a Wild West show in Thailand in 1957.

Below: Bill doubled Spencer Tracy in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" (1963).

Below: Bill gets a fright from Herman Munster in "The Munsters" episode, "Grandpa Leaves Home" (1964).

Below: Bill (right) appeared in "The Silencers" (1966) starring Dean Martin as Matt Helm. On the left is actor Richard Devon.

Below: Doubling Richard Jaeckel, Bill does a high fall for "The Devil's Brigade" (1968).

Below: Bill played a suicide jumper in "Dirty Harry" (1971)
and gets punched by Clint Eastwood (left).

Below: Bill appeared in the "Magnum P.I." episode, "Kapu" (1986).