Jul 11, 2014

Gary McLarty

Gary Raymond McLarty (1940-2014) is a great example of an "all-around" stuntman. He was a competitive motorcycle racer, expert car driver, excellent with fights, and had experience riding broncos in rodeos. In the early 1960's, he met Hal Needham who was very helpful in getting Gary started in the stunt business.

Gary appeared in "The War Wagon" (1967), "Ice Station Zebra" (1968), "The Wild Bunch" (1969), "Beneath the Planet of the Apes" (1970), "Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry" (1974), "Blade Runner" (1982), "The Terminator" (1984), "Jurassic Park" (1993), and was the stunt coordinator on many big films including "Animal House" (1978), "The Blues Brothers" (1980), and "Beverly Hills Cop" (1984).

Below: Gary appeared in "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." episode, "The Suburbia Affair" (1967).

The photos below are from Gary's personal stunt brochure from the 1970's.

Below: From "The Losers" (1970)

Below: Gary played the driver in "McQ" (1974) starring John Wayne. In the back seat of the car are stuntmen Bobby Bass (left) and Chuck Roberson (right).
In "McQ," Gary performed the first cannon roll car stunt.

 He was interviewed afterwards.

Below: Gary had an amusing cameo in "The Blues Brothers" (1980). 

Below: Gary (left) and a co-worker on the set of "The Prophet" (1999).

Here are some interesting facts about Gary McLarty.

Gary's nickname is "Whiz Kid."

Gary was a member of Stunts Unlimited.

In his youth, Gary was living at the McKinley Home for Boys in Los Angeles. When "East of Eden" (1955) starring James Dean filmed there, Gary worked as an extra.

On "Twilight Zone: The Movie" (1983), Gary was riding in the helicopter when it crashed killing actor Vic Morrow and two children.

 In 1991, Gary shot and killed a house guest who had threatened to kill him. It was ruled a "justifiable homicide" and Gary was not charged.

In 2005, Gary testified in court that actor Robert Blake had solicited him to murder Blake's wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley.

On Oct. 11, 2014, Gary and stuntman Bob Orrison were killed in a car accident.