Jul 13, 2014

Reg Parton

Regis Parton (1917-1996) was a Navy swimmer who made the 1940 US Olympic swim team although those Olympics were cancelled. He was working as a Santa Monica lifeguard when he started appearing in films. Reg was a member of the Stuntmen's Association. He was also Rory Calhoun's long time stunt double.

Reg has appeared in many films including "High Noon" (1952), "Blood Alley" (1955), "The Mole People" (1956), "Spartacus" (1960), "The Great Race" (1965), "Planet of the Apes" (1968), "Freebie and the Bean" (1974), "Earthquake" (1974), and "The Stunt Man" (1980).

Below: Reg played the Metaluna Mutant in "This Island Earth" (1955). Left to right: Rex Reason, Reg Parton, and Faith Domergue.

Below: Reg played a Calvary trooper in "Apache Territory" (1958). Left to right: Rory Calhoun, Reg Parton, John Dehner, and Barbara Bates.

Below: Terry-Thomas (right) steps aside as Reg doubles Milton Berle in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" (1963).

Below: From "Butch and Sundance: The Early Days" (1979).
Standing (left to right): Greg Walker, Diamond Farnsworth, actor William Katt, Larry Holt, Chris Howell, Dick Warlock, Jack Verbois, Steve Chambers, and Kent Hays.
Kneeling (left to right): Walt Robles, Rock Walker, Loren Janes, Reg Parton, actor Tom Berenger, and Sorin Pricopie.

Below: Reg's daughter, Regina Parton, became a top stuntwoman in the 1970's.