Oct 28, 2014

Fred Brookfield

Fred Brookfield (1941-2014) was born in Canada. He moved to the United States in 1952 and worked as a stuntman for 27 years. Fred has worked on many films including "Blind Date" (1987), "The Enforcer" (1976), "Earthquake" (1974), "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean" (1972), and "The Omega Man" (1971). Fred was a member of the Stuntmen's Association. 

Below: The Rustlers from "The Cowboys" (1972) starring John Wayne. On horseback (left to right): Tony Epper, Henry Wills, and Gary Epper.
Standing (left to right): Fred Brookfield, actor Bruce Dern, Kent Hays, Richard Farnsworth, and Wallace Brooks.
Kneeling (left to right): Glenn Randall, Jr., Tap Canutt, Joe Yrigoyen, and Chuck Courtney.

Below: Fred appeared in "The Promise" episode of "Emergency" (1973) as series star, Randolph Mantooth, comes to the rescue.

                                     In that episode, Fred performed this window crash.

Oct 27, 2014

Ross Dollarhide, Jr.

Ross Dollarhide, Jr. (1921-1977) was raised on a ranch and was working as a cowboy for his father from a very early age. At the age of 17, he started entering rodeos as an amateur. He won first place in nearly every event he entered. Eventually, the rodeo organizers would no longer let Ross compete as an amateur because he was too good.  So, Ross turned professional. He was in his prime in the late 1940's and early 1950's and for several years, he was one of the top five rodeo riders in America (based on prize earnings). In 1954, Ross injured his leg in a bad fall, and he was never able to compete consistently again. In the late 1950's, Ross began training horses for stunts in films. He became a full-time stuntman and appeared in films including, "Will Penny" (1968), "Paint Your Wagon" (1969),  "Blazing Saddles" (1974) and the TV series, "Cimarron Strip" (1967). Ross also doubled James Arness on "Gunsmoke" a few times.

Below: Ross competing at the Pendleton Round-Up in 1947.

Below: Great photo with actor Ben Johnson (Mighty Joe Young, The Wild Bunch), Ross, and rodeo legend Casey Tibbs.

Below: On the set of "The Honkers" (1972). Standing (left to right): Actor/Director Steve Ihnat, Slim Pickens, Harry Vold, Mary McFarren, world champion cowboy Larry Mahan, actor James Coburn, and rodeo champion Floyd Baze. Kneeling (left to right): Gene Talvin, Ross Dollarhide, Stephen Lodge, and Elliot Shick. 

In 1977, Ross was hired to double Rod Taylor on the TV series, "The Oregon Trail." In one scene, he was leading a stampede of cattle for the cameras. Ross' horse tripped on a gopher hole and he was thrown into the path of the running cattle. Ross walked away but felt like he had broken a rib, so he was sent to the hospital. The staff told him that their X-ray machine was broken, so he went back to his hotel and went to sleep. During the night, he died of internal bleeding.

In 2003, Ross was inducted posthumously into the Rodeo Hall of  Fame. 

Oct 10, 2014

Kim Koscki

Kim Robert Koscki (1962-2014)

 Kim Koscki moved to Los Angeles from Chico, CA in 1982. He was skilled in all areas of stunt work. For 13 years, Kim worked on the Batman stunt show at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA. Kim has doubled for actors including Mike Myers in the "Austin Powers" films, Rick Moranis in "The Flintstones" (1994), and Richard Dreyfuss in "Mad Dog Time" (1996). Kim worked on many big films including "The Lost Boys" (1987), "Hook" (1991), "The Mighty Ducks" (1992), "Batman Forever" (1995), "Apollo 13" (1995), "Independence Day" (1996), "Star Trek: First Contact" (1996), "Contact" (1997), and the TV series, "Lost" (2009). Kim was a driving instructor at Rick Seaman's Hollywood Stunt Driving School. On Oct. 9, 2014, Kim passed away from a heart attack.

Below: Here are some action shots of Kim.

Below: Kim with Tom Cruise.

Below: Kim as "Austin Powers."

 Below: From the set of "Evilution" (2007). Left to right: Paul Darnell, Richard King, Eric Peter-Kaiser, and Kim Koscki.

Below: From the set of "John Dies at the End" (2012). Left to right: Kim Koscki, stuntman Bob Ivy, director Don Coscarelli, and actors Dan Roebuck, Chuck Williams, and Tim Goodwin.

Kim loved the stunt business. He will be missed.