Nov 4, 2014

Tap Canutt

Edward Clay "Tap" Canutt (1932-2014) was the oldest son of the legendary Yakima Canutt. His nickname comes from "tapadero," a leather covering on the front of the stirrup on a saddle. Tap worked on films including "Ben-Hur" (1959), "Spartacus" (1960), "The Alamo" (1960), "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" (1963), "Cat Ballou" (1965), "Planet of the Apes" (1968), "The Wild Bunch" (1969), "A Man Called Horse" (1970), "The Omega Man" (1971), and "Joe Kidd" (1972).

Below: One of Tap's first jobs was on "Hangman's Knot" (1952) starring Randolph Scott. Tap's father, Yakima Canutt, was the second unit director. Tap performed several horse stunts.

Below: Tap also played a Calvary soldier.

Below: Yakima Canutt (left) with his sons, Joe and Tap, on the set of "The Guns of Fort Petticoat" (1957).

Below: Tap in an episode of "26 Men" entitled, "Tumbleweed Ranger" (1959) which was also a pilot for a series that would have starred Tap.

Below: Tap in action.

Below: Tap (left) had a supporting role as Pat Boone's rival in "State Fair" (1962).

and received a kiss from Ann-Margret.

Below: Tap (right) from an unidentified film.

Below: Tap (far left) in "The Wolf Man" episode of "Daniel Boone" (1967). Next to Tap is his brother, Joe Canutt.

Below: From "The Cowboys" (1972). Left to right: actor Bruce Dern, Tap Canutt, Chuck Courtney, Tony Epper, and Glenn Randall, Jr.