Dec 17, 2014

Stunt Greats

 Below: A gathering of some of the greatest stuntmen ever. Top row (left to right): Cliff Lyons, Jock Mahoney, Bob Yerkes, Dave Sharpe, George DeNormand, John Hagner, and Tom Steele. Bottom row (left to right): Henry Wills, Harvey Parry, and director Spencer Gordon Bennett.

Dec 8, 2014

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass (1936-2001), a member of Stunts Unlimited, was one of the best fight stuntmen in the business. In the military, Bobby was a paratrooper, Green Beret, and a Special Forces instructor. Bobby was introduced to the stunt business by Gene LeBell.

Below: Bobby was a judo champion, winning many tournaments. He became a third degree black belt. Bobby taught fighting and weapons handling to many Hollywood stars including Mel Gibson, Michael Douglas, and Burt Reynolds.

Below: Bobby gets flipped by William Shatner in the classic "Star Trek" episode, "Mirror, Mirror" (1967).

and then is disintegrated  by a phaser.

In "Smokey and the Bandit" (1977), Bobby doubles Jackie Gleason and shears the roof off a police car.
and emerges unscathed.

Below: In "Smokey and the Bandit," Bobby (left) also played a State Trooper.

Below: The second unit crew from "Smokey and the Bandit II" (1980). Top row: Third from the left is stuntman Dick Ziker, fifth from left is stuntman David Ellis, sixth from left is stuntman Bobby Sargent, and seventh from left is Bobby Bass. The lady in the center row wearing sunglasses is stuntwoman Janet Brady.

 Below: Bobby (left) and Dar Robinson in "To Live and Die in L.A." (1985).