Jan 12, 2015

Chuck Hayward in "True Grit"

It seems that stuntman Chuck Hayward was all over the place in director Henry Hathaway's, "True Grit" (1969) starring John Wayne.

     Below: First, we see Chuck playing a saloon patron. He's sitting at the table, turning to look at
     actor Jeff Corey. Also in the shot are stuntmen Dean Smith (standing, far right), and Boyd "Red"    Morgan (sitting, far right).    

Next, we see Chuck (in blue shirt) playing a deputy as John Wayne tells the other prisoners to move along.

Now, Chuck (second from left) is playing a Ferry boat captain.

Then, Chuck (far right) is playing one of the outlaws in Robert Duvall's gang.

In this shot when Ned Pepper's gang has a showdown with Rooster Cogburn, Chuck is riding just behind Robert Duvall.

but, in the next shot of the gang, another actor is in Chuck's place.

Jan 10, 2015

Gary Combs

Gary Combs' father, Del Combs, was a wrangler and Gary grew up around horses. He helped his father on TV shows including "Wagon Train," and "The Virginian" (where Gary doubled James Drury and Doug McClure).  Gary worked with legendary director, Sam Peckinpah, on many of his films including "The Wild Bunch" (1969), "The Getaway" (1972), and "Convoy" (1978). Gary was a member of Stunts Unlimited.

Here are some of Gary's other credits.

Stuntman: "Nevada Smith" (1966), "True Grit" (1969), "Little Big Man" (1970), "A Boy and His Dog" (1975), "Body Heat" (1981), "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (1982).

Stunt Coordinator: "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia" (1974), "The Villain" (1979), "Tom Horn" (1980), "Smokey and the Bandit II" (1980), "Blade Runner" (1982), "RoboCop" (1987).

Below: Chuck Couch (left) is doubling Ricardo Montalban and Gary Combs (right) is doubling William Shatner in the classic "Star Trek" episode, "Space Seed" (1967).

Below: Denny Miller as "Tongo" swings past Gary Combs, who is doubling the Professor (Russell Johnson), in the "Gilligan's Island" episode, "Our Vines Have Tender Apes" (1967).

Below: Gary is doubling William Holden in "The Wild Bunch" (1969).

Below: Gary played a Sandman in "Logan's Run" (1976).

Below: From "The Villain" (1979). On the bottom row, wearing a white T-shirt and cowboy hat, is stuntman Bobby Sargent. To his left, is director Hal Needham. To Hal's left is star Kirk Douglas. Above Kirk, wearing an identical outfit, is his stunt double, Gary Combs.

Below: Gary doubling Harrison Ford in "Blade Runner" (1982).

Below: Nice shot of Harrison Ford and Gary on the set of "Blade Runner" (1982)

Below: Action shots of Gary.