Apr 30, 2015

Bob Miles

Bob Miles' (1927-2007) parents were both stunt performers. Bob worked in films from a young age. After World War II, Bob worked at RKO Studios and was studio head Howard Hughes' driver for several years.

Bob has worked on many films including "Spartacus" (1960), "The Slime People" (1963), "The Great Bank Robbery" (1969), "Dirty Harry" (1971), and "Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers" (1988). Bob was a member of the Stuntmen's Association.

Below: Bob (left) was Michael Landon's stunt double on the TV series, "Bonanza."

Below: From 1948 to 1954, Bob was married to actress Vera Miles, who co-starred in Alfred Hitchcock's, "Psycho" (1960).

Below: Bob (right) appeared in a fight scene with Robert Conrad (left) in "The Wild Wild West" episode, "The Night of the Brain" (1967).

Below: Bob played a fast draw gunman in "The Wild Wild West" episode, "The Night of the Surreal McCoy" (1967).

Below: Bob (far left) played a Klingon brawler in the classic "Star Trek" episode, "The Trouble with Tribbles" (1967).

Below: Bob takes a squib hit in "Nightmare at Noon" (1988).

Bob retired to Utah, where his enjoyed golfing and boating. He passed away in 2007.

Apr 21, 2015

Bob Minor

Bob Minor (b. 1944) was an excellent athlete in high school and received a scholarship to Pepperdine University. He became a competitive body builder, winning several contests. Bob met some stuntmen at a gym, and they convinced him to get into the stunt business. Bob became the first black member of the Stuntmen's Association. Bob has worked on many films including "Blacula" (1973), "Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry" (1974), "Earthquake" (1974), "Swashbuckler" (1976), "The Beastmaster" (1982), "Glory" (1989), and "National Treasure" (2004). Bob has played many roles as an actor and was the stunt coordinator for the TV series, "Magnum P.I." (1980-1988).

Below: Bob played a member of the Houston team in "Rollerball" (1975) starring James Caan.

Below: Doubling Sidney Poitier in "Let's Do It Again" (1975), Bob made an impressive 19 foot jump between two 13 story buildings.

Below: Bob makes sure Nick Nolte gets the point in "The Deep" (1977).

Below: Stuntman Nick Dimitri and Bob get taken for a ride by Ryan O'Neal (right) in Walter Hill's, "The Driver" (1978).

Below: The original Black Stuntmen and Women. Top row: (left to right) Melvin Jones, Willie Harris, Tony Brubaker, Henry Kingi, and Bob Minor. Center row: John Mitchell, Len Glascow, John Sherrod, Julius LeFlore, and Ernie Robinson. Bottom row: Perry Fluker, Greg Elam, Jolly Brown, Evelyn Cuffee, Louise Johnson, and Eddie Smith.

Apr 11, 2015

Bill Shannon

Bill Shannon (1934-1981) was a tumbler, judo expert, and rodeo cowboy prior to his stunt career. He has appeared in many films including, "Spartacus" (1960), "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" (1963), "Little Big Man" (1970), "Magnum Force" (1973), and "Blazing Saddles" (1974). Bill was a member of the Stuntmen's Association.

Below: Production photo from "The High Chaparral" episode, "A Fella Named Kilroy" (1969). On the horses (left to right) are Bill Shannon, stuntman Chuck Bail, and actor Bert Freed. Standing in front of the horses are actors Ron Hayes and Cameron Mitchell.

Below: Bill appeared in some episodes of "The Wild Wild West." This is from the episode, "The Night of the Surreal McCoy" (1967). Left to right: stuntmen Bob Miles, Bob Herron, Whitey Hughes, actor Michael Dunn, stuntman John Hudkins, Bill Shannon, and actor Quintin Sondergaard.

Below: Bill played Sgt. White in "The Green Berets" (1968) starring John Wayne.

Below: Bill Shannon in "Blue" (1968)

Below: Bill was one of the stuntmen involved in the famous bridge explosion in "The Wild Bunch" (1969).

Below: Bill gets the drop on James Caan in "Freebie and the Bean" (1974).

Billy Shannon died of a heart attack at the age of 46.