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.