May 22, 2015

Tom Huff

Thomas J. Huff (1943-2006) started out as a professional boxer. Actor and boxing enthusiast Robert Conrad was impressed by Tommy's abilities and gave him work on his series, "The Wild Wild West." Tom went on to become a top stuntman in the business. He has worked on many films including: "Little Big Man" (1970), "Slaughter's Big Rip-Off" (1973), "Earthquake" (1974), "Convoy" (1978), "Steel" (1979), "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (1982), "Octopussy" (1983), "Scarface" (1983), "To Live and Die in L.A." (1985), "Lethal Weapon 2" (1989), "Thelma and Louise" (1991), "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" (1991), "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992), "Speed" (1994), "From Dusk Till Dawn" (1996), "Batman & Robin" (1997), "The One" (2001), and "Daredevil" (2003). Tom was a member of Stunts Unlimited.

Below: From "The Night of the Doomsday Formula" episode of "The Wild Wild West" (1968). Left to right: Red West, Tom Huff, and Dick Cangey.

Below: Tom (left) doubling Jerry Reed in a terrific fight scene with Burt Reynolds in "Gator" (1976).

Below: Tom (right) appeared in the "making of" featurette for "Logan's Run" (1976).

Below: From "Hooper" (1978). Left to right: stuntmen Jophery Brown, Stan Barrett, Buddy Joe Hooker, actors Alfie Wise and Hal Floyd, and Tom Huff.

Below: Tom fights David Harris in Walter Hill's action classic, "The Warriors" (1979).

Below: Tom (left) doubled Dan Aykroyd and Eddy Donno (right) doubled John Belushi in "The Blues Brothers" (1980).

May 6, 2015

Marvin Walters

Marvin James Walters (b. 1938) became one of the first black all-around stunt performers. Marvin was involved in increasing minority employment within the stunt community. He was a member of the Stuntmen's Association and a co-founder of the Black Stuntmen's Association.

Marvin worked as a stuntman on many films including "What's Up, Doc?" (1972), "Blazing Saddles" (1974), "Freebie and the Bean" (1974), "Earthquake" (1974), "Glory" (1989), "RoboCop 2" (1990), and "Armageddon" (1998). 

Some of Marvin's stunt coordinator credits include "Shaft's Big Score" (1972), "The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries" (1978), "Dogs of War" (1980), and "Keaton's Cop" (1989).

Below: Marvin (left) is doubling Max Julien and Ronnie Rondell is doubling Michael Cole in "The Mod Squad" episode, "The Guru" (1968) directed by Richard Rush ("The Stunt Man").

Below: Marvin appeared in the "Star Trek" episode, "The Cloud Minders" (1969). Left to right: Marvin Walters, Charlene Polite, and stuntman Louie Elias.

He was involved in a fight with Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy).

Below: Richard Roundtree (left) and his stunt double, Marvin Walters, in "Shaft's Big Score" (1972).