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).