Dec 16, 2016

Dave Sharpe, Part 3

Here are some more photos of Dave Sharpe.

Below: Dave was an exceptional athlete and gymnast. In 1930, he leaps over Grady Sutton in this publicity photo for Hal Roach's, "Boy Friends," series. Also in the photo (left to right) are Mary Kornman, Dorothy Granger, Grady Sutton, Mickey Daniels, and Gertrude Messinger.

Below: Dave does one of his "flying leaps" onto fellow stuntman and close friend, Jimmy Fawcett, in the Republic serial, "King of the Royal Mounted" (1940) which had location filming at Big Bear Lake in California.

Below: Range Buster Dave gives stuntman Tom Steele a sock on the jaw in "Texas to Bataan" (1942)

Below: In 1952, Dave was profiled in LIFE magazine. He performed a couple of window crashes for a LIFE photographer. This photo is an unused shot.

 Below: Another unused photo from the LIFE magazine shoot. Dave gets into his pads.

Below: Dave (center) appeared in the "Day of the Dove" (1968) episode of "Star Trek." On the left is William Shatner.

In the 1970's, Dave appeared at several film conventions, including the famed Houstoncon.

Here is a short video of Dave.

Oct 18, 2016

Duffy Hambleton

Ronald "Duffy" Hambleton (b. 1937)  worked as a stuntman in the 1970's and early 80's. He appeared in films including, "Cleopatra Jones" (1973), "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia" (1974), "Race with the Devil" (1975), "Midway" (1976), and "Bound for Glory" (1976).

Below: Duffy performed a spectacular motorcycle crash for George Lucas' "THX 1138" (1971).  Everyone at the location was stunned and immediately ran in to ensure that Duffy was alright. Although Duffy flew over the handlebars, was hit by the airborne motorcycle, landed in the street on his back, and slammed into a crashed car, he was uninjured.

Here is the stunt.

Below: Duffy appeared in "Jackson County Jail" (1976)

 and had a terrific fight scene with Tommy Lee Jones.

Below: In the 1970's, Duffy (right) was married to famous stunt woman Kitty O'Neil.

Below:  A TV movie was made about them called, "Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story" (1979). Duffy was played by James Farentino (left) and Kitty was played by Stockard Channing (right).

 Below: In 2005, Duffy testified that Robert Blake solicited his help in killing Blake's wife.

Sep 16, 2016

Jon Pochron

Jon Pochron worked as a stuntman primarily in the 1980's and 90's. Some of his credits include "The Beastmaster" (1982), "To Live and Die in L.A." (1985), and "Universal Soldier" (1992). 

Below: Jon performed one of the last jumps of the General Lee in the original "Dukes of Hazzard" TV series. This was from the episode, "The Dukes in Hollywood" (1984).

Below: Jon also performed this car jump in "Action U.S.A." (1988).


  Below: Here is a home video of the same jump.


Below: In "Action U.S.A.," Jon jumped from a bridge on fire. 


Below: In "Joe Versus the Volcano" (1990), Jon (center) played a deckhand. The film starred Meg Ryan (left) and Tom Hanks (right).

Jul 4, 2016

The Stunt Man (1980)

Here are some photos from "The Stunt Man" (1980), starring Peter O'Toole, Steve Railsback, and Barbara Hershey. Directed by Richard Rush.

Below: A. J. Bakunas performed this spectacular fall from the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego which resulted in a broken leg.

Below: Tom Morga doubling co-star Chuck Bail.

Below: Gray Johnson doubling Steve Railsback.

Below: Whitey Hughes doubling Barbara Hershey.

Below: Director Richard Rush (left) and co-star Steve Railsback.

Below: Co-stars Peter O'Toole and Steve Railsback.

Jun 26, 2016

Disney Special

This photo is from a Disney special in 1962. There was a barroom brawl and four great stuntmen participated. On the left are Chuck Bail and Chuck Couch. On the right are Bill Couch and Hal Needham. Star Annette Funicello is sixth from the right.

Jun 12, 2016

TV Screen Shots

Here are some screen captures of stuntmen from various TV series.

       Below: Fred Dale (left) was Richard Boone's (right) stunt double on "Have Gun -
Will Travel" until they had a disagreement, which gave Hal Needham his big break.

Below: Roy Sickner - "The Invaders"

Below: Richard Farnsworth - "The Big Valley"

Below: Troy Melton - "The Mod Squad"

Below: Craig Chudy - "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."

Below: Joe Yrigoyen - "Have Gun - Will Travel"

Below: Bennie Dobbins - "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."

May 11, 2016

Freebie and the Bean, Part One

Here are some rare photos from the 1974 action comedy, "Freebie and the Bean" directed by Richard Rush (The Stunt Man). Chuck Bail was the stunt coordinator and second unit director.

Below: Professional speedway racer, Mike Bast, performed some amazing motorcycle riding stunts for James Caan.

 Below: Here is a shot of Mike on the set of "The Gumball Rally" (1976). To his right, is director Chuck Bail.

Below: Chuck Bail confers with director Richard Rush (left) as stuntmen Ted Duncan (with beard) and Gray Johnson (wearing hat) listen.

Below: Richard Rush demonstrates to stuntwoman Regina Parton how he wants her to play the scene. Chuck Bail is standing in for Alan Arkin.

Below: Here's how it looked in the film.

Below: Chuck Bail (left) and stuntman Eddy Donno.

Below: Eddy Donno dives through a window-

  and lands on Chuck Bail. Next to Chuck is stuntman Jim Nickerson.

 Below: Chuck Bail (right) played a car salesman and is roughed up by stars Alan Arkin and James Caan.


Mar 14, 2016

Stuntmen from "The Warriors"

                                       Here is a rare shot from the set of "The Warriors" (1979).

                   Left to Right: Gary Baxley, Tommy Huff, Craig Baxley, and A.J. Bakunas.