Sep 6, 2017

Dick Dial

Richard Emile Ashley Dial, Jr. (1931-1992) was born in Oklahoma City. He was an athlete at the University of Oklahoma. He was a champion Golden Gloves boxer, a ranked tennis pro, and a competitive sailor. He got his start on "The Ten Commandments" (1956) and "The Searchers" (1956), leading to a job doubling William Holden on "The Horse Soldiers" (1959). He is best known for his TV work, where he doubled Lloyd Bridges on "Sea Hunt" (1958-61), David Janssen on "The Fugitive" (1963-67), William Shatner on "Star Trek" (1967-68), and Peter Graves on "Mission Impossible" (1967-68). Dick was a member of the Stuntmen's Association.

Below: Dick (center) appeared in the "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" episode, "The Shape of Doom" (1966). On the right is star Richard Basehart.

Below: Dick Dial, with Sharon Farrell, in "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." episode, "The Minus-X Affair" (1966).

Below: Dick played Lieutenant Kaplan in the "Star Trek" episode, "The Apple" (1967).

Below: Dick (left) played "Carson" in "They Call Me MISTER Tibbs" (1970). In the middle is actor Anthony Zerbe.

In the film, Dick had a fight with star Sidney Poitier.

Aug 11, 2017

Joe Yrigoyen

Joe Yrigoyen (1910-1998) was a top western stuntman for many years. He was Roy Rogers' long time stunt double and worked closely with Yakima Canutt. Joe was a member of the Stuntmen's Association.

Some of Joe's credits include "Daredevils of the Red Circle" (1939), "Adventures of Red Ryder" (1940), "The Last Command" (1955), "Ben-Hur" (1959), "The Sons of Katie Elder" (1965), "Will Penny" (1968), "The Wild Bunch" (1969), "The Cowboys" (1972), and "Blazing Saddles" (1974).

Below: In "Dark Command" (1940) Joe, his brother Bill Yrigoyen, Cliff Lyons, and Yakima Canutt rode a wagon off a cliff into a lake.

Below: Joe appeared in the 15 chapter Republic serial, "Captain America" (1944)

Below: Joe is doubling Roy Rogers in "Heart of the Rockies" (1951).

Below: Joe Yrigoyen at work.

Below: Joe's son, Joe Finnegan (Joe Yrigoyen, Jr.), also worked as a stuntman. He is credited with the development of the air ram and in 1995 received a Technical Academy Award for his achievement.

Below: In this clip from "Bells of San Angelo" (1947), Joe Yrigoyen is doubling Roy Rogers who gets a brutal beating from stuntmen Dale Van Sickel and Dave Sharpe.

Jul 9, 2017

Jery Hewitt

Jery Hewitt is a New York based stuntman. His stunt coordinator credits include "Raising Arizona" (1987), "Romeo is Bleeding" (1993), "The Bone Collector" (1999), "No Country for Old Men" (2007), and the TV Series, "Law & Order."

Below: Jery played the leader of the Baseball Furies in Walter Hill's classic, "The Warriors" (1979)

Below: Jery performed this high fall in "The Soldier" (1982) directed by James Glickenhaus.

Below: Jery appeared in the Coen Brothers, "Miller's Crossing" (1990).

and is shot by director Sam Raimi

Below: Jery was the stunt coordinator for the TV series, "Forever" (2014) and had a small part in the episode, "Fountain of Youth."

Jun 27, 2017

Loren Janes

Loren Janes (1931 - 2017) was a founding member of the Stuntmen's Association and has appeared in more than 1,500 movies and TV episodes. He has doubled actors including Steve McQueen, Kirk Douglas, Jack Lemmon, and Frank Sinatra.

Below: Loren's most famous stunt was this fall from a moving train onto a cactus in "How the West was Won" (1962).

Below: Here is a profile of Loren from the TV series, "Stuntmasters" (1991)

Jun 6, 2017

Judas Priest rock video

Below is a photo taken on the set of the rock video, "Turbo Lover" (1986), by the heavy metal band, Judas Priest with the stuntmen.

Left to right: Paul Short, Rob Halford, Gary Wayton, Solly Marx, Glenn Tipton, Bob Ivy, K. K. Downing, Harry Terzian, and Ian Hill.

Here is the video.

May 7, 2017

Freebie and the Bean, Part 2

Here are some action shots from "Freebie and the Bean" (1974).

Below: In this car jump, Jim Nickerson is the driver, and Gray Johnson is the passenger.

Below: The timing for this train jump was perfect.

Below: This truck turnover was performed by Ted Duncan.

Below: Chuck Bail is behind the wheel for this dive bomb car stunt.

Below: Nice van crash using the "tow and release" method.

Below: The van just barely misses Chuck Bail and Whitey Hughes (bottom right).

Feb 12, 2017

Mike McGaughy

Michael Henry McGaughy (1951 - 2007) worked as a stuntman specializing in westerns. He started saddle bronc riding at the age of 16. Mike was a member of the Stuntmen's Association and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Some of Mike's credits include "The Outlaw Josey Wales" (1976), "Escape from New York" (1981), "Red Dawn" (1984), "Silverado" (1985), "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989), "The Fugitive" (1993), and the TV series, "Deadwood" (2004).

Below: Mike (2nd from right) played "Homer" in "The Townie" episode of "The Waltons" (1973). On the left are actors Richard Thomas, Sissy Spacek, and Nicholas Hammond.

Below: Doubling Robert Carradine, Mike performed some great horse stunts in "The Long Riders" (1980).

Below: Mike (far left) appeared in Clint Eastwood's, "Pale Rider" (1985).

Below: Mike (right) also appeared in "Wild Wild West" (1999).