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.