Hollywood Stuntman Hall of Fameby HollywoodTales | created - 26 Jun 2018 | updated - 27 Jun 2018 | Public
Hollywood's unsung heroes, the men and women of the stunt profession who live a life of danger for the film & television business. Honorary icon film stars, headline this lineup of those that put the action and motion into the entertainment industry's movie magic.
1. John Wayne
Actor | True Grit
John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison in Iowa, to Mary Alberta (Brown) and Clyde Leonard Morrison, a pharmacist. He was of English, Ulster-Scots, and Irish ancestry.
Clyde developed a lung condition that required him to move his family from Iowa to the warmer climate of southern California, ...
2. Kirk Douglas
Actor | Spartacus
Cleft-chinned, steely-eyed and virile star of international cinema who rose from being "the ragman's son" (the name of his best-selling 1988 autobiography) to become a bona fide superstar, Kirk Douglas, also known as Issur Danielovitch Demsky, was born on December 9, 1916 in Amsterdam, New York. ...
Actor | Baa Baa Black Sheep
Robert Conrad was a graduate of Northwestern University, spending his first few years out of school supporting himself and his family by driving a milk truck and singing in a Chicago cabaret. Conrad befriended up-and-coming actor Nick Adams during this period, and it was Adams who helped Conrad get...
Actor | The General
Joseph Frank Keaton was born on October 4, 1895 in Piqua, Kansas, to Joe Keaton and Myra Keaton. Joe and Myra were Vaudevillian comedians with a popular, ever-changing variety act, giving Keaton an eclectic and interesting upbringing. In the earliest days on stage, they traveled with a medicine ...
Actor | The Lone Ranger
Clayton Moore grew up in Chicago, Illinois and although his father wanted him to become a doctor, he had visions of something a little more glamorous. Naturally athletic, he practiced gymnastics during family summer vacations in Canada, eventually joining the trapeze act The Flying Behrs at 19. ...
6. Eric Fleming
Actor | Rawhide
At the age of eight, Fleming hopped on a freight train to Chicago to escape his abusive father. Following hospitalization for gang fight injuries, he returned to California where he lived with his mother and worked at Paramount as a laborer. Fleming joined the Merchant Marine, and then he served in...
Actress | Double Indemnity
Today Barbara Stanwyck is remembered primarily as the matriarch of the family known as the Barkleys on the TV western The Big Valley (1965), wherein she played Victoria, and from the hit drama The Colbys (1985). But she was known to millions of other fans for her movie career, which spanned the ...
8. Jackie Chan
Actor | Ngo si seoi
Hong Kong's cheeky, lovable and best known film star, Jackie Chan endured many years of long, hard work and multiple injuries to establish international success after his start in Hong Kong's manic martial arts cinema industry.
Jackie was born Kong-sang Chan on April 7, 1954, on Hong Kong's famous ...
9. Ray Abbott
Stunts | Deja Vu
Ray Abbott is a stuntman with over 60 credits to his resume. A graduate of Tenafly High School (along with such luminaries as Ed Harris and his good friend, the late John Erik-Hexum), Ray was introduced into the world of stunt work by his THS gym teacher and later Hollywood stuntman A.J. Bakunas. ...
11. Andy Armstrong
Stunts | The Amazing Spider-Man
Born in England, Andy competed in many forms of two and four wheeled motor sport before entering the movie business. He began his film career in 1972 in England and France as a vehicle stunt performer. Andy's talent was mostly concentrated towards vehicles stunts. Andy decided in 1973 to make use ...
12. Vic Armstrong
Director | Left Behind
Vic Armstrong was born on October 5, 1946 in Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire, England as Victor Monroe Armstrong. He is known for his work on Left Behind (2014), The Green Hornet (2011) and I Am Legend (2007). He is married to Wendy Leech. They have three children.
14. Charles Bail
Director | Street Corner Justice
Charles Bail had a very long, diverse and impressive show business career that spanned the 1950s to the 1990s and encompasses everything from acting to directing to performing and/or coordinating stunts in numerous motion pictures and television programs.
Bail hails from Pennsylvania. He quit school...
Stunts | Wonder Woman
As the most inspirational and diverse action actor of recent years, Alicia Vela-Bailey has emerged from A list stunt double to on screen sensation. Whether it is her chilling performance as Diana in the smash hit "Lights Out" or her acrobatic, ass kicking, portrayal of Alisha Whitley on Marvel's ...
Director | The Oil Raider
Spencer Gordon Bennet was born on January 5, 1893 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He was a director and producer, known for The Oil Raider (1934), The House Without a Key (1926) and Snowed In (1926). He died on October 8, 1987 in Santa Monica, California, USA.
17. Paul Baxley
Stunts | Diamonds Are Forever
Paul Baxley was born in Casper Wyoming in 1923. Growing up in Los Angeles, he went on to become an all-city quarterback and track star at Eagle Rock High.
A Marine, a Scout and Sniper in the 4th Division in World War II, he fought on Kwajalein (Roi-namur), Iwo Jima, Saipan and Tinian. He received ...
21. May Boss
Actress | Hollywood Homicide
Stuntwoman May Boss was born on October 7, 1924 in New York. May was a trick rider in the rodeo circuit prior to entering the film industry in the early 1950's heyday of Hollywood Westerns. Among the notable actresses that Boss doubled for are Bette Davis, Rita Hayworth, Sandra Dee, Doris Day, ...
24. Joe Murphy
Actor | Osmosis Jones
Born in New York, raised in New Jersey, Joe Murphy was twelve years old when he started studying karate, riding motorcycles and skiing. Little did he know that those hobbies would someday be a small part of a huge career. At 21, Joe left home for California. Upon arriving, he looked up veteran ...
26. Dave O'Brien
Writer | The Red Skelton Show
Former chorus boy who would become a star in "B" westerns, and later a successful comedy writer (under the name David Barclay) and TV director. O'Brien is notable as one of the relatively few success stories to emerge out of the drek of poverty row, where he blissfully worked for nearly a decade ...
29. Polly Burson
Actress | Night Passage
Trick rider and stunt woman Polly Burson was born Pauline Shelton on December 24, 1919 in Ontario, Oregon. Born into a rodeo family, Polly spent her early years on her grandfather's ranch and started riding calves at the age of seven. Moreover, Burson rode relay and flat races as well as was a ...
30. Wayne Burson
Actor | Ridin' Down the Trail
Stuntman and actor Wayne Burson was born Wayne Woodmansee on November 9, 1920 in Moscow, Colorado. His mother's brother was famous rodeo star Buster Burson. Wayne worked the rodeo circuit prior to moving to California to pursue a career in the film business and starting out as a stuntman in a few ...
31. Jim Burk
Stunts | Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Jim Burk was born on November 14, 1932 in Newhall, California, USA as James Haskell Burk. He is known for his work on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984) and Chinatown (1974). He died on March 10, 2009 in Darby, Montana, USA.
32. Yakima Canutt
Assistant_director | Ben-Hur
Starting out as a rodeo cowboy and then becoming a stuntman in silent westerns, Yakima Canutt later doubled for such stars as Clark Gable and John Wayne, among others, in such dangerous activities as jumping off the top of a cliff on horseback, leaping from a stagecoach onto its runaway team, being...
36. Fred Carson
Stunts | Timbuktu
Stuntman and actor Fred Carson was born on November 23, 1923 in Harlingen, Texas. Carson learned how to be handy with horses while growing up in Texas. Fred worked the rodeo circuit and was a trick rider prior to becoming involved in the Hollywood film industry as a stuntman and actor in the mid-...
37. Bill Catching
Stunts | Mean Streets
Stuntman, actor, and second unit director Bill Catching was born Jerome P. Catching on June 16, 1926 in Bexar County, Texas. In 1942 at age sixteen Catching hitchhiked from Bandera, Texas to Hollywood, California. Upon reaching California Bill got a job working in barns that furnished horses for ...
39. Fred Cavens
Fencing master and graduate of the Military Institute of Physical Education and Fencing (Belgium), he was responsible for bringing style and technique to the duels in Hollywood films. Born of French parents, Cavens had started in a military school at the age of seven and by the time he was 15 had ...
40. Roydon Clark
Stunts | Escape from New York
Stuntman and actor Roydon Elwood Clark was born on April 15, 1928 in Dalton, Pennsylvania. One in a family of eight children (said family was made up of crop tenders and migrant farm workers), Roydon starting in 1942 spent his summers around the Hudkins stables which provided livestock and wagons ...
45. Ben Corbett
Actor | 45 Calibre Echo
Ben Corbett was born on February 6, 1892 in Hudson, Illinois, USA as Benjamin Corbett. He is known for his work on 45 Calibre Echo (1932), Six-Gun Trail (1938) and The Fighting Renegade (1939). He was married to Edna May Haynes and Helen. He died on May 19, 1961 in Woodland Hills, California, USA.
46. Frank Cordell
Music_department | Cromwell
Born in Kingston-upon-Thames in 1918, Frank Cordell (his full original name) won a Melody Maker poll at age 17 for most promising jazz pianist of 1935. However, his skills at arranging and conducting were acquired while serving in the RAF (1940-1946), during which time he was appointed musical ...
48. Chuck Courtney
Actor | Pet Sematary
Chuck Courtney was born on July 23, 1930 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Charles T. Courtney Jr. He is known for his work on Pet Sematary (1989), Billy the Kid Versus Dracula (1966) and Blind Fury (1989). He died on January 19, 2000 in North Hollywood, California.
49. Bill Couch
Stunts | Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Actor and stuntman Bill Couch was born on September 3, 1926 in Asheville, North Carolina. The younger brother of fellow stuntman Chuck Couch, Bill was a circus performer who specialized in high wire work which included a sway pole act prior to becoming a stuntman in the early 1960's. Among the ...
50. Chuck Couch
Stunts | Death Wish II
Stuntman and actor Charles Edward Couch was born on September 1, 1922. The older brother of fellow stuntman Bill Couch, Chuck was a boxer and a seasoned circus performer who was proficient with the trapeze, tightrope walking, and a sway pole act prior to becoming a stuntman in the mid-1950's. Among...
55. Dick Crockett
Actor | The Pink Panther Strikes Again
Dick Crockett was born on February 27, 1915 in Maywood, Illinois, USA as Richard DeHart Crockett. He is known for his work on The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), The Pink Panther (1963) and Batman: The Movie (1966). He died on January 25, 1979 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Actress | Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
Born on a ranch in North Hollywood, California, Spice rode her horse to kindergarten, grew up playing in her father's medical offices, eventually hitting the road as a musician, singer, and dancer under contract to 20th Century-Fox Records.
Overcoming a seven-year drug and alcohol problem, at the ...
58. Pepper Curtis
Actress | Adam-12
Pepper Curtis was born on August 13, 1932 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA as Elizabeth Jo Goracke. She is known for her work on Adam-12 (1968), Perry Mason (1957) and F Troop (1965). She was married to Howard Curtis. She died on January 28, 1982 in Sherman Oaks, California, USA.
59. Howard Curtis
Stunts | The Deer Hunter
Howard Curtis was born on February 26, 1927 in Pennsylvania, USA as Howard Metcalf Curtis. He is known for his work on The Deer Hunter (1978), Pajama Party (1964) and The Deep (1977). He was married to Pepper Curtis. He died on September 2, 1979 in Lake Elsinore, California, USA.
61. Frankie Darro
Actor | On the Spot
Born into a show-business family - his parents were circus aerialists - Frankie Darro appeared in his first film at age six. Due to his small size and youthful appearance, he played teenagers well into his 20s. Always a physical performer, Darro often did his own stunts, many times out of necessity...
62. BJ Davis
Stunts | As Good as It Gets
BJ Davis is a Member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Producers Guild of America, Directors Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild. BJ produced the controversial award-winning documentary feature film Top Priority: The Terror Within (2012), which premiered at the Academy of Motion ...
64. Paula Dell
Stunts | Above the Law
Acrobat and stuntwoman Paula Dell was born Paula Adele Unger on November 15, 1926 in Longmont, Colorado. Her sister Rosalie was an expert tumbler. Dell moved with her family to California in 1935. Following graduation from Santa Monica High School, Paula went on to attend both Stephens College and ...
65. George DeNormand
Actor | The Painted Stallion
George DeNormand was born on September 22, 1903 in New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on The Painted Stallion (1937), The Money Jungle (1967) and Dick Tracy (1937). He was married to Bernice Victoria "Patsy" Peterson and Wanda Tuchock. He died on December 23, 1976 in Woodland ...
Stunts | Every Which Way but Loose
George Dockstader was born on March 28, 1914 in Lindina, Wisconsin, USA. He is known for his work on Every Which Way but Loose (1978), Pajama Party (1964) and Any Which Way You Can (1980). He died on December 27, 1987 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
70. Jimmie Dundee
Actor | At War with the Army
Beefy, lantern-jawed Hollywood bit part actor and stuntman who had been a professional boxer in the early 1920's. Dundee was an expert in automobile and motorcycle crashes, high falls and work with explosives. He led a crack team of stuntmen at Paramount, collectively known as the 'Suicide Squad'. ...
71. Eddie Dunne
72. Larry Duran
Stunts | The Golden Child
American bit player and stuntman. A former boxer and U.S. Navy veteran, Duran was befriended by Marlon Brando, who obtained a small part for him in Viva Zapata! (1952). He continued to work, first in Brando's films, then in other projects, often in athletic parts or as a stunt performer. He also ...
73. Bud Ekins
Stunts | The Blues Brothers
Bud Ekins was born on May 11, 1930 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. He is known for his work on The Blues Brothers (1980), The Specialist (1994) and National Lampoon's Animal House (1978). He was married to Betty Gene Towne. He died on October 6, 2007 in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles.
74. Patty Elder
Actress | Two-Minute Warning
Patty Elder was born on November 5, 1936 in Los Angeles County, California, USA as Patricia Ruth Elder. She is known for her work on Two-Minute Warning (1976), Mannix (1967) and Highpoint (1982). She died on December 2, 1984 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California.
75. John Epper
Actor | The Scalphunters
John Epper was born on May 7, 1906 in Gossau, Switzerland as Hans Emil Epper. He is known for his work on The Scalphunters (1968), Temple Houston (1963) and The Big Valley (1965). He was married to Frances. He died on December 3, 1992 in Friendly Valley, California, USA.
80. Margo Epper
Actress | The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
Born in 1935, Margo Epper, a stocky actress, made her career as a Hollywood body double and was used frequently, in various films. In 1959, the 24-year-old Epper was hired by the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock to be a body double in his new thriller "Psycho." In the film, Epper posed as the ...
Actor | The Straight Story
An American stuntman who, after more than 30 years in the business, moved into acting and became an acclaimed and respected character actor, Richard Farnsworth was a native of Los Angeles. He grew up around horses and as a teenager was offered an opportunity to ride in films. He appeared in ...
82. Ralph Faulkner
Actor | On the Jump
What Yakima Canutt was to classic stunt work in Hollywood for some 60 years, Ralph Faulkner was to sword fight choreography for almost a like number of years. Faulkner came west from Texas in his mid twenties to try his hand in the movies. Some of his first roles were as President Woodrow Wilson in...
84. Lila Finn
Actress | RoboCop 2
A pioneering Hollywood stunt woman, she worked in motion pictures for over 50 years. A world-class athlete, she was a member of the U.S. women's volleyball team, and played in two world championships. At age 50 she was a silver medalist at the Pan-American games in Chicago. She appeared in over 100...
85. Evelyn Finley
Stunts | Silverado
Definitely not your average 'prairie flower', brunette Evelyn Ruth Finley was known as the most accomplished stunt rider in the western genre. Famous director William A. Wellman was one of many who regarded her as the best in the business. She worked with horses from early childhood and grew up a ...
87. Donna Garrett
Stunts | TRON
Stuntwoman, stunt coordinator, and actress Donna Garrett was born Donna Lee Funk on November 17, 1942 in Santa Ana, California. Garrett grew up in suburban Los Angeles and attended L.A. Valley Junior College as a physical education major. Donna met her husband Ralph Garrett at a rehearsal for the ...
91. Alan Gibbs
Assistant_director | Smokey and the Bandit
Stuntman and stunt coordinator Alan Robert Gibbs was born on November 24, 1940 in Hollywood, Florida. Gibbs worked as a bartender at the restaurant Edna Earle's Fog Cutter in Los Angeles, California prior to deciding to pursue a career as a stuntman in the mid-1960's after striking up a friendship ...
92. Helen Gibson
Actress | Fighting Mad
Helen Gibson was one of the earliest serial stars. In 1915 she took over the title role in The Hazards of Helen (1914) from Helen Holmes. Known for her athletic abilities and willingness to do dangerous but exciting stunts, she made the transition from serials to features easily. She was the second...
97. Allan Graf
Stunts | Due Date
Graf is one of Hollywood's premier 2nd unit directors and stunt coordinators whose 35 year career behind the cameras includes the staging of stunts in over five dozen films while directing second unit action on three dozen features, including such recent films as Todd Phillips' comedy "Due Date, "...
98. Fred Graham
Actor | The Giant Gila Monster
Baseball gave burly Fred Graham his start in motion pictures. In 1928 he was working for the MGM sound department and also playing semi-pro baseball on the side. The studio was making a murder mystery called Death on the Diamond (1934), starring Robert Young and Nat Pendleton. Graham was hired to ...
99. Duke Green
Actor | Manhunt of Mystery Island
Duke Green was born on November 30, 1900 in Los Angeles, California, USA as William Green. He is known for his work on Manhunt of Mystery Island (1945), Haunted Harbor (1944) and The Masked Marvel (1943). He died on November 20, 1984 in North Hollywood, California.
100. Donna Hall
Stunts | Fright Night
Stuntwoman and actress Donna Hall was born on May 21, 1928 in Los Angeles, California. Hall came from a rodeo family and grew up around movie sets with her jockey and stuntman father 'Shorty' Hall. Donna decided she wanted to be a stuntwoman during her first job at the age of eight when she was ...