CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2010 |
Bobby Hoy, a renowned stuntman who also acted, most memorably as a ranch hand on the television series "The High Chaparral," has died. He was 82. Hoy, who co-founded the Stuntmen's Assn. of Motion Pictures, died Monday at Northridge Hospital Medical Center from cancer, said his wife, Kiva. He lived in Sherman Oaks. The New York City native was known in Hollywood for his natural ability with horses, a talent nurtured during a childhood often spent on a ranch in the Catskill Mountains.
January 20, 1985 |
The stuntman who perished in a helicopter crash near Newhall Friday morning while filming an action sequence for the television series "Airwolf" burned to death, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said Saturday. A coroner's investigator said that Reid Rondell, 22, of Canoga Park died of "massive thermal injuries" in the fire that engulfed the helicopter three minutes after it crashed on a hillside about 25 miles north of Los Angeles.
July 24, 2008 |
On a recent afternoon, the writer Kevin Conley sat in a rental car driven by Sean Graham, a tanned, ripped stuntman who hadn't slept for 72 hours. The two spent some time kicking up dirt on a back road in Griffith Park, burning out the car's clutch, driving with two wheels on the curb and stripping the life out of a very sad emergency brake. "I got all the insurance!" shouted Conley, 48, from the back seat. "The most I'll have to pay if it's totaled is $500. " With that, he took over and was skidding downhill toward a reverse 180 when a ranger's truck showed up in the distance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2013
David R. Ellis, 60, a journeyman director and former stuntman whose credits include the 2006 thriller "Snakes on a Plane," died Monday morning in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was in pre-production on the upcoming film "Kite" with Samuel L. Jackson. The cause of death was unknown, said his agent, David Boxerbaum. Ellis most recently served as the second unit director on several upcoming high-profile films including "47 Ronin," starring Keanu Reeves; "R.I.P.D. " with Ryan Reynolds; and the adaptation of Mark Helprin's novel "Winter's Tale.
May 25, 1986
Thanks again, KTLA, for showing "The Stuntman Awards." It's nice to see these people get recognition for their outstanding work, and to let them know how much we appreciate them. Congratulations to you all! Cathy Lynne Margulies, Los Angeles
October 23, 2012 |
When British TV personality Richard Hammond was searching for an A-list American stuntman to teach him the techniques of one of Hollywood's oldest trades, he turned to Rick Avery, a former Santa Barbara police officer who has doubled for Dustin Hoffman, Richard Gere and John Travolta. Avery, who has worked on hundreds of movies, including “The Dark Knight Rises” and Warner Bros.' upcoming “Gangster Squad,” gave Hammond a four-day course on his craft, instructing him on the basics: how to stage fights, jump off buildings, roll a car and even set himself on fire.