CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2013 |
During the car-crazy 1950s in Southern California, Dean Jeffries was one of the first hot rodders to chop, channel and soup-up automobiles. His distinctive paint jobs and sculpted body work attracted many admirers to his auto shop, including the likes of James Dean, Steve McQueen and A.J. Foyt. A legendary car painter and customizer who made the "Monkeemobile" and the original Green Hornet's "Black Beauty," Jeffries died in his sleep Saturday at his home in Hollywood. He was 80 and had been in declining health.
February 22, 2013 |
A camera operator on "NCIS:Los Angeles" has been hospitalized after sustaining an injury during filming of the CBS television show. The accident occurred during a stunt scene being filmed at Burbank Airport, said a person close the production, which stars Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J. The victim, who has not been identified, remains hospitalized, said the source, who was not authorized to discuss the incident. A spokeswoman for CBS declined to comment. The incident, first reported by Deadline, is the latest among several film and TV set accidents that have occurred in L.A. area in recent months.
January 18, 2013 |
A stunt performer and actress were injured Thursday night during filming of the ABC crime drama "Castle. " The stuntman sustained a head injury during a driving scene at the Paramount Pictures lot and was hospitalized in serious condition. The actress he was working with, Karen David, also was treated and released from a hospital with unspecified injuries, according to a person close to the set who was not authorized to speak about the incident. A representative for ABC declined to comment.
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.
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.
January 30, 2012 |
The veteran stuntman has jumped from exploding boats, leaped off a 12-story building and driven motorcycles through balls of flame, surviving two broken backs and a broken neck. But the one feat that Jack Gill has been unable to perform is persuading the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize his craft. For two decades, the former professional motocross rider, who began his stunt career jumping cars in "The Dukes of Hazzard," has been waging a one-man crusade to persuade the academy to give out an award to stunt coordinators, who create and choreograph elaborate action scenes in movies and TV shows.