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January 18, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
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.
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March 15, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
In a climactic car-chase scene in the new movie "Need for Speed," a race car barrels into the back of a police SUV, sending the truck flying through the air. To put viewers in the drivers' seats, director Scott Waugh placed cameras inside the SUV so they could feel the sensation of the truck rotating in the air. He positioned cameras on the head of the stunt driver maneuvering the vehicle that collides with the SUV, and in the car driven by Tobey...
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October 25, 2013 | By Steve Chawkins, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
Hal Needham, a highly regarded Hollywood stuntman and director of frothy, adrenaline-pumped films like "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Cannonball Run," has died. He was 82. Needham died Friday in Los Angeles, according to his business managers at Laura Lizer and Associates. No other details were immediately available. Born in Memphis, Tenn., Needham spoke with a down-home twang. He was a fixture in the movie business for most of his working life. In a stunt career that spanned hundreds of TV episodes and feature films, he tumbled down cliffs, leaped off boulders, jumped from planes, tottered off balconies and plunged from towers.
NEWS
November 15, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Jean-Claude Van Damme stars in the latest stunt video from Volvo Trucks -- the "Epic Split. " Volvo's billing this as the "boldest" of its six stunt videos, but I'm not sure. Epic, yes. As of Friday morning, it was nearing 8 million views on YouTube. You may admire the 53-year-old Van Damme in a whole new way after watching him stretch himself into a split over thin air, each foot on the side mirror of a moving commercial vehicle.   PHOTOS: Van Damme on the set But as for boldest, I'm voting for "The Hook," in which Volvo Trucks' president, Claes Nilsson, stands on the front panel of a construction truck poised 66 feet above the ocean . A spokesman told the Los Angeles Times that was the beginning and the end of Nilsson's career as a stuntman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson
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.
NEWS
January 20, 1985 | MYRON LEVIN, Times Staff Writer
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.
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July 24, 2008 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
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.
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October 25, 2013 | By Steve Chawkins, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
Hal Needham, a highly regarded Hollywood stuntman and director of frothy, adrenaline-pumped films like "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Cannonball Run," has died. He was 82. Needham died Friday in Los Angeles, according to his business managers at Laura Lizer and Associates. No other details were immediately available. Born in Memphis, Tenn., Needham spoke with a down-home twang. He was a fixture in the movie business for most of his working life. In a stunt career that spanned hundreds of TV episodes and feature films, he tumbled down cliffs, leaped off boulders, jumped from planes, tottered off balconies and plunged from towers.
SPORTS
August 15, 2013 | By David Wharton
It was the talk of London before and after the opening ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Queen Elizabeth II and actor Daniel Craig -- you may know him as James Bond -- collaborated on a videotaped skit that ended with a pair of stuntmen parachuting live into Olympic Stadium, one dressed as Craig, the other wearing the queen's pink dress. On Thursday, it was reported that the man doubling for Craig, former military officer Mark Sutton, was killed while wingsuit diving in Switzerland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
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.
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