3 Legendary Cinema Stuntmen

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3 Legendary Cinema Stuntmen

Celebrating the airing of The Smashing Stuntman, a Dutch comedy about a heavy drinker turned stuntman and his romantic adventures, we have selected three legendary real-life heroes who put their lives at risk for the camera to help these stuntmen gain the fame of the actors they represent.

Dar Robinson

Dubbed as the greatest stuntman of all time, Dar Robinson was born in Los Angeles in 1947. Robinson broke 19 World Records and set 21 World’s Firsts in stunts during his lifetime, which included jumping off the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada in 1980. Dar Robinson also invented the “Decelerator,” a dragline cable used instead of an airbag for stunts that involve jumping from high places.

One of his most memorable stunts was a 900-foot free fall jump from Toronto’s Canadian National Tower, with wires catching him 200 feet above the ground. Dar’s dangerous moves eventually caught up with him. While filming a motorcycle stunt for the movie Million Dollar Mystery, a then 39-year-old Robinson wrecked his bike and died.

Vic Armstrong

Born in England in 1946, Armstrong is, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, he’s been the most prolific stunt double in Hollywood history. Among his cinematic roles are his doubles for Harrison Ford in the first three Indiana Jones films, Timothy Dalton for Flash Gordon, George Lazenby for the Swiss Alps skiing scenes in the Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and Christopher Reeve in Superman and Superman II. As years passed, he also became a film director, stunt coordinator, and second unit director.

For his work, Vic Armstrong has received a Technical Achievement Academy Award and a lifetime achievement award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

Wendy Leech

Wendy is the daughter of famed stuntman and coordinator George Leech and grew up in the film industry. She later followed in her father’s footsteps, starting with stunt doubling work on The Omen in 1976.

Her other big budget film stunt work included the first three Indiana Jones films ― Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) - Richard Lester's Superman III (1981), Blake Edwards' Curse of the Pink Panther (1983), David Lynch's Dune (1984), Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun (1987), Paul Verhoeven's Total Recall (1990) and Entrapment (1999) starring Sean Connery.

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