HOLLYWOOD ICON IS DEAD AT 82!

needham

hal needham ltr 
        Hal Brett Needham (March 6, 1931 – October 25, 2013)

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) –  Hal Needham, a top Hollywood stuntman who
turned to directing rousing action films including "Smokey and the Bandit"
(1977) and "The Cannonball Run” (1981).

His business managers tell the Los Angeles Times that Needham died on
Friday in Los Angeles.

A former paratrooper, Needham was a billboard model for Viceroy Cigarettes
while beginning a career in Hollywood as a motion picture stuntman. He had 
appeared in thousands of TV episodes and hundreds of movies, performing
and designing stunts and new equipment to execute them.

Needham’s first break was as the stunt double for actor Richard Boone on
the popular CBS-TV western Have Gun, Will Travel (1957-1963).

Needham jumped from planes, was dragged by horses and wrecked cars —
breaking 56 bones in the process. He received an honorary Oscar last year.

smokey-and-the-bandit-x

needham_camera

posted by Bob Karm in CURRENT EVENTS,DEATH,DEBUT,Director,HISTORY,MILITARY,Model,MOVIES,New release,Stunts,TV and have No Comments

Place your comment

Please fill your data and comment below.
Name
Email
Website
Your comment
*