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HOLLYWOOD ICON IS DEAD AT 82!

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        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.

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ESCAPE ARTIST BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1874

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   Harry Houdini (Erik Weisz) (March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926)

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Houdini performing his "Chinese Water Torture Cell" trick  

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Portland appearance in 1915

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ACTRESS JENNIFER JASON LEIGH IS 50 TODAY!

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Jennifer Jason Leigh (born Jennifer Leigh Morrow) is the daughter
of actor Vic Morrow and screenwriter Barbara Turner. Her father
died in 1982   when a stunt helicopter crashed on him during the
filming of Twilight Zone: The Movie. Leigh changed her surname
early in her acting career, taking the meddle name of “Jason” in
honor of a family friend, actor Jason Robards. Jennifer is  best
known for her role in Fast Times at Ridgemont High ( 1982).

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Vic Morrow

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Jennifer Jason Leigh as seen in Fast Times at Ridgemont High

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OVER IN A BARREL ON THIS DAY IN 1901

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Niagara Falls

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A 63 year old Daredevil named Anna Edson Taylor (above) became the first
person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a airtight wooden barrel. She
dropped 175 feet while wearing a leather harness. Soft cushions were placed
inside the barrel to help protect her during the stunt. Taylor was shaken up
but not badly hurt, just one small cut on her forehead. She was desperate for
money to help pay off her debts. The widowed unemployed schoolteacher
died a pauper in 1921. 

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Anna being helped to dry ground after her ride down the falls

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