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Yakima Canutt
Original name: Enos Edward Canutt
Birth: Nov. 29, 1895
Penawawa
Whitman County
Washington, USA
Death: May 24, 1986
North Hollywood
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Stuntman, Actor, Director. A World Champion rodeo star, he entered films as a stuntman in the early 1920s and enjoyed success as a B western star of the late silent period. When talkies came in his voice was deemed unsuitable and he returned to stunting, doubling for such stars as John Wayne and Clark Gable. Probably his most famous exploit was doubling for both Wayne and a pursuing Apache in the great chase scene in "Stagecoach" (1939). After 1940 he worked as a second-unit director for action sequences, and he staged the chariot race in "Ben-Hur" (1959). Over his career Canutt developed many safety devices to protect stunt performers from injury. For his contributions to the stunt field he was awarded an Honorary Oscar in 1967. 
 
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 Parents:
  John Lemuel Canutt (1867 - 1927)
  Nettie Ellen Stevens Canutt (1876 - 1963)
 
 Siblings:
  Alexander Hamilton Canutt (1892 - 1982)*
  Sally Treen Canutt Finley (1894 - 1987)*
  Yakima Canutt (1895 - 1986)
  Anna Adeline Canutt Clapp (1903 - 1937)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park
North Hollywood
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Garden of Remembrance
GPS (lat/lon): 34.1903, -118.35347
 
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Record added: Aug 30, 1999
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Dear Mr Canutt, I just learned about you on PBS 'History Detectives' regarding one of your May 1917 saddles that you porbably used for your famous Rodeo win at the Pendleton Roundup. All those times I saw you 'doubling' for famous actors and didn't know i...(Read more)
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 Added: Apr. 10, 2014
Because We Never Met, I Came To Visit You Today, Rest in Peace.
- Robert David Miller
 Added: Apr. 7, 2014

- Eddie Hale
 Added: Feb. 19, 2014
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