|Birth: ||Feb. 7, 1919|
|Death: ||Dec. 14, 1989|
Actor. He is remembered for his many western roles, often playing the bad guy, and for his stunt work. He was considered one of the best stuntmen in Hollywood during his time. Born in 1919, he attended the University of Iowa, where he excelled in athletics, including swimming, basketball and football. When World War II broke out, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, becoming a fighter pilot. After the war, he turned to Hollywood to make movies, starting as a stuntman, doubling for such actors as Errol Flynn, John Wayne, and Gregory Peck. Actor/producer Gene Autry liked him so well that he signed him for the lead in his 78 episode "Range Rider" (1951 to 1953) television series. Many also remember him in the 1958 television western series, "Yancy Derringer." He tested for the role of Tarzan as a replacement for Johnny Weissmuller, but lost out to Lex Barker. In 1960, he played the role of the heavy, 'Coy Banton', in "Tarzan the Magnificent" (1960) and his acting and stunt work led him to be selected for the role of Tarzan in "Tarzan Goes to India" (1962) and "Tarzan's Three Challenges" (1963), during which he did all of his own stunts. While filming "Tarzan's Three Challenges" he fell ill from dysentery and dengue fever, which was evidenced by his noticeable weight loss in the film. He never fully recovered, and eased into smaller roles after that. In 1973, he suffered a stroke while filming an episode of the television series, "Kung Fu", which slowed him down even further. Married to Margaret Field, he was the stepfather of actress Sally Field, and performed a stunt of going off a bridge in a wheelchair in the movie, "The End" (1978), in which Sally Field co-starred. He was hospitalized in 1989 from an automobile accident, and two days later, suffered a stroke and died. (bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson)
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.
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Easter Blessings, Jock. "GRIT" TV showing a couple of your great westerns today -- wonderful to watch and appreciate your many talents ... Peace.|
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