Stuntman. Born Dar Allen Robinson in Los Angeles, California, he was known as a fine athlete and to be almost fearless. He was a masterful stunt technician and always was meticulous in planning and preparation for each so-called gag he performed or choreographed. His first notable stunt work in film was doubling for Steve McQueen in 1973’s ‘Papillon’ making a 100 foot jump from cliff into the sea. Robinson was always in search of ways to improve his craft, however, and originated the use of dragline cables instead of airbags for high jumps allowing for a top-down view of the stuntman as he fell. Doubling Christopher Plummer in ‘Highpoint’, Robinson did a 700 foot freefall from the CN Tower in Toronto, he deployed a concealed parachute just 300 feet from the ground, safely landed on his feet and received $100,000. It was the biggest pay out for any single stunt ever performed. In 1979 he set a world record for a freefall from a helicopter, dropping an unheard of 311 feet into an airbag. During almost 20 years as a stuntman, Robinson's careful execution of well-planned stunts kept him from serious injury. Ironically, he died in a motorcycle accident during the filming of ‘Million Dollar Mystery; near Page, Arizona. Dar’s reputation for careful stunt planning remained unsullied, however, since the freak accident was not related to any stunt he was performing. After his death, a documentary on his career was made in 1988; The Ultimate Stuntman - A Tribute to Dar Robinson.
Bio by: Iola