John "Ted" Mapes was the son of John Henry and Alice Bloxham (Welch) Mapes. He married Ruth Hope Ensign. They are buried beside each other. Ted was an actor, stunt man and double in the movies, especially westerns, for many years.
September 19, 1984
Ted Mapes, 82, veteran stuntman, died Sept. 9 in Burbank Calif., after a lengthy illness.
Mapes started in the industry as grip boss on the Douglas Fairbanks-Mary Pickford version of "The Taming Of The Shrew" in 1929. He began working as a stuntman in 1935 when he doubled for Charles Starrett, and 10 years later doubled for John Wayne in "Dakota."
He also acted in numerous "B" westerns. "For Whom The Bell Tolls" was the first of 18 pictures in which he did stunt work for Gary Cooper, and between "Broken Arrow" in 1950 and "Bandolero" in 1968 he performed similarly for Jimmy Stewart in over 30 films.
Stewart presented the Stuntmen's Hall of Fame's first "Dusty" award to Mapes in 1978. For 10 years prior to his retirement, Mapes worked on behalf of the American Humane Assn. to help protect animal actors.
He is survived by his wife, sons, daughter, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren."
Ruth Hope Ensign Mapes
1906–2006 (m. 1931)
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