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 Henry Wills

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Henry Wills

Birth
Florence, Pinal County, Arizona, USA
Death 15 Sep 1994 (aged 73)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Newhall, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Will Rogers Garden, Grave 132-F
Memorial ID 9315288 View Source

Motion Picture Stuntman. He arrived in Hollywood in the late 1930s, and found work in front of the camera as a member of a gang or posse in various westerns. He developed the skills to do stunt work, and over time, he became a second unit director in television and movies. He set the record for horse falls with over 1,500. A lot of Hollywood's top stars including Alan Ladd, Dean Martin, Robert Taylor, Richard Widmark, Roy Rogers and Jerry Lewis all insisted Henry double for them in their films. Some actors were so impressed with his ability that he was written into their contracts. His talents included script writing, some of which were used on "The High Chaparral". The National Film Society and The Golden Boot Committee honored him. The Stuntmen's Association granted him a lifetime membership, an honor only bestowed upon a few exceptional individuals. He died of heart failure.

Bio by: Paula Berry Nelson


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Paula Berry Nelson
  • Added: 14 Aug 2004
  • Find a Grave Memorial 9315288
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/9315288/henry-wills : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Wills (14 Sep 1921–15 Sep 1994), Find a Grave Memorial ID 9315288, citing Eternal Valley Memorial Park, Newhall, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .