Actor, Stuntman. Known as the "Crown Prince of Daredevils" he is best remembered as one of Hollywood's greatest stuntmen, appearing in roughly 5,000 films in mostly in uncredited appearances, that covered six decades. Born David Hardin Sharpe, he made his first film appearance as a young teenager in Douglas Fairbanks' "Robin Hood" (1922) and "Thief of Bagdad" (1924) in uncredited roles. In 1925 and 1926 he won the US National Tumbling Championship and continued to take bit parts in films. In 1929 he received his big break in the film "Masked Emotions" that led to a series of Hal Roach comedy films. He was then signed by Ajax Pictures in 1933 as one of the leading roles in its "Young Friends" series and during this time he made appearances in B Western films. In 1939 he signed with Republic Pictures as a stunt coordinator, appearing in "Daredevils of the Red Circle" (1939), among others. In 1942 he was picked up by Monogram Pictures and starred in its "Range Busters" Western series, including "Texas to Bataan" (1942), "Trail Riders" (1942), and "Haunter Ranch" (1943). In 1943 he joined the US Army Air Corps and trained as a fighter pilot, and was credited with downing several enemy aircraft while flying combat missions. At the end of World War II, he was discharged at the rank of captain and returned to his Hollywood stunt roles. During his career, he doubled for numerous leading actors, including Tony Curtis, Marlon Brando, Alan Ladd, Tyrone Power, John Derek, Douglas Fairbanks, and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. His television stunt credits include "The Red Skelton Hour" (1951), "The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok" (1951), and "The F.B.I." (1965). In 1978 he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and two years later he died from complications of the disease at the age of 70. In 1980 he was inducted into the Hollywood Stuntman's Hall of Fame. He was married to actress Gertrude Messinger (1932 to 1936) and later to actress Mary Lou Dix (1956 to 1963).
Bio by: William Bjornstad
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