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Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Height 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Charles Bail had a very long, diverse and impressive show business career that spanned the 1950s to the 1990s and encompasses everything from acting to directing to performing and/or coordinating stunts in numerous motion pictures and television programs.

Bail hails from Pennsylvania. He quit school in the ninth grade and traveled the country prior to serving a stint in the Navy. After finishing high school and spending two years in college, he joined a "wild west show" that performed all over the Orient. He got his start in show business as an extra on the TV series Wagon Train (1957), and soon made the transition from extra to stuntman and guest star on such western series as The Texan (1958), Gunsmoke (1955), The Rough Riders (1958), The Big Valley (1965), Bonanza (1959), Laredo (1965), Bat Masterson (1958), Daniel Boone (1964), The High Chaparral (1967) and Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958). Bail handled stunt coordinator chores on Werewolves on Wheels (1971), The Last Movie (1971), Getting Straight (1970) and The Cycle Savages (1969), and performed stunts in such movies as The Jayhawkers! (1959), Hells Angels on Wheels (1967), The Green Berets (1968), The Scavengers (1969), The Devil's 8 (1969) and Cleopatra Jones (1973).

He made his directorial debut with the funky blaxploitation item Black Samson (1974). He subsequently directed its outrageous sequel, Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold (1975), the immensely enjoyable cross-country road race romp The Gumball Rally (1976), the nifty sci-fi/action outing Choke Canyon (1986) and the lackluster urban vigilante opus Street Corner Justice (1996). In addition, he directed episodes of such TV shows as Conan: The Adventurer (1992), Baywatch Nights (1995), Adam-12 (1968), Dragnet 1967 (1967), "Knight Rider," "Manimal," and "CHiPs." Charles worked for director Richard Rush on several projects in various capacities; he gives a fine performance as amiable stunt coordinator Chuck Barton in the terrific "The Stunt Man." Moreover, Bail was an uncredited second unit director for the features "Greased Lightning," "The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper," and "The Beastmaster." Now retired from show business, Charles Bail lives in Texas and raises horses.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: woodyanders

Spouse (1)

Sue (? - present)

Trivia (1)

As of July 2008, he was retired from show business, residing in Texas and raising horses.

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