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Two Hollywood Hall of Fame Stuntmen Killed in Traffic Accident

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Gary McLarty and Bob Orrison, who were longtime friends and retired stuntment, died Saturday as the result of a traffic accident in Rancho Cordova, California. McLarty was 73, and Orrison was 86. The pair were traveling together in a pickup truck when they were hit broadside by a Jeep Cherokee, according to the Merced Sun-Star. “It was a direct hit,” Sacramento Sheriff's spokesman Lisa Bowman told the paper. The men were pronounced dead at the scene. Also read: Tracy Morgan Responds to Inflammatory Walmart Comments: They're Blaming Me for Accident They Caused “These are people who spent their adult life doing dangerous things.
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Two Retired Hollywood Stuntmen Killed in Traffic Accident

Bob Orrison and and Gary McLarty, longtime friends and retired Hollywood stuntmen, were killed Saturday afternoon when the pickup truck in which they were riding was broadsided in Rancho Cordova, Calif., the Merced Sun-Star reported. Orrison was 86 and McLarty was 73. Orrison apparently was the driver and making a U-turn when his truck was hit by a Jeep Cherokee traveling 55 mph, the newspaper reported. He and McLarty were pronounced dead at the scene. “It was a direct hit,” Sacramento sheriff’s spokesman Lisa Bowman told the Merced Sun-Star. Orrison and McLarty worked together on such

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Blake Defense Attacks Stuntman's Credibility

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Robert Blake's lawyer attacked the credibility of stuntman Gary McLarty in a California court on Tuesday, after McLarty testified the actor had tried to hire him to kill Bonny Lee Bakley. Blake is currently on trial in Van Nuys, California, for the murder of his wife Bakley, who was fatally shot in the Baretta star's car in May 2001. McLarty's son Cole McLarty testified yesterday his father was paranoid, delusional and constantly under the influence of cocaine. Cole admitted his father had met with Blake, but the actor's request was very different from the one McLarty alleged. Cole says, "He just said that Mr. Blake had somebody stalking him and he wanted their eyes blackened and he offered money." Blake's attorney M Gerald Schwartzbach asked Cole, "Do you recall your father saying anything about Mr Blake wanting his wife killed?" Cole answered, "No". McLarty's estranged wife Karen McLarty says the stuntman used cocaine for the majority of their 30-year marriage, although they have been separated for 16 years. Also in court yesterday was Blake's former maid Lidia Benavides, who claims she saw a "suspicious" car parked near the actor's house twice in the weeks leading up to the murder. During Benavides' cross-examination by Deputy District Attorney Shelli Samuels, she admitted she had been "a little" worried about the vehicle. The case continues.

Stuntman Testifies Blake Asked Him To Murder Wife

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Robert Blake's former stuntman testified Monday that the actor asked him to murder his wife Bonnie Lee Bakley two months before she was shot dead on May 4, 2001. Gary McLarty, who worked as Blake's double on 70s TV drama Baretta, told the jury Blake met him in March and offered to take Bakley to a restaurant, and leave her in the car while McLarty shot her. Prosecutors insist McLarty's evidence proves Blake - who stands accused of killing his wife outside Vitello's restaurant in Studio City, California - was forced to do the job himself, after McLarty refused. But the defense believes McLarty's evidence is invalid because he admitted heavy cocaine use had triggered serious hallucinations. Under questioning by Blake's attorney Gerald Schwartzbach, McLarty said, "I believe he talked about going up a set of stairs at night, and pop her. Blake showed me a small gun, asked if I could obtain a silencer, and then offered $10,000 for the job. I turned Blake down a few days later, and he asked why. I said, 'Hey, just your notoriety alone.' And he hung up."

Explosive Blake Tape Discovered

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Explosive Blake Tape Discovered
Los Angeles police have crucial evidence they believe will put Robert Blake behind bars for the rest of his life - a tape of the troubled actor asking stuntman Gary McLarty to kill his wife Bonny Lee Bakley. Just days after police discovered guns, bullets and clothing they believe is connected to Bakley's murder last year, in a barn behind Blake's Hidden Hills, California, home, they claim they now have even more evidence to put the actor behind bars. McLarty reportedly taped a phone call he had with Blake, during which the Baretta star tells the potential hitman that he needs his wife "taken care of." A source close to the investigation says, "On the tape, Blake is upset and even sounds like he's crying. He talks about Bonny's scams and how horrible they are. He talks about how Bonny is ripping off men with mail-order scams revolving around sex. He tells the potential hitman that he's at his wit's end and doesn't know what to do. He's a little cagey when it comes to saying he wants Bonny out of the picture. He says he needs the problem taken care of and he indicates that he needs Bonny removed from his life permanently. It's blockbuster evidence and it's going to be very difficult for Blake to overcome this. It's chilling." Blake is due back in court in December for the preliminary hearing.

Did Blake Try To Hire Stuntmen Hitmen?

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Did Blake Try To Hire Stuntmen Hitmen?
The evidence is piling up against troubled actor Robert Blake, who will be back in court in Los Angeles next week charged with murdering his wife Bonny Lee Bakley last year. Stuntmen Gary McClarty and Ronald Duffy Hambleton, who worked with Blake on his hit TV show "Baretta", have come forward claiming the actor tried to hire them for a hit. Blake's attorney Harlan Braun is dismissing the claims of the stuntmen, questioning why they didn't come forward sooner.

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