As the highest paid stuntman in the world, Hal Needham broke 56 bones, his back twice, punctured a lung and knocked out a few teeth. His career has included work on 4500 television episodes and 310 feature films as a stuntman, stunt coordinator, 2nd unit director and ultimately, director. He wrote and directed some of the most financially successful action comedy films...See full bio »
Hal Needham was the man behind "Budweiser Rocket", driven by his stunt friend Stan Barrett in december 1979. Hal claims that they was the first to brake the sound-barrier. The air-force confermed that the three-wheel hybrid-car reached a speed of 1190,4 km/h. The car even had sidewinders without the warheads...
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[on stuntman for John Wayne in
In Harm's Way] Otto [Preminger] treated the cast like they were dirt, except Wayne. The crew hated him. I thought, 'If I ever become a director, I don't ever want to do that crud. Yeah, I learned a lot of things from those big, big directors. And a lot of it was what I didn't want to do.
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