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Hal Needham (1931–2013)


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 ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Filmography

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 1996 Street Luge (Short) (stunt design)
 1996 The Sunchaser (stunts)
 1978 Foul Play (stunt performer)
 1978 The End (stunt coordinator)
 1977 Smokey and the Bandit (stunts - uncredited)
 1977 Billy Jack Goes to Washington (stunt coordinator)
 1976 Nickelodeon (stunt coordinator) / (stunts)
 1976 A Star Is Born (stunts - uncredited)
 1976 Gator (stunt coordinator - uncredited)
 1976 Gable and Lombard (stunts - uncredited)
 1976 Peeper (stunt coordinator)
 1975 Lucky Lady (stunts - uncredited)
 1975 Take a Hard Ride (stunts)
 1975 W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (stunt coordinator)
 1975 French Connection II (stunt coordinator)
 1974 Kodiak (TV Series) (stunt double: Clint Walker)
 1974 The Longest Yard (stunt coordinator - uncredited) / (stunts - uncredited)
 1974 Three the Hard Way (stunt coordinator)
 1974 Chinatown (stunt coordinator - uncredited)
 1974 Busting (stunt gaffer)
 1974 Blazing Saddles (stunts - uncredited)
 1974 McQ (stunt driver - uncredited)
 1973 White Lightning (stunt coordinator - uncredited) / (stunt double: Burt Reynolds - uncredited)
 1973 The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (stunt coordinator - uncredited)
 1973 Call to Danger (TV Movie) (stunts - uncredited)
 1972 The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (stunts - uncredited)
 1972 The Heist (TV Movie) (stunts - uncredited)
 1972 Goodnight, My Love (TV Movie) (stunt coordinator)
 1972 The Culpepper Cattle Co. (stunt coordinator)
 1972 Man on a String (TV Movie) (stunts - uncredited)
 1972 Hardcase (TV Movie) (stunt coordinator)
 1972 The Night Stalker (TV Movie) (stunts - uncredited)
 1971 Mission: Impossible (TV Series) (stunt double - 1 episode)
- Nerves (1971) ... (stunt double: Christopher George - uncredited)
 1971 Something Big (stunt coordinator)
 1971 The Organization (stunts - uncredited)
 1971 Chrome and Hot Leather (stunts - uncredited)
 1971 Escape (TV Movie) (stunt coordinator) / (stunts - uncredited)
 1971 One More Train to Rob (stunt coordinator)
 1970-1971 The Immortal (TV Series) (stunt coordinator - 4 episodes)
- My Brother's Keeper (1971) ... (stunt coordinator)
- Sanctuary (1971) ... (stunt coordinator)
- The Return (1970) ... (stunt coordinator)
- Man on a Punched Card (1970) ... (stunt coordinator)
 1970 Sometimes a Great Notion (stunts - uncredited)
 1970 Rio Lobo (stunts - uncredited)
 1970 Little Big Man (stunt gaffer)
 1970 Dirty Dingus Magee (stunts - uncredited)
 1970 C.C. & Company (stunts - uncredited)
 1970 Dan August (TV Series) (stunt double: Burt Reynolds)
 1970 Chisum (stunt coordinator - uncredited)
 1970 The Animals (stunts - uncredited)
 1969 The Undefeated (stunt coordinator) / (stunts - uncredited)
 1969 The Great Bank Robbery (stunts - uncredited)
 1969 The Bridge at Remagen (stunt supervisor)
 1969 Che! (stunts - uncredited)
 1969 100 Rifles (stunts - uncredited)
 1968 Hellfighters (stunt coordinator) / (stunts - uncredited)
 1968 Bandolero! (stunt coordinator)
 1968 The Devil's Brigade (stunt supervisor)
 1967 Mannix (TV Series) (stunts)
 1967 Hells Angels on Wheels (stunts - uncredited)
 1967 The War Wagon (stunts - uncredited)
 1967 The Way West (stunts - uncredited)
 1967 Camelot (stunts - uncredited)
 1967 Tobruk (stunts - uncredited)
 1967 The Ballad of Josie (stunts - uncredited)
 1966 The Big Valley (TV Series) (stunt double - 1 episode)
- A Day of Terror (1966) ... (stunt double: Richard Long - uncredited)
 1966 Alvarez Kelly (stunts - uncredited)
 1966 Star Trek (TV Series) (stunt double - 1 episode)
- Where No Man Has Gone Before (1966) ... (stunt double: Gary Lockwood - uncredited)
 1966 The Rat Patrol (TV Series) (stunt double)
 1966 Beau Geste (stunt coordinator)
 1966 Stagecoach (stunts - uncredited)
 1966 The Rare Breed (action coordinator)
 1966 Our Man Flint (stunts - uncredited)
 1965 The War Lord (stunts - uncredited)
 1965 Laredo (TV Series) (stunt double: Peter Brown)
 1965 The Great Race (stunts - uncredited)
 1965 Shenandoah (stunts - uncredited)
 1965 In Harm's Way (stunts - uncredited)
 1965 Major Dundee (stunts - uncredited)
 1964 Rawhide (TV Series) (stunt double - 1 episode)
- The Race (1964) ... (stunt double: Clint Eastwood - uncredited)
 1964 Advance to the Rear (stunts - uncredited)
 1964 Mail Order Bride (stunts - uncredited)
  Gunsmoke (TV Series) (stunt double - 3 episodes, 1963) (stunt man - 1 episode, 1964)
- No Hands (1964) ... (stunt man: Burt Reynolds - uncredited)
- Two of a Kind (1963) ... (stunt double: Michael Higgins - uncredited)
- The Bad One (1963) ... (stunt double: Burt Reynolds - uncredited)
- The Renegades (1963) ... (stunt double: Burt Reynolds - uncredited)
 1963 4 for Texas (stunts - uncredited)
 1963 Kings of the Sun (stunts - uncredited)
 1963 The Raiders (stunts - uncredited)
 1963 McLintock! (stunts - uncredited)
 1963 Donovan's Reef (stunts - uncredited)
 1957-1963 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series) (stunt double - 225 episodes)
- Face of a Shadow (1963) ... (stunt double: Richard Boone - uncredited)
- The Black Bull (1963) ... (stunt double: Richard Boone - uncredited)
- Two Plus One (1963) ... (stunt double: Richard Boone - uncredited)
- The Lady of the Fifth Moon (1963) ... (stunt double: Richard Boone - uncredited)
- The Eve of St. Elmo (1963) ... (stunt double: Richard Boone - uncredited)
 1962 How the West Was Won (stunts - uncredited)
 1962 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (stunts - uncredited)
 1961 A Thunder of Drums (stunts - uncredited)
  Whispering Smith (TV Series) (stunt double - 1 episode, 1961) (fight double - 1 episode, 1961)
- Trademark (1961) ... (stunt double: Donald Buka - uncredited)
- Double Edge (1961) ... (fight double: Myron Healy - uncredited)
 1960 Hong Kong (TV Series) (stunts)
 1960 Coronado 9 (TV Series) (stunts)
 1960 Black Saddle (TV Series) (stunt double - 1 episode)
- The Indian Tree (1960) ... (stunt double: Peter Breck - uncredited)
 1959 Laramie (TV Series) (stunts)
 1959 Pork Chop Hill (stunts - uncredited)
 1959 Thunder in the Sun (stunts - uncredited)
 1959 Paratroop Command (stunts - uncredited)
 1958 The Big Country (stunts - uncredited)
 1958 Zorro (TV Series) (stunt double - 1 episode)
- The Well of Death (1958) ... (stunt double: Kent Taylor - uncredited)
 1958 Mike Hammer (TV Series) (stunts - uncredited)
 1957 The Spirit of St. Louis (stunts - uncredited)
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Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (2 credits)
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Show Show Self (14 credits)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Autobiography _Stuntman! My Car-Crashing, Plane-Jumping, Bone-Breaking, Death-Defying Hollywood Life_. New York: Little, Brown, ISBN 978-0-316-07899-3 See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 2 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Harold Needham
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on being the stuntman for John Wayne in In Harm's Way (1965)] Otto [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. See more »

Trivia:

Billboard model for Viceroy Cigarettes. See more »

Trademark:

His films feature many stunts (car chases, fights, etc) See more »

Star Sign:

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