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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 23 April 1900San Francisco, California, USA
Date of Death 18 September 1985Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart attack)
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Harvey Parry was born on April 23, 1900 in San Francisco, California, USA. He is known for his work on Escape from New York (1981), Raging Bull (1980) and Better Off Dead... (1985). He was married to Lavinia Vigil and Dorothy Abril. He died on September 18, 1985 in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California.

Spouse (2)

Lavinia Vigil (1982 - 18 September 1985) (his death)
Dorothy Abril (26 October 1927 - 28 April 1977) (her death)

Trivia (6)

Swam the Golden Gate in San Francisco, circa WWI
Usually uncredited - especially where the actor he doubled was reputed (as in the case of Harold Lloyd) to "do all his own stunts".
Was still working at the age of 80.
Reputedly took part in over 600 movies as stunt-double or stunt-man.
Sometimes appeared dressed as a female character (he was only 5' 6") when a suitable stunt-woman was not available.

Personal Quotes (5)

From the beginning Ford cars have been favored by all us stunt men because they have always been easy to handle, and because it's almost impossible to demolish them. We used to do turnovers at twenty-five miles an hour. But that was in the silent days of undercranking the camera which made the action, with the film run through the projector at normal speed, seem a bit faster. Nowadays it is considered important to have background action in such shots and, therefore, bailing out of a car or turning it over must be done at a higher speed. Chases are done at as high a speed as 100 miles an hour. In a recent movie, An Innocent Adventuress (1919), we cranked up several foreign-made cars to 105 miles an hour.
[on what it was like to be a stunt man in the silent-film days] It was taboo in those days to say, "I doubled Harold Lloyd or "He doubled Douglas Fairbanks" because the public believed they did their own work. I doubled Harold Lloyd--who couldn't stand heights--and he gave me every precaution I wanted in climbing buildings and so forth. The only thing I could not have was publicity.
[on how stunt men got hired in the silent-movie days] The casting director or somebody would come out and say, "Anybody wanna make $10?" They [the stunt men] never said, "What have we got to do?" They said, "Yes, I will". The guy that was chosen would have to jump off a building, So he jumped. If he made it, fine. If he didn't, he got free room and board in the hospital for a while.
[addressing the rumors that Buster Keaton used stunt doubles rather than doing the stunts himself] To my knowledge, [he] never had a double. I've heard a couple of fellows say they doubled him, but I have never seen this happen. This man was a very clever acrobat . . . I don't think I could have done [stunts] the way he wanted them. His fall was a different fall. He didn't just slip and fall down. He'd do a lot of things before he fell down. That's the way Buster was. You can't double a guy like that.
A good stuntman--his mind has to be at least fourteen feet ahead of his body. That's the way to stay alive, you know.

Salary (1)

Tobacco Road (1941) $50

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