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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 10 May 1919near Shannon, Clay County, Texas, USA
Date of Death 8 June 1988Bakersfield, California, USA  (cancer)
Birth NameCharles Hugh Roberson
Nickname Bad Chuck
Height 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Mini Bio (1)

American stuntman who also played minor roles in scores of movies. Son of Allie W. and Jannie Hamm Roberson. Raised on cattle ranches in Shannon, Texas, and Roswell, New Mexico, he left school at 13 to become a cowhand and oilfield roughneck. He married and took his wife and daughter to California, where he joined the Culver City Police Department and guarded the gate at MGM studios. Following army service in World War II, he returned to the police force. During duty at Warner Bros. studios during a labor strike, he met stuntman Fred Kennedy, who alerted him to a stunt job at Republic Pictures. Roberson got the job, due both to his expert horsemanship and his resemblance to John Carroll, whom Roberson doubled in his first picture, Wyoming (1947). His close physical resemblance to John Wayne led to nearly 30 years as Wayne's stunt double. He often played small roles and stunted in other roles in the same film, which frequently resulted in his "shooting" himself once the picture was cut together. He graduated to larger supporting roles in westerns for Wayne and John Ford, and to a parallel career as a second-unit director. At the time of his death, he was one of the most respected stunt men in Hollywood.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Spouse (2)

Dollie Mae Stanley (31 December 1981 - 8 June 1988) (his death) (1 child)
Vera E. Barnett (1940 - 1948) (divorced) (3 children)

Trivia (7)

Like many others in the cast and crew of The Conqueror (1956), he died from cancer.
Older brother of actor Lou Roberson.
He rode a specially trained "falling" horse named Cocaine.
Has one daughter, Charlene Roberson, a makeup artist in Los Angeles, CA.
Had a reputation for having a rowdy persona and was nicknamed "Bad Chuck". Ironically, fellow stuntman Chuck Hayward was nicknamed "Good Chuck", as he was the exact opposite of Roberson.
Though having minor roles in several films, Shock Corridor (1963) turned out to be his biggest one, as he played Wilkes, the villain/head hospital attendant.

Personal Quotes (1)

[on stuntman Frank McGrath] Frank had a fondness for large quantities of Seagrams gin and bitters. Known to millions of television viewers as ornery little Charlie Wooster on Wagon Train (1957), he was ornery long before that. He loved to start fights, then leave someone else to finish them, or be finished by them. A friendship with McGrath could be hazardous to [your] health. Everybody liked McGrath, but damn, you had to be careful around him.

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