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Russell Saunders (II) (1919–2001)

The Canadian National Championship gymnastics and diving winner, Russell Saunders was a stunt double for Alan Ladd, Gene Kelly, Red Buttons, Robert Cummings and Jack Benny. A fixture at Santa Monica's Muscle Beach, Saunders instructed aspiring acrobats who trained there. During WWII he served as an army war correspondent. Saunders has participated... See full bio »

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The Goonies
The Goonies Stunts
Singin' in the Rain
Spartacus Stunts
Airplane! Stunts


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 1988 Mississippi Burning (stunts - uncredited)
 1985 The Goonies (stunts - as Russ Saunders)
 1981 Underground Aces (stunt player - as Russell M. Saunders)
 1980 Airplane! (stunt performer - uncredited)
 1976 Drum (stunts - uncredited)
 1976 Logan's Run (stunts - uncredited)
 1975 The Hindenburg (stunts - uncredited)
 1974 The Towering Inferno (stunts - uncredited)
 1974 Earthquake (stunts - uncredited)
 1972 The Poseidon Adventure (stunts - uncredited)
 1968 Star! (stunts - uncredited)
 1967 Hillbillys in a Haunted House (stunts - uncredited)
 1967 Thoroughly Modern Millie (stunts - uncredited)
 1966 Walk Don't Run (stunts - uncredited)
 1962 House of Women (stunts - uncredited)
 1961 The Sins of Rachel Cade (stunts - uncredited)
 1960 Spartacus (stunts - uncredited)
 1960 Platinum High School (stunts)
 1960 Guns of the Timberland (stunts - uncredited)
 1959 The Trap (stunts - uncredited)
 1958 The Deep Six (stunts - uncredited)
 1956 Around the World in Eighty Days (stunts - uncredited)
 1956 Santiago (stunts - uncredited)
 1955 The Rains of Ranchipur (stunts - uncredited)
 1954 Broken Lance (stunts - uncredited)
 1954 O'Rourke of the Royal Mounted (stunts - uncredited)
 1953 The Veils of Bagdad (stunts - uncredited)
 1953 Shane (stunt double: Alan Ladd - uncredited)
 1952 Botany Bay (stunts - uncredited)
 1952 Diplomatic Courier (stunts - uncredited)
 1952 Singin' in the Rain (stunt double: Gene Kelly - uncredited)
 1952 Red Skies of Montana (stunts - uncredited)
 1952 The Greatest Show on Earth (stunts - uncredited)
 1951 An American in Paris (stunt double: Gene Kelly - uncredited)
 1951 Appointment with Danger (stunts - uncredited)
 1951 The Thing from Another World (stunts - uncredited)
 1950 Branded (stunts - uncredited)
 1950 Rogues of Sherwood Forest (stunts - uncredited)
 1949 Samson and Delilah (stunts - uncredited)
 1948 Joan of Arc (stunts - uncredited)
 1948 The Three Musketeers (stunt double: Gene Kelly - uncredited)
 1948 The Pirate (stunt double Fred Astaire - uncredited) / (stunts - uncredited)
 1942 Saboteur (stunt double: Robert Cummings - uncredited)
 1933 King Kong (stunts - uncredited)
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Salvador Dali used Russell's perfectly proportioned body as a model for his painting "The Christ of St. John".

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Alternate Names:

Russell M. Saunders | Russ Saunders

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Funeral services were held June 6, 2001 at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, California. See more »

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