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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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 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)
 1953 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 (stunts - uncredited)
 1942 Saboteur (stunt double: Robert Cummings - uncredited)
 1933 King Kong (stunts - uncredited)
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Other Works:

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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He was the model for Salvador Dali's painting The Christ of St John of the Cross (1951). He was photographed in Hollywood in the pose of the crucified Christ and Dali then worked from the photos in his studio in Spain. See more »

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