25 October 2013 3:21 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Hal Needham, the stuntman who awed Hollywood for years before directing his pal Burt Reynolds in such films as Smokey and the Bandit and The Cannonball Run, has died. He was 82. Needham, who received a honorary Oscar in November at the Governors Awards, died Friday in Los Angeles after a short battle with cancer. “Rip Hal Needham, legendary stuntman, stunt coordinator and director. Truly one of the greatest ever,” producer Gale Anne Hurd tweeted. Reputed to be the highest-paid stuntman in the movies, Needham garnered his first directing job in 1976 with Smokey and the Bandit after he approached Reynolds (he often doubled for the

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