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Overview (5)

Born in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died in Bremerton, Washington, USA  (stroke)
Birth NameJacques Joseph O'Mahoney
Nickname Jocko
Height 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Mahoney is of French and Irish extraction, with some Cherokee. At the University of Iowa, he was outstanding in swimming, basketball and football. When World War II broke out, he enlisted as a Marine fighter pilot and instructor. In Hollywood, he was a noted stunt man, doubling for Errol Flynn, John Wayne, and Gregory Peck. Gene Autry signed him for the lead in his 78-episode The Range Rider (1951) TV series. He tested to replace Johnny Weissmuller, as Tarzan but lost out to Lex Barker. In 1960, he played the heavy in Gordon Scott's Tarzan the Magnificent (1960), and his part there led Sy Weintraub to hire him as Scott's replacement. In his two Tarzan movies, he did all his own stunts. In Tarzan's Three Challenges (1963), he continued working in spite of dysentery, dengue fever and pneumonia. By this time, Weintraub was looking for a younger Tarzan, envisioning a future TV series. By mutual agreement, his contract with Mahoney was dissolved. After a couple of years regaining his strength and weight, Jock returned to making action films.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Mahoney's career was interrupted in 1973 when he suffered a stroke while filming an episode of the television program Kung Fu (1972). He later appeared in the film Their Only Chance (1975). His final picture (ironically entitled The End (1978)) was with his stepdaughter, Sally Field. Burt Reynolds, Ms. Field's then-boyfriend, was co-star and director. Mahoney was stunt coordinator on the 1981 film Tarzan the Ape Man (1981). He later guest starred in episodes of the TV programs B.J. and the Bear (1978) and The Fall Guy (1981). Mahoney died in Bremerton, Washington of an apparent stroke. He had been hospitalized after an auto accident two days earlier. He was survived by his wife Autumn Russell; 2 daughters, Princess and Kathleen, Princess O'Mahoney, a son, Jim and 5 step-children, Sally, Ricky, Carl, Angela and Andrea.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bob Boughton

Family (3)

Spouse Autumn Russell (1969 - 14 December 1989)  (his death)
Margaret Field (11 December 1959 - June 1968)  (divorced)  (1 child)
Lorraine O'Donnell (March 1942 - ?)  (divorced)  (2 children)
Children Princess O'Mahoney
O'Mahoney, Kathleen
Carl R Botefuhr, Jr
Angela Russell
Andrea Botefuhr
Parents Charles O'Mahoney
Ruth O'Mahoney

Trivia (11)

His step-daughter is actress Sally Field. In her autobiography, In Pieces (2018), she accused him of sexually abusing her when she was a child until the age of 14.
The movies' oldest Tarzan (he was 44 when he filmed Tarzan's Three Challenges (1963)).
He had a daughter, 'Princess O'Mahoney', with 'Margaret Field' and two stepchildren, Richard and 'Sally Field', and later, three more step children, Carl Botefuhr, Angela Botefuhr and Andrea Botefuhr by his marriage to Autumn Russell.
He had two children with Lorraine O'Donnell: Kathleen & Jim.
Was briefly engaged to Yvonne De Carlo in 1949, but she broke off the engagement following a miscarriage.
Served in the US Marine Corps during World War II as a flight instructor.
He actually starred in a Durango Kid movie that was never released.
His remains were cremated and his ashes are scattered into sea.
Mahoney was famous among stuntmen for his concern for safety and preparation. If he was offered a stunt he carefully assessed the surroundings and props, and if he agreed other stuntmen often tried to undercut his price. But if Mahoney refused, no other actor would attempt the stunt; if Jocko said "no" everyone knew it wasn't safe.
Early in his acting career Mahoney was featured in several Three Stooges shorts. Because of his excellence as a stuntman he was able to take all the falls and bumps required of a Stooges co-star, and usually played an awkward but well meaning bumbler.

Personal Quotes (3)

Neglect, carelessness and not clearing the stunt area are usually what causes accidents. Preparation is absolutely essential to any successful stunt. You have to go through a stunt in your mind--over and over again as if you've already done it. The stuntman must keep his mental separation from all that's going around him. If it's a nervous set and people are aggravating you, it's best to not perform the stunt. If you take the attitude of it's a piece of cake and I've done it a hundred times before, you're going to get hurt. Preparation, good physical condition and a healthy state of mind are the ingredients for successful stunt work.
I loved the role of Tarzan because it was such a distinct challenge. I remember being 40 feet up in a tree, sunburned as hell. And I thought to myself, "What is a 42-year-old man doing 40 feet up in a tree, getting ready to swing out over a bunch of thorn bushes that if you ever fell into you would be cut to ribbons and damned near killing myself to get up there?" So I laughed and thought, "Well now, who wouldn't want to play Tarzan?".
[on Tom London] The most underrated actor in town. The most patient, most professional actor I've ever known, as well as a kind, giving man. He's one I feel lucky to be able to call a close friend.

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