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Hal Needham (born March 6, 1931) is an American stuntman. March 6 is the 65th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (66th in Leap years). ... 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1931 calendar). ... A stunt double is a type of body double, specifically a skilled replacement used for dangerous film or video sequences, in movies and television (such as jumping out of a building, jumping from vehicle to vehicle, or other similar actions), and for other sophisticated stunts (especially fight scenes). ...


Biography

Early life

Needham was born in Memphis, Tennessee to Edith May and Howard Needham. He was raised in Arkansas and Missouri. Needham was a paratrooper during the Korean War, worked as a treetopper, and was a billboard model for Viceroy Cigarettes while beginning a career in Hollywood as a motion picture stuntman. For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) English Capital Little Rock Largest city Little Rock Area  Ranked 29th  - Total 53,179 sq mi (137,002 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 261 miles (420 km)  - % water 2. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... An American Paratrooper using a MC1-B series parachute Paratroopers are soldiers trained in parachuting and generally operate as part of an airborne force. ... Combatants United Nations:  Republic of Korea  Australia  Belgium  Luxembourg  Canada  Colombia  Ethiopia  France  Greece  Luxembourg  Netherlands  New Zealand  Philippines  South Africa  Thailand  Turkey  United Kingdom  United States Medical staff:  Denmark  Australia  Italy  Norway  Sweden Communist states:  Democratic People’s Republic of Korea  Peoples Republic of China  Soviet Union Commanders... Viceroy cigarettes are made by Brown & Williamson, which was owned by British American Tobacco, and, since 2004, by Reynolds American Inc. ...


Career

Needham's first break was as the stunt double for actor Richard Boone on the popular TV western Have Gun, Will Travel. Needham trained under John Wayne's stunt double Chuck Robertson and quickly became one of the top stuntman of the 1960s on such films as How the West Was Won, McLintock, The War Lord, and Little Big Man. He doubled regularly for Clint Walker and Burt Reynolds. Needham moved into stunt coordinating and directing second unit action, while designing and introducing air bags and other innovative equipment to the industry. Richard Boone often played in Westerns and action films. ... Have Gun, Will Travel was a popular American television Western that aired from on CBS 1957 through 1963. ... John Wayne (May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), born Marion Robert Morrison (ref. ... For other articles named How the West Was Won, see the disambiguation page, How the West Was Won. ... The War Lord is a 1965 film starring Charlton Heston. ... Little Big Man is a book and later, a movie in 1970. ... Norman Eugene Clint Walker (born May 30, 1927 in Hartford, Illinois) is an American actor best known for his cowboy role as Cheyenne Bodie in the TV Western series, Cheyenne. ... Burt Reynolds (born Burton Leon Reynolds Jr. ...


In 1970, he and fellow stuntmen Glenn Wilder, Ronnie Rondell, Jr., and Robert Tessier created Stunts Unlimited. Needham had written a screenplay titled Smokey and the Bandit and his friend Reynolds offered him the chance to direct. The film was a huge hit, and the two followed it with the popular Hooper and The Cannonball Run. Robert W. Tessier (June 2, 1934-October 11, 1990) was an American actor and stuntman who was best known for his roles as a shaven-headed, fierce looking convict in the film The Longest Yard and in the Charles Bronson film Hard Times. ... Smokey and the Bandit is a 1977 movie starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Pat McCormick, Paul Williams, and Mike Henry. ... The Cannonball Run is a campy, slapstick comedy movie released in 1981 that starred Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Dom DeLuise and Farrah Fawcett. ...


Needham moved out of stuntwork, focusing his energy on designing a rocket car driven by stuntman Stan Barrett that broke the sound barrier in 1979.


He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Taurus World Stunt Awards,


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Hal Needham - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (259 words)
Hal Needham, stuntman, was born March 6, 1931 in Memphis, Tennessee.
Needham was a paratrooper during the Korean War, worked as a treetopper, and was a billboard model for Viceroy Cigarettes while beginning a career in Hollywood as a motion picture stuntman.
Needham trained under John Wayne's stunt double Chuck Robertson and quickly became one of the top stuntman of the 1960's on such films as How the West Was Won, McLintock, The War Lord, and Little Big Man.
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