The month of December was an exciting one for me. My friend, Spice Williams Crosby, famed stuntwoman and Inductee into the Hollywood Stuntmen’s Hall of Fame, contacted me to work with her in a movie called, “ASTRO”, a science-fiction epic, filmed on location in Roswell, New Mexico, where, in 1947, an alien spaceship crash landed in the desert.
I played the part of a Scientist (Robert Turner), who, with his Junior Scientist, Spice, and I are pictured in a laboratory, where a masked hoodlum, stuntman Billy Bussey, approaches and grabs her, then proceeds to beat her up. Suddenly, I turn around and attempt to rescue her as he knocks her down. I then grab the hoodlum, who shoves me back, where I crash into some shelving, knocking things off it and onto me. I regain my control and rush at him. He grabs me, turns me around and throws me over a desk, knocking me down on the floor. I reach into the desk drawer and grab a gun and shoot/ him dead. I rush over and assist Spice to safety.
Many thanks to all who were so generous with their kind comments and especially to Spice for having confidence in me.
I just turned 89 years old. I believe I can claim the distinction of being the oldest working stuntman in the business.
As a youth, Chuck helped his family through rough times by going into a bar and saying: “I’ll fight anybody here, if you’ll pass the hat.” Besides being a boxer, Chuck was a seasoned circus performer. He was proficient at trapeze, tightrope walking, and the sway pole act, where he would do a hand stand on a sixty foot high pole and sway from side to side. At one performance, Chuck was given the center ring.
Chuck and I worked on an episode of, “Adventures In Paradise”, where I doubled for its star, Gardner McKay and we did a fight underwater, wearing SCUBA gear.
Chuck is an honored Inductee in the Hollywood Stuntmen’s Hall of Fame.
|If interested in learning more about the Hall of Fame, please contact John Hagner (Founder) at 435 260-2160.
Hall of Fame website: www.stuntmen.org
John Hagner (Founder) is also the Artist of the Stars.
His Celebrity Portrait Drawings are available at telephone 435-259-7000,
50 W. 400 N, Moab, Utah 84532.
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