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STUNTS, STARS & LEGENDS - July 2017

Gregory PeckGregory Peck
Eldred Gregory Peck was born April 5, 1916, was one of the most popular film stars from the 1940s to the 1960s. He continued to play major roles until the late 1980s. His performance as Atticus Finch in “To kill a Mockingbird” (1962) earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor. He was nominated for an Oscar for the same category for “The Keys of the Kingdom” (1944) “The Yearling” (1946), “Gentleman’s Agreement” (1944) and “Twelve O’Clock High” (1949). Other notable films he appeared in include “Spellbound” (1945), “Roman Holiday” (1953) “Moby Dick” (1956) and its 1998 miniseriesL “The Guns of Navarone” (1961) “Cape Fear” (1962, and its 1991 remake), “How the West Was Won” (1962) “The Omen” (1976) and “The Boys from Brazil” (1978).

President Lyndon Johnson honored Peck with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969 for his lifetime humanitarian efforts. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Peck among Greatest Male Stars of Classic Hollywood cinema, ranking at No. 12. He was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1983.

I had the honor of doubling Gregory Peck in a movie called, “Captain Newman, M.D.” This was in 1963 at Universal Pictures.


Bob Morgan
Bob Morgan
Morgan was very severely injured and nearly died while performing a stunt during the shooting of “How the West Was Won” (1962).

During the filming of a gunfight that takes place on a moving railroad flatcar loaded with logs, one of the chains that held the logs snapped, and Morgan was crushed by the falling timber. It took him five years to recover from his injuries. His left leg had to be amputated.

He appeared in films like “Belle Starr’s Daughter (1948), “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” (1949), “Biackbeard”, the Pirate” (1952), “The War of the Worlds” (1953), “The Big Country” (1958), “Spartacus” (1960), “The Alamo” (1960), “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance: (1962), “Chisum” (1970 and “Silverado” 1985).

He was married to Yvonne DeCarlo. He is an honored Inductee in the Hollywood Stuntmen’s Hall of Fame.

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If interested in learning more about the Hall of Fame, please contact John Hagner (Founder) at 435 260-2160.
email: johnhagner@hotmail.com
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,
Mailing address: 50 W. 400 N, Moab, Utah 84532.
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