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STUNTS, STARS & LEGENDS - September 2015

Buddy Joe Hooker
Buddy Joe Hooker (born May 30, 1942) is a Hollywood actor, second unit director, stunt man and stunt coordinator. He is most famous for his expertise in designing and performing vehicle stunts for movies and television. His film credits show involvement in over 150 productions. Some of his projects include: Blazing Saddles, Close Encounters ofthe Third Kind, Hooper, Sharky’s Machine, To Live and Die In L.A., Rambo: First Blood, Octopussy, The Right Stuff, Scarface, Against All Odds, Gardens of Stone, Lethal Weapon 2, Lethal Weapon 3, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Days ofThunder, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Grindhouse (Death Proof), Righteous Kill and many others. He is also a member of the Hollywood Stuntmen’s Hall Of Fame.
A fictional account of his life is presented in the 1978 feature film Hooper, starring Burt Reynolds. In the film, Hooker actually performed stunts for both Reynolds and Jan-Michael Vincent.

Movies Made in Moab:
Need For Speed (2014)
Starred Aaron Paul and some of the scenes were filmed on location in Moab in 2014. It was written by George Gatins and John Gatins and produced by Dream Works Pictures. Based on the series of video games by Electronic Arts, the film stars Aaron Paul as street racer Tobey Marshall, who sets off to race cross-country, as a way of avenging his friend’s death at the hands of a rival racer (Dominic Cooper). Need for Speed was released by Touchstone Pictures. Despite receiving generally negative reviews from critics, the film went on to earn $203,000 million at the worldwide box office. The film also stars Scott Mescudi and Imogen Poots.
One of the players in the movie is Buddy Joe Hooker, who is an outstanding stuntman as well as a longtime actor.

Aaron Paul Sturtevant

He is best known for portraying Jesse Pinkman in the AMC series “Breaking Bad”, for which he won several awards, including the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor, and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. This made him the only actor to win the latter category three times (2010, 2012, and 2014) since its separation into drama and comedy.

Paul began his career with roles in several music videos and guest roles in television series, before taking minor roles in films such as The Last House on the Left and Mission: Impossible III.. In 2007, he had a recurring role as Scott Quittman in the HBO series “Big Love”. Following his breakthrough, he began starring in films such as “Need for Speed”, “A Long Way Down”, and “Exodus: Gods and Kings”. Since.2014, he has executive produced the Netflix animated series “BoJack Horseman”, in which he voices “Todd. Chavez”.


If interested in learning more about the Hall of Fame, please contact John Hagner (Founder) at 435 260-2160.
Hall of Fame website:

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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