Friday, 11 July 2014

Yakima Canutt

Born: 29 November 1895, Colfax, Washington, USA
Died: 24 May 1986, North Hollywood, California, USA
Yakima Canutt was arguably the most used and most famous stunt man in the film industry, especially in westerns of the 1930s and 1940s. He also acted in and directed many films.
Riders of Destiny (1933) as Henchman
Yakima Canutt is on the right, with Tex Palmer. Both actors were also stuntmen in this film. Canutt often doubled for John Wayne in these early westerns.
The Lucky Texan (1934) as Joe Cole
Yakima Canutt is on the right, with Lloyd Whitlock.

Stagecoach (1939) as Cavalry Scout (uncredited)

Yakima Canutt is on the far right. The other actors are Harry Tenbrook, Walter McGrail, Chief John Big Tree and Tim Holt.

Canutt was also the stunt coordinator and a stunt man in this film. He is remembered for two particular stunts with the six horses driving the stagecoach.

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