Stuntman!

Stuntman!

My Car-crashing, Plane-jumping, Bone-breaking, Death-defying Hollywood Life

eBook - 2011
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Grand Central Pub
Yep that's me, Hal Needham, on the cover doing a fire stunt. When you're on fire you don't dare breathe because if you do, you'll suck those flames right down your throat. I was Hollywood's highest paid stuntman so I should know.

I wrecked hundreds of cars, fell from tall buildings, got blown up, was dragged by horses, and along the way broke 56 bones, my back twice, punctured a lung and knocked out a few teeth...I hung upside down by my ankles under a bi-plane inThe Spirit of St. Louis, jumped between galloping horses in Little Big Man, set a world record for a boat stunt onGator, jumped a rocket powered pick-up truck across a canal for a GM commercial, was the first human to test the car airbag-and taught John Wayne how toreally throw a movie punch.

Life also got exciting outside of the movie business. I had my Ferrari stolen right from under my nose, flew in a twin-engine Cessna with a passed out pilot, rescued the cast and crew from a Russian invasion in Czechoslovakia, and once took six flight attendants on a date. I owned the Skoal-Bandit NASCAR race team, the sound-barrier breaking Budweiser Rocket Car and drove a souped-up, fake ambulance in a "little" cross-country race calledThe Cannonball Run, which became the movie I directed by the same name. Oh yeah, I also directedSmokey and the Bandit, Hooper and several other action/comedy movies that I liked a bunch.

I was a sharecropper's son from the hills of Arkansas who became a Hollywood stuntman. That journey was a tough row to hoe. I continually risked my life but that was the career I chose. I was never late to the set and did whatever I had to do to get the job done.

Hollywood's not all sunglasses and autographs. Let me tell you a few stories...

Baker & Taylor
A Hollywood stuntman, whose career earned him fifty-six broken bones, covers his work in film and television, experiences as a director, and his ownership of a rocket car that broke the sound barrier.

Blackwell Publishing
Yep, that's me, Hal Needham, on the cover doing a fire stunt. When you're on fire, you don't dare breathe, because if you do, you'll suck those flames right down your throat. I was Hollywood's highest-paid stuntman, so I should know.

Iwrecked hundreds of cars, fell from tall buildings, got blown up, was dragged by horses, and along the way broke fifty-six bones, my back twice, punctured a lung, and knocked out a few teeth....I hung upside down by my ankles under a biplane in The Spirit of St. Louis, jumped between galloping horses in Little Big Man, set a world record for a boat stunt in Gator, jumped a rocket-powered pickup truck across a canal for a GM commercial, was the first human to test the car air bag --- and taught John Wayne how to really throw a movie punch.

Life also got exciting outside of the movie business. I had my Ferrari stolen right from under my nose, flew in a twin-engine Cessna with a passed-out pilot, rescued the cast and crew from a Russian invasion in Czechoslovakia, and once took six flight attendants on a date. I owned the Skoal-Bandit NASCAR race team and the sound barrier-breaking Budweiser Rocket Car, and I drove a souped-up fake ambulance in a "little" cross-country race called the Cannonball Run, which inspired the movie I directed by the same name. Oh, yeah. I also directed Smokey and the Bandit, Hooper, and several other action-comedy movies that I liked a bunch.

I am a sharecropper's son from the hills of Arkansas who became a Hollywood stuntman. That journey was a tough row to hoe. I continually risked my life, but that was the career I chose. I was never late to the set and did whatever I had to do to get the job done.

Hollywood's not all sunglasses and autographs. Let me tell you a few stories...

Hachette Book Group
Yep that's me, Hal Needham, on the cover doing a fire stunt. When you're on fire you don't dare breathe because if you do, you'll suck those flames right down your throat. I was Hollywood's highest paid stuntman so I should know.

I wrecked hundreds of cars, fell from tall buildings, got blown up, was dragged by horses, and along the way broke 56 bones, my back twice, punctured a lung and knocked out a few teeth...I hung upside down by my ankles under a bi-plane in The Spirit of St. Louis, jumped between galloping horses in Little Big Man, set a world record for a boat stunt on Gator, jumped a rocket powered pick-up truck across a canal for a GM commercial, was the first human to test the car airbag-and taught John Wayne how to really throw a movie punch.

Life also got exciting outside of the movie business. I had my Ferrari stolen right from under my nose, flew in a twin-engine Cessna with a passed out pilot, rescued the cast and crew from a Russian invasion in Czechoslovakia, and once took six flight attendants on a date. I owned the Skoal-Bandit NASCAR race team, the sound-barrier breaking Budweiser Rocket Car and drove a souped-up, fake ambulance in a "little" cross-country race called The Cannonball Run, which became the movie I directed by the same name. Oh yeah, I also directed Smokey and the Bandit, Hooper and several other action/comedy movies that I liked a bunch.

I was a sharecropper's son from the hills of Arkansas who became a Hollywood stuntman. That journey was a tough row to hoe. I continually risked my life but that was the career I chose. I was never late to the set and did whatever I had to do to get the job done.

Hollywood's not all sunglasses and autographs. Let me tell you a few stories...

Baker
& Taylor

A Hollywood stuntman, whose career was fraught with 56 broken bones, details his exciting life, including his work in such films and TV shows as Mission: Impossible, The French Connection, The Spirit of St. Louis and more, as well as his work as a director and his ownership of a rocket car that broke the sound barrier.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316078993
0316078999
Branch Call Number: 92 N2892s 2011
Characteristics: viii, 307 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm

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