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Hal Needham

Hal Needham

  • McLintock! (1963) July 22 (ET) - Reminder REMINDER
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Born: March 6, 1931 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Memphis, Tennessee, USA Profession: Director ...
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Raised in Missouri and Arkansas
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Worked in as a tree topper in the lumber industry after high school
1951:
Served in the US Army, specialized in parachute testing
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Moved to Southern California, became part owner of tree service
1957:
Debut as stuntman in "The Spirit of St. Louis"
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Worked as stunt double for Richard Boone on "Have Gun, Will Travel"
1959:
Was stunt double on the TV series "Riverboat", starring Burt Reynolds
1962:
Worked on the stunts for "How the West Was Won"
1963:
Acting debut in "McLintock!"
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Was stunt coordinator for several film directed by Andrew V McLaglen in the 1960s
1972:
TV acting debut, "The Bounty Man" (ABC)
1974:
Did second unit work on "The Longest Yard", starring Burt Reynolds
1976:
Was second unit director on Reynolds' "Gator"
1977:
Feature directorial debut, "Smokey and the Bandit", starring Reynolds; also received a stroy credit
1978:
Directed the semi-autobiographical "Hooper"
1979:
Helmed the cartoonish but enjoyable "The Villain"
1979:
Acted in and directed the CBS TV-movie "Death Car on the Freeway"
1980:
Directed the sequel "Somkey and the Bandit II"
1982:
Screenwriting debut "Megaforce", also directed
1987:
Directed last film to date "Body Slam"
1989:
Helmed episodes of the ABC series "B.L. Stryker", starring Reynolds
1994:
Was executive producer and director of several TV-movies featuring the Bandit character (now played by Brian Bloom)
1996:
Served as stunt coordinator for Michael Cimino's "Sunchaser"

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