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Also Known As: Enos Edward Canutt Died: May 24, 1986
Born: November 29, 1895 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Colfax, Washington, USA Profession: actor, director, 2nd unit director, rodeo competitor, ranch hand

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A five-time world champion rodeo rider from 1917 to 1923 and legendary Hollywood stuntman who became an important second unit director, Canutt also acted (usually as a villain) in many of the Western and action films for which he did the stunt work and served as a double for such stars as John Wayne, Clark Gable and Gene Autry. In the 1930s he also worked as a second unit director of action sequences most notably on "Stagecoach" (1939), the chariot race in "Ben Hur" (1959) and "Spartacus" (1960). In the mid-1940s he also directed four B Westerns. Canutt earned a special Oscar in 1966 for "achievements as a stuntman and for developing safety devices to protect stuntmen everywhere."

A five-time world champion rodeo rider from 1917 to 1923 and legendary Hollywood stuntman who became an important second unit director, Canutt also acted (usually as a villain) in many of the Western and action films for which he did the stunt work and served as a double for such stars as John Wayne, Clark Gable and Gene Autry. In the 1930s he also worked as a second unit director of action sequences most notably on "Stagecoach" (1939), the chariot race in "Ben Hur" (1959) and "Spartacus" (1960). In the mid-1940s he also directed four B Westerns. Canutt earned a special Oscar in 1966 for "achievements as a stuntman and for developing safety devices to protect stuntmen everywhere."

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Breakheart Pass (1975) 2nd Unit Director (2nd Unit)
2.
  A Man Called Horse (1970) 2nd unit dir
3.
  Rio Lobo (1970) 2nd unit dir
4.
  Song of Norway (1970) 2nd unit dir
5.
  Where Eagles Dare (1969) 2nd unit dir
6.
  Blue (1968) 2nd unit dir
7.
  The Flim--Flam Man (1967) 2nd unit dir
8.
  Khartoum (1966) 2nd unit dir
9.
  Cat Ballou (1965) 2nd unit dir
10.
  The Son of Captain Blood (1964) Assistant Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Rocky Mountain (1950) Ryan
3.
 The Showdown (1950) Davis
4.
 Pride of the Plains (1944) Bowman
5.
 Hidden Valley Outlaws (1944) Tracy
6.
 King of the Cowboys (1943) Heavy
7.
 Calling Wild Bill Elliott (1943) Guard
8.
 For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) Young cavalry man
9.
 Shadows on the Sage (1942) Red Harvey
10.
 Gauchos of Eldorado (1941) Snakes
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1912:
Performed in Wild West show
1924:
Film debut, "Romance and Rustlers"; became a cowboy film star
:
Returned to stunt work with advent of sound
1939:
Became second unit director on action films
1941:
Broke both ankles during a stunt, ending his active career as stuntman
1945:
Directed first feature, "Sheriff of Cimarron"
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Notes

His name came from from his rodeo contest days when a newspaper caption identified him as the "Cowboy From Yakima".

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wife:
Kitty Wilks. Married in 1916; divorced in 1919.
wife:
Minnie Audrea Rice. Married from 1931 until his death.

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son:
Joe Canutt. Stuntman.
son:
Tap Canutt. Stuntman.

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