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

Hardcover | February 9, 2011

byHal Needham

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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 inLittle 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 toreallythrow 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,Hooperand 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...

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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...

Hal Needham's career has included work on 4,500 television episodes and 310 feature films. He directed 10 features, including the classicsSmokey and the Bandit,Hooper, andTheCannonball Run. He set trends in movies (the first director to show outtakes during end credits) and NASCAR (the first team owner to use telemetry technology). His...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.5 × 6.25 × 1 inPublished:February 9, 2011Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316078999

ISBN - 13:9780316078993

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