In the 1980s, he and Reynolds co-owned the Mach 1 Racing team, which fielded the Skoal Bandit No. A group of stuntmen are hired by American intelligence to steal the "world's most powerful rifle" from a sinister Latino type.Quite apart from the absurdity of the plot line (why should the world's most powerful rifle worry a superpower in possession of infinitely more destructive weaponry)the film is memorable chiefly for an excellent cheesy party scene in which the villain and the heroes dance around to bad disco music. television series in the fall of 1971, featured actor in the pilot episode of Ellery Queen television series in 1975, Little House on the Prairie Pilot Movie in 1974 and West Side Story Broadway version in 1968. They were only manufactured for a short time and have since become highly collectible. . [10], American stunt performer and film director, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, "Hollywood 'Stuntman!' Film data from TMDb. His works include guest-star episode of Dark Shadows television series in 1969, featured actor in an episode of the Bearcats! Though of Puerto Rican descent, he often portrayed Native Americans in his roles. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. Because what better way to promote your movie than to shout the title at people!!!! Use the HTML below. Needham had written a screenplay titled Smokey and the Bandit and his friend Reynolds offered him the chance to direct. And now they have to recover a new weapon which is in the hands of an arms dealer. Stunts Unlimited may refer to: Stunts Unlimited (stunt team), formed by Hal Needham, Glenn Wilder, and Ronnie Rondell in 1970 Stunts Unlimited (film), 1980 film … | [9], Needham and his relationship with Reynolds inspired the Cliff Booth/Rick Dalton friendship in Tarantino's 2019 film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. He was raised in Arkansas and Missouri. | and Bo. Cast ; Crew; Details; Genres; Cast. Needham trained under John Wayne's stunt double Chuck Roberson and quickly became one of the top stuntmen of the 1960s on such films as How the West Was Won, The Bridge at Remagen, McLintock!, The War Lord, and Little Big Man. Stunts Unlimited. Founded in 1970, STUNTS UNLIMITED quickly became Hollywood’s best-kept secret and the most sought after action group. It looks like we don't have a Synopsis for this title yet. Stuntman Hal Needham Dies of Cancer at 82. Matt and C.C. rcs0411@yahoo.com. In 1971, he and fellow stuntmen Glenn Wilder and Ronnie Rondell formed Stunts Unlimited. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? In 1977, Gabriel Toys introduced the "Hal Needham Western Movie Stunt Set" complete with a cardboard old west saloon movie set, lights and props, a toy movie camera and a spring-launched Hal Needham action figure that would break through a balcony railing, land on breakaway table and chairs and crash through a window. 1980 He doubled regularly for Clint Walker and Burt Reynolds. Reveals Tricks Of Trade - NPR Interview, Interview with Hal Needham from January 2007, The Interviews: An Oral History of Television, Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Hal_Needham&oldid=986061323, Wikipedia articles with SNAC-ID identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 29 October 2020, at 15:35. Needham at one time lived in Reynolds' guesthouse for the better part of 12 years.[3]. Christopher Mayer Susanna Dalton Sam Jones Glenn Corbett Linda Grovenor Alejandro Rey Stefan Gierasch Hal Needham John Larroquette, 120 mins   A group of Hollywood stunt performers are recruited by former U.S. Intelligance agent Dirk Macauley (Corbett) to retrieve a stolen laser gun from a notorious arms dealer in this pilot to a … Directed by Hal Needham. One member of the team, Sam J. Jones, is best remembered for playing "Flash Gordon" in the 1982 movie.