They are responsible for some of the most thrilling moments we witness in the movies. Yet, a majority of stuntmen (and women) are largely unknown to the general public. They toil away, putting themselves at great risk to pull off dangerous car chases, falls and fight scenes. And all the while letting the marquee actors take the credit and get the glory. Yet if it weren’t for professional stuntmen and women, the movies we love would not be as exciting and the bank vaults in Hollywood would not be as stuffed with money. We here at Goliath feel it is time to give some long-overdue recognition to legendary stunt performers.
Here are 10 of Hollywood’s greatest stuntmen and their famous roles. Enjoy!
10. Sir Eddie Kidd
British stuntman Eddie Kidd is so revered in the industry that he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2012, and he now goes by the handle “Sir Eddie Kidd.” An expert motorcycle rider and jumper, Eddie Kidd holds several world records for the longest motorcycle jump. One of his most famous motorcycle stunts can be seen in the 1979 film Hanover Street starring Harrison Ford. Doubling for Ford on a motorbike, Eddie Kidd jumped a 120-foot railway cutting while traveling at 90 miles per hour – a then-world record. However, Kidd is best known for doing stunt work in several James Bond films – doubling actor Timothy Dalton in The Living Daylights (1987) and Pierce Brosnan in GoldenEye (1995). Sadly, Eddie Kidd suffered a serious brain injury and paralysis due to a motorcycle crash he had in 1996. A reminder of the dangers of the stunt profession.