The son of Yakima Canutt, Joe was a frequent stunt double for Charlton Heston (Ben-Hur, Soylent Green, Earthquake, The Last Hard Man). He worked as stunt coordinator on Planet of the Apes, in which he also played the pensive human who fought with Taylor after he had destroyed the words Taylor had scrawled in the dirt floor of their stackade.
Joe is an honored inductee in the Hollywood Stuntmen’s Hall of Fame.
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One of the most in-demand stunt performers of the 1950s, and honored inductee in the Hollywood Stuntmen’s Hall of Fame, Bob Morgan moved exceptionally well for such a hugh man, standing six-foot-four, and weighing 210 lbs. in his prime. Morgan doubled for many leading men including John Wayne in “The Alamo”, and portrayed the soldier who spears Duke during the battle. On “North to Alaska” Morgan leaped off a wagon doing down a steep hill and landed in the mud. He was a top fight man who had a classic fisticuffs doubling for Jeff Chandler, battling it out with veteran stuntman, Allan Pomeroy for Wayne in “The Spoilers” and he handled the fight action doubling for Charlton Heston, fighting with Chuck Roberson, in the guise of Gregory Peck.
The husband of Yvonne DeCarlo, Bob Morgan is best remembered for the stunt assignment that almost took his life. Doubling for George Peppard hanging from logs piled onto a flat car for the climatic fight sequence on “How the West Was Won”. Between takes the hydraulics were reset and Morgan was accidentally knocked from a prop log and run over onto the rails. His body was mangled and he ended up losing a leg and an eye. The injury would certainly have killed the average man. Following a lengthy recovery, he returned to motion pictures to play small character parts on Alvarez Kelly, Chisum, The Culpepper Cattle Co. and Swashbuckler. He was even there for Jock Mahoney on Yancy Derringer, but Jocko ended up doing all his own action once the cameras rolled.
|If interested in learning more about the Hall of Fame, please contact John Hagner (Founder) at 435 260-2160.
Hall of Fame website: www.stuntmen.org
John Hagner (Founder) is also the Artist of the Stars.
His Celebrity Portrait Drawings are available at telephone 435-259-7000,
50 W. 400 N, Moab, Utah 84532.
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