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STUNTS, STARS & LEGENDS - February 2012

Tom Hennesy
by John Hagner (Artist of the Stars)

Hennesy began working in movies as an extra in the early 1940s, when he was a student at USC. He later became a stuntman, doubling action stars like Randolph Scott, Rod Cameron, Rock Hudson and Jeff Chandler. He also worked as a general secondary and elementary school teacher in many Hollywood films and TV studios; his students included Natalie Wood. Portrait Drawing of Tom Hennessy by John Hagner

In 1961, Tom was in “The Commancheros” which was filmed in Moab as an actor/stuntman. Some of his other appearances in films were: The Green Berets (1968), The War Wagon (1967), Stagecoach (1966), McLintock (1963), Donovan’s Reef (1963), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), North to Alaska (1960), The Alamo (1960), The Horse Soldiers (1959), The Ten Commandments (1956), as well as many TV appearances.

In 1955, Tom played the Creature on land in the movie “Revenge of the Creature”. He was born Thomas Daniel Hennesy in 1925 in Los Angeles, California. He died on May 23, 2011 in Malibu, California. He was on the 1943 and 1944 Trojan football and played in the Rose Bowl both years.

Founder and CEO of the Hollywood Stuntmen’s Hall of Fame is also an accomplished ‘Artist of the Stars’ and has done hundreds of portrait drawings of famous celebrities of the entertainment industry. He has done 54 different portraits of John Wayne (3 of which are in full color). He also has done portraits of Presidents, Eisenhower, Truman, John F. Kennedy, Bush as well as past Presidents, Washington and Lincoln. His work is world-wide. He is available to do commissions of anyone, for a tax-deductible donation to the Hollywood Stuntmen’s Hall of Fame. He can be contact by calling 435 260-2160, or email: The Hall of Fame website is: His work can be seen on Facebook ... Falling For Stars ... Artist of the Stars ... Stunt Stars and Legends. Mailing address is: 81 W. Kane Creek Blvd. - #12, Moab, Utah 84532.

is a series of articles and drawings by Hagner and appear in Moab Happenings monthly.
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