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Buddy Joe Hooker

One of the entertainment industry’s busiest stuntmen for over 60 years, Buddy Joe Hooker began performing on successful television shows including The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin and Leave It to Beaver.

A cowboy and gymnast since childhood, Buddy Joe quickly added motorcycles, cars, high falls, and fire stunts to his resume skills. In the 1970s, Buddy Joe’s designation as the premier stunt coordinator for Walt Disney Pictures established his reputation as the go-to stunt coordinator throughout the industry. With innovative car stunts and chases in movies such as To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988), and Jade (1995), Buddy Joe continued to work with his Academy Award-winning mentors Francis Ford Coppola, William Friedkin, Steven Spielberg, and Hal Ashby for decades. His extensive resume as a stunt coordinator and second unit director spans all film genres and includes numerous classics: Harold and Maude (1971), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), The Outsiders (1983), Gardens of Stone (1987), The Godfather: Part III (1990), Meet Joe Black (1998), and The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005).

In the renowned 1978 Burt Reynolds action film, Hooper, Buddy Joe broke industry records with the first-ever rocket-powered car jump while doubling Jan Michael Vincent in the film’s innovative and extreme chase sequence at the end of the movie. He made movie history once again stunt-doubling Sylvester Stallone for the iconic 90-foot-high fall through the trees off the cliff in First Blood (1982).

Known as a premier “wheel man” for his abilities in both designing thrilling car sequences and performing them, Buddy Joe broke world records with the first motorcycle jump over a landing helicopter and then rolling a truck 17 times down an embankment—a record that still stands. With eight different car “cannonrolls” in a short span of four years on numerous features that include Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof (2007), Buddy Joe was a pioneer in the advent of the extreme vehicle stunt that continues to set the bar in action features today.

In addition to his recent stunt coordinating roles on the AMC series TURN: Washington’s Spies and The Son with Pierce Brosnan, Buddy Joe has also worked on the Fast and Furious franchise, Free Guy (2021), Euphoria, and the upcoming Jamie Foxx feature, Day Shift (2022).

An original member of the elite organization of stuntmen, Stunts Unlimited, Buddy Joe has served five terms as President.

In recognition of his contribution to the film industry, the prestigious Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences inducted Buddy Joe into its exclusive membership during the very first year it began a limited initiation of motion picture stunt coordinators back in the 1990s.

The internationally renowned energy drink corporation, Red Bull, recognized Buddy Joe’s contribution to the entertainment industry with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 at the World Taurus Awards honoring stunts in film.

Saturday, April 23
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
CATCH THEM IF YOU CAN: A CELEBRATION OF THE GREAT MOVIE CHASE
Club TCM at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel