Friday, July 23, 2010

RIP Alex Green

Canadian stuntman and actor Alex Green died on Tuesday, July 20th. He was 68.

Born in Australia in 1942, Green always dreamed of being a stuntman in western films. Moving to Vancouver, British Columbia and then took off for Hollywood, where he fought, fell and played with fire in productions such as “Superman”, “Death Hunt”, “First Blood”, “Shanghai Noon” and more. He doubled for such Hollywood stars as Jack Lemmon, Omar Shariff, Oliver Reed, Christopher Plummer and Peter Falk. In 1968 he founded Stunts Canada.

“He loved the film industry. He loved cowboys”, said James Bamford the current president, “He always kept the attitude of a child, based on his love for film and television.” Green was a expert whip artist and cracked the whip for Anthony Hopkins in the 1998 film, “The Mask of Zorro”.

Green was associated with several Euro-westerns during his career. He was a double for Oliver Reed in “The Trap” (1965), “Bordertown” TV series (1990-1991), “BloodRayne: Deliverance” (2007) as stuntman. Green would become world known for his Western gun-spinning and bullwhip-cracking, performing in more than 2,500 shows around the world.

He had been fighting liver cancer for the past year.

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