David S. Cass Sr., a top stunt coordinator of the 1980s and 1990s, who segued to a directing career, died August 28, 2020 in Woodland Hills, California of complications from cancer. He was 78. Cass began his movie career as an extra. He transitioned to alternating between acting parts and stunt work, starting with the 1963 John Wayne film McLintock!, on which he performed stunts. He went on to become a sought-after stunt coordinator and second unit director with such credits as Smokey and the Bandit Part 3, Knight Rider 2000, Walker, Texas Ranger and the Desperado TV movie franchise. He directed the 2002 German, U.S.A. co-produced TV western film ‘Johnson County War’ starring Tom Berenger and Burt Reynolds.
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