B.C stuntman doubled for Hollywood stars
By Laura Bazuik, Postmedia News July 23, 2010
The Victoria Times Colonist
Legendary film stuntman and Vancouver resident Alex Green died from liver cancer Tuesday. He was 68.
The Australian-born stunt master was most famous for jumping boats for Bruno Gerussi in The Beachcombers and cracking the whip for Anthony Hopkins in the 1998 film, The Mask of Zorro.
"I always knew what I wanted to be when I grew up: a stunt man in cowboy movies!" Green had written on his biography on the Stunts Canada website.
"I lived for the Saturday matinee -- three hours of heaven!"
He grew up watching westerns with idols such as Roy Rogers, Gary Cooper, Randolph Scott and Lash Larue -- the latter of whom he admired for his whip.
Green would later become internationally renowned for his Western gun-spinning and bullwhip-cracking, performing in more than 2,500 shows around the world.
He moved to Vancouver in the 1960s and then took off to Hollywood, where he fell, fought and played with fire in productions such as the Superman films, Death Hunt, First Blood, Shanghai Noon and more.
During his career, he doubled for such Holly-wood heavyweights as Jack Lemmon, Omar Sharif, Christopher Plummer and Peter Falk.
In 1970, he helped found Stunts Canada, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.
The organization's current president, James Bamford, remembered visiting Green's studio in Gastown when he was younger and having Green teach him how to spin a six-gun until his fingers were numb.
"He loved the film industry. He loved cowboys," said Bamford. "He always kept the attitude of a child, based on his love for film and television.
"He had thousands and thousands of stories that he would whip out for you at any given time on call."
Green struggled with liver cancer over the past year, Bamford said, and though he and his wife never had children, the stunts community considered him "a godfather to us all."
A small gathering will be held in Green's honour Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. in Pitt Meadows.
"You only go through life once. You've got to give it your best shot," Green had written online. "What could be better than being a cowboy in the movies?"
Born: 1942, Australia
Died: 7/20/2010, Vancouver, British Columbia, U.S.A.
Alex Green's westerns - actor, stuntman, whip, gun coach, stunt coordinator]
The Trap - 1965 [Oliver Reed's double]
Little Big Man - 1970 [stunts]
Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bulls History Lesson - 1976 (Mexican Whipe & Fast Draw show)
Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge (TV) - 1987 (The Flogger)
The Gunfighters (TV) - 1987 (Turner Gunman)
Bordertown (TV) - 1990-1991 [stuntcoordinator]
Unforgiven - 1992 [stunts]
Lonesome Dove: the Series (TV) - 1994
The Mask of Zorro - 1998 [stunts, whip coach]
Shanghai Noon - 2000 [stunts, gun, whip coach]
Monte Walsh - 2003 (TV) [stuntman]
Peacemakers - 2003 (TV) (whip man)
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford - 2007 [stunts]
BloodRayne: Deliverance - 2007 [stunts]
The Gambler, the Girl and the Gunslinger (TV) - 2009 [stunts]