*****File Photo*** * STUNTMAN-TURNED-FILMMAKER HAL NEEDHAM DEAD AT 82 Hollywood stunt legend-turned-moviemaker Hal Needham has died, aged 82. A former stunt double for Burt Reynolds, he made his filmmaking debut with Smokey & the Bandit in 1976 and was once one of Hollywood's highest-paid stuntmen. He was presented with an honorary Oscar last year (Nov12) at the Governors Awards and he also earned the Motion Picture Academy's Scientific and Engineering Award in 1986 for the design and development of the Shotmaker Elite camera car and crane. He passed away on Friday (25Oct13) after a short battle with cancer, according to The Hollywood Reporter. (KL/HR/ZN)** [back row] Jack Elam [behind hat], Joe Klecko [short sleeve], Jamie Farr (as the Shiek), Mel Tillis, Bert Convy, Adrienne Barbeau, Michael Hui, Warren Berlinger [blue] [front row] Dean Martin, Dom DeLuise, Farrah Fawcett (as Pamela Glover), Burt Reynolds (as J.J. McClure), Roger Moore, Jackie Chan, Sammy Davis Jr. 'The Cannonball Run' (1981) Directed by Hal Needham USA - 1981 Supplied by WENN This is a PR photo. WENN does not claim any Copyright or License in the attached material. Fees charged by WENN are for WENN's services only, and do not, nor are they intended to, convey to the user any ownership of Copyright or License in the material. By publishing this material, the user expressly agrees to indemnify and to hold WENN harmless from any claims, demands, or causes of action arising out of or connected in any way with user's publication of the material. Where: United States When: 31 Dec 1980 (1 Picture)
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