Related: R.I.P. Hal Needham

The news Friday that Hal Needham had passed way was a sock in the solar plexus for me. Growing up in the ’70s and early ’80s, the former stuntman who helmed the likes of Smokey And The Bandit and The Cannonball Run pics was one of the first movie directors I was really aware of. When Quentin Tarantino gave his wonderfully sharp speech honoring Needham at the 2012 Governors Awards ceremony last December, he spoke for a lot of the man’s fans. Check out that speech here:

3 years
David--What you say is all true. It is still an extraordinary and tragic irony that it should...
David Needham
3 years
Terrible accident, yes. But the Director of a motion picture doesn't check the brakes, or seat belts,...
3 years
For all the work Needham did to improve safety for stunt people in movies, the Cannonball Run...