EXCLUSIVE: Veteran stuntman Conrad Palmisano has been named to replace Stephen Collins on the SAG-AFTRA national board of directors. Collins resigned from the board in October after an audio tape surfaced that purports to be his voice confessing to having had sexual contact with children.
The union’s board replacement committee recommended Palmisano for the post, and the national board voted unanimously for him to finish out the rest of Collins’ term, which expires in 2017.
Palmisano is a familiar face at the guild’s offices, having served on the SAG board, on and off, since the 1970s. He co-chaired the SAG stunt and safety committee for many years. A former president of the Stuntmen’s Association of Motion Pictures, he has more than 200 film and credits as a stuntman and stunt coordinator dating to the early 1970s. He also has dozens of credits as a second-unit director.
Meanwhile, Jeff Austin has been tapped to fill the national board seat formerly held by Sumi Haru, who died in October. Ron Ostrow will replace her on the local board.