Bill Hart Dies: Cowboy Stuntman Worked With John Wayne In ‘Alamo’, ‘Wild Bunch’

Veteran actor and cowboy stuntman Bill Hart, who worked with John Wayne on The Alamo and was blown off his horse in a daring stunt on Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch, has died. He was 80. “He was a real cowboy,” his longtime pal and fellow stuntman Roydon Clark told Deadline today. “He cowboyed in this business with the best of ’em.”

Hart, a longtime member of the Stuntmen’s Association of Motion Pictures, got his start as a stuntman in 1960 on Alamo and would go on to perform and coordinate stunts on more than 50 films and TV shows, including two more with The Duke: McLintock! and The Comancheros. He was Glenn Ford’s stunt double on numerous films including Day Of The Evil Gun. As good with his fists as he was with a horse, he can be seen brawling or riding on such films as Dual At Diablo, The Rounders and Heaven’s Gate, and on classic TV shows such as Gunsmoke and Rawhide.

For a stunt on The Wild Bunch, an explosion – using real dynamite – blew Hart and several other stuntmen and their horses from a bridge into a river in Mexico, killing one of the horses.

With a face like an old roadmap of Texas, where he was born and died, Hart also worked as an actor on more than 50 films and TV shows – most of them Westerns.

“He was the real thing,” Clark said. “He was an everyday guy. He had a good reputation and was liked by all. He was a good stuntman and a good husband. He was a guy you enjoyed working with, being on location with, and calling a fellow stuntman. He had a great journey. I’m sorry to hear that it came to an end.”

His son, stuntman Chuck Hart, died in 2010 of kidney failure.

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