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July 25th, 2008

Filed under: Cast & Crew News — admin @ 7:52 pm

March 24, 2007

Stuntman Jack Williams then

Stuntman Jack Williams then

Veteran stuntman Jack Williams, who regularly contributed death-defying falls and spills to The High Chaparral, is home recovering from major surgery. Please send your good thoughts and prayers to Jack at this time. We want to see him at the 2007 High Chaparral Reunion!

Jack, who is one of the most revered stunt men in the business, received the Golden Boot Award in 1999 – the same year as David Dortort.

“There is a marvelous fellow who is no longer with us by the name of Henry Wills (stunt coordinator on The High Chaparral). Henry used to have me down there quite a bit. Every time he would call (to do stunts on the show) my arm would start aching. He loved to have me do what they call A Drag. This Drag was kind of a silly thing – you’re riding along on a horse and instead of dragging by your foot you’re dragged by your shoulder. You get “shot” and you pitch right straight back and the horse catches you by one shoulder and you go down. So the horse is going 90 miles an hour one way and all of a sudden you’re going 90 miles the other way. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. If you miss the strap it’s like falling out of an airplane.” Jack Williams, 2005 The High Chaparral Reunion.

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