August 30th, 2010
High Chaparral stuntman Walt LaRue passed away on June 12th at the incredible age of 91. Walt was a very good friend of Bob Hoy’s. A lifetime member of the Stuntmen’s Association, Walt did stunts in classic Westerns like El Dorado, Fort Apache, Paint Your Wagon, The Cowboys, Blazing Saddles, Pale Rider and Young Guns just to name a few. He gets credit for an acting part in the HC episode “Assassins” as a bandit. Walt was also an accomplished artist. Do a google search on him and check out his outstanding paintings of cowboys and the West.
High Chaparral Stuntman Jerry Wills
High Chaparral stuntman Jerry Wills, son of legendary stuntman, actor and HC stunt coordinator Henry Wills, has passed July 12. Jerry followed his father into the business at a young age; according to Don Collier he first worked with Jerry when he was only 12.
Jerry doubled Mark Slade and Rudy Ramos, and appeared with thebunkhouse boys or in small parts (watch for him in Too Late the Epitaph or Sangre). His resume included Little House on the Prairie, Father Murphy, Highway to Heaven, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Blazing Saddles, Wild Wild West, and many others.
He worked with Bob Hoy in the Little House episode No Beast so Fierce, and worked amemorable fight sequence in the first episode of Highway to Heaven.