post Shot by Cannons

December 13th, 2013

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Shot by Cannons 
Wildest Western Magazine says about High Chaparral Alumni Neil Summers, “He’s been beaten, blown up, stabbed, shot, thrown down stairs, gnawed on by rattlesnakes, trampled, trounced and generally abused ever since his graduation from Camelback High School in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1965. He’s been gunned down, ambushed, bushwhacked or otherwise disposed of by the best of them. Matt Dillion killed him more times than he can recall, and Josey Wales shot him off a horse, as did Tom Horn, Nevada Smith, The Duke (in five movies), the Cartwrights, and the entire Cannon family from The High Chaparral.”

While on The High Chaparral, Neil doubled as an actor as well as a stuntman on the show. He joined The High Chaparral as a stuntman around 1967, working alongside Cameron Mitchell once again, having worked with him in Ride in the Whirlwind in 1966. Neil has fond memories of the cast and crew, saying, “Everyone was nice on the set. We were a family. Between takes, whatever member wasn’t in the scene would be there watching the others work. Sometimes for moral support and sometimes to mess with each other. I truly enjoyed being on the set with those guys.”

Neil has worked in well over 100 films and TV series episodes, most notably True Grit, Rio Lobo, El Dorado, McClintock, The Quick and The Dead, The Outlaw Josey Wales and Gunsmoke.

Neil is said to have one of the largest collections of Western Movie memorabilia in the world and has written several books about Westerns and the stars and stuntmen that have made them memorable.   He’s  been a premier Hollywood stuntman for nearly 37 years, and despite the pain and anonymity, he wouldn’t have had it any other way. “All I have ever wanted to do was be up there on the screen with my heroes, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, The Lone Ranger, all of them,” Neil said to Wildest Western. “I’ve been lucky enough to have been doing it all my life as an actor and a stuntman. I say ‘lucky,’ but it also took a lot of hard work, dedication and perseverance.”

Meet Neil at the 2014 High Chaparral Reunion.  Sign up today!

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