Yakima Canutt

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    • Yakima Canutt


      YAKIMA CANUTT

      INFORMATION FROM IMDB

      Date of birth
      29 November 1896
      Colfax, Washington, USA

      Date of death
      24 May 1986
      North Hollywood, California, USA.

      Birth name
      Enos Edward Canutt

      Nickname
      Yak

      Sometimes Credited As:
      Yakima Cannutt
      Yakima Canute
      Yakina Canutt

      Height
      6' 3" (1.91 m)

      Spouse
      Minnie Audrea Rice (1931 - 24 May 1986) (his death)
      Kitty Wilks (1916 - 1919) (divorced)

      Trivia
      Named Yakima after the city of Yakima, Washington. Installed in the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, OK (USA).

      Father of stuntmen Joe Canutt and Tap Canutt.

      Inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame of the Rodeo Historical Society (a support group of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum) in 1975.

      1917, 1919-1920 & 1923 World All-Around Rodeo Champion.

      He was the first to do a "horse transfer" (transferring from a galloping horse to another moving object).

      Salary
      The Devil Horse (1932) $1,000
      The Lightning Warrior (1931) $125/week

      Mini Biography
      Starting out as a rodeo cowboy and then becoming a stuntman in silent westerns, Yakima Canutt later doubled for such stars as Clark Gable and John Wayne, among others, in such dangerous activities as jumping off the top of a cliff on horseback, leaping from a stagecoach onto its runaway team, being "shot" off a horse at full gallop and other such potentially life-threatening activities. He became expert at staging massive events involving livestock, such as cattle stampedes and covered-wagon races, as well as Indians-vs.-cavalry battles on a grand scale. Canutt's most noteworthy achievement as a second-unit director came in his staging and direction of the chariot-race sequence in William Wyler 's Ben-Hur (1959)--which, from initial planning to final execution, took two years.
      IMDb mini-biography by Bill Takacs

      Mini biography- 2
      Hollywood's most renowned stuntman and second unit director, a pioneer the field, Yakima Canutt was born on a ranch on Penewawa Creek in the Snake River Hills, 16 miles from Colfax, Washington. Canutt grew up riding and roping. He entered his first rodeo at 16 and proved to be a natural bucking-bronc rider and bulldogger. After a brief stateside stint in the navy during the WWI, he continued a record-breaking career as a saddle-bronc rider and picked up the nickname "Yakima" (which, although a Native American name, actually refers to the town he hailed from at the time and was not, as has been erroneously stated elsewhere, because he was of Native American heritage, which he isn't. His family background is completely European). A rodeo in Los Angeles led to a meeting with Tom Mix, who got him work as a cowboy extra. Canutt's skill as a rider and stunt fighter led to a contract starring in a series of western silents. However, a case of flu had damaged his vocal cords, and when sound came into vogue, his raspy voice was unsuited to the heroics performed by cowboys in sound films. He focused on stunt work and, although he continued to play roles as heavies, quickly became known as Hollywood's premier stuntman during the 1930s. He and John Wayne created a new technique for filming screen fights more believably, and Canutt created or refined most of the stunt techniques used in westerns and action films for years to come. Canutt was severely injured performing stunts in Boom Town (1940) and again in In Old Oklahoma (1943), and after that film he retired from active stunting and concentrated on directing second units, the crews responsible for filming stunts, action sequences and other scenes not necessarily requiring the principal cast members. He created some of the most dynamic and memorable action sequences in film history, culminating in the famed chariot race in Ben-Hur (1959). He was awarded a special Oscar in 1966 for his contributions to film. Two of his children, Tap Canutt and Joe Canutt, followed him into the stunt profession. Yakima Canutt died in 1986, the most famous and respected stuntman of all time.
      IMDb mini-biography by Jim Beaver

      Mini Biography-3
      from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:
      The ne plus ultra of movie stuntmen, this former rodeo champion set the standard for achievement within that select group of thrill-makers, not only performing some of the screen's most incredible feats of daring, but actually inventing many of the safety devices still used by stunt daredevils today. At age 17 Canutt was riding in Wild West shows in the Northwest (he got his nickname as one of Washington State's "Yakima Riders"), and a few years later he was named World's Champion Rodeo Rider. In 1924 he started working in films, playing bits, stunting, and finally starring (albeit in incredibly cheap independent oaters such as 1927's The Iron Rider). Talkies weren't kind to Yak; his weak, oddly pitched voice didn't register well, so he confined himself to playing heavies, Indians, and doing stunts. He worked in dozens of Westerns and serials during the 1930s, at one time or another doubling nearly every cowboy star, and concentrating offscreen on developing mechanical devices that would take some of the risk out of stuntwork. In 1939 he astounded mainstream (read: adult) audiences with his daring feats for Stagecoach although his off-the-horses-and-under-the-coach stunt had been in his "repertoire" since 1931's The Lightning Warrior. Yak also stunted for Clark Gable in Gone With the Wind (1939), driving a carriage through the Atlanta fire, and played a bit as a Reconstruction-days renegade.

      Canutt continued to do some stunts and play supporting roles in the early 1940s at his home studio, Republic, but gradually worked his way behind the camera, becoming a second-unit director (one who specializes in action or location scenes shot without the principal players) and, with 1945's Sheriff of Cimarron a fullfledged director. Canutt worked at major studios as well, doing spectacular secondunit work for Ivanhoe (1952), Knights of the Round Table (1953), Helen of Troy (1955), Zarak (1956), Spartacus (1960), El Cid (1961), How the West Was Won (1962), Cat Ballou (1965), Khartoum (1966), Rio Lobo (1970), and Breakheart Pass (1976), among others. His finest work, though, was his staging of the famous chariot race in William Wyler's 1959 remake of Ben-Hur his own son Joe doubled for Charlton Heston in the long shots. Canutt won a special Oscar in 1966 for his contribution to the art of stuntwork. His autobiography, "Stunt Man," was published in 1979.
      Copyright © 1994 Leonard Maltin, used by arrangement with Signet, a division of Penguin Putnam, Inc.

      Filmography
      Stunts
      1. Breakheart Pass (1975) (stunt coordinator)
      2. Blue (1968) (stunts) (uncredited)
      3. Cat Ballou (1965) (stunt coordinator) (uncredited)
      4. Spartacus (1960) (stunt coordinator) (stunts) (uncredited)
      ... aka Spartacus: Rebel Against Rome (USA: poster title)
      5. Rio Bravo (1959) (stunt coordinator) (uncredited)
      6. Zorro Rides Again (1959) (stunts) (uncredited)
      7. Battle Circus (1953) (stunts) (uncredited)
      8. Only the Valiant (1951) (stunt coordinator) (uncredited)
      9. Spoilers of the Plains (1951) (horse-wagon transfer stunt) (uncredited)
      10. Red Stallion in the Rockies (1949) (stunt coordinator)
      11. The Untamed Breed (1948) (stunt coordinator) (uncredited)
      12. Trail to San Antone (1947) (stunts) (archive footage from "The Devil Horse") (uncredited)
      13. Dakota (1945) (stunt double) (uncredited)
      14. Sunset in El Dorado (1945) (stunt double: Roy Rogers) (uncredited)
      15. Along the Navajo Trail (1945) (stunts) (uncredited)
      16. The San Antonio Kid (1944) (stunt coordinator) (uncredited)
      17. Hidden Valley Outlaws (1944) (stunt coordinator) (uncredited)
      18. The Fighting Seabees (1944) (stunt coordinator) (uncredited)
      ... aka Donovan's Army
      19. In Old Oklahoma (1943) (stunts) (uncredited)
      ... aka War of the Wildcats (USA: reissue title)
      20. Idaho (1943) (stunts) (uncredited)
      21. Gentleman Jim (1942) (stunts) (uncredited)
      22. Spy Smasher (1942) (stunts) (uncredited)
      23. They Died with Their Boots On (1941) (stunt coordinator) (stunts) (uncredited)
      24. Bad Man of Deadwood (1941) (stunts) (uncredited)
      25. Jungle Girl (1941) (stunt coordinator) (uncredited)
      ... aka Edgar Rice Burrough's Jungle Girl (USA: informal alternative title)
      26. Saddlemates (1941) (stunts) (uncredited)
      27. Country Fair (1941) (stunts) (uncredited)
      28. Pals of the Pecos (1941) (stunts) (uncredited)
      29. Prairie Pioneers (1941) (stunt coordinator) (uncredited)
      30. White Eagle (1941/I) (stunts) (uncredited)
      31. Lone Star Raiders (1940) (stunt coordinator) (uncredited)
      32. The Border Legion (1940) (stunt coordinator) (uncredited)
      ... aka West of the Badlands (USA: TV title)
      33. The Trail Blazers (1940) (stunt double) (uncredited)
      34. Young Bill Hickok (1940) (stunt double: stage stunt) (uncredited)
      35. Boom Town (1940) (stunts) (uncredited)
      36. Oklahoma Renegades (1940) (stunts) (uncredited)
      37. When the Daltons Rode (1940) (stunts) (uncredited)
      38. The Ranger and the Lady (1940) (stunt coordinator) (uncredited)
      39. Deadwood Dick (1940) (stunt double: Don Douglas) (uncredited)
      40. One Million B.C. (1940) (stunts) (uncredited)
      ... aka Battle of the Giants
      ... aka Cave Man (USA: reissue title)
      ... aka Man and His Mate (UK)
      ... aka The Cave Dwellers
      41. Dark Command (1940) (stunt coordinator) (uncredited)
      42. Virginia City (1940) (stunt double: Errol Flynn/Guinn Williams) (uncredited)
      43. The Light That Failed (1939) (stunts) (uncredited)
      44. Zorro's Fighting Legion (1939) (stunts) (uncredited)
      45. Gone with the Wind (1939) (stunt coordinator) (uncredited) (stunt double: Clark Gable) (uncredited)
      46. The Cowboys from Texas (1939) (stunts) (uncredited)
      47. The Kansas Terrors (1939) (stunt double) (uncredited)
      48. Desperate Trails (1939) (stage driving double: Horace Murphy) (uncredited)
      49. New Frontier (1939) (stunts) (uncredited)
      ... aka Frontier Horizon
      50. Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) (stunts) (uncredited)
      51. Three Texas Steers (1939) (stunts) (uncredited)
      ... aka Danger Rides the Range
      52. Man of Conquest (1939) (stunts) (uncredited)
      53. The Night Riders (1939) (stunts) (uncredited)
      54. Dodge City (1939) (stunts) (uncredited)
      55. Stagecoach (1939) (stunt coordinator) (uncredited)
      56. Red River Range (1938) (stunts) (uncredited)
      57. Santa Fe Stampede (1938) (stunts) (uncredited)
      58. Overland Stage Raiders (1938) (stunts) (uncredited)
      59. Pals of the Saddle (1938) (stunts) (uncredited)
      60. Dick Tracy Returns (1938) (stunts) (uncredited)
      61. Army Girl (1938) (stunt coordinator)
      ... aka The Last of the Cavalry (UK)
      62. Riders of the Black Hills (1938) (stunts) (uncredited)
      63. The Secret of Treasure Island (1938) (stunts) (uncredited)
      ... aka The Secret of a Treasure Island (USA: poster title)
      64. Call the Mesquiteers (1938) (stunts) (archive footage) (uncredited)
      ... aka Outlaws of the West (UK)
      65. Frontier Town (1938) (stunts) (archive footage) (uncredited)
      66. The Lone Ranger (1938) (stunts) (uncredited)
      67. The Mysterious Pilot (1937) (stunt double) (uncredited)
      68. Zorro Rides Again (1937) (stunt double: John Carroll) (uncredited)
      69. Ali Baba Goes to Town (1937) (stunts) (uncredited)
      70. S.O.S. Coast Guard (1937) (stunts) (uncredited)
      71. Riders of the Dawn (1937) (stunts) (uncredited)
      72. Yodelin' Kid From Pine Ridge (1937) (stunts) (uncredited)
      ... aka The Hero of Pine Ridge
      73. The Painted Stallion (1937) (stunt double: Ray Corrigan and LeRoy Mason) (uncredited)
      74. Come On, Cowboys! (1937) (stunt coordinator) (uncredited)
      75. Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm (1937) (stunts) (uncredited)
      ... aka Rhythm on the Ranch
      76. Trouble in Texas (1937) (stunt double) (uncredited) (archive footage)
      77. Hit the Saddle (1937) (stunt double) (uncredited)
      78. Riders of the Whistling Skull (1937) (stunt double: Ray Corrigan) (uncredited)
      ... aka The Golden Trail (UK)
      79. Roarin' Lead (1936) (stunt double: Ray Corrigan) (uncredited)
      80. The Bold Caballero (1936) (stunt double) (uncredited)
      ... aka The Bold Cavalier (UK)
      81. Ghost-Town Gold (1936) (stunts) (uncredited)
      82. The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) (stunt double: Errol Flynn) (uncredited)
      83. The Three Mesquiteers (1936) (stunts) (uncredited)
      84. Trailin' West (1936) (stunts) (uncredited)
      ... aka On Secret Service (UK)
      85. The Black Coin (1936) (stunts) (uncredited)
      86. The Vigilantes Are Coming (1936) (stunt double: Robert Livingston and others) (uncredited)
      87. Oh, Susanna! (1936) (stunts) (uncredited)
      88. Winds of the Wasteland (1936) (stunts) (uncredited)
      89. The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand (1936/I) (stunt double) (uncredited)
      ... aka The Clutching Hand (USA)
      90. Darkest Africa (1936) (stunts) (uncredited)
      ... aka Batmen of Africa
      ... aka King of Jungleland
      91. The Lawless Nineties (1936) (stunt double: John Wayne) (uncredited)
      92. The Oregon Trail (1936) (stunt double) (uncredited)
      93. Custer's Last Stand (1936/I) (stunts) (uncredited)
      94. The Courageous Avenger (1935) (stunts) (archive footage) (uncredited)
      95. The Fighting Marines (1935) (stunts) (uncredited)
      96. Lawless Range (1935) (stunts) (uncredited)
      97. The Last Days of Pompeii (1935) (stunts) (uncredited)
      98. The New Frontier (1935) (stunt double) (uncredited)
      99. Welcome Home (1935) (stunts) (uncredited)
      100. Paradise Canyon (1935) (stunts) (uncredited)
      ... aka Paradise Ranch
      101. Branded a Coward (1935) (stunts) (uncredited)
      102. The Dawn Rider (1935) (stunts) (uncredited)
      103. The Farmer Takes a Wife (1935) (stunts) (uncredited)
      104. Circle of Death (1935) (stunt coordinator)
      105. The Desert Trail (1935) (stunts) (archive footage) (uncredited)
      106. The Miracle Rider (1935) (stunt double) (uncredited)
      107. Cyclone of the Saddle (1935) (stunts) (uncredited)
      108. Pals of the Range (1935) (stunts) (uncredited)
      109. Cyclone Ranger (1935) (stunt double) (uncredited)
      110. Outlaw Rule (1935) (stunts) (uncredited)
      111. Texas Terror (1935) (stunts) (uncredited)
      112. Rough Riding Ranger (1935) (stunts) (uncredited)
      ... aka The Secret Stranger
      113. 'Neath the Arizona Skies (1934) (stunts) (uncredited)
      ... aka 'Neath Arizona Skies
      114. Mystery Mountain (1934) (stunts) (uncredited)
      115. The Lawless Frontier (1934) (stunt double: John Wayne) (uncredited)
      116. The Trail Beyond (1934) (stunts) (uncredited)
      117. Law of the Wild (1934) (stunts) (uncredited)
      118. Pals of the West (1934) (stunt double) (uncredited)
      119. Fighting Through (1934) (stunts) (uncredited)
      120. The Man from Hell (1934) (stunts) (uncredited)
      121. Desert Man (1934) (stunts) (uncredited)
      122. The Star Packer (1934) (stunts) (uncredited)
      ... aka He Wore a Star (UK)
      123. Carrying the Mail (1934) (stunts) (uncredited)
      124. Burn 'Em Up Barnes (1934/I) (stunt coordinator) (uncredited)
      125. Wild Gold (1934) (stunt double) (uncredited)
      126. Randy Rides Alone (1934) (stunt double) (uncredited)
      127. The Sundown Trail (1934) (stunts) (uncredited)
      128. The Man from Utah (1934) (stunts) (uncredited)
      129. Blue Steel (1934) (stunt double: John Wayne) (uncredited)
      130. The Lost Jungle (1934/I) (stunts) (uncredited)
      131. West of the Divide (1934) (stunt double: John Wayne) (uncredited)
      132. The Lucky Texan (1934) (stunt double: John Wayne) (uncredited)
      133. Elinor Norton (1934) (stunts) (uncredited)
      134. Range Riders (1934) (stunts) (uncredited)
      135. The Mystery Squadron (1933) (stunts) (uncredited)
      136. Sagebrush Trail (1933) (stunt double: John Wayne) (uncredited)
      137. King of the Wild Horses (1933) (stunts: horses) (uncredited)
      138. Riders of Destiny (1933) (stunt double: John Wayne) (uncredited)
      139. The Wolf Dog (1933) (stunt coordinator) (uncredited)
      140. The Cheyenne Kid (1933) (stunt double) (uncredited)
      141. Laughing at Life (1933) (stunt double: Victor McLaglen) (uncredited)
      142. Fighting with Kit Carson (1933) (stunts) (uncredited)
      143. Cross Fire (1933) (stunt double) (uncredited)
      144. The Fighting Texans (1933) (stunts) (uncredited)
      ... aka Randy Strikes Oil
      ... aka Randy Strikes Out
      145. Son of the Border (1933) (stunt double: Tom Keene) (uncredited)
      146. The Whispering Shadow (1933) (stunt coordinator) (uncredited)
      147. The Three Musketeers (1933/I) (stunts) (uncredited)
      148. The Telegraph Trail (1933) (stunts) (uncredited)
      149. Scarlet River (1933) (stunt double: Tom Keene and Lon Chaney, Jr.) (uncredited)
      150. Via Pony Express (1933) (stunt double) (uncredited)
      151. Wyoming Whirlwind (1932) (stunts) (uncredited)
      ... aka Roaring Rider (USA)
      152. Law and Lawless (1932) (stunt double) (uncredited)
      153. Renegades of the West (1932) (stunt double) (uncredited)
      154. The Devil Horse (1932) (stunts) (uncredited)
      155. Come on Danger! (1932) (stunts) (uncredited)
      156. The Last Frontier (1932) (stunt double: Lon Chaney, Jr, ) (uncredited)
      157. Guns for Hire (1932) (stunts) (uncredited)
      ... aka Blazing Trail (USA)
      158. The Hurricane Express (1932) (stunts) (uncredited)
      159. Beyond the Rockies (1932) (stunt double) (uncredited)
      160. The Reckless Rider (1932) (stunt double) (uncredited)
      ... aka The Law Demands (UK)
      161. Ghost Valley (1932) (stunt double) (uncredited)
      162. Lawless Valley (1932) (stunt double: Lane Chandler) (uncredited)
      163. Vanishing Men (1932) (stunts) (uncredited)
      164. Texas Tornado (1932) (stunt double) (uncredited)
      ... aka Ranch Dynamite (USA: TV title)
      165. The Saddle Buster (1932) (stunt double) (uncredited)
      166. Battling Buckaroo (1932) (stunts) (uncredited)
      ... aka His Last Adventure (UK)
      167. The Texan (1932) (stunt double) (uncredited)
      ... aka The Big Race (UK)
      168. The Shadow of the Eagle (1932) (stunts) (uncredited)
      169. Partners (1932) (stunt double) (uncredited)
      170. Riders of the Golden Gulch (1932) (stunts) (uncredited)
      171. The Cheyenne Cyclone (1931) (stunt double) (uncredited)
      ... aka Rustlers' Ranch (USA)
      ... aka Smashing Through (UK)
      172. Battling with Buffalo Bill (1931) (stunt double) (uncredited)
      173. The Lightning Warrior (1931) (stunt double: George Brent) (uncredited)
      174. Freighters of Destiny (1931) (stunts) (uncredited)
      175. Two-Fisted Justice (1931) (stunt double) (uncredited)
      176. Hurricane Horseman (1931) (stunt double: Lane Chandler) (uncredited)
      ... aka The Mexican (UK)
      177. Sundown Trail (1931) (stunt double) (uncredited)
      178. The Galloping Ghost (1931) (stunts) (uncredited)
      179. The Vanishing Legion (1931) (stunt coordinator)
      180. Pueblo Terror (1931) (stunt double) (uncredited)
      ... aka Paradise Valley (UK)
      181. Breed of the West (1930) (stunt double) (uncredited)
      182. The Cheyenne Kid (1930) (stunt double) (uncredited)
      ... aka The Fighting Test (UK)
      183. Bar-L Ranch (1930) (stunts) (uncredited)
      184. Firebrand Jordan (1930) (stunts) (uncredited)
      ... aka Two-Gun Jordan (USA)
      185. Bad Men's Money (1929) (stunts) (uncredited)
      ... aka Bad Man's Money
      186. Branded a Bandit (1924) (stunts) (uncredited)
      187. Lightning Bryce (1919) (stunts) (uncredited)
      188. Foreman of Bar Z Ranch (1915) (stunts) (uncredited)

      Actor
      1. Rio Bravo (1959) (uncredited) .... Gunman on horse
      2. Rocky Mountain (1950) (uncredited) .... Trooper Ryan (USA)
      3. The Showdown (1950) .... Davis
      4. Fast on the Draw (1950) (uncredited) .... Rodeo Scene Stock Footage
      ... aka Sudden Death (USA: new title)
      5. Federal Operator 99 (1945) (uncredited)
      6. Hidden Valley Outlaws (1944) .... Vigilante Tracy
      7. Pride of the Plains (1944) .... Henchman Bowman
      8. In Old Oklahoma (1943) (uncredited)
      ... aka War of the Wildcats (USA: reissue title)
      9. For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) (uncredited) .... Young cavalryman
      10. Song of Texas (1943) (uncredited) .... Rodeo performer
      11. Riders of the Rio Grande (1943) (uncredited) .... Deputy
      12. Calling Wild Bill Elliott (1943) (uncredited) .... Militiaman
      13. Santa Fe Scouts (1943) (uncredited)
      14. King of the Cowboys (1943) (uncredited) .... Duke Wilson Henchman
      15. Shadows on the Sage (1942) .... Red Harvey, a Henchman
      16. Perils of Nyoka (1942) (uncredited) .... Tuareg
      ... aka Nyoka and the Lost Secrets of Hippocrates
      ... aka Nyoka and the Tigermen (USA: reissue title)
      17. Spy Smasher (1942) (uncredited) .... Armored Car Driver [Ch. 9]
      18. Gauchos of El Dorado (1941) .... Snakes
      19. Bad Man of Deadwood (1941) (uncredited) .... Stage Driver
      20. Kansas Cyclone (1941) (uncredited) .... Wagon driver
      21. Nevada City (1941) (uncredited) .... Stage driver #2
      22. Saddlemates (1941) (uncredited) .... Wagon driver
      23. The Great Train Robbery (1941) .... Klefner
      24. Prairie Pioneers (1941) .... Henchman Morrison
      25. Mysterious Doctor Satan (1940) (uncredited) .... Sailor at Winch [Ch. 3]
      26. Frontier Vengeance (1940) .... Henchman Zack
      27. Under Texas Skies (1940) .... Henchman Talbot
      28. Oklahoma Renegades (1940) (uncredited) .... Rancher
      29. The Ranger and the Lady (1940) .... Mack
      30. Deadwood Dick (1940) (uncredited) .... Henchman
      31. The Carson City Kid (1940) (uncredited) .... Bartender
      32. Dark Command (1940) (uncredited) .... Townsman on balcony
      33. Ghost Valley Raiders (1940) .... Stage driver #1
      34. Pioneers of the West (1940) .... Nolan
      35. Screen Snapshots: Seeing Hollywood (1940) .... Archive Footage
      36. Calling Philo Vance (1940) (uncredited) .... Sailor on the Sorrento
      37. Zorro's Fighting Legion (1939) (uncredited) .... Trooper
      38. Gone with the Wind (1939) .... Renegade
      39. The Cowboys from Texas (1939) .... Tex Dawson
      40. The Kansas Terrors (1939) .... Sergeant
      41. Dust Be My Destiny (1939) (uncredited) .... Ambulance Man
      42. Wyoming Outlaw (1939) .... Henchman Ed Sims
      43. Daredevils of the Red Circle (1939) (uncredited) .... G-man [Chs. 10-12]
      44. The Night Riders (1939) .... Mob Member
      45. Stagecoach (1939) (uncredited) .... Cavalry scout
      46. Santa Fe Stampede (1938) (uncredited) .... Ben Carey
      47. Overland Stage Raiders (1938) (uncredited) .... Bus Driver
      48. The Secret of Treasure Island (1938) .... Dreer (leader of the mole men)
      ... aka The Secret of a Treasure Island (USA: poster title)
      49. Hollywood Stadium Mystery (1938) (uncredited) .... Henchman
      50. The Lone Ranger (1938) (uncredited) .... Soldier [Ch. 1]
      51. The Mysterious Pilot (1937) .... Indian Luke [Chs.1-2,4-8,15]
      52. Conquest (1937) (uncredited) .... Cossack
      ... aka Marie Walewska (UK)
      53. Prairie Thunder (1937) .... Chief High Wolf
      54. Heart of the Rockies (1937) .... Charlie Coe (Dawson henchman)
      55. S.O.S. Coast Guard (1937) (uncredited)
      56. Riders of the Rockies (1937) .... Arizona Ranger Sergeant Beef
      57. Range Defenders (1937) .... Henchman
      58. It Could Happen to You! (1937) (uncredited) .... Truck Driver
      59. The Painted Stallion (1937) .... (replaced)
      60. Come On, Cowboys! (1937) .... Henchman Jake
      61. Gunsmoke Ranch (1937) .... Henchman Spider
      62. Nancy Steele Is Missing! (1937) (uncredited) .... Convict in Prison Break
      63. Trouble in Texas (1937) .... Squint Palmer
      64. Hit the Saddle (1937) .... Buck (McGowan henchman)
      65. Riders of the Whistling Skull (1937) .... Otah
      ... aka The Golden Trail (UK)
      66. Roarin' Lead (1936) .... Henchman Canary
      67. Ten Laps to Go (1936) .... Barney Smith (robber)
      68. The Bold Caballero (1936) (uncredited) .... Soldier/Peon
      ... aka The Bold Cavalier (UK)
      69. Ghost-Town Gold (1936) .... Buck (Barrington's Henchman)
      70. Trailin' West (1936) (uncredited) .... Gambler
      ... aka On Secret Service (UK)
      71. The Black Coin (1936) (as Yakima Cannutt) .... Ed McMahan (thug) [Chs. 3,10-14]
      72. The Vigilantes Are Coming (1936) .... Henchman Barsam [Ch. 1]
      73. Wildcat Trooper (1936) .... The Raven
      ... aka Wild Cat (UK)
      74. Winds of the Wasteland (1936) (uncredited) .... Smokey
      75. The Lonely Trail (1936) .... Trooper Bull Horrell
      76. The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand (1936/I) .... Number Eight, garage-owner and chauffeur thug
      ... aka The Clutching Hand (USA)
      77. The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand (1936/II) .... Car Driver Thug
      ... aka The Clutching Hand (USA)
      ... aka The Clutching Hand: Feature Version (USA: informal alternative title)
      78. King of the Pecos (1936) .... Pete Smith
      79. The Oregon Trail (1936) .... Tom Richards
      80. Custer's Last Stand (1936/I) (uncredited) .... Renegade/Indian
      81. Lawless Range (1935) .... Joe Burns (chief Carter henchman)
      82. Westward Ho (1935) .... Red (Ballard henchman)
      83. Dante's Inferno (1935) (uncredited) .... Stoker on the Paradise
      84. Paradise Canyon (1935) .... Curly Joe Gale
      ... aka Paradise Ranch
      85. Branded a Coward (1935) .... 'The Cat' (original)
      86. The Dawn Rider (1935) .... Saloon Owner
      87. Circle of Death (1935) .... Young Brave
      88. The Miracle Rider (1935) (uncredited) .... Indian chief
      89. Cyclone of the Saddle (1935) .... Snake
      90. Pals of the Range (1935) .... Broncho
      91. Outlaw Rule (1935) .... Blaze Tremaine
      92. Rough Riding Ranger (1935) .... Draw
      ... aka The Secret Stranger
      93. 'Neath the Arizona Skies (1934) .... Sam Black
      ... aka 'Neath Arizona Skies
      94. The Lawless Frontier (1934) .... Joe, Zanti's Henchman
      95. Law of the Wild (1934) (uncredited) .... Townsman
      96. Pals of the West (1934) .... Larkin
      97. Fighting Through (1934) .... Big Jack Thorne
      98. The Man from Hell (1934) .... Yak (henchman)
      99. Desert Man (1934) .... Outlaw Spade
      100. The Star Packer (1934) .... Yak, Travers' Indian sidekick
      ... aka He Wore a Star (UK)
      101. Carrying the Mail (1934) .... Shank (outlaw gang leader)
      102. Randy Rides Alone (1934) .... Henchman Spike
      103. Monte Carlo Nights (1934) (uncredited) .... Casino Hood
      104. The Man from Utah (1934) .... Cheyenne Kent
      105. Blue Steel (1934) .... Danti, the Polka Dot Bandit
      106. West of the Divide (1934) .... Hank (Gentry Henchman)
      107. The Lucky Texan (1934) .... Joe Cole
      108. Sagebrush Trail (1933) .... Ed Walsh (Outlaw Gang Leader)
      109. Riders of Destiny (1933) .... Henchman
      110. The Wolf Dog (1933) .... Bill
      111. Fighting with Kit Carson (1933) (uncredited) .... Mystery Rider
      112. The Fighting Texans (1933) .... Joe
      ... aka Randy Strikes Oil
      ... aka Randy Strikes Out
      113. Son of the Border (1933) (uncredited) .... Yak (a posse member)
      114. The Whispering Shadow (1933) (uncredited) .... Detective [Ch. 12]
      115. The Three Musketeers (1933/I) (uncredited) .... El Shaitan, when masked/Legion Officer [Ch. 8]
      116. The Telegraph Trail (1933) .... High Wolf
      117. Scarlet River (1933) .... Yak, a Wrangler
      118. Via Pony Express (1933)
      119. Wyoming Whirlwind (1932) .... Buck Jackson
      ... aka Roaring Rider (USA)
      120. Law and Lawless (1932) .... Tex Barnes, Lazy Y Foreman
      121. The Devil Horse (1932) (uncredited) .... Slim [Chs. 3-4, 8]/Henchman [Chs. 11-12]
      122. The Last Frontier (1932) (as Yakina Canutt) .... Wild Bill Hickok [Chs. 1-2]
      123. Guns for Hire (1932) .... Sheriff Pete Peterson
      ... aka Blazing Trail (USA)
      124. The Hurricane Express (1932) (uncredited) .... Henchman
      125. The Last of the Mohicans (1932) .... Black Fox/messenger [Ch.1]/bullion wagon driver [Ch.6]
      126. Texas Tornado (1932) .... Henchman Jackson
      ... aka Ranch Dynamite (USA: TV title)
      127. Battling Buckaroo (1932) .... Sheriff Rawlins
      ... aka His Last Adventure (UK)
      128. The Shadow of the Eagle (1932) .... Henchman Boyle
      129. The Black Ghost (1932/I) .... Wild Bill, Indian scout
      130. Riders of the Golden Gulch (1932)
      131. The Cheyenne Cyclone (1931) .... Ed Brady
      ... aka Rustlers' Ranch (USA)
      ... aka Smashing Through (UK)
      132. Battling with Buffalo Bill (1931) .... Scout Jack Brady
      133. The Lightning Warrior (1931) .... Ken Davis [Ch. 3]/Deputy [Ch. 8]
      134. Two-Fisted Justice (1931) .... Perkins
      135. Hurricane Horseman (1931) .... Sheriff Jones
      ... aka The Mexican (UK)
      136. The Galloping Ghost (1931) (uncredited) .... Henchman
      137. The Vanishing Legion (1931) .... Henchman
      138. Pueblo Terror (1931) .... Ballen, crooked Foreman
      ... aka Paradise Valley (UK)
      139. Westward Bound (1930) .... Jim
      140. Breed of the West (1930) (uncredited) .... Cowhand
      141. Canyon Hawks (1930) .... Jack Benson
      142. The Lonesome Trail (1930) .... Two-Gun
      143. Ridin' Law (1930) .... Buck Lambert
      144. The Texan (1930) (uncredited) .... Cowboy
      145. The Cheyenne Kid (1930) .... Marshal Utah Kane
      ... aka The Fighting Test (UK)
      146. Bar-L Ranch (1930) .... Steve
      147. Firebrand Jordan (1930) .... Red Carson
      ... aka Two-Gun Jordan (USA)
      148. A Texan's Honor (1929) .... Bob Morgan
      149. Riders of the Storm (1929)
      ... aka Riders of the Storm Ranch (USA)
      150. Captain Cowboy (1929)
      151. Bad Men's Money (1929)
      ... aka Bad Man's Money
      152. The Three Outcasts (1929) .... Dick Marsh
      153. The Vanishing West (1928)
      154. Pals of the West (1927)
      155. The Devil Horse (1926) .... Dave Carson
      156. Desert Greed (1926)
      ... aka Greed of Gold
      157. The Fighting Stallion (1926) .... Yak
      158. Hell Hounds of the Plains (1926) .... Yak Hammond
      ... aka Hellhounds of the Plains
      159. The Iron Rider (1926) .... Yak Halliday
      160. King of the Rodeo (1926)
      161. The Outlaw Breaker (1926) .... Yak Darnell
      162. The Strange Rider (1925) .... Jim Weston
      163. The Human Tornado (1925) .... Jim Marlow
      164. The Mystery Box (1925) .... Whipping boss
      165. White Thunder (1925) .... Chick Richards
      ... aka The White Rider (USA: alternative title)
      166. Wolves of the Road (1925) .... The Pronto Kid
      167. The Riding Comet (1925) .... Slim Ranthers
      ... aka Ridin' Comet
      ... aka The Riding Contest
      168. A Two-Fisted Sheriff (1925) .... Jerry O'Connell
      169. Scar Hanan (1925) .... Scar Hanan
      ... aka The Man with the Scar (USA: alternative title)
      170. Romance and Rustlers (1925) .... Bud Kane
      171. The Cactus Cure (1925) .... Bud Osborne
      172. Wild Horse Canyon (1925)
      173. Branded a Bandit (1924) .... Jess Dean
      174. The Riddle Rider (1924)
      175. The Desert Hawk (1924) .... Handy Man
      176. Ridin' Mad (1924) .... Steve Carlson
      177. Sell 'Em Cowboy (1924) .... Luke Strong
      ... aka Alias Texas Pete Owens (USA: alternative title)
      178. Days of '49 (1924)
      179. The Forbidden Range (1923) .... Buck Madison
      180. The Heart of a Texan (1922) .... Link
      181. The Girl Who Dared (1920) .... Bob Purdy
      182. Lightning Bryce (1919) (uncredited) .... Deputy (Episode 15)

      Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
      1. Breakheart Pass (1975) (second unit director)
      2. Rio Lobo (1970) (second unit director)
      ... aka San Timoteo
      3. Song of Norway (1970) (second unit director)
      4. A Man Called Horse (1970) (second unit director)
      5. Where Eagles Dare (1968) (second unit director)
      6. Blue (1968) (second unit director)
      7. The Flim-Flam Man (1967) (second unit director)
      ... aka One Born Every Minute (UK)
      8. Khartoum (1966) (second unit director)
      9. Cat Ballou (1965) (second unit director)
      10. The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) (second unit director)
      11. El Cid (1961) (second unit director)
      12. Swiss Family Robinson (1960) (second unit director)
      13. Spartacus (1960) (second unit director) (uncredited)
      ... aka Spartacus: Rebel Against Rome (USA: poster title)
      14. Ben-Hur (1959) (second unit director)
      ... aka Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (USA: alternative title)
      15. Old Yeller (1957) (second unit director)
      16. Zarak (1956) (assistant director)
      17. Westward Ho the Wagons! (1956) (second unit director)
      18. Helen of Troy (1956) (second unit director)
      ... aka Elena di Troia (Italy)
      19. King Richard and the Crusaders (1954) (second unit director)
      20. Last of the Comanches (1953) (second unit director)
      ... aka The Sabre and the Arrow (UK)
      21. Knights of the Round Table (1953) (second unit director) (uncredited)
      22. Hangman's Knot (1952) (second unit director)
      23. Ivanhoe (1952) (second unit director) (uncredited)
      ... aka Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe (USA: complete title)
      24. Stage to Tucson (1950) (second unit director)
      ... aka Lost Stage Valley (UK)
      25. Devil's Doorway (1950) (second unit director) (uncredited)
      26. Hellfire (1949) (second unit director)
      27. The Doolins of Oklahoma (1949) (second unit director)
      ... aka The Great Manhunt (UK)
      28. Red Stallion in the Rockies (1949) (second unit director)
      29. Wyoming (1947) (second unit director)
      30. Northwest Outpost (1947) (second unit director)
      ... aka End of the Rainbow (UK)
      31. That's My Man (1947) (second unit director)
      ... aka King of the Race Track (USA: reissue title)
      ... aka Will Tomorrow Ever Come? (UK)
      32. Twilight on the Rio Grande (1947) (second unit director)
      33. Angel and the Badman (1947) (second unit director)
      ... aka The Angel and the Outlaw
      34. Santa Fe Uprising (1946) (second unit director)
      35. Under Nevada Skies (1946) (second unit director)
      36. My Pal Trigger (1946) (second unit director)
      37. Sun Valley Cyclone (1946) (second unit director)
      38. Dakota (1945) (second unit director)
      39. Along the Navajo Trail (1945) (second unit director)
      40. The Man from Oklahoma (1945) (second unit director)
      41. The Topeka Terror (1945) (second unit director)
      42. Zorro's Black Whip (1944) (second unit director)
      43. Vigilantes of Dodge City (1944) (second unit director)
      44. Call of the Rockies (1944) (second unit director) (uncredited)
      45. The Fighting Seabees (1944) (second unit director)
      ... aka Donovan's Army
      46. Dark Command (1940) (second unit director) (uncredited)
      47. Stagecoach (1939) (second unit director) (uncredited)
      48. The Devil Horse (1932) (second unit director)
      49. Battling with Buffalo Bill (1931) (second unit director) (uncredited)

      Director
      1. Blue (1968) (uncredited)
      2. Captain Mephisto and the Transformation Machine (1966) (TV)
      3. Code 645 (1966) (TV)
      4. R.C.M.P. and the Treasure of Genghis Khan (1966) (TV)
      5. The Lawless Rider (1954)
      6. Adventures of Frank and Jesse James (1948)
      7. Sons of Adventure (1948)
      8. Carson City Raiders (1948)
      9. Dangers of the Canadian Mounted (1948)
      10. Oklahoma Badlands (1948)
      11. G-Men Never Forget (1948)
      12. My Pal Trigger (1946) (uncredited)
      13. Federal Operator 99 (1945)
      14. Manhunt of Mystery Island (1945)
      ... aka Captain Mephisto and the Transformation Machine (USA: TV title)
      15. Sheriff of Cimarron (1945)
      16. San Fernando Valley (1944)
      17. Circle of Death (1935) (uncredited)

      Writer
      1. Riders of the Golden Gulch (1932) (story)
      2. The Cheyenne Kid (1930) (story)
      ... aka The Fighting Test (UK)
      3. The Outlaw Breaker (1926)
      4. Scar Hanan (1925) (story)
      ... aka The Man with the Scar (USA: alternative title)

      Miscellaneous Crew
      1. Equus (1977) (technical advisor)
      2. That's Action (1977) (research consultant)
      3. Mogambo (1953) (director: gorilla footage) (uncredited)

      Producer
      1. The Iron Rider (1926) (producer)
      2. The Outlaw Breaker (1926) (producer)

      Production Manage
      1. Cat Ballou (1965) (executive in charge of production) (uncredited)

      Himself
      1. Yak's Best Ride (1985) .... Himself
      2. "Hollywood" (1980) (mini) TV Series .... Himself
      ... aka Hollywood: A Celebration of the American Silent Film (USA: video box title)

      Archive Footage
      1. Ben-Hur: The Making of an Epic (1993) (V) .... Himself
      2. Spy Smasher Returns (1966) (TV) .... Armored Car Driver

      Notable TV Guest Appearances
      1. "The Art Linkletter Show" playing "Himself" (as Yakima Canute) 13 May 1970

      Watch Yakima Canutt Full Movies in:-

      Yak's Video Gallery

      Here's one with Roy Rogers and Gabby Hayes:-


      The Ranger and the Lady

      The Ranger and the Lady
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Yakima Canutt was one of Duke's first personal, and screen friends.
      Although,not the greatest actor, hence his failure, to make a lead man,
      he was just brilliant, as a stuntman and support actor, and finally, second-unit director.

      Duke_and_Yak.jpg

      He was involved with Duke in
      42 Movies, 29 of which he was credited as an actor.
      In some, he may have been a stunt, or double un-credited,
      or Second Unit Director
      Yakima Canutt, performed most of the stunts, doubling for almost everyone.

      Rio Bravo (1959) (stunt coordinator) (uncredited) .... Gunman on horse....(second unit director)
      Angel and the Badman (1947) (second unit director)
      Dakota (1945) (stunt double) (uncredited)....(second unit director)
      The Fighting Seabees (1944) (stunt coordinator) (uncredited)....(second unit director)
      In Old Oklahoma (1943) (stunts) (uncredited)
      Dark Command (1940) (stunt coordinator) (uncredited).... Townsman on balcony..... (second unit director)
      Wyoming Outlaw (1939) .... Henchman Ed Sims
      Frontier Horizons (1939) (stunts) (uncredited)
      Three Texas Steers (1939) (stunts) (uncredited)
      The Night Riders (1939) (stunts) (uncredited).... Mob Member
      Stagecoach (1939) (stunt coordinator) (uncredited) .... Cavalry scout....(second unit director)(second unit director)
      Red River Range (1938) (stunts) (uncredited)
      Santa Fe Stampede (1938) (stunts) (uncredited) .... Ben Carey
      Overland Stage Raiders (1938) (stunts) (uncredited) .... Bus Driver
      Pals of the Saddle (1938) (stunts) (uncredited)
      Winds of the Wasteland (1936) (stunts) (uncredited).... Smokey
      The Lonely Trail (1936) .... Trooper Bull Horrell
      King of the Pecos (1936) .... Pete Smith
      The Lawless Nineties (1936) (stunt double: John Wayne) (uncredited)
      The Oregon Trail (1936) (stunt double) (uncredited) .... Tom Richards
      Lawless Range (1935) (stunts) (uncredited).... Joe Burns (chief Carter henchman)
      Westward Ho!(1935) .... Red (Ballard henchman)
      The New Frontier (1935) (stunt double) (uncredited)
      Paradise Canyon (1935) (stunts) (uncredited) .... Curly Joe Gale
      Dawn Rider (1935) (stunts) (uncredited) .... Saloon Owner
      The Desert Trail (1935) (stunts) (archive footage) (uncredited)
      Texas Terror (1935) (stunts) (uncredited)
      'Neath the Arizona Skies (1934) (stunts) (uncredited) .... Sam Black
      Lawless Frontier (1934) (stunt double: John Wayne) (uncredited) .... Joe, Zanti's Henchman
      The Trail Beyond (1934) (stunts) (uncredited)
      The Star Packer (1934) (stunts) (uncredited) .... Yak, Travers' Indian sidekick
      Randy Rides Alone (1934) (stunt double) (uncredited) .... Henchman Spike
      The Man from Utah (1934) (stunts) (uncredited) .... Cheyenne Kent
      Blue Steel (1934) (stunt double: John Wayne) (uncredited) .... Danti, the Polka Dot Bandit
      West of the Divide (1934) (stunt double: John Wayne) (uncredited) .... Hank (Gentry Henchman)
      The Lucky Texan (1934) (stunt double: John Wayne) (uncredited) .... Joe Cole
      Sagebrush Trail (1933) (stunt double: John Wayne) (uncredited).... Ed Walsh (Outlaw Gang Leader)
      Riders of Destiny (1933) (stunt double: John Wayne) (uncredited) .... Henchman
      The Three Musketeers (1933/I) (stunts) (uncredited) .... El Shaitan, when masked/Legion Officer [Ch. 8]
      The Telegraph Trail (1933) (stunts) (uncredited) .... High Wolf
      The Hurricane Express (1932) (stunts) (uncredited).... Henchman
      The Shadow of the Eagle (1932) (stunts) (uncredited).... Henchman Boyle

      He made more films with Duke, than any other.
      During the making of The Shadow of the Eagle , Duke met Yakima Canutt,
      which would lead to film, fight innovations, and a life-long friendship.
      Yak said,
      Nat Levine, would drive 30 miles out to location...to get there before sunrise,
      and start shooting with the headlights of cars.

      During a night on location, Duke brought out the whiskey bottle,
      Yak knelt down beside him, Duke offered him the bottle.
      From that moment on, they became lifelong friends, and professional colleagues.
      Yak said,
      Wayne, was a regular kind of guy.

      In The Telegraph Trail , Yak appeared, in what was only his second outing with Duke, as an actor, and from this moment on, they were to try out, and perfect, their throwing of punches technique, which would be, from then on, widely used in the business!

      In Randy Rides Alone , Duke really fell off the horse, looked stunned, and was looking for his hat,
      Yak said,
      "I hollered at the top of my voice, for him to get on the horse, and ride out"

      The shot looked really wild, and was used in the picture
      In those days, audiences thrilled to the climatic sequence.

      In The Star Packer , Yak, played the most unconvincing Indian yet!!
      Right at the end, Duke's new son is shown an indian dance by Yak,
      who's great Indian language, consists of, what sounds like, OH THE HOKEY COKEY!!!!
      Good, fun to watch, enjoyable fun!

      In the film Stagecoach , his stuntwork was the best ever, with him dropping down between, the team of horses, and many other stunning, stunts.

      Yak's most noteworthy achievement as a second-unit director came in his staging and direction of the chariot-race sequence in William Wyler 's Ben-Hur (1959)--which, from initial planning to final execution, took two years.


      Yak died in 1986, the most famous and respected stuntman of all time.

      Yakima Canutt, lifelong friend, and star man.

      See also:-
      Yakima Canutt, Hank Worden, Harry Carey Jr.
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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