Bob Heron, a stuntman who acted as a stuntman in films like “Diamonds Are Forever”, “LA Confidential” and “Batman Forever”, died of complications on Sunday, a family member confirmed. Diversity. He was 97 years old.
Heron was one of the founding members of the Stuntman Association in 1961 and a past president.
Earlier this year, the Stuntmen’s Association celebrated 60 years. Asked why he started the association, Heron said he wanted to bring stunt people together. “There was no network for stuntmen to organize with each other; We were all different. ”
Heron’s love for stunts began at an early age. In an interview with DiversityStuntman explained, “My honest dad rented horses in the studios and I started their fights for the actors and stuntmen to ride and it made more money. I thought, ‘That’s the way I want to go.’ I watched the actors ride them and realized it was for me.Alex [Daniels, President of the Stuntmen’s Association] They gave me my last job, I was in my 90’s and they wanted an older man to do the job well.
Heron was born in Lomita, California. He began his career in the 1950s with “Winchester ’73” and “The Flame and the Arrow.” He worked consistently on TV and film for years. “Four Guns to the Border” directed by Richard Carlson had the credit of his first film as an actor. On TV, he has acted in hundreds of shows, including “Charles Angels,” “The Rockford Files,” “The A-Team,” and Kozak. In the film, he also starred in “Pale Rider”, “The Guinness”, “Rocky” and “Earthquake”. With more than 342 credits to his name, including “Airwolf,” “The Green Hornet,” and “Stagecoach,” most of his work went unnoticed.
In a statement Diversity, Daniels said, “Bob Heron was a wonderful stuntman that we all want to be. As a founding member of the Stuntmen’s Association of Motion Pictures, he has shown us the way for decades and continues to do stunts until age 2. It was Bobby’s great run. Can you have another? … because we’ll miss you. “
He is survived by his wife Lynn and two children, Danny and Melissa.