Harrold Beecher (Beech) Laswell, 65, stuntman who doubled for Lee Marvin and James Coburn in such films as “Paint Your Wagon” and “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid,” died Oct. 10 of heart failure at his home in Eagle Rock.
An L.A. native, Laswell became a stuntman in the late 1950s and was known for his expertise with horsemanship, high falls and fight scenes.
His life was said to have been a model for the title character played by Burt Reynolds in the 1978 movie “Hooper.”
Laswell was a stuntman and stunt double in many films and TV shows, primarily in westerns, and he also was MC and stunt coordinator for Universal Studios’ stunt show from 1964-69. He subsequently worked for Disney and Epcot Center at Florida’s Walt Disney World.
Surviving are a son, Joseph, a musician; and two daughters, Pamela, a writer, and Carolyn Shick, a set designer.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills