Paul Malvern, a Hollywood stuntman who produced more than 100 films, including many of John Wayne’s early Westerns, has died. He was 91.
Malvern died of natural causes at his North Hollywood home on Saturday, said his daughter-in-law, Edith Huntley.
More than 75 of Malvern’s films were Westerns and 39 of them starred Wayne in the early stages of his career, including “Westward Ho,””The Man From Utah” and “Blue Steel” in the 1930s.
Malvern retired from filmmaking in 1952 at age 50.
Malvern gave up his career as a stuntman after suffering internal injuries in a stunt that required him to dive 70 feet from the mast of a ship into water.
After recovering, Malvern found work as an assistant director and eventually worked his way up to producer for Monogram Lone Star Westerns.
Malvern’s non-Western film credits include “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, “”North to the Klondike” and “House of Frankenstein” with Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney Jr.
Sherry Berryhill, a friend and neighbor, said Malvern was healthy until suffering gallbladder problems several months before his death.
“He was wonderful. He was out in the yard. He was still strong,” she said. “He played golf every day until the last few months.”
Before coming to Hollywood, Malvern was a member of his family’s acrobatic troupe. He began performing with the family on the vaudeville stage at age 4.
The troupe toured internationally and was a featured act with the Ringling Bros. circus.
Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. today at Pierce Brothers Valhalla in North Hollywood.