John Hudkins

John (Bear) Hudkins, a retired stuntman and stunt coordinator who worked in the motion picture business for nearly half a century, died Oct. 15of heart failure in his sleep. He was 79.

A native of Nebraska, Hudkins served in the U.S. Army in World War II and then settled in Hollywood, where he began his career as a stunt man and stunt coordinator.

During his career, he doubled for numerous stars, including John Wayne, Spencer Tracy, George C. Scott, James Whitmore, Ed Begley and Lloyd Nolan.

Film credits include “Fort Apache,” “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon,” “The Alamo,” “Cat Ballou,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?,” “Any Which Way But Loose” and “Zorro the Gay Blade.”

His last picture was “The Quick and the Dead.”

Hudkins is survived by a daughter, a son and grandchildren.

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  1. Jim Sanders says:

    The greatest stunt ever, bar none, was in the 1948 “Fort Apache” during a charge when the cavalryman was shot and slid off his horse’s left side and the horse fell onto the stuntman. John Hudkins broke his back doing this incredibly spectacular stunt in Ford’s movie. Unfortunately, I cannot find any photos of this stunt, only the film itself.

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