Chuck Hayward, veteran stuntman and stunt coordinator, died of Hodgkin’s disease Feb. 23 at his home in North Hollywood. He was 77.
Hayward was born in Nebraska in 1920 and left home at the age of 16 to work as a bronco rider and horse trainer.
He worked in rodeo until 1947, and then headed to California.
Hayward began his career as a stuntman in Westerns. In 1949 he did stunt work on the John Wayne film “The Fighting Kentuckian.” After working together, Hayward and Wayne became lifelong friends.
Hayward worked on 23 Wayne films, including “The Conqueror,” “The Searchers,” “Wings of Eagles” and “Hondo.”
Besides Wayne, Hayward doubled for Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Chill Wills, Stuart Whitman and others.
Hayward was a lifetime member of the Stuntmen’s Assn. of Motion Pictures and an inductee into the Stuntmen’s Hall of Fame.
Hayward is survived by a daughter, three grandchildren and a niece.