Gil Perkins, a stuntman and actor who appeared in more than 200 features and served for 17 years as treasurer of the Screen Actors Guild, died March 28 of natural causes at the Motion Picture & Television Hospital in Woodland Hills. He was 91.
Born in Australia, Perkins began his five-decade career in 1929 when he doubled for Rod La Rocque in “Delightful Rogue.” He subsequently performed stunts for many Hollywood stars, including Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Kirk Douglas, Danny Kaye and Gene Hackman.
He performed stunts in features ranging from “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (1941) and “Walking Tall” (1973) and served as a stunt coordinator on dozens of films, beginning with “Whistling in the Dark” (1941).
Perkins also played in films including “King Kong” (1933), “The Adventures of Robin Hood” (1938), “Mrs. Miniver” (1942), “Father of the Bride” (1950) and “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967).
TV appearances included “Mission Impossible,” “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” “Perry Mason” and numerous episodes of “Batman.”
Perkins, who joined the Screen Actors Guild in 1934, was first elected to SAG’s board of directors in 1954. A decade later, he was elected treasurer, a position he held for 17 years. After his retirement from the board in 1981, the Guild named Perkins treasurer emeritus. The following year, it honored Perkins with the Ralph Morgan Award for distinguished service to the union.
Perkins was a founding member of the Stuntmen’s Assn. of Motion Pictures, a longtime member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and a board member of the Motion Picture & Television Fund.
He is survived by his daughter, Susan Perkins, a longtime employee of 20th Century Fox, and two sisters.