Jack Wilson, a former Roller Derby star and a longtime Hollywood stuntman known as the Human Torch, died June 21 at Holy Cross Hospital in Mission Hills, Calif., after suffering a heart attack. He was 73.
A native of Chattanooga, Tenn., Wilson left home at the age of 16 to pursue car and motorcycle racing. He joined the Intl. Roller Derby, and became a star skater advertised as Fearless Jack or Black Jack.
After 15 years with the show, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue stunt work.
His first stunt, skating through a ring of fire on the TV show “You Asked for It,” earned him the Human Torch moniker.
He worked in numerous features, including the 1967 Rock Hudson-starrer “Tobruk,” in which he set himself on fire.
Wilson is survived by his wife, a son, two daughters and three grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Make A Wish Foundation, 1875 Century Park East, Suite 1460, Los Angeles, CA 90067.