Phil Rawlins dies at 79

Film production exec, director also was stuntman

Feature film production exec and director Phil Rawlins died in Newhall, Calif. on May 28. He was 79.

Rawlins began his film career as a stuntman, doubling for Clint Eastwood in “Rawhide” as well as for such actors as Randolph Scott, Robert Ryan and Don Murray, the latter in “Bus Stop,” which featured Marilyn Monroe. He also rode shotgun on the stagecoach in “Gunsmoke.”

After 10 years as a stuntman, he moved into directing, becoming a DGA second assistant director on “Fury,” and then worked as a first assistant director at Warner Bros.

His credits included “Hawaiian Eye,” “Cheyenne,” “Bronco” and “77 Sunset Strip.” For two seasons he worked on “F Troop” and then went on to direct “Adam 12” and “High Chaparral.”

After directing, Rawlins moved to production where, he served as production manager for films, including “Coma,” “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” “First Family,” “Gremlins 1 & 2” and “Arthur on the Rocks.” In the early 1990s, he became a production executive for Warner Bros Pictures until his retirement in 2000.

Born in Glendale, Calif. he attended Pierce College, where he started a rodeo team.

Rawlins roped throughout his life, competing in 35 to 40 rodeos a year. After turning 40, he joined the Senior Pro Rodeo Circuit Association and at the age of 57 made the PRCA Sierra Finals in calf roping.

Rawlins is survived by his wife Fran; son Lex, a cameraman and Clay, a film editor; three granddaughters; a sister and a brother.

Donations may be made to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, 101 Pro Rodeo Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80919 or at

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