Veteran stuntman Bobby Bass, who appeared in scores of movies and television shows with or on behalf of such stars as John Wayne, Burt Reynolds and Sylvester Stallone, died Wednesday of Parkinson’s in Los Angeles. He was 65 and had been ill with Parkinson’s.
Kentucky native and stepdad to actress Bo Derek worked on more than 70 features including stunts or acting in 43 of them, including such films as “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Scarface,” Thelma & Louise,” “Lethal Weapon,””Smokey and the Bandit” and “Sharkey’s Machine.”
He was also a stunt coordinator or an assistant director on numerous films and won at least one Stunt Man Award in 1986.
Actors he trained in martial arts and weapons handling included Mel Gibson, Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon, Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Burt Reynolds and Danny Glover.
He also acted in a number of television commercials and shows, including “The A Team,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Fantasy Island,” “Mission Impossible,” “Star Trek” and “McGyver.”
Additionally he was the first stunt coordinator for ABC and CBS original movies-of-the-week, TV version of “A Streetcar Named Desire” and more.
Besides Derek, he is survived by wife Norma, two sons, two brothers, two other stepdaughters and a stepson.